Sure, we want to look contemporary and fashionable. But for many of us who have changed jobs, retired, or simply switched our lifestyle recently, runway trends just don’t seem to have much to do with our lives. The down economy plays a big part in our style decisions, too. Here’s my “reality take” on fashion now.
- Shop your closet more than browsing in stores.
For many of us, store prices are way too high and the looks too trendy for the most part anyway.
- Wait for clothes to go on sale – or better yet, have the sales come to you.
Stalk specific items at outlet malls or at online sites that post sales alerts.
- Buy fewer clothes, but choose classic, high-quality pieces when you do need an update.
Classic clothes with clean lines always are a sound investment and do last years. I have been wearing the same Burberry trench, Barbour wax jacket, black cashmere sweaters and perfectly broken-in Levis for a decade, and love them even more now than when they were brand new!
- Embrace neutrals.
I’ve just given my daughters all my pastel and bright sweaters since I now stick to neutrals no matter how tempting they look stacked on a table at J. Crew.
- Choose a daily “uniform” – then personalize with accessories.
I live in jeans, sweaters and tees a lot. I think personalizing whatever you wear these days as you daily “uniform” is what gives women real style. Jewelry is no longer an add-on for many of us. It’s the part of fashion that allows us to show our creativity, history and individuality, whether you wear jeans and tees or a more tailored work look (for those who are still going to offices, meetings, job hunting.) I collect bracelets too and love stacking them on each wrist. I do save my chunkier ones for summer when they are more visible and I don’t have to deal with winter coats!
[These tips were originally posted as part of this conversation. ~ Eds.]
How have you “trend-proofed” your style?