One obvious answer to this question is to stick to wearing classic pieces. But that’s not your only solution, and certainly not an appealing one when wearing classic pieces from head to toe is not your cup of tea. Don’t worry! There are plenty of non-trendy stylish solutions that can ensure you don’t feel left out of the fashion scene.
Every season I have clients who aren’t that into the current trends, and right now that means items like slouchy trousers, oversized proportions, booties and shooties, leather, skinnies, faded denim, body con fits, distressed items, pattern mixing, boyfriend jeans, semi-tucks, tough girl vibes and tomboy vibes have not tickled their fancy. So we refresh their look in ways that are still in style, but bypass most of the trends. Here’s how:
- Introduce classic pieces in atypical colours: For example, you like classic pencil skirts and slacks, but only wear them in neutrals. Add one in a teal, citron, burgundy, purple or plaid to change up the landscape of your wardrobe.
- Go Avant-Garde: Avant-garde pieces are not associated with a particular fashion era, so they have a high degree of fashion longevity. Wear them with updated classics and you are set.
- Go Retro: Conversely, retrograde items are strongly associated with a particular fashion era, but as long as they are worn with modern classics (or ultra trendy pieces), they’ll look fab.
- Go Flirty and Feminine: Keep the waistline defined and go to town with flared skirts, tailored jackets, fit and flare dresses, pretty pumps and romantic florals.
- Go Arty: Playful and whimsical items, just like retro and avant-garde pieces have a high degree of longevity. Mix them up in fun layered ways and interesting proportions to refresh your look.
- Find trendy pieces in tailored cuts and neutral colours: You might like more of the trendier items if you choose pieces that are structured and neutral. For example, wear boyfriend jeans in your usual size, and don’t size up. Choose a two toned jacket style in charcoal and black. Wear a leather blazer instead of a biker silhouette.
- Mix up the classics with the trends: If you do manage to find a couple of trendy items that tickle your fancy, wear them with one or more classic pieces to keep the outfit grounded. This is hands down my favourite way of dressing.
The reason the above strategies work is because we are finally living in a fashion era that is accepting and encouraging of all sorts of outfit juxtapositions and silhouettes. So with a certain amount of current style savvy and attention to fit, almost anything goes. Gone are the days that what was in one season, is out the next. Fashion just doesn’t work like that anymore, and I am THRILLED about it.
Of course, there are always going to be silhouettes, proportions and items that are “of the fashion moment” and trending particularly strongly from one season to the next. That’s what keeps the fashion industry afloat and our fashion feet moving. But that doesn’t mean that you’ll be unstylish if you don’t wear them. So chin up when the current trends aren’t for you. There is more than one way to look stylish.