While some trends disappear faster than spit on a side walk in summer, here’s a look at what’s in the wardrobes of the world’s women, for the long haul.
War, what is it good for? Absolutely fashion. The bomber jacket made it’s debut in the cockpit of WWII, but gained popularity in the 80s due to trendsetting big names. It is favored among fashionistas for its tough girl feel, while maintaining a chic and feminine appearance. As long as you keep it classic and stay loyal to the original, you’ll be making closet space for it, for years to come. If there’s gaudy extras such as embroided logos, tight sleeves, sparkle, and excessive bells and whistles, get out the garbage bag.
Forever associated with confident, wild vixens, since the 50s and 60s saw Bettie Page and other sultry pin ups famously photographed lounging around in the erotic fabric, it’s in and out of fashion, but its staying power is unrivaled. Though it takes a degree of boldness to wear it, there’s a way to wear animal print for every personality, its versatility knows no boundaries, solidifying its timeless trend status. You can go all out in dresses and coats, go halfway in blouses and skirts, or limit your spots to belts, bags, and ballet flats. But only reserve room in your closet for the leopard, cheetah, and zebra print in neutral colors found in nature, and toss the atrocious, larger than life prints in loud colors such as bright green and bright pink.
Loved for its laid back vibe, its coverage, and its comfort, the flimsy and floaty skirt is a fashion favorite for everyone from hippies to expectant mothers. Who doesn’t appreciate a forgiving elastic waist band? It’s easily dressed up with a stiletto and dressy top, or dressed down with flip flops and an understated tank top. Hold on to skirts in basic colors that can be mix and matched to your hearts’ content, or feature unique and interesting prints and patterns. Toss anything bright or neon; it’s dated, costumey, and would serve you better as a parachute.
Baby Doll Dress
Interestingly, this style once topped the list of trends men hate. Their reasons? “Too baggy, too frumpy, too matronly.” Ouch, ouch, and more ouch. But we love them anyway and they’re here to stay. Favored for their ability to suit most body types, they’re feminine, comfortable, and cute, though past a certain age, whether one should be striving for cute is debatable. If it’s a bold color (particularly shades of pink), features ribbons, ruffles and rhinestones, and you have to wonder if you can get away with it, you probably can’t. If it looks like maternity wear when you no have bun in the oven, bin it. Stay devoted to flattering and age appropriate fitted, A-line shapes that slightly flare away from the body, in long-wearing fabrics, rather than anything excessively voluminous and cutesy.
They’ve strutted through every decade, their popularity in tact, and show no signs of sitting the next one out. Women are still dancing the night away in the sexy shoe which tends to provide more stability than a stiletto, as they did in the 70s when they first grabbed the attention of disco-goers. Keep it subtle when it comes to design and lay low when it comes to heel height. Anything exceeding a one-inch platform in front is a little drag queen and more than a little of a struggle to walk in. Don’t cling to any outrageous, chunky and colorful style, waiting for their comeback.
Love them or loathe them, they’re a fashion favorite of the future. They showcase a women’s leg without her having to show any skin, and are available in a myriad of flattering styles. They are suitable for every season; worn under skirts and tucked into boots in winter, and can be a cooler alternative to denim jeans in the summer. Basic black will never go out of style. Avoid the more trendy styles of lacey trim, ankle zips, rips and tears, and for the love of all that is good, immediately part with patterns, bright colors, elaborate embroidery, and anything that looks remotely like you could be a cast extra in Flashdance.
Let’s play word association. Jackie O? Gorgeous. Jackie O’s style? Classic. It puts images in our head of all that is chic and sophisticated. It’s no surprise then that little black dresses, ballet flats, big sunglasses, and cardigans in white, cream, beige, grey, and black are wardrobe staples. The good news is there’s really no wrong way to dress like Jackie O.
No need to commit to the full boot to get the height and look of one. Ankle boots can be worn by women of all calf sizes and are best kept if they’re made of good leather in classic black, brown, or navy. Step away from ankle boots if they are the kind to do with blink and you’ll miss it fads: faux lizard skin, studs, flaps, toes too pointy. They look cheap and nasty and are unlikely to make a comeback.
There’s something intriguing and effortlessly sexy about a women in a suit, ever since the androgynous style was introduced by Coco Chanel in the 1920s and was later popularized by film stars Marlene Dietrich in the 1930s and Diane Keaton in the 1970s. It had females fishing in their grandfather, father and boyfriend’s wardrobes for shirts, ties, and trousers in masculine shades of black, brown and grey and not much has changed. Runways and red carpets continue to be dominated by androgynous fashion. The key is to keep it fitted and incorporate femininity into your outfit. You’re going for Man! I feel like a woman, not lady looks like a dude.
What is your favorite timeless trend?
Blair Adele – sometimes better known as Vanity Blair has had a love affair with the art of writing since she knew how to hold a pen properly. While girls studied Seventeen magazine, she studied the dictionary, infatuated with expanding her vocabulary. Since the tumultuous teenage years, she has viewed trends with disdain, preferring to embrace individuality when it comes to style. “The Blair Necessities” is where she combines her objective: expressing femininity through fashion, and encouraging what sets a woman apart from the rest, with her passion for the written word. Let she who is without fear of fashion, cast the first stilletto.