Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Fresh Takes on Old Looks

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What I love about fashion is that if you wait long enough, things will eventually come back into style. It is cyclical and linear at the same time — old trends become new again, but with modern perspective and fabrics.

From fringe to floral, the 1970s are back in a big way, baby. The trends for spring and summer reflect vibrant pattern and casual comfort, but there’s no sign of the heavy polyester used in the 70s. In their place we find softer fabrics like cotton and chiffon, which move better than their vintage counterpart.

Bohemian-inspired dresses give props to the 70s without actually looking like a prop. From the long and flowing to the short and playful, these dresses in bold florals or colorful abstract designs are every bit as comfortable as they look. Pair a long trapeze dress with your favorite flat sandals for a casual day out in the sun. For a chic evening look, select a dress with a higher hemline and lower neckline and pair it with a great pair of high heels to elongate your legs.

The prim and proper gingham and polo style shirts nod to decades past, but are showing up on modern fashion runways (gingham has been around for centuries, yet I most often associate it with styles from the 1950s). From skirts to dresses, gingham has made a big comeback, and you can easily pair new items with ones you already have in your closet.

Gingham skirts are full A-lines falling just below the knee and are often paired with matching close-fitting cropped tops.  The skirts hit higher on the waist, so don’t be scared of the crop top — only a small portion of your torso ends up showing through, so it’s subtlty sexy and still classy.  However, if crop tops are not in your comfort zone, you can wear the skirt with a tucked in fitted tee shirt or tank top. Complete the outfit with strappy sandals for a delicate look, or go a little bolder with platform heels.

The polo style shirt has a new mainstream life beyond the preppy set. That ubiquitous collar is being used for more than just shirts; sweaters are getting in on the polo game as well. By using the traditional polo collars and buttons, sweaters are getting a visual upgrade.  Try wearing sweaters in the season’s popular colors of yellow, military green and white.  Wear them with items already in your wardrobe, such as jeans, skirts, and capris. Unless you are actually going to play tennis, please avoid wearing sneakers with your polo; sandals, flats, wedges, and heels will help dress up an otherwise casual sweater

There are so many great dresses to choose from this season, it was hard to pick my favorite, as there’s something for every shape and style. There are flowing wrap dresses, fit and flare, and revitalized shirt-dresses revised to look modern and elegant.  Trends also include the one shoulder dress and sheer fabrics using lace to provide hints of sexiness without being too revealing. If you choose a boxy dress, pair it with a belt that hits at your narrowest part (just below the rib cage).

As in seasons past, black/white and blue/white color combinations are very popular. Neutrals such as browns, khaki, and military green are mainstays in fashion and can be paired with most anything. Yellow is the new color du jour, but it’s a hard color to wear and is not ideal for every skin tone. Keeping in mind that it’s sometimes a slippery slope from looking fashionable to looking foolish, wear yellow with caution. How about looking trendy by adding a yellow accessory? From bracelets to bags, there are great ways to incorporate yellow without having to actually wear it.

Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue is not just a adage for weddings — apply it to fashion. Taking something you already own and pairing it with something new is the best way to keep your style current without breaking the bank. Fashion is always borrowing inspiration from decades past, and you can never go wrong with wearing blue. It is a universally flattering color with shades that compliment every skin tone.

So there you have it, all of my favorite finds for this season. Can you dig it?

By Raven Peterson

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