I turn 38 in a few weeks (what??) and if there is one thing I have learned in my many years trying to navigate fashion it is this. Just because something is a trend, doesn’t mean you should wear it.
This starts in junior high when you must own acid washed pleated jeans (see? almost 38) even though you are extremely petite and you look like a mouse trying to wear an elephants clothes. Fast forward many years and it is a mom strutting around in Daisy Dukes not realizing that her days of “we wear short shorts” are long gone.
Dress in a way that flatters. Dress in a way that is appropriate for your age (not like a teenager, not like a frumpy old lady). Dress in a way that makes you feel confident and beautiful. Don’t dress a certain way just because a magazine tells you too. Although DO dress the way I tell you to. Or better yet, don’t dress this way because I told you not to.
Here are 5 current fashion trends I beg you to avoid:
1. Cropped Tops:
I guess I should be thankful that we haven’t gone back to cropped tops with low rise panes a la Britney Spears circa 2009, but I am just not sure we need to see each other’s stomachs outside of the pool. And even then it is questionable. Even if you have done Pilates every day for the last 15 years and you have abs of steel, keep your belly covered. Thank you.
In theory these are adorable. I look at that picture and want to give it a try. But in practicality these seem one step away from a onesie. I am pretty confident you should stop wearing them after age 3. The only exception I would make is as a beach cover up. Even then tread with caution.
3. Print Jeans
I know I am a bit hypocritical on this one because I LOVE my Land’s End polka dot jeans and my Camo skimmers. BUT I think once you hit a certain age you need to modify this trend a bit. Keep your prints subtle and muted. You CAN pull it off. But with a caveat.
Sigh. Listen, back in the day I wore my overalls OUT!! And rumor has it they are coming back and that is fine if you are a teenager. But they rarely flatter (I mean even that uber skinny model looks hippy) and just feel like you should be wearing pigtails on the farm
5. What the WHAT?
Well this might be the only way I could pull off a bikini??
What fashion trends do you think shouldn’t be for the masses?