Wardrobe Essentials 3: The Trends.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I think I've said it before, and I will say it again, I have never considered myself to be "trendy." Sure, I follow trends, but time and time again I find myself buying pieces that I will love this season and the next (and the next and the next, etc.) I would hate to purchase something only to find out a few months later that it has gone out of style or worse that I look too young in what I am wearing. I always feel that as a mom, and as someone now in my thirties, that it has become more and more important to dress my age. That being said there are a few "trends" that I am loving right now. I have tried to wear each in a way that is both age, and mom appropriate. 

1) Embellishment.
Oh how I love me some embellishment. Seriously, if it wasn't against the law I am pretty sure that I would have bedazzled my kid by now (you think I'm joking don't you?) While I love to look at embellishment, I'm not always sure I like to wear so much flash. This bolero adds just the right amount of sparkle, without being too over the top. Bolero vintage by Zara.


2) A Skinny Vest.
This is one trend that I fell in love with a year or so ago but I always thought that this look was definitely for women in their twenties. I don't know why but I just figured that this was one thing that I was too old for. That was of course before Gwyneth came along. Back when GOOP was good (remember that?) she featured this vest in one of her newsletters. I loved the look on her, and basically stalked this vest online until I found at a more reasonable price point. I usually wear it with boyfriend or skinny jeans and a white tank. Vest by Mason.

3) Crochet.
Crochet is a super hot trend right now, and I for one am LOVING it. I am almost on the verge of learning how to do it just so I can fashion some seriously hot Summer garments for myself. Until then this sweater will have to do the trick. Sweater Bird by Juicy. (if you haven't checked out this line it has some pretty amazing stuff, and no there are no logos on the butt (thank god!))

4) Liquid Leggings and 
5) Over The Knee (OTK) Boots.
This is another trend normally reserved for the young, but I just couldn't resist. I typically pair both with black and try to stay as classic or understated on top as I can. As you can see I think it makes for a pretty fierce and age appropriate(ish) look. Boots by Joie, and Leggings 10 dollars from unknown online retailer.

6) Leather.
Do you all remember that girl from Project Runway that made everything out of leather, pronounced (LeTH-AAAA)? I still can't say the word without thinking of her! Pronunciation aside I am a huge fan of the leather jacket. This almost made my list of essentials, but was narrowly beat out by the boyfriend blazer. I love the way a leather jacket can add so much dimension and texture to an outfit. Plus it just makes me feel like one bad ass bitch. This quilted version adds a little more softness to the trend and can be worn with almost anything pretty much all year long. I love pairing mine with florals to "girly" up the look. Jacket by Tory Burch. 

7) Army Jacket. 
This season it seems like the army jacket is everywhere, and I for one couldn't be happier about this trend. It's comfy, it's cool, and it adds a little "something" to almost any outfit. I typically wear mine with a super casual look, like the one below, but I have been know to also throw it over a spring dress. This is one trend that I hope becomes a classic. Jacket by Calypso. 

So there you have it, the clothes, the shoes, and the trends. I hope you guys got a kick out of going through my wardrobe with me because I had a blast putting this together. I must admit that I was pretty exhausted from all of the wardrobe changes. All that dressing and re-dressing kind of made me feel sorry for Giselle, thinking she must go through this on a weekly basis..... NOT! 

Tomorrow I'll be back to posting as usual, until then...


Julie Q said...

these posts have been so fun!!! And i've only seen OTK boots once in real life at Gretta Cole Salon in wellesley, and they are so fricking cool with the right outfit (and that pic is def the right outfit!)

Anonymous said...

The knock-kneed, left foot pigeon-toed stance makes you look like a stroke victim.

Yummy Mummy said...

So you're trying to say there is not a career in standing for me in the future? Good to know!


Jodi said...

That was very politically incorrect. Stroke victims can't help it. Yum you are so thin. Keep up the good work. I learn alot from your fashion posts.

Grace in CO said...

Wow, it never ceases to amaze me what people will say/write.

Anyway, I have thoroughly enjoyed your fashion posts, and have decided that my favorite item is the purple shirt dress.

Emily said...

You are so adorable. Here's to hoping I look that good at 30 :)

MerciBlahBlah said...

First of all - I just found your blog through Lou, Boos, and Shoes, and became a follower immediately. Secondly - if you ever decide you're tired of that DOPE Zara bolero, I'd be happy to make you an offer for it. Seriously. Thing three - I love love loves me an army jacket, have one of me own and wear it probably waaay too much. Finally, isn't it funny how anytime you see a snarky comment, it is almost always an anonymous one? It's so easy to be critical when no one knows who you are, isn't it? The Douche of the Day goes to Anon at 10:42 a.m. Congrats!!!


Anonymous said...

Yummy....so do you help your friends redo their wardrobes often? I read in your shoe post that you helped a friend redo their closet. And I need help! I have lots of great pieces, but sometimes don't know how to put them together and don't know what I should add to my collection. So anyway, I could use your help! I just absolutly love your fashion sense/style...it is so similar to mine. Could you help me?? I could send you pics or something and you give me advice...be my personal shopping consultant! haha Let me know and I'll give you my info!

Anonymous said...

Where do you shop online?

Polly said...

Leaatttha - yes I cannot say leather without saying it like this haha. I loved her, she was a hoot!

Anonymous said...

Hi! Where did you get your jeans? I've been looking for some just like that...

Yummy Mummy said...

Anon 1: I do help a lot of my friends with their clothes. I would be happy to take a look if you want to take pictures and send them my way! :)

Anon 2: The jeans are current elliot. Check Barneys, I'm sure you can find them there and probably on sale!


FortyNotOut said...

Finally I get to take a peek inside my transatlantic soul sisters wardrobe!! And all I can say is I DIE! Where to start??? I love all your trend pieces and you're bang on in how you wear them. First of all, you don't need to worry about age appropriate - you work them all in exactly the right way! Love that army jacket and am now craving one in a serious way! I just bought a crochet knit too and have a long line nude vest to wear underneath. Off to check out your other posts and am having an idea as I type.. will be in touch! xxx