May 25, 2017
I get dozens of these lists, and once in a while I actually take a look to see if there are any fresh ideas I can learn, or at a minimum some insights into the fashion zeitgeist that I can observe… In all fairness, this list was written by a young lady half my age, so her insights might be very different from mine!
In finding examples of these trends, I’ve tried to stick to relatively inexpensive pieces (with 1 exception I can remember). If you’re tempted by a trend, it only makes sense not to spend the monthly grocery budget on an item that you might not want to EVER see again after Labor Day. (aka early September…)
As always, some aren’t bad ideas, some are ridiculous, and many of them depend on the individual. At no point in time is there EVER a must-have item for every women. Never. No garment is universally required… And unless you are literally struggling to be adequately and appropriately clothed, you don’t need to buy anything.
So let’s see what we were told to buy this time…
1. Statement Sunglasses: I think if you’re wearing any sunglasses, they make a statement! And any woman anywhere better already OWN some sunglasses, because they’re important for protecting your eye health. This isn’t about beauty…
And let’s be realistic – it’s not frivolous to have more than one pair of sunglasses!
2. A Romper? I’m sure that one of you wears a 1-piece shorts and top combo successfully, but that’s about as far from necessary as humanly possible. Many of them that I saw were either insultingly infantile, or absurdly provocative for a garment that was originally a toddlers’ play garment.
I’m offering up the thought that your wardrobe might be brightened up quite a bit if you add a fun pair of shorts. These would bring a bit of pizazz to the most staid tee shirt:
3. Maxi Dresses… A definite “it depends.” Don’t wear them so long that they drag on the ground, and you’re okay. I rarely see them in the city looking “right,” (and don’t ask me to pinpoint what that means – the women wearing them just seem uncomfortable) but out on our patio/deck, they look lovely. This is a case where you have to know yourself and do what’s best for you! (but please avoid the “I never went to the prom” look…)
4. Ankle-wrap sandals. Well, these are cute as heck – especially those silver ones that look like a little jeweled cobweb!
But you have to remember that the straps aren’t going to stay UP on your leg unless you tie them tight enough to cut off circulation to your pedicure. (they spray adhesive on the models’ legs…) And your sunscreen’s going to get ALL OVER those pretty white canvas straps. If you can live with those 2 caveats, these are a fun little update for the season.
5. A Weekend Bag… don’t we already HAVE these? As I said, the target market for this list was obviously women much younger than I am! But it’s certainly reasonable to make sure that you’ve got a nice bag to carry for an overnight adventure; maybe this is the right time to pull out what we currently have and see if we’re due for an upgrade…
6. Denim Cut-Offs. No. Unless you’ve worn out a pair of jeans ON YOUR OWN to the point that cutting them off makes sense, this is a completely silly trend, along the lines of the billions of pairs of distressed jeans currently in the world. (actually, I wonder how many pairs of those there are… hmm….)
But unless you live in the hottest place imaginable (and you just might!), this could be a reasonable time to get a new pair of jeans. The white ones here are described as “lightweight;” I could be tempted to order them just to see what that’s like. And if you avoid shorts and skirts, a pair of cropped jeans make sense, don’t they?
7. A Denim Jacket. This is another one of those things that I have to imagine you already own, if you want one… but there’s always an opportunity to get a nicer (or more weathered?) one, or get something denim that’s far from the traditional jacket. This smock is really appealing; I’d wear it with leggings and boots over a black turtleneck in the dead of winter!
8. A lace or eyelet top. Heck yes! Why not? Don’t spend a fortune (well, the black one isn’t cheap…), and this could be something that you wear every week until it falls into teeny shreds in the bottom of the washer. This is a case in which a trend can be wearable by almost anyone…
9. Gold Jewelry. Hmmm… I never think of jewelry as being seasonal! But I think it could be fun to buy a new piece of moderately-priced jewelry and just wear the heck out of it every day until the weather changes, or your skin starts to turn green! I bought a black necklace recent – from J.Jill – and I intend to have it on with great regularity until the days start to get shorter…
(yes, the bracelet is available with the full range of birthstones…)
10. Swimwear with ruffles. This could be GENIUS for some of us, who would love the ruffle to augment an area that’s diminished, or to distract from something that’s not up for inspection. And I broke one of my normal rules for The Vivienne Files by including the black suit with the front ruffle – I think it’s got that much potential.
But that ruffle-shoulder one? Or the 1-shoulder? It’s not like me to be so attracted to swimsuits!
I was surprised that this list didn’t include off-the-shoulder tops, which seem to be absolutely ubiquitous, or the weirdly tricky “choker” tops, where a strip of fabric that goes around your neck is attached to an otherwise normal top. But one of the things that comes along with constantly churning store inventories (as opposed to back in the day when stores got shipments once a month) is that odd little mini-trends are going to spring up, and die just as quickly.
Any trends you’re jumping on this year? I will need new jeans at some juncture, but otherwise I think I’m pretty well covered for the heat and fun to come!