Spring is almost upon us. Almost. And when the seasons change, you know that every morning show, talk show and magazine is going to be all about the "fashion trends" this season. So called "fashion trends" drive me nuts, and I'll tell you why.
First off, I'm not a shopper, well, unless you count grocery shopping - that I do a lot of - but in general I have much more important things to spend my money on at this point in my life. Things like the mortgage pa yment, shoes and clothes for the little guy, food, and gas. Those things take precedence over my wardrobe at this point, and I'm usually okay with that. I do buy a few new pieces every year, especially for summer, because even though I have been pretty much the same size since high school, my body seems to change and some clothes just don't fit right from year to year. The greatest fashion atrocities are clothes that do not fit right. I absolutely abhor tight fitting clothing, which sometimes means my pants can be a little more loose fitting than they maybe should be. I must admit, I don't always take the time to head to the tailor to get them fitted correctly, so I am guilty of baggy clothing at times.
I will also admit that my clothing purchases do not always revolve around my ill-fitting clothes from the previous year. Sometimes it is just nice to have a couple new pieces. That's usually when I submit a few extra freelance articles and go on a mini-spree. I'm sure that compared to most people's shopping sprees mine are pretty pathetic, but they nonetheless constitute a spree in my book.
I often purchase summer clothing in late summer when all the stores seem to putting out their Christmas merchandise. Last year at the end of August I purchased two of the cutest capri pants ever at Herbergers for around $2.00 each. I've worn them very minimally since winter here in North Dakota usually begins around October, but they are ready and waiting in my closet for this spring.
I do this because while some might gasp in horror that I'm wearing "last year's fashions" this year, I nonetheless wear them proudly. As long as the piece is well structured, isn't completely trendy and fits your body in all the right places, I say, wear it until it comes apart in the washer.
Take this pink top from Old Navy. It's affordable, and because it has some structure to it, it will flatter most body types and isn't likely to go out of style in the near future. Another flattering piece for spring, especially for those in climates where it might be a bit chilly still in the spring, is this button neck sweater with 3/4 length sleeves from Lane Bryant. It works well if you're trying to hide a belly that maybe isn't exactly your best feature because it is a light fabric, has a little bit of stretch to it, but it's still structured.
One reason fashion trends bum me out so much is that I might really like the way a top is cut, or I might like a pattern that I see in the summer, but by the following summer, it's considered out of style and I never see it again. Take the last couple years for instance, I could walk around the mall for hours trying to find a top that didn't make my belly look five months pregnant. Really, I don't know why anyone finds that flattering, but that's been the "in" style. One way I get around that is with thrift stores like Savers. I find stuff at Savers that I could never find in the stores. My most recent thrift store purchase was a '70s inspired brown and orange floral dress that I think rocks. My mother thinks it's the ugliest thing she's ever seen, but I love it, and it fits me perfectly.
O r skinny jeans, I hate skinny jeans, and for a little while there it was hard to find much else. I am super excited that I'm seeing wide leg pants in a lot of stores at reasonable prices. Especially if you have anything about your legs or hind end that you'd like to hide, wide leg pants are wonderful. Anything with a straight line from your butt to your ankles is a good pant purchase in my opinion, and in the opinion of style specialists like Stacy and Clinton from What Not to Wear on TLC. And believe it or not, Victoria's Secret actually has a wonderful collection of wide leg pants that are fairly reasonably priced.
Some of them are a little too wide and won't be flattering on all figures, and of course the high waist look is apparently fashionable according to those in the fashion world, so you'll find a little of that in their collection too. My advice on the high waist look is that if you have anything about your mid-section that is not flat as a pancake, make sure you have good undergarments that will suck in the belly before trying the high waist pants.
Another trend I'm happy to see this spring is preppy florals, as I like to call them. This dress is from Chadwicks.
If you are more full-figured, skirts will probably be more flattering on you, but I'm glad that dresses and tops like this one can be found this season. I think every woman should have at least a little something ruffly in the closet, especially for spring.