A lot of women look to bloggers like myself for style inspiration. And depending on the type of blogger, would like to try out a new style but are not so sure it will make a good look.
Those who have been my readers for a long time know that my blog is built on the principle of staying timeless in fashion choices. I believe in flattering silhouettes, simple yet professional outfits, and avoiding the display of branding and logos for elegance effect.
As a general rule, I don’t believe in trends – but that doesn’t seem I don’t try a few out now and then.
In fact, I encourage those who are still finding their own personal style, to experiment with different trends, ideas, and style themes. It’s fun and will help you determine what you like and don’t like.
When it comes to modern trends (styles you might see on the runway or street style blogger), it can be a daunting thought of doing it yourself.
“What if someone laughs at me?”
“What if I look silly wearing so and so?”
These thoughts are all normal. No one is 100% confident in trying something new. But if you want to give a new trend a shot, I have some tips for you that will help you feel more confident every step of the way.
Before you go on trying a trend, a smart thing to do is create a mood board of other people wearing the trend – so you can gather outfit ideas.
Here’s an example: If I wanted to try leopard print, I would make a secret board on Pinterest and search “leopard print outfits” in the search bar. I would pin anything that caught my eye to the secret board I just created.
Afterwards, I would start to construct my trend outfit based on what I liked and what would suit me best. That way, I have a visual representation of what my outfit might look like in the future.
If you’d rather use other social media platforms to search through, go look at your favorite style instagram accounts. Have they worn the trend? Take a screenshot for inspiration and go back to it when you’re ready to wear your new trendy outfit.
Consider Where You’d Wear A Trend First
Wearing a trend for the first time can be fun. But if you’re wearing it somewhere – say like the workplace, it may not be the best choice.
I would consider carefully where exactly (and in what situation) you’d like to try a trend out for the first time (note: for the first time, but if you know it already works, go for it).
Places like work or important social functions and engagements are probably not a wise choice to try out something new. This even applies to makeup, skincare, and hair. You don’t want to show up and for something to look unkempt or inappropriate.
It is better to wait and try a trend outside these situations. A good idea is for a night out or on the weekend.
Consider Silhouettes and Prints
The biggest confidence breaker is when something doesn’t fit right and ends up looking awkward. Just think back to those days where your mother made you try on something 2x your size (because you’d grow into it, of course). Remember how awkward and embarrassing that was?
Bad sizing is a confidence breaker – which is why I personally tend to stray from the “baggy” trend happening. It just doesn’t suit me and I know if I wear something like that, I won’t feel very confident. So if you know that a certain silhouette is not flattering for you personally, don’t try it.
The same goes for prints. If a print is too small, big, bold, or plastered in awkward places, better to skip it if it will make you not very confident.
Be Subtle About Trends
If you can’t already tell, I’m a big advocate of trying this subtly.
If I’m going to try a trend, I’m going to start small and then build up confidence to go bigger and bigger.
Back to the leopard print example: maybe I’d try it first with a scarf. Then the next time, I’d try it with a blouse. After that, perhaps I’ll try a dress or a jumpsuit.
If you can handle the smallest of trends, you can build up confidence to handle a bigger version.
Just Because It’s “Trendy” Doesn’t Mean You Need It
Trends come and go – and by the time one thing is “trendy”, another thing takes its place. In 2018, platform sneakers came and went and were soon replaced by “dad sneakers”.
That will soon be replaced by something else. And the trendsetter is left with a closet of things that…well well, that are no longer trendy!
If you have the budget and the closet capacity to try trends, by all means, try them. But don’t feel pressured to latch on to them. They’ll come back around one day. In the meantime, if you don’t feel confident enough to wear the latest trends, no one is noticing if you don’t.
That’s the beauty of style. It’s personal. Don’t feel the need to wear something if it’s not your style or in your personality.
Some of the “trends” I have loved wearing:
As previously mentioned, I don’t mind trying the occasional trend. I’ve had my fair share of “oops” and “wow” moments with them. Here are my favorite so called “trends” of 2018:
I wasn’t crazy about this one until one day, I ordered a leopard print blouse and tucked it into black skinny jeans, paired with my favorite black booties. It was very professional and perfectly elegant.
After a sporadic purchase of this sporty dress, I felt very Wimbledon chic…(is that a term?). Anyways, I paired it with black boat shoes and it was the perfect elegant dress for walking around with in the summer. I enjoy this style now for it’s ease of comfort.
Inspired by Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, I bought my first pair of print leggings that I paired with a black sweater. It looked quite lovely and also had the ease of comfort. If the Duchess could look elegant in this get up, why couldn’t it?
Trends I Was Not Confident In:
I’m sorry. This takes me back to gym class a la 2006: I had ugly sneakers my parents picked out for me from Shoe Carnival (no offense) and baggy sweats that we were all forced to wear. Mind you, we also had to work out in these sweats and sweatshirts and go back to class in them – and at the end of it all, I looked like an overheated tomato.
I could not, in good faith, wear the dad sneaker trend.
Being just under 5.0, I cannot wear anything baggy without being swallowed up by the clothes. I don’t understand the oversized trend. You take up valuable space on the sidewalk and trains with your coat that extends 3 inches out from your back.
I’m sorry. I don’t get this trend and the rigidity plastic fabric that comes with it. Don’t forget your PVC see through purses – so that thieves can see everything in there!
Honesty, is anyone comfortable with see through purses??
What trends have you tried that have been a hit or miss? How did you feel confident enough to try them? Leave a comment below. I’d like to know your thoughts.