One day when I was wearing some skinny jeans for a day of teaching, I looked around and realized that ALL my kids were wearing wide jeans baggy jeans. And frankly, I felt like a bit of a dinosaur! I guess teaching high school does keep me young in some ways (and makes me feel ancient in others). Anyway, later that day I was picking up make-up wipes at Target and couldn’t help but trying on these jeans and loving them!
It’s always so fun to watch the runway shows, even if it’s just on social media! I love seeing the creativity and art of it all. And because the fashion world is all related, it’s always interesting to see what trends are showing up in the collective fashion consciousness.
As I’ve said before, I look at trends as a fun way to expand and freshen up my wardrobe. I never feel like I must follow a trend, but when a trend comes along that I like, I know that will be a good investment piece for me.
Here are the biggest trends, along with some discussion, and as well as a note on how I will (or will not) be incorporating these trends into my daily style.
Belly Button Windows
Here are looks from LaQuan Smith, Monse, and Fendi shows. The belly button is peeking out all over the place on the runway! From totally bare midriffs to more subtle belly button “windows,” this look is definitely in. And while I dared to bare a midriff in the early aughts, I will definitely be skipping the trend this time around! What I might do though is wear the belly button window look, but with a tank or something showing instead of my actually belly. And just to be clear, I’m not saying any age is too old to wear this, but I personally will be passing!
Bell Bottoms/Puddle Pants
This is a trend I love, love, love! Here are looks from Peter Do, Lafayette 148, and R13. I just bought some very long baggy jeans to wear for fall. My only concern with this trend is that it takes me a minute to see my hems drag on the ground and be okay with it. Right this moment, I’m a little obsessed with this Del Core suit with wide leg long pants, but I can’t imagine spending THAT much money on something that will be dragging on the ground.
Here are looks from JW Anderson, Bach Mai, and Proenza Schouler. I remember having a bubble skirt in the late 80’s. Anyone remember that trend from way back when? I will probably be skipping it this time around, though the way the Proenza Schouler styled this look, it really does look sophisticated and cool.
Luar, Dion Lee, and Frankie all showed off their cargo looks on the runway. I love the look. It’s kind of like urban adventure gear! Cargo pants aren’t usually too flattering on me though, so it would definitely need to be just the right pair of pants to get me to invest. I will keep an eye out for a good utility jacket though.
I have a utility vest from the Gap that’s probably 10 years old and always makes every closet clean-out cut. I just pulled that out and think it actually looks really fresh again. Style tip: always check your closet before you go spend!
Neons are so fun and eye-catching! Although I love these head to toe neon looks from Molly Goddard, Wiederhoeft, and Aliette, I will probably settle on adding a pop of neon here and there instead. Maybe a neon bag or sweater? I’ll be keeping my eyes open. I love charcoal gray with neon green, so I do have a desire to create a look with these two shades!
Well Dear Readers, what do you think? Are any of these trends making you feel excited and ready for a new piece? Are there any trends that you’ll definitely be passing on?
Fun & Fashion,
About the blog: Fashion Should Be Fun is me talking to you, other middle aged women like me who are over 40, but not over fashion. We still want to look beautiful and stylish. We still want to have fun with trends. And we don’t need anyone giving us rules, because we’re all different. We all have our own shapes and bodies, parts we’d like to cover and parts we still don’t mind showing off a bit. This is a place for me to share my love of fashion with you, style ideas, tips, trends, and inspiration. I know how liking the way we look can translate into confidence and energy. I know we have so much life left to live and so much adventure ahead of us. Let’s show the world you’re never too old to have fun and be fierce!
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Did you know that Hot Girl Summer is being followed by Horse Girl Fall this year?!! That’s what I’ve heard the Equestrian trend called and I think it’s so cute. So when Banana Republic asked me to pick out a couple of pieces, I had to choose this well-made riding vest, along with an absolutely dreamy ruffled skirt!
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To be perfectly honest, I didn’t choose these two pieces to go together. I pictured the skirt with a tie-waist white blouse and the vest with a turtleneck, jeans, and riding boots! But … I couldn’t help but try them together and I love how this look turned out!
This bag was a gift from Strathberry. All opinions are totally my own.
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Why I LOVE Strathberry
Strathberry is a luxury leather goods brand, created by a husband and wife team and based in Scotland. The handbags are works of art, with minimalist modern design. Each bag is carefully constructed by hand and takes about 20 hours to make. The work happens in Spain with dedicated craftsmen and only the finest Spanish leather. The timeless design, the high-quality leather, and the superb attention to detail make a Strathberry bag a heritage piece that that you’ll have forever.
Why I LOVE The Lana Midi Bucket Tote
The Lana Midi Tote is perfect size for carrying all of my everyday necessities. The interior space is roomy, with a soft microfibre lining, zipped side pocket, and a magnetic fastening at the top. The look of the bag is just yummy, with an unusual mix of smooth and pebbled calf leather to add such rich texture. The stitching on a Strathberry bag is always impeccable. The strap can be adjusted to fit as a shoulder bag or a crossbody bag. I love the colorblock choice here, tan and vanilla for neutrals, and a pop of unexpected mustard yellow! This gorgeous tote is also available in other colors, like navy, tan, tan with green, and black and vanilla.
Do you ever attempt to recreate outfits you’ve seen on social media? I love to do this and I even love the posts where bloggers show you their outfit inspiration. I would do that, but I’m always worried about copyright infringement.
This outfit is my attempt to recreate a few looks that I’ve been seeing on Instagram and Tik Tok recently. I was pretty happy with the way that it came out, but it’s not perfect.
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