Today is the perfect day for those of us who love fashion over 50 to discuss the warnings associated with this year’s spring trends and prints in order to be fabulous and not frumpy. Yesterday on Would You Wear It, I featured muted tie dye garments by Simply Vera Wang at Kohl’s and Jennifer featured bold bright prints from Ann Taylor. Neither of the displayed outfits would work for me, because of the designs and the prints. I have always loved prints…the bolder, the better. However, as I age, I find that when I try on many prints, I look in the mirror and see an older woman…not one feeling 40! Some trends this year will land us right in frumpy-town if we are not careful.
This is how I looked yesterday to go to the Rummage Around sale at Goodwill San Antonio. A very neutral, laid back, comfortable style. But, a style I feel confident in. Lately, my most confident outfits are neutrals with fun prints in accessories. I will wear prints this spring and summer…once again…I do love them. But it has to be a certain type of print and designed in a flattering garment that fits. It also has to feature colors that I can wear.
About three years ago, if I needed an inexpensive, stylish garment I would go to Simply Vera at Kohl’s to find something. But, when I dropped by there on Friday, I was shocked. First of all, there were a lot of clothes still on the floor that were not spring collection items. I think I know why. The colors were drab or too over the top (like the tops above)…. designs were not flattering…fabrics and construction were very cheap…and trend items like the tie dye and the ombre were just not attractive. Note: You should be very careful of ombre prints. Often the colors do not hit in a flattering way as they go from shade to shade.
I do not believe this strange, sweatshirt garment (below) would flatter anyone. So, I am sad to see this happen to this line of clothing because I did previously really like it. I will give the next collection a look to see if anything changes. But, these current styles, prints, and colors would AGE us! So, beware.
On the positive side, this mannequin pictured first on the blog today is from Nine West (sitting right next to Simply Vera), I would wear. I like the look and the animal print jacket is not too loud or over-styled. I like the dark wash jeans and the blouse tied in the front.
When I shop and look at prints, I am very discerning because I want to dress confidently in sync with the age I feel and not age myself more with what I wear. I ask, “What does this say about me?” I am then considering:
- The fit of the garment
- The size of the print…is it going to wear me or the other way around.
- Does the garment look quality and well made? The quality of the fabric has so much to do with whether I like the print or not.
- Does the print meet my style adjectives…if not, it stays in the store?
- Is the garment in my color story?
I saw this woman at Goodwill while I was shopping and I asked her if I could take her picture because I believed she looked stylish and confident. She also was wearing neutrals. I do have a few prints on my radar for spring and put them in the slideshow below, but you will notice there are not many florals or polka dots. For some reason, I do feel older when I wear those two prints…unless the design is super chic and classic. Now, these next two new prints I have in my closet from Chico’s worked for me. The fit, quality, style adjectives, and color all work together and I feel like my youthful, confident self. They are new purchases recently featured on the blog.
One of our wonderful “Lindas” commented yesterday that she was not impressed so far with spring trends and I would have to agree. I am waiting to have my socks knocked off…but bringing back tie dye, for me, doesn’t do it. So, tell us ladies…. are there prints which result in you feeling older when you wear them? Do you understand what I am saying about prints currently on the market? Do you understand why I am throwing up a red flag about some of these? Please join in.
SPRING TREND SLIDESHOW I WOULD WEAR
A NOTE ABOUT MY PAST WEEK
The kind comments yesterday about my difficult week last week were so sweet. Thanks to all of you…but I assure you…I am fine. One difficult week will not get me down! I have some decisions to make and for those of you who pray…please pray for me to listen and to have the courage to follow. Also, I did start my day on Saturday with a facial, manicure, and pedicure and that always clears the mind…right? Life is just too short to let the challenges and frustrations shut us down…we must keep going and not give in to difficulties. Thank you, sweet readers and friends.
POSITIVE AGING QUOTE
“The older I get, the more impressed I am with women. I have yet to meet a woman who is not strong. They don’t exist.” – Diane Von Furstenberg
By Pamela Lutrell