Current trend dressing versus modern classic dressing is a continuing female dilemma. How do you come to a happy mix of the two? In the 21st century what makes a Stylish Baby Boomer Woman?
Many articles that I read today still cling to the old idea that for a woman to be stylish, she should stick to tried and true classic styles. The latest article I read on ageless style [‘Ms En Scene’ in QWeekend Magazine, 5-6 November,2016] showed very classic dresses, shirts and pants. (As an aside they were all in spring colours; so appealed to only a quarter of women.) A wardrobe full of these styles is fine for women with a classic, elegant personality.
It’s slowly dawning on fashion writers and the fashion industry that today’s Baby Boomer women are more vibrant and active than their mothers were. We want fashion with an edge to represent our continuing interest in dressing and the variety of work and leisure options available to us.
In this article, let me introduce you to one of the style secrets that I teach my Baby Boomer clients.
Modern Classic Dressing
Classic styles will always have a place in our wardrobes. Over the last ten years, designers have introduced us to styles that have become Modern Classics.
Classics and Modern Classics fulfil the same three criteria –
- They are slimming styles
- They look great on women of all ages
- They can be interpreted in many variations
Colour-blocked dresses and tops meet these criteria.
The Noni B dress on the left is blocked on the Princess Line. Whether from the shoulder or the underarm, this is a slimming line that suits all women. The two Taking Shape dresses have colour blocking on a diagonal line. Diagonals are slimming as they break up your body and draw your eyes downward not across your body. The Yeojin Bae dress from Myer on the right uses colour blocking across the narrowest parts of your body.
Colour blocking works well for tops as well as dresses, jumpers and tunics.
The Taking Shape top on the left is divided at the Empire Line under your bust and floats gently over your midriff, waist and hips –hiding and slimming your possible problem areas. The centre top from Noni B has the horizontal stripe on the slimming Princess Line. The Fuchsia and black abstract pattern has a vertical illusion to it. On the right, the Estelle Plus top has the black colour skimming your body suggesting a womanly curvy shape. All these tops draws attention upward to your face.
All, with the possible exception of the Yeojin Bae dress, can be worn by women of any age and shape.
Colour blocking is only limited by the imagination of the fashion designer. Many website and local boutiques like Taking Shape build their business base around colour-blocked styles.
You can add as many of these styles to your wardrobe and you will look and feel modern. You’ll also have plenty of dressing choices. My clients don’t complain about having a ‘wardrobe full and nothing to wear’.
Short-term Trend Dressing
Trends are those styles that designers recycle many years apart so that they seem new to the young. We’ve all been there. They may or may not be slimming. The ways to interpret them are limited. They generally appeal to a specific group of women.
The current ‘cold shoulder’ trend fits this perfectly. Showing a bit of shoulder will not make you look slimmer. The style variations are limited. They are more appealing that the ‘off-the-shoulder’ styles as you can wear a normal bra under them. Strapless bras can be a pain. If your reaction is more ‘been there; worn that’ rather than ‘ooh, that’s interesting and different’, you are looking at a style with a limited life span.
Current Trend versus Modern Classics – Which Do You Choose?
I advise my clients to have a fair percentage of modern classics in their wardrobe.
With current trends like the ‘cold shoulder’ style, you need to consider these questions – Are you looking at wearing it for work or leisure? Does it fit your personality? (Do you prefer it fitted, loose and baggy, easy to wash etc?) Do you like the style? How much are you prepared to spend on something that will be a short-term resident of your wardrobe? Answer these and it easily becomes apparent whether a current trend is right for you.
With age, hopefully comes dressing and spending wisdom. When you know where you are going and who you want to be, your choices become clear.
Next week, I’ll let you in on a Baby Boomer Style Secret – How to turn a Current Trend into something stylish that you can wear for years.
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