… to Add to Your Current Wardrobe
A new style of clothing starts out as a Fad. If it lasts more than a season, it becomes a Trend. If women of all shapes, sizes and ages embrace it, it becomes a Modern Classic. Stay around for more than 10 years and it may be called a Classic.
Classics can be a colour eg a White Shirt or an LBD (Little Black Dress) but more often it is a design style eg a Pencil (ie straight) Skirt or a centre-buttoned Business Suit Jacket. Classics are safe. In today’s world they are often seen as dated and boring if worn in their simplest design. The LBD can be a safe, straight, sleeveless shift or become modern by being interpreted in the fabric or style that is popular today. When it comes to the classic colours of white and black, these do not suit every woman. These are cool colours and warm-skinned women need to add lower necklines and warm accessories to make these colours work for them. Classic designs are more universal.
Modern Classics are those styles created in the last 10 – 15 years that women have embraced. The crossover design in all its variations is a Modern Classic.
Here are three more Modern Classics that you, as a Baby Boomer woman, can add to your current wardrobe.
I introduced these to you in 2010 https://babyboomerpersonalstylist.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/you-heard-it-first-here/ after a holiday in the US and Canada. They have stayed around. Jeggings are a casual-wear Modern Classic. They are a combination of jeans and leggings. While all the catalogue models I find are young women, I cannot be certain which age groups are their target markets.
In Australia, under size 16, they now fit like leggings. For the Plus Size 16 -26 (Big W on the left), they are more like straight jeans.
I suspect jeggings are stayers because they are pull-on and accommodate coffee and cake without you having to undo the top button. Comfort has value to all of us despite what the fashion police may say.
Newer versions are ditching the elastic waist for ribbed waist bands. This is a smoother look and the latest Big W catalogue has shape-control jeggings on the right. (It had to come!) For those who like their jeggings more comfortable, there is ‘super stretch’.
While jeggings are a Modern Classic style, Colour Blocking is a combination of colour and style. It is staying around because it can be used to give the illusion that you are slimmer than you are like the Ezibuy dress on the left. That’s an ideal that all women embrace.
Colour Blocking also adds interest to simple tops, dresses and jackets. It can be either subtle or dramatic as in the Regatta top on the right.
The variations are infinite; so Colour Blocking can be a mixture of plain colours, textures or plain colours and patterns. When colour is combined with stripes, you have a design that will look modern til it falls apart.
This one has surprised me. I expected it to be a Trend that gets recycled every 10 – 20 years. Peplums have gone through re-inventions to now be sleeker and flatter. The first gathered peplums only suited if you had a slim waist and hips.
Now they are less gathered and cover smaller areas of your body like this Butterick 6060 on the left which has the peplum only at the front. (The pattern can also be adapted to be a colour-blocked skirt.)
Another option is an A-line peplum on tops like this Ann Taylor linen chambray peplum top on the right. These skim your hips.
Peplum tops are becoming the Modern Classic version of the older basic shell tops.
There you have it – three Modern Classics to incorporate into your Baby Boomer wardrobe= Jeggings, Colour Blocking and Peplums.
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