Everybody wants to look great, right? Everyone wants to look like they have a solid fashion sense, regardless if it’s fashionista, hipster, professional, or something else. When a person says they don’t want to look trendy, they’re even more concerned than the average person about not looking on trend enough. The same is true when someone says that they don’t do trends; that they only wear things they describe as “classic”.
Classic is great – if it truly fits the definition and it looks right. A gorgeous, well-fitted suit, for example, will never go out of style. That is “classic.” Schlepping around in whatever you found at the back of your closet is not “classic” – it’s just out-of-date. Khakis, for example: not classic. Just out-of-date. And horribly unflattering.So, how do we, the women of the world, avoid such pitfalls? Well, the first solution is simply common sense: something that was all the rage last season will be out next season or the year after that. If it’s really a big fad (like, say, the thigh-high craze in 1994 – which is back today, marketed as “over-the-knee” socks), don’t repeat it until you see it in Vogue.
What’s the story right now? If you don’t want to look dated, don’t wear these:
1) Bellbottoms. These went out with the early 2000s, and they don’t look to be making a comeback anytime soon. If you’ve got bellbottoms that you wear frequently, put them away in a safe place (because this trend will, like even the most reviled fads, come back), and go pick yourself up some skinny jeans. They will instantly freshen up your wardrobe. Don’t want to do skinny jeans? Straight-leg styles will also do the trick.
2) Hip belts. I sympathize with you women out there who cannot wear a traditional belt around the waist – in fact, I am among your ranks. Those of us with long legs and short torsos simply cannot wear belts around our waists – it looks hideous. The answer, however, is not to wear one around your hips. Hip belts have been out since the early 2000s as well (maybe even the late 90s), and you’ll only succeed in looking dated. Instead, avoid all belts until hip belts come back in (and they will, rest assured).
3) Juicy Couture Sweat Suits. Yeah, I know: they’re comfy, they look cute, and everyone knows Juicy. Here’s the problem: terrycloth is a fad that disappeared about two-three years ago. It’s not back and it’s not still going. And while they look cute for sweat suits, they still look like sweat suits. They’re sloppy. I personally blame Juicy for setting in motion the horrible trend of women running errands and shopping in pajamas and slippers. It’s not okay. So, put the sweat suit away (unless you’re staying at home), and put on a real outfit. It’s time for women to get dressed again.