Newer Items that Remind us of Old Trends
Quote of the day: “As I grow to understand life less and less, I learn to love it more and more.” Jules Renard
It seems as if there are two ways to look at the trends of yesterday. Either you loved them back in the day and can’t wait to wear them again. Or you are of the mindset, that if you worn the trend once, you shouldn’t wear it again.
Well, either way, trends come around again and again. It’s a fact of life. Yet I also think that even though many styles do return, they are sometimes quite different also. For instance in our Charlies Angel’s inspiration, I was wearing some flares. But my flare jeans were a recent purchase and so had spandex in them. Let’s just all breathe a sigh of relief about that fact, LOL!
So for this theme of retro styles, the three of us started out by wearing items that are actually newer items, but somehow remind us of old trends. Let me know what you’ve purchased lately that falls into this description.
Jodie’s (50+) Outfit: I started putting together this outfit with my embroidered sweater that I purchased last month with birthday rewards from the LOFT.
I have seen embroidery on everything lately, and I consider it such a lovely detail. Personally the embroidery trend reminds me of the 1970’s although I was just a kid during that time.
So as much as I realize that turtlenecks are back in style, I wanted to layer this sweater over something more unique. I just bought this lace turtleneck as a piece I could possibly wear under my green velvet dress which is sleeveless.
How fun to have a piece like this. It’s an extra layer, but may not be quite as heavy for those of you who get too warm. I found a couple in black lace or white metallic like this if you’re interested.
Then Julie from Fashion Trends and Friends posted about these tulle socks on Facebook.
For some reason, as soon as I saw them, I was intrigued. Yes, they remind me of the 1990’s, but I was wondering if they could be functional too? Could they actually keep me warm if I wanted to wear my oxfords or ballet flats in the winter?
Well, maybe you aren’t surprised but they aren’t super warm. But they still tickle my fancy. I found another pair online that isn’t so expensive. But I will tell you that they don’t stay up which is a little annoying. So I ended up adding clear elastic at the top.
I will admit a couple of things about this outfit. It’s totally an outfit I wouldn’t have put together years ago for a couple of reasons.
One, I rarely style monochromatic outfits. I’m not sure exactly why, but I tend to have more fun with contrast in my outfits. Therefore, I thought I should push myself out of my box and try it.
Two, these shoes are more masculine than I would have worn before blogging. But oxfords have recently seemed cool to me, so I tried this pair. And just so you know, I now have another pair. The best thing is they are comfortable and they come in fun colors. Like silver or mauve.
And third, I left off the necklace. Shocking, I know. But I wanted to keep the focus on the embroidered sleeves. I have to say, that next time I’ll probably wear a necklace….
Nancy’s (60+) Outfit: For Nancy’s newer items outfit, she grabbed her choker necklace.
This has definitely been a blast from the past trend, and one that many of my older friends have pooh poohed. And I’m not sure exactly why. It creates a focal point towards the top of your body, which can be great. Especially during this time after the “eat too much” season.
The other wonderful thing about choker necklaces, is the fact that they aren’t expensive. So you can indulge in the trend for less than $10 with a black one or a pink one. And then when you’re tired of them, it’s not a huge loss.
The other newer trend that is everywhere is leopard print.
My mom made this purse for Nancy since both she & I already have one. Mom used a purchased place-mat that she then transformed into a cross-body purse. Sometimes I tuck the strap into the body of the purse, and carry it like a clutch.
For those of us who still think of the leopard print as too wild and crazy, then a purse is the perfect way to incorporate it. The print could be more subtle on the purse, or it could be front and center.
The rest of Nancy’s outfit centered around the choker necklace. Since the choker is black, she wanted to stand out but yet look like it was planned. That’s why she layered a black shirt first, and then added the white blouse and green jacket.
We’ve styled the basic white blouse before on the blog, and it always surprises me at how great it looks with everything. And then having a casual jacket is always such a wonderful way to finish off an outfit. Even if you have a structured blazer sitting in your closet, I think it works perfectly to pull them out with casual items.
However, if you got rid of most of those blazers, then check out the fun jackets that are available now. A velvet moto jacket could add pizzazz to almost anything, or a beaded bomber could be different.
Charlotte’s (70+) Outfit: Another trend that has made a comeback lately is the maxi skirts.
I know most of us think of these skirts as something for the summer months, but just last winter, we tried to make them more versatile. My mom recently bought this maxi skirt when thredUp offered the extra discount to my readers. And really, I think that maxis are perfect for keeping warm because you can layer quite a bit under it without anyone knowing.
My mom matched the black from her skirt for her shirt, and then added a gold scarf. We’ve styled scarves on the blog many times, because they are such a great way to add color or interest to an outfit.
This gold scarf is one of those that can be transformed into a wrap along with many different looks like the one I found online. I’m sure you’ll be seeing it many more times on the blog, unless I steal it from mom, ha ha! She just bought this accessory while we visited Frisco, which you’ll read all about next week.
The accessories my mom chose were mostly black to match her shirt.
My mom has always worn lots of rings on her fingers, and I’ve just started to include some in my outfits too. I think the hardest part about rings is figuring out which size you are because maybe you want to wear it on different fingers. So when I found rings that work for any finger, I thought they were perfect. They come in many different styles like this flower one or even stretch ones.
Even though maxi skirts might seem dressier, and the holidays are over, they can certainly be worn for both kinds of events. The black maxi would be almost as versatile as black pants. Or even a print maxi would be very appropriate for so many occasions.
The way I look at the maxi skirt is if and when they go out of style, then you could end up altering it to make it shorter.
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I found some more of these newer items that remind me of old trends: