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4 Reasons Why Fashion Trends Still Matter

Wipe off the sweat for just a moment and think a few weeks in the future.  Imagine the soup simmering on the stove…the spice tea steeping in the pot…and the aroma of pumpkin bread saturating your kitchen.   Every season comes with changes: foods, weather, activities, holidays, and, fashion.  Variety is the spice of life, right? So get ready for Fall 2014 fashion trends!

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It helps to look at seasonal fashion trends as the beautiful changes which can arrive with each new time of year.  I will agree they are also a marketing technique meant to make money for those in the industry. I don’t have a problem with companies seeking ways to stay alive. I do think it’s important for the American economy.  I have a brain. I can decide whether to participate in a trend.  My choice, so I do not fault the industry for bringing the trends.

“Fashion changes, but style endures,” were the words of the iconic Coco Chanel.  She was right to see fabulous, classic, style will endure no matter what trend is splashed across the front of a magazine.  We all know these trends go around and around throughout our lifetime, meaning polka dot prints are not new and we will see bell bottoms again.

Why should we care about the Fall 2014 Fashion Trends

…or any season?  Please consider these suggestions:

  1. A trend might fit right in line with your own personal style.

    We all must decide what we want to communicate with our clothing and then decide which garments send those messages.  Always try things on before you scoff at them.  The shorter pant trend could very well be you!  If you have not tried it, head to the dressing room and look at all sides in those three-way mirrors.

  2. A trend is an excellent way to be appropriately youthful and current.

    Of course, not all trends are appropriate for midlife and beyond.  Again, you have to stay informed and test the waters to see if it works for you.  When lace and polka dots returned to the fashion scene, I tried some variations; however, for some reason, I feel older when I wear them, so I don’t.  But, I do love a military style jacket and it works for what I desire to communicate with my clothing.

  3. A trend can be fun and put a spring in our step.

    Participating in fashion trends, for some of us, is a way to display our creativity and have fun.  Booties are in this fall.  I prefer a bootie to a tall boot, and there are so many fun ways to put them with looks this year.  Of course, I cannot purchase all of them, but I can have fun with styling with what I do have.

  4. A trend can teach us how to dress for different seasons of the year. 

    Trend colors are named for every fashion season and help us to understand how to dress for those seasons and be appropriate.  Again, the colors must fit into your own personal style.  There are many colors I no longer wear whether they are in or out!

It is important to remember with every trend that great fit and styling is the key to making it work. I do not participate in the maxi skirt trend because they don’t flatter my body and they make me feel older.   But, the current short pant in a proper fit, I love!  Proper use of the trends can and will build your confidence and help you to wear a smile.

What are your favorite fall trends?  Pull up a chair and let us know!

Then, I will see you next week in the Joy Boutique!  Have a fabulous end to August, everyone!

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Pamela Lutrell

Pamela Lutrell began her blog, over50feeling40, July 2010 with a desire to encourage women over 50 to walk in strength, confidence and joy. Of course, head turning style makes each day fun!

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Doreen McGettigan

Wednesday 27th of August 2014

Great advise as usual Pam. I have been a bit depressed about the end of summer but you just reminded me of my favorite fall things. Pumpkin everything, I love!


Tuesday 26th of August 2014

I always enjoy trying the new trends - sometimes they work, sometimes they don't!


Tuesday 26th of August 2014

I agree with you Pamela. We really won't know what would look good on us unless we are willing to grab it from the rack and try it on. If it doesn't work, we move on. There are so many options out there for more mature women that we really don't have much excuse to look frumpy and be stuck with ill-fitting clothes. Am I sounding like Stacy and Clinton from What Not To Wear? Hahaha! Anyway, great post! I'm not so sure yet what the fall trends will be but year after year after year, I am simply loving my riding boots and scarves. I don't ever see giving those up ;-)

Pam (Grey is the New Black)

Tuesday 26th of August 2014

Great post! I love so many of the trends that are just not going to go with my age, so I do like to try to find ways to incorporate them appropriately.

Kim Tackett

Tuesday 26th of August 2014

I try to balance trends with what I know looks good on me. Sometimes it's easier with color and accessories like bags and necklaces.

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