Iman once stated something that I have identified whole heartedly with, “In a world full of trends, I want to remain a classic.”
I have this lofty goal that when my grandchildren look back at pictures of me, they will think, “Goodness, Grandma was a fabulously dressed lady.” I never want them to think, “Wow! Grandma! What in the world were you thinking with that outfit?!” While I’m sure that is somewhat bound to happen, as I must imagine that in 30 years time styles will dramatically change, I want to look as classic and chic as possible. You see, I’ve always dreamed of being the classically dressed lady that transcends time with her style.
That being stated, being classically dressed does not mean that I’m walking around in plain clothing. It means that I am investing in classic pieces …wardrobe staples if you will. I find myself investing in items that will be bound to last me for years to come (such as this trench). In fact, 9 times out of 10 that I purchase an item, it is a classic, timeless piece. The other 1 time out of 10 is reserved for a trendy item.
Being classically dressed also means that I am incorporating trends sparingly and thoughtfully into my outfits and wardrobe. In thinking of trendy items, I think of two main rules: (1) purchase trendier pieces at minimum & (2) spend less on them. Trendy items are not those that you want to necessarily invest in because, they are more often than not, gone in the blink of an eye. What is fabulous one season, is gone the next.One easy way that I incorporate trends into my outfit is by creating a classic, timeless outfit in my mind (or on hangers) then replace one of the items in the outfit for a trendier piece. For example, here I paired a classic striped shirt, seasonless black trench coat, structured tote, basic distressed skinny jeans and a pair of simple black flats together to create the base of a look. Then, I wanted to add a little something-something so I removed the flats and added in a trendy piece: my fur lined mules.
In building an outfit that is based off of the classics and then removing an item and replacing it with a trend, the addition of a trend vouched for a perfectly acceptable implementation of a trend without being too overdone. The trend is part of the outfit, but looks as though it belongs there and is essentially down played and brought to a level in which if feels natural.
As trendy items are often tough to wear, in starting with a classic outfit and then manipulating it from there, you essentially give yourself the framework for outfit success. In the end, the trend piece is given classic appeal due to what it’s paired with. This also means that 30 years down the road, you will still remain a classic as your grandchildren look though your old photos and comment on how their grandmother was an amazingly chic woman.