Teri Agins, a fashion reporter, has a weekly column in the Wall Street Journal in which she answers readers’ questions. I thought this recent answer was excellent so am sharing it with you.
Question: My mother’s friends – women in their late 50s – are always asking me what’s “in”. They ask things like “Short or long hems?” I want to politely explan that that’s not the way things work anymore.
Answer: “Individual style” and “timeless” are now fashion mantras. But your mom’s generation came of date in a time where fashion’s “in” and “out” rules were still largely in force. Tell your mom’s friends that the silhouettes, colors and necklines that look best on them should be the anchors to their wardrobes. They can always add trendy accessories.
Of course, there are some fashion “outs” everybody can agree on – usually, the most extreme styles of an era: exaggerated shoulder pads, oversized pants on men, Farrah Fawcett flips.
Yet some vintage styles are never out, like my gold distressed leather zip-front vest by Donna Karen from 1988. Whenever I wear it – tarted up with skinny jeans and high heels – fashion sharpshooters quickly identify it, marveling at how the cracked leather looks better with age. The same goes for my 1990’s peplum jackets from Thierry Mugler. Such signature pieces provide a fillip to your look, so hang onto them forever.
I loved the answer. This is what image consulting is all about. We guide the client to choose those styles and colors that best complement you: your body shape, proportion, scale and texture as well as bring out your “signature style”. Two ladies may have very similar coloring and body shapes but might wear quite different things, depending on their personality.
You can buy a few classic pieces that are perfect for you and add accent pieces to create different looks. Bring in a few of the season’s trends and you are totally up-to-date without spending a fortune and always presenting yourself at your best.
Can use some professional direction? Call us at 404-467-0288 or Beryl@StyleWithAplomb.com. We can help with a closet audit, consultation or combination of what works best with your needs.