When I think of young women’s fashion choices, I think of torn jeans, very short skirts, too much skin and really tight. Of course, that is a generalization but it does seem that the description fits for a lot of 20-somethings.
I hope you are sitting down. The trend is shifting for young women to dress more like their mothers grandmothers! Being a grandmother, I find that pretty cool. In a recent article by Alexa Brazilian, She quotes Peter Copping, creative director for Nina Ricci, “A young girl doesn’t want to dress like her mother, she finds her grandmother much cooler.” How long has it been since you have heard a grandmother called “cool”?
Thomas Maier, designer for Bottega Veneta, commented that he prefers women to be sensuous and in charge, and does not care for sexy. Christopher Kane of London even commented “Ladylike is the ultimate sexiness.” The shift is moving away from it-bags, platform heels, and gaudy in-your-face jewelry to a quieter, more subtle look. Lower heeled shoes, pointed toed ballet flats, cardigans, and skirts hovering around the knees.
Carolina Herrera, a well-known New York designer who collection is always beautiful and tasteful despite the number of 0’s in the price tag, is a perfect example of the style younger women are choosing to wear. Ms. Herrera is known for her white blouses, her personal style of choice paired with classic slacks or skirts. In her 70’s, she is a beautiful example of good taste. Her style is elegant classic and I have never seen a picture of her when she was not just that. What young woman wouldn’t want to present herself so beautifully?
Lee Radziwill, sister of Jackie O, is still a stylish New York socialite at 80. Like Carolina Herrera, she sets an excellent example of tasteful, timeless dressing. Her dramatic classic look would be equally appropriate on someone in their 20’s. These women have maintained their personal style through fads and phases. I am so happy to see the return of tasteful, classic restraint in clothing for young women. The added bonus is that we more mature ladies should soon be able to find a wide selection of clothing appropriate for our age and bodies! Now that’s good news!