Over the years, I’ve seen fashion go through a variety of trend moments. Sometimes it stays a while, like the eight year streak of skinny jeans. (That’s a long time for a trend!) Other times they vanish before you can remember them, like the jelly bags back in the 2000s.
WHY DOES THIS HAPPEN?
There are ONLY so many ways an article of clothing can be invented. Therefore designers introduce different ways of styling to a create a new look. Take this outfit as an example. I wore a dress over a pair of pants.
Is this revolutionary? Or inventive?
Because I used to wear leggings underneath my dresses in grade school, so I can run around the playground climbing monkey bars. (Gotta stay modest around the boys!)
The same trend came back a few more times. Remembering the latest dress-pant moment was in the early 2000’s. This time it was styled with a tunic shirt or a shirt-dress.
MAKE IT YOUR OWN
Again, nothing new here. It’s just a cycle that comes back every five to ten years. Sometimes even longer. The key is taking the idea and restyling it.
Your style is a personal reflection of who you are. It’s about making it your own, while having fun and perhaps pushing the boundaries a little. There’s no right or wrong. It’s just clothes. Am I right?
RESTYLE THE TREND
So here I am, wearing the same combo as I did in grade school. However, I made it relevant by wearing a full skirted mid calf length dress over straight leg cropped pants. Added a bright pair of suede chunky sandals and a printed scarf for pops of color.
The scene called for a straw boat hat with a bit of black contrast. I’ve added a light pink shoulder bag with stud detail to give a bit of an edge. This outfit is a kitchen sink. It has everything under the sun. But it works! At least for me it does.
I love making this look my own by restyling the dress-pant trend to make it new for me. Again.
Would you wear this trend? How would you style it?
Photos by Oleksy Ohurtsov
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