Can I Wear It Again?

Trends go round and round. And, whether you follow them religiously, take reference from them occasionally, or prefer to go your own way, we're all somewhat influenced by them. They dictate the shapes and styles available in shops from high-end designer to the high-street, shown in magazines and in adverts, so inevitably our subconscious is affect by them.

So the question is: if you've seen a trend before, should you - and can you - wear it again?

Well obviously my answer isn't no (otherwise this would be a very short post!). But it isn't a straight forward yes either. Because it's not a question of can you but rather, how you, wear it again. 

Overtime your shape and tastes develop and evolve so you're probably not going to want to try boho chic in a crop top. Equally, if you wear a whole look that clearly comes from a past decade, it can end up looking dated. Instead it's about subtly referencing the trends in an elegant but fresh manner. 

So here's a look at a few key trends that have been dominating style lately, and how you can wear them now. 

1. 70s

This look has taken hold for a few seasons now and, whilst the 90s are (perhaps regrettably) also having a revival, the 70s aren't going away. But rather than going full out hippy or rock chic, try giving a nod to the style through texture instead. Suede and fringe (even together) are great options. And, if you're concerned wearing fringed clothing could look a little OTT, go for a bag instead.

Suede fringed bag

Beware of flares - they tend to only look good if you've got slim legs that never end. Plus if you're petite they can swamp you and, unless you find a pair that are specifically for shorter women, getting them turned up will cut off the flair. So you'll end up with the passé bootcut style instead. 

2. Distressed and Double Denim 

Jeans are a year-round wardrobe staple. I'm with Yves Saint Laurent when he said "I have often said I wish I had invented blue jeans". But what about distressed denim? Or even double denim?

Distressed denim can look too much on anyone. My rule: If it looks like it's gone through a shredder, it's best to move on. But a small rip here and there can add texture and interest to a pair of jeans. Keep it classy by opting for a relaxed boyfriend shape, and a dark blue wash. Essentially, you don't want to be looking like you're channeling Madonna circa 1983.

Denim embroidered hand-crafted tailored jacket by Korlekie (available here)

And the same goes for double denim. The trick is to keep it sophisticated and flattering. To do so, pair two different denim hues together as it breaks up the look. Moreover, keep the lines clean: for example, rather than an oversized jacket, opt for a tailored one - such as our embroidered hand-crafted piece by Korlekie (that comes with a free tailoring option) - or, for a more casual look, try a simple open denim shirt. 

3. White Heels 

They were a hit in the 80s, saw a resurgence 3 years ago and they're back again. Aside from the obvious impracticality of white heels (and their tendency to look a bit bridal) their problem is they can look tacky. So steer clear of a plain white court - especially a patent one. If you want to go for pump, make sure it has something interesting and modern about it. Or pick a white wedge or sandal instead which can look particularly chic. 

The button detailing on these white sandals adds interest  

4. Cigarette Pants

Skinny trousers - in particular jeans - have been popular for a while now. They can look cool and flattering but, if you go too tight and skinny, they can have the opposite effect. So we suggest going for a slim tailored fit. Because they're pressed, they have a slimming effect so you don't have to go too tight, which allows you to hide any lumps and bumps you'd prefer weren't obvious. 

 A tailored, pressed trouser creates a sliming effect - as is seen with these stunning Evette trousers by Emile Vidal Carr (available here)

5. Psychedelic colours 

The colour of our skin and hair changes over time, which leads to the belief that women after a certain point should stop wearing bright colours. But, aside from the fact colours should be encouraged as they show confidence and help you stand out, this view isn't right. It doesn't matter what age you are, some colours suit you, others don't. Its just about picking the right ones. 

Your best colours make your skin sing and stand out rather than pale into the background (a touch of makeup, such as a lipstick that compliments the colour, also always helps brighten up the face). And it's not about having a blanket ban on certain ones such as yellow or orange. You might think a specific colour doesn't suit you, but it's certain tones that don't, rather than the colour altogether. So have a play around, even try colours that you've typically avoided, because you might be surprised. 

Once you've found the right tones for you, go for one - max two - bright colours per look to avoid it from swamping you - block colouring can look very effective but, unless it's your personal aesthetic, it can end up looking 'eccentric'. Also steer clear of a flamboyant print if you're unsure - go for a graphic print or a singular colour instead. Finally, again, choose crisp modern cuts and silhouettes, rather than floaty shapes, for the look to be up-to-date. 

Let a bright piece be the star of the show by putting it with less vibrant colours in the same way we have paired this fabulous Ellis Coat by Emile Vidal Carr (available here) with navy trousers.   

So ultimately you never have to feel like you should avoid a new 'old' trend all together. It's about the way in which you wear it - offer a nod back to the past whilst always adapting and keeping it moving forward with contemporary silhouettes and styles.

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