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2013 May 1

I’m not the trendiest woman on the block–which is a severe understatement here in New York. Usually, if I adopt a trend, it’s when it’s been time-tested, enough so that it can’t really even be called a “trend” anymore. It took me years to buy a pair of skinny jeans, and then a year or two more before I would wear them with flats instead of tucked into boots, which is what I had originally bought them for. I also hated the idea of cropped pants when they became popular again–now I love them. I even remember being hostile about the idea of the 3/4 length sleeve when it gained popularity, all the way back when I was in high school. I hated the ambiguity of it–it wasn’t short, it wasn’t long, what the heck was I supposed to do with it?

I’ve definitely grown more open-minded and bold since those days. Blogging has certainly helped, as has living in cities, and just generally gaining more confidence about what works for my style and body and what doesn’t.

Even with this growth, I find there are still many trends I won’t be adopting any time soon. At least, that’s what I think now…here are a few:

Boyfriend Jeans

Every blogger and her sister has been sporting these distressed, baggy, rolled up jeans for the past year or two, usually paired with an impossible pair of heels, and damn can some of them pull it off. More power to them. But this look is just not for me AT ALL. I would look like a hobo with a shoe fetish if I tried this.

Overalls

Yes, my friends, in case you haven’t noticed, overalls are back in style. I went crazy for this trend the last time around, but I was 12 then, and could afford to look like a farmer. Now, there’s no excuse.

Leather Pants

This chick is certainly rocking the leather pants, but that doesn’t mean any schlub on the street should start wearing them to the office. I mean, honestly, come on. There’s no way I could even fit my legs into a pair of these things.

Now, I know I sound a little like a cranky old person, and I don’t mean to offend or judge anyone who does wear leather pants (or overalls or boyfriend jeans…or wedge sneakers or vests or camo print anything….), but these trends just don’t work for me personally, for my style or for my body type or lifestyle. If you can/want to pull it off, more power to you! In the meantime, here are some trends that I’ve fully embraced:

  • polka dots
  • printed pants
  • neon
  • colored jeans
  • pattern mixing
  • leopard
Are there any trends you won’t try? What about the ones you’re ready to embrace?
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  1. meghan permalink
    May 1, 2013

    We are on the same page about the overalls! I have not been able to bring myself to embrace printed pants. I think they are cute on other people but for some reason can’t see myself wearing them. I just got a pair of mint-colored jeans and I am having a hard enough time transitioning to those, heh!

    • Jill permalink
      May 1, 2013

      I got some mint-colored jeans on sale at Gap a couple of months ago! I have only worn them once though…we just have to ease into these types of situations. :)

  2. May 1, 2013

    I so appreciate this post :) I love clothes, don’t get me wrong, but there are some trends that have been showcased on many a blogs that don’t fit with the reality of most people’s lives. I guess they’re great for blog posts, but really, that’s about it :/ Maybe I’m wrong though, and perhaps in more creative fields peeps can get away with wearing leather leggings and shredded jeans, but as you mentioned, it has to look flattering. Glad to read I wasn’t alone in my assessment on this topic šŸ˜‰

    • Jill permalink
      May 1, 2013

      Of course you’re not alone! I think it’s a common issue. Not every style trend is going to fit your lifestyle, budget, or comfort zone. I’m glad you can relate!

  3. Kelli permalink
    May 1, 2013

    Totally, totally agree about the overalls. Just can’t do it. (Plus let’s be honest – they weren’t exactly the sexiest trend the first time around…)

    I own a pair of boyfriend jeans but have yet to wear them “dressed up” – that’s a goal for this spring. As it stands currently, they’re the jeans I pull on when I want to feel like I’m in loose baggy sweats.

    • Jill permalink
      May 1, 2013

      I’m glad you’re making the boyfriend jeans work for you! I’ve been too afraid to even try them on because I’m afraid I’d just look completely shapeless. I can see how they would be the perfect weekend jean though!

  4. Raquel permalink
    May 1, 2013

    Oh my god, overalls are bad news. WHY ARE THEY BACK.

    I LOVE those red boots in the leather leggings photo though! Red shoes are always glorious! (Pretty much the only “trend” I’ve ever adopted in regards to fashion.)

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