Every year is presented with a number of fashion trends that seem great to some people –and hazardous to others. Some trends look great on some people, though you always need to be cognizant of your own body type, what your style is, and whether the trend is appropriate for you – sometimes because of age, dress code for where you’re going, or other extenuating factors. Here are this year’s trends, and now is a great opportunity to evaluate if they work for you and how you can incorporate them into your wardrobe.
Leather is making a comeback. This isn’t biker leather, but classy leather. You might ask what classy leather would look like, but it’s a new juxtaposition: it’s a way of making classic, work-appropriate pieces but with muted-toned leather as the textile. Leather has appearing on the runway in the form of pencil skirts and trouser-cut pants, as jackets, and dresses. In this outfit assembled by Zara.com, this Peter Pan-collared sweater is paired with these leather trousers to bring a unique edge to the otherwise girl-next-door look. By the way, girls, you don’t have to feel bad about wearing this leather: all leather featured in this year’s fashion is vegan leather, like this skirt from Blank NYC.
Avoid it if: If the leather looks too much like a biker, or outdated rather than vintage, avoid it. You want to work toward leather chic, not leather by the creek.
How to incorporate it: Dress it up. Wear pearls with your leather dress. Wear heels with your leather skinny jeans. Wear your leather pencil skirt to the office. The more dressed up you are, the more impressive the leather looks.
2. Large Framed Glasses
Ingrid Michaelson isn’t the only performer wearing big frames: guess what, nerds? Smart is in, and with this style trend, being smart means bigger frames so that you can see better. See ya later, tiny-framed glasses: go big or go home. Tom Ford is one of many glasses designers that make vintage-inspired frames as large as they need to be.
Avoid it if: There’s really no reason to avoid wearing large frames. Even people who don’t naturally wear glasses are now wearing peepers (frames with non-prescription lenses) to get in on the style of large frames.
How to incorporate it: In women’s glasses, look for something that has a cat eye for a trendy vintage look akin to Audrey Hepburn. In men’s glasses, look for frames that are square. Or if you’re a man that doesn’t mind a fashion statement, try a pair of round frames in the vein of John Lennon or James Joyce.
3. Ombre – Everything
Last year the ombre trend really got hot. Ombre hair was something that girls were pinning all over Pinterest and paying extra for at the salons. This year, the ombre trend has exploded exponentially, and now it’s invading other style. Ombre is now trending in clothing, especially in evening wear as seen by Julia Styles and Gweneth Paltrow.
Again, in 2014, you’re going to see it everywhere. You’re going to see it in shoes, in dresses, in home décor, in wedding décor, in food, and of course where it all started: in hair.
Avoid it if: For hair, avoid it if you have short hair. You don’t want to seem like you have hair like Cruella De’Ville, right? Even if you have long hair, avoid bright or unnatural colors if you work in an environment that expects business professional apparel. Avoid doing it yourself: you should always be willing to pay for it to make sure it’s done right.
How to incorporate it: Décor can be easy to incorporate through a pillow, through draperies, or through wall art. Just remember that the ombre fades into deeper colors and you want the whole color scheme to match your décor. The same concept is true in clothing: when you’re incorporating ombre into your outfit, be sure that the whole color scheme coordinates with what you’re wearing. Make sure that you only wear one ombre piece in your outfit –not several- and make sure that the ombre piece needs to be the focal point of the outfit.
About the Author:
Kristen Kauffman is fashion writer and blogger, and has written nationally-credited blogs on style trends, products, and weddings. Located in Prescott, Arizona, most blogs make fashion simple, affordable, and accessible.