5 ways to never look old-fashioned
You are the kind of woman that likes to stick to her own style? Congratulations! But please don´t get stuck in a bygone fashion era - here is how to keep your wardrobe fresh and modern. It actually is just about some shape adjustments from time to time
At a certain point in her life, a woman knows what suits her best. She knows that she is never going to look her best in a floral dress, because she is just not the romantic type, or that she will never feel comfortable in skinny leather pants because it does nothing for her body type. Sure, this self-conscious way of not jumping into every trend, is a good thing. But there is a risk: to get stuck in the fashion era that you felt most comfortable in. You don’t want to end up as the 75-year-old lady in an 80’s Mercedes SL sporting her yellow pilot sunnies and wavy beach hair, do you? Sure, she is lovely and a reminder of the good old times, but no woman wants to be a walking historical artifact. How can you avoid this? That’s easy - the moment where you have enough money to buy something ridiculously expensive, saying to yourself, “this jacket is going to last me forever”, think again. Here is the hard truth: in fashion, nothing lasts forever. Of course, nobody needs an entirely new wardrobe every six months and looking modern isn’t just about buying the latest “it” pieces. It is, however, about knowing what looks best on you and from time to time, carefully adjusting a few details. Details that say, “I may be getting older, but I am still evolving”. Because that is what life is all about, after all, isn't it? Here are five fashionable ways for an ever-fresh look.
Adapt your skirt length to the times.
Nothing looks more old-fashioned than the wrong skirt length. In fashion, it changes all the time - from mini to maxi or over-the-knee to under-the-knee. Instead of making the choice of your skirt or dress length based on your fabulous (or not so fabulous) legs - choose it based on the time you live in. We are currently in the era of the long midi skirt.
This skirt stops not under the knee, but somewhere over or around the ankles. The good thing about skirt lengths’ are that they usually stick around for more than one season. Be aware though, they do change with the times! So take a look at the hottest runways this seasons and you’ll be fully in tune.
Know the shoe of the season.
Another sure-fire way to look old-fashioned is with the shoes. Yes, the Miu Miu patent plateau pumps may still work well for Mariah Carey, on stage, but the rest of the world has moved on.
Pumps, in particular, are constantly changing - from very pointed with a deep “toe decolleté” to nearly round, covering your foot like a ballet flat.The latter is the most modern version at the moment. And don’t get rid of your kitten-heel boots just yet, they will come back.
This winter though, get used to the thought of a chunky platform boot, as was seen on nearly every runway this past season. Times are complicated and people are protesting on the streets. This is going to be a lot easier if your shoes match the mood!
Don´t invest in a „forever“ blazer.
The perfect blazer is maybe the most expensive investment in fashion, simply because it is the most complicated discipline in tailoring. It is all about the ideal shoulder shape! So, one should think, it would make sense to go to a tailor and settle the problem once and for all with a bespoke jacket. There is only one problem: the shape that looks most recent changes always. It ranges from a double-breasted, loosely fitted silhouette, sometimes has a nipped in waist with sleek, round shoulders or is long enough to look like a man's jacket. Of course, it doesn’t make sense to buy cheap copies - a blazer always needs an impeccable cut. So try to find out the blazer shape that will shape the next seasons.
At the moment, it is a longer, loosely-fitted version with larger shoulders that looks like a man´s jacket. Of course, there are a lot of other silhouettes around, but this is the one that is going to stay for a little bit longer. Let´s wait and see when the time has come to change it. Nobody ever said looking modern wasn´t expensive.
Stay in the know about jeans.
Jeans are the easiest way to look modern, so I am left wondering why so many women seem to stick to the same shape for their whole lives. The skinny jeans have been going strong on the streets since Kate Moss wore them in ca. 2004, but they are neither flattering or modern. The easiest way to show some sensibility for the zeitgeist are your jeans. You don't have to jump on every mom jean trend, but if you don’t like it - at least go in the right direction.
At the moment, a simple Levi’s 501 in a light wash is a good choice, as well as a pair of loosely-cut bootcuts.
When is the moment to update your jeans collection? For real people, it’s probably too early when influencers like Alexa Chung, Leandra Medine or Pernille Taeisbaek wear them, but I recommend at least considering a new shape when it has arrived at Zara. Fashion journalist turned designer Elin Kling also is a good model for grown-up women. Her label Toteme is capturing the Zeitgeist, far away from hyped runway trends.
Keep your shirts simple.
The easiest way to always look fresh is a shirt. Don’t buy into trends like lapels, prints or items in way too oversized versions. Just stick with blue and white and make sure that your shirt looks like you have just stolen it from your boyfriend - not too large, not too slim. This really never goes out of style.