Down East 2013 ©
The temperature may have cooled off last week, but boy, the crocuses, daffodils and forsythia sure are keeping the faith, aren’t they? Those flashes of purple and yellow make me happy, no end. Spring is here, and the magazines are letting us in on all the hottest fashion trends. As usual, some are confusing, some are just plain foolish, and some, I’m happy to report, us regular folk can actually wear!
Let’s start with the good news (drum roll, please). Bright colors are in! Wahoo! I love bright colors. The big fashion muckity-mucks are recommending you get a spring coat in your favorite color. ‘Course, I still have mine from about five or six years back, when they were saying the same thing. I’ve been wearing mine all along, trend or no trend. So I guess I’m what they call “fashion forward.”
In terms of outer wear, alas, anoraks are currently making the scene. They’re tellin’ us you can update your look by wearing one of these hooded parkas with a dress when you’re going out on the town. Excuse me? It’s spring. No blizzard in sight, and I’m going to get all dressed up to go to the Pilot’s Grill, then put an anorak on over my pretty outfit? I don’t think so! Besides, I followed their advise, and have a sky blue trench coat. Isn’t that a better option?
Colorful shoes, scarves and handbags are big, too. I’m good with that. Like I said, I love color. But I’m not going so far as to wear neon (which is especially hot). I’m seeing a lot of neon orange, but that’s too “hunting season” for me. I’ll let the teenagers pick up the slack, there. I’m stickin’ to corals and peaches. I say go with the trend, but adapt it to suit your coloring. For example, you’ll see mint green is going to be everywhere. But I’m more of a sea foam green gal, myself. Mint green just washes me out.
I’m also pleased to report that metallic is still in. Nothing like a pair of gold sandals to make a gal feel special. Maybe a metallic handbag, too. I think once you’re past a certain age, it’s best to confine those flashy trends like metalics to the accessories category, right? Somehow, I don’t see myself sporting silver leggings and neon yellow leather jacket. Not ‘round Mahoosuc Mills, anyway!
Speaking of accessories, looks like chandler earrings are here for another year. They’re good if you’re all dressed up. Bangle bracelets are still big, too: huge stacks of ‘em. Have you ever tried piling ‘em up like that? Looks good in the fashion magazines, but it’s uncomfortable, gets in your way and people can hear you coming from a mile off.
They’re saying bright lipstick is in again. But this is confusing to me. When I read up on style tips in magazines like More, they say women should soften their makeup as they get older. I guess I could crank up the volume on my pink lipstick, but a bright red? I say, most of the time, if you lived through a trend like that the last time ‘round, you’re probably too old to pull it off now.
Another confusing look for spring: garden prints. They’re saying big prints make you look fashionable, and small prints make you look like an old lady. Swear to God, they were telling us the reverse a few years ago. What’s a girl to do?
Here are some other things that are in that I wish weren’t. Camo prints? Leave them to the fine folks in the military. Belts are still big, but so’s my waist. Why should I put a bow on the biggest part of the package (if you know what I’m sayin’)? Crocheted vests? You’ve got to be kidding! How about a garden print and a crocheted vest for the total Mémé? And those darn gladiator sandals? Get real, people! I’m 5’2” and shrinking. I’m not supposed to wear shoes with ankle straps, because they cut the line of my leg. But you want me to put on them big, honkin’ Russell Crowe sandals? Even in nude, they’re going to make me look like I have cankles.
Now, despite me saying if lived through a trend once, you probably shouldn’t do it again, I’m intrigued about this peplum craze. It was fun in the 80’s, but could I carry it off now? See, peplum reminds me of my skirted swim suit, which I like because it fans out into this fake hip thing, which I believe makes my waist look smaller. Jury’s still out on that one.
So as usual, the magazine are all excited about a lot of stuff we’ve seen before, stuff you probably have tucked away somewhere. I say, before you go blowin’ big bucks on this “new” stuff, check out your old stuff. You just might be “fashion forward,” too.
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