In the February edition of our fashion advice column “Ask Megan,” Style Coach Megan LaRussa Chenoweth of Megan LaRussa tackles readers’ questions about how to rock trends (or buck them), wear the “Color of the Year,” navigate department stores and more.
I am in my mid-30s, and I love all things trendy. However, when it comes to work attire and mom attire, I find it hard to incorporate trends in my wardrobe without looking like I’m trying too hard. What are your tips for keeping up with the trends, and at what age should you just stay with a classic look?
There’s a fine line between embracing the trends and sticking to what is most flattering on your silhouette, what is age-appropriate and, of course, what is truly reflective of your personal style.
As a trend-lover myself, I personally used to want to rock every trend, but I soon realized this was not working for me. Why? Not all trends are meant for my silhouette, and not all trends are reflective of me. It’s important for you to ask yourself the same questions to ensure the trends you do try out meet these criteria. It’ll keep you looking chic, and never the victim of a fashion trend.
I also encourage you to do your homework. Pick up a fashion magazine and see what the new trends are for the season. Then, based on your knowledge of your personal style and body type, select the trends that most resonate with you. Don’t rely on your local boutique or department store to showcase all of your trend options. They will have some, but it will be limited, so it’s important to do your research before hitting the stores.
Once you narrow down the trends that you want to try out, you need to determine the best way to wear them. Maybe it’s through an accessory, a color or a fun new jacket.
To learn how to take the trendy looks you see in the magazines, stores or social media, and then turn them into realistic and wearable outfits, I invite you to download my complimentary Splurge vs. Steal shoppable guide.
I’ve noticed a lot of bloggers wearing the “Color of the Year”: Ultra violet. It’s a really bold color. How do you recommend wearing such a bold hue?
It’s so fun to see which color the Pantone Color Institute declares to be the “Color of the Year”! Not only is it fun to see that color permeate into interior design, clothing and accessories, but also to understand why this color has been selected. Color has a lot more meaning than meets the eye. The colors you select to wear say a lot about your personality, whether you are an introvert or extrovert and so much more.
All of that to say, color is a personal preference, so how you wear ultra violet really depends on you.
For those who love a bold pop of color, I’d recommend wearing ultra violet either head to toe or as a focal point in your outfit. This can look like a rich purple blazer, dress or even pants.
But if you aren’t a huge fan of color or you’re trying to ease your way into wearing color, then try rocking ultra violet in accessories first. This can look like a gauzy scarf, a pair of stacked-heel pumps or even a handbag. Treat this color like a neutral and wear it with everything for a dash of fun this spring.
For more ultra-violet style inspiration, I’ve curated a selection of inspiration images and additional style tips on my blog.
I’ll be honest. I really don’t like going shopping, especially for myself. I get too overwhelmed with all these options and don’t know where to start or what brands to try. What are your tips for tackling department stores?
Not to worry, as this is an area I tackle quite often! Most of my clients come to me feeling the same way, so it’s my role to be their shopping guide to ensure they are smart shoppers. But they soon find that the more they learn where to shop, what brands to look for, what silhouettes are best on them and what they truly need based on their closet — they find shopping is actually pretty easy and can be fun!
How do you make this happen for yourself? It’s all about doing a little prep work now to make shopping easier for you moving forward. A few steps you can take before even hitting the stores:
Step 1: Get into your closet for some cleansing and research. Get honest with yourself to learn what you genuinely love and wear all of the time. Make note of what that brand is, that size and why you like that item (color, print, cut, etc.). These elements will help you get clear on what makes you feel your best and what you need to look for moving forward.
Step 2: Now hit your computer or smartphone to do a little online research! Look on Instagram, Facebook and retailers’ websites to see who is carrying more of what you know you love. Remember you determined what you love — and also what you don’t love — from your closet cleanse and research. Make a list of what you need and where you can potentially find these items.
Step 3: Time to shop! Based on your research, hit the stores on your list and do some exploration. Think of this first shopping trip as a continuation of your research. And never buy anything without trying it on first!
Give yourself grace during this process. Just with learning any new subject, you have to educate yourself on how to be a successful shopper. And don’t forget to have fun!
Make sure to follow along on Instagram for more style tips on navigating the stores with ease.
There are so many sales going on right now! Of course, they are all sales on winter clothing, and winter won’t be here much longer! Do you have any tips on pieces that are smart buys before spring hits?
I love this question! I think now is a fantastic time of year to be shopping as you can snag great deals on winter basics that need replacing, as well as find transition weather pieces that can carry you into spring.
As detailed in the previous question, get into your closet to see what might need replacing next fall/winter, and create a shopping list based on those needs first. Recently, I determined that my client needed a new puffer coat. Instead of waiting until next fall when all of the coats are released at full price, I assisted her in finding the perfect puffer coat now for half the price!
The second piece of the sale puzzle is thinking about items that can help you ease into spring in style. I believe that light layering pieces are smart buys this time of year. From blazers to denim jackets to trench coats, these are the sale items that will help you transition beautifully from winter into spring.
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