THE LEGACY OF STYLE
“Fashions fade, style is eternal.”
– Yves Saint Laurent
As we continue to move through spring and into summer, I recall my earliest fashion memory: my sister and I watching in awe as our mother prepared for her bridge club meetings. I also have wonderful memories of my grandmothers, sisters and an ever-growing number of nieces (The most recent count is 15!). It’s those memories that have inspired this editorial. I have enjoyed taking three current fashion trends and adapting them for three different generations. We are constantly hearing in fashion that there aren’t any rules and while that may be true, there are a few guidelines one might want to consider following: Pay attention to color, shades and hues, and keep length in consideration — whether it’s a skirt or a pair of pants. And remember: Always opt for a flattering fit! Additionally, keep in mind that trends in moderation can be easy and fun. After all, fashion and great style are for everyone! That said, below are three trends that can be worn across three generations.
Let’s start with stripes, which were seen on many major runways for Spring. For one generation, I chose a suit that combines color with black and white — a dramatic look that is not too severe. For another look, I chose a top with horizontal stripes. We’re told to avoid these, however, this is a cut that is flattering for most body types. If you’re still apprehensive about wearing horizontal stripes, add a long necklace, as we did. Doing so will draw the eye down, elongating the look as it breaks up the stripes. There are great striped dresses and rompers, but for those who feel it’s too much, pair a striped top with a solid skirt or pair of pants, or do the opposite by pairing a solid top with a striped pair of pants or skirt.
While pink was a color that popped up in several Spring collections, it was followed closely by orange and yellow. However, it was yellow that made the strongest showing, so strong that it showed up again in the Fall collections. I chose to feature yellow because I think it is a fantastic color for summer. Many of my blonde clients tend to shy away from wearing yellow, but you can wear any color if you find the perfect shade. We created one look that was completely yellow — with yellow and nude accessories. For the other looks, we created graphic and classic combinations by pairing them with white, and black and white. Yellow also looks great with navy, as well as with all other colors, if it is the same tone. A useful point of information: To ease into wearing yellow, or any new color, for that matter, consider wearing it in a print, or in a pant or skirt paired with a more familiar color on top.
I love the idea of using sequins for something other than cocktail. Designers have been using sequins for season after season in creative ways, styled for daytime as well as evening. A bright colored sequin tank or top can give a casual daytime outfit a little life. A playful use of sequins on a dress or jacket can liven up a look for a luncheon. There’s an old saying: “A little goes a long way.” And this notion applies to the best way to use sequins for daytime. A word to the wise, however: Stay away from black or head-to-toe sequins during daytime wear, which can be a bit too much. Another fun option to consider is a crisp white shirt with sequin shorts or skirt for a fresh, modern and fun look. Keep in mind that it’s meant to be fun, not serious! The goal is to take your favorite daytime pieces and create a new look by incorporating a different element that brings a little sparkle.
Here’s where to shop the looks locally:
Fashion Editor: Milton White, The Fashion Office
Photographer: Ramiah Branch
Hair Stylist, Make-up Artist: Renae Morton, Lucy Pop Salon
Hair/Make-up Assistant: Landy Fink, Lucy Pop Salon
Models: Meg Fitzgerald, Advantage Talent Agency; Jeni Housley, Advantage Talent Agency; Vivian Patrick, DAN Talent Group
Photographed at East Ivy Mansion