Incorporate A Trend

A wardrobe of mostly classic basics that work for your shape and lifestyle makes it easy to add an inexpensive trend when you see one you would like to try. An occasional trendy piece can be fun to spice up your classic neutrals. I spend the bulk of my clothing budget on the best quality I can find when it is time to replace a foundation piece, but when I want to go with a fad, I spend very little money on it because I may keep it for only a season.

The look of the sheer mesh can be fun and sexy when added wisely. My style personality is conservative and classic so, the glitter looks and colorful tights or crazy plaids predicted for fall 2018 may never make it to my closet. Sheer mesh and cutouts were trends for summer that caught my eye and occasionally made appearances in my wardrobe.

Wearing a black top with a plunging neckline filled in with mesh isn’t my style. I would never feel comfortable showing that much skin. However, a panel of mesh down the back of a slim fitting duster is a subtle nod to the sheer trend.

  1. Susan, totally agree with you. If I purchase a trendy item, i don’t spend a lot of $$ on it. Probably will be out of style next season. Surprised to see you in all dark colors around your face. No scarf.

  2. You have provided, once again, excellent advice regarding purchasing a garment. Trends assure the clothing manufacturers continued business. It is always refreshing to hear your view on trendy pieces. However, will that latest fast fashion still be pulled from the closet and worn next year, the year after? Most like not. Susan, you are a classic beauty and that is what draws us all to read your posts, and learn from you.

  3. Susan – I love seeing you showing some trendy things once in awhile – even then you remind us to pick things that complement our shapes and sizes. It’s fun to give something different a try now and then – especially when it doesn’t break the bank.

    I’d like to ask you about cross-body purses. I like them when I see them on you, but on me all the strap is is a boob divider and it makes me feel sloppy and uneasy. How do I keep the strap from just being a boob splitter?

  4. I do think this is a fabulous trend to try, Susan!! It provides coverage, yet you can make the underlayer variable depending on the weather and event!!!
    Even my mom (the 80+ model on my blog) has quite a few sheer pieces in her wardrobe, and she’s classic to the max!!

  5. This question is not about dusters or the sheer trend. With the softer, more rounded shape of age (70 plus), what is your opinion on raglan sleeves or “dropped” shoulders? Does it make a difference?

    1. Dropped shoulders and raglan sleeves can make us look larger than we are. I prefer to wear tops with shoulders and sleeves that are more fitted. Extra fabric always equals extra girth visually.

  6. Would you please talk about the wearing of different metals in jewelry, handbags, belts etc. Years ago color experts said gold was for people with warm tones and silver for cool. What is your opinion about this? Thank you.

    1. You are correct. For example, I have cool undertones in my skin, so I rarely wear gold jewelry. It is challenging to find shoes and handbags with silver hardware, so I don’t always match my metals, but I do try to wear silver close to my face.

  7. Hi Susan, I’ve been hooked on your website and videos since I found it. Thank you for sharing all you have learned about style and fashion with the rest of us. I’m trying so hard to figure out what colors look best on me, what my body shape actually is to find clothes that flatter my body and face shape and neck lines. It seems like I never fit into a specific category that will direct me towards that information. Do you have any advice or specific websites you trust to help me learn and discern where I actually fit in on these topics. It would make shopping for flattering clothes so much easier if I had direction. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

      1. Oh my gosh, Susan! Thank you so much. That website completely cleared the entire body type issue up for me. Thank you. I am, no doubt, a rectangle. Now I will go about researching what looks best on my body type. This is amazing! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  8. Hi for long time I was looking for this kind of blog for lady’s after 60′ s thank you I found it and I am so exited to follow you.

    Martha Montoya

  9. Thank you so much I was looking for a blog with all that you have I start following you today I am so excited have a great time Martha Montoya

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