Friday, February 28, 2014

Fashion Over Fifty: What is YOUR Fashion Style?

Hello!  I live in a small town where there are not a lot of clothing options, so very often I shop on line for the latest trends.  Because of this, I receive a lot of store advertisement emails.  Unless I'm in a big hurry I almost always open every single one of these emails and quickly page through the latest styles.  So when Forever 21 sent me their latest email, their advertising slogan really caught my eye:  'Accessories inspired by YOU!  Shop your fashion style'. " Hmmm", I thought, "What could this be about?  Are they watching what I'm pinning or looking at from their website?"  Well of course curiosity got the best of me and I had to take a look and I was pleasantly surprised by what I discovered.  Forever 21 created four groups of styles and gave them names :  Bohemian,  Free Spirit, The Minimalist, and Heritage.  Now before seeing this ad, I really didn't think I had a fashion style.  I felt I wore clothing based more on the weather, the event, and the mood I was in that day.  However, while I still feel this is still true of me,  I noticed when browsing the four styles that I PINNED a ton of the Minimalist style, and although I liked a lot of things in the other styles, I didn't pin much, if anything, from the other styles.  It really was the Minimalist style that caught my eye the most, and the style that I would feel the most comfortable wearing.   Let's look at the four styles:

The first style is the Bohemian style. Forever 21 describes this style as 'Geometric shapes, Turquoise Treasures, and Floppy Fedoras for the chic Nomad'.   Now I have a few boho items in my closet:  a boho necklace by Tori Spelling, a maxi dress, and a pair of combat boots.  But I must admit that as much as I love the care- free, relaxed look of this style,   I don't wear it that much.  Maybe its because I've seen too many older women looking like aged hippies that I avoid it.  I don't know.  It's just not really me.  But here are some Bohemian items I did like:

I really LOVE this scarf and I would wear it in a heartbeat.  And with the right outfit, I would definitely wear either one of these belts.

 This is the new fanny pack for the new generation.  I would love to try one on my next vacation!  Much more stylish than the black nylon fanny packs of my generation! LOL!  Next to the fanny pack is an arrow cutout cuff bracelet.  If in the right mood, I would really like to wear this!

The next style is the Free Spirit style and is described as  "Flirty Florals, Retro Charms, and Combat Boots for the Adventure Junkie. " Here are my favorite items from this collection:



I find the lace boots so unusual and I love the feminine touch to an otherwise masculine style of shoe.  The floral belt is so pretty, and would be such a nice finishing touch to a spring outfit, and the scarf is just such a neutral, go-with-anything item.  But even though I liked a lot of individual pieces in this collection and I would wear them, I determined overall it wasn't my style.  It seems a little too youthful for me.

The third style is The Minimalist and I found it was totally, totally me.  I think I pinned almost everything from this style group.  And I found it interesting that just like my cards and design style (which I prefer clean and simple), that is also how I like my fashion.  It is described as "Neutral tones,  Minimalist Metals, and Sleek Lines for the Modern Muse. " Gees,  even the description describes my personality!  I really don't think there is one thing in this collection that I would not wear except for the Jet Black nail polish or the stilettos.  My reason for not wearing the black nail polish is obvious, but as for heels,  I'm just too old for them…they are uncomfortable and as I've said many times before, in my twilight years, I'm all about comfort.  However, I would wear these black shoes.  I love wedges, for they give you the lift and elegance of a heel, but you can still walk in them!

Here are my other top picks from this style group:
I adore this quilted handbag.  Anything quilted is so 'in' right now, and it would be the perfect neutral handbag for spring.
 These sunglasses are so chic!
 And out of all the jewelry pieces, this one was my favorite!  Love the modernist look!
The last style group is called Heritage, and is the least like me.  It is described as 'Nautical Stripes, Over sized Totes, and Classic Sandals for the Quirky Prep'.  Hmm, 'quirky prep', maybe that's the problem.  Although I like a lot of nautical pieces and just purchased several nautical items for spring, I never liked the preppy look.  Too masculine looking for my taste.  However, that being said, I did really like a lot of the handbags, shoes, and scarves in this collection.  These were my favorites:



I had to chuckle at how I was drawn to another grey striped scarf in this collection that is similar to the grey striped scarf in the Free Spirit collection.  But when I look closely at the pieces I like in this collection, they are very classic and minimalist also….just what I like and totally me!

Well speaking of grey scarves and a minimalist style,  here is a recent outfit I wore on yet another miserable, cold, snowy day in northern Wisconsin:

 I have to chuckle that with the exception of the shoes, the entire outfit is shades of grey and/or neutrals.   The top is from Express and is several years old.  It is a sheer knit top with a tie on the side.  I wore a grey lace cami underneath.
 The pants, believe it or not, I bought on clearance at Target for about $7.00 (similar pants HERE).  I find the story of these pants absolutely hysterical because on that day I went to our local mall and visited every store in the mall for a pair of grey pants and I couldn't find any that were in my size, my price range,  or that I liked.  I finally gave up and went to Target to buy groceries.  While there I saw all their clearance clothing racks and decided to take a peek.  Now, I know a lot of people love Target clothes, but I rarely buy their clothes because I don't like the quality, but I loved the look and feel of these pants, so I decided to try them on.  I was absolutely shocked!  They not only fit like a glove, but they were so comfortable too!  And for only $7.00 too!  It was my lucky day!

I accented my grey stripe shirt with a solid grey gauze scarf that has these really neat gold studs on it.  I think I got the scarf from Charming Charlies, but I really don't remember.  Sorry.  I know a lot of people love this scarf and every time I wear it someone inevitably asks me where I bought it, and I usually remember those details, but because I own enough scarves to clothe a small country, I'm starting to forget when and where I bought them!

 For shoes, I wore my favorite combat boots from Famous Footwear.  They are so warm and toasty and most importantly SAFE to walk in on our very icy sidewalks and streets in Northern Wisconsin.  I recently read on another blog that implied that combat boots are a more youthful look for younger girls, and I replied to that blogger that I wear them because they are good, practical, safe, warm boots.  So I'm sorry if the younger generation thinks I look silly wearing combat boots, but, my feet tell me otherwise!

 And finally, here is a close up of the grey denim jeans, the lace detail in the camisole, and the tie of the striped shirt.  I really love the wash in this pair of denim.  It looks slightly worn, like I've had these pants for years, and they are so soft to the touch.
So what about you?  What is YOUR Fashion Style?  Are you definitely one style, or are you a mix of everything?  I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Have a great day!  Amy

3 comments:

Alison @ Get Your Pretty On said...

Your outfit is adorable and you look 20 years younger than you are. Seriously. Forever 21 has the best accessories. I never leave there empty handed.

Ellie said...

Another great fashion post Amy. Have to admit I don't think I have a style :-)
Will have to check out Forever 21. I don't think I have actually ever been in one of their stores.

Glenda Atkins said...

I was on the 'Forever 21' site last night. I think I have two styles, and I choose one or the other depending on my mood. It is a tug a war between minimalist and free spirit.
love your post
hugs
Glenda