Tastefully Trendy

A life and fashion blog by Sarah Beth

Tastefully Trendy: Explained

I thought I’d take a moment today to explain why my blog is called Tastefully Trendy – I don’t think I have before.

A while back, a friend asked how I would describe my style using only two words. She chose for herself “feminine classic ” – a very suitable label for her.  But I was a little stumped. I thought about it for a while. I’m fairly eclectic in my taste, and I like to incorporate elements of a lot of different looks – bohemian, tailored, feminine, sporty – depending on my mood. So to narrow it down to only two words was a bit tricky!
I realized, though, that I enjoy being an early adopter of certain styles and reading up on the latest looks in InStyle magazine. Accordingly, perhaps, I could be labeled trendy.

But to be truly trendy, one needs to be a more aggressive shopper than I am – hitting the stores at the beginning of the season, rather than waiting a few months – or even a year or two – for a style to drop in price. Being totally trendy also requires having either a second closet or a job that doesn’t demand professional dress on a regular basis. And trendy girls often wear things that if we were all truly honest are just ugly (I’m looking at you, long neon mullet skirts!)

So, I decided that the best way to summarize my style would be Tastefully Trendy. I like to think of Kate Middleton as the epitome of this category (although one could argue that she’s more classic than trendy). I love that Kate incorporates elements of trends into her outfits – lace, skinny jeans, polka dots – but she always stays appropriate for the occasion and looks impeccable without trying too hard.

Since I’m not a princess, I have the luxury of erring a bit further on the side of trends while still being business and age-appropriate. Sometimes, though, I play it pretty safe and err on the side of tasteful.

One of the beauties of fashion is that there are rooms for all different types of styles.  And whether you are consistent or more governed by your mood as I am, you definitely have one.  What two words describe your style – or maybe the style you would like to have?


  1. Question: When do you wear the belt on the outside of the sweater and when do you wear the sweater over the belt? Is there a formula? Because this is super cute, but when I wear the belt on the outside, it often looks ridiculous.

  2. That’s a good question, Erin! I think it really comes down to trial and error, because there are so many variables: length of the sweater, thickness of the sweater, thickness of the belt, the top underneath, where your hips begin, etc. I often wear them on the outside because I don’t have much in the way of hips and I have a high waist, so I need something to give the illusion of a longer torso. But I also stick to skinny belts usually because a wider belt outside of the sweater makes my short frame look even shorter…

    Bottom line: play around with it and see what works for you! 🙂

  3. I love your blog name and what it represents!
    Love, your feminine classic friend 🙂

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