Tastefully Trendy

A life and fashion blog by Sarah Beth

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Happy 5th Anniversary!

Time Hop tells me that today is the 5th anniversary of my little blog. That’s really hard to believe, but what a fun 5 years it has been!

In that spirit, here is a post from one of the early days – back when color-blocking was all the rage, and all my photos were mirror selfies. The fact that any of you read my blog when I had no head in any pictures is beyond me, but thank you for doing so, and for sticking with me all along. And for my new friends, consider yourself lucky that you were not around for these early days; thank you for reading now.

Happy 5th anniversary, friends! Here’s to many more, and to finding green pants like these again. I miss them!

I am not a hipster in any sense of the word. I listen to top 40 music, drive a Chevy, and wear glasses unironically. I like my men in Wranglers, not skinny jeans. But in one specific area of my life, I am just the teensy bit hipster in that I take pride in being ahead of the curve in fashion. You know, wearing a trend before it’s cool (i.e., before it’s a trend.)

Color blocking has been in for about three years now, but I’ve been mixing and matching my colors for at least five, mostly because I just really love color. This trend is a super simple one to imitate and a great way to look current, while easily staying situational and age appropriate.

The key to color blocking with separates is to stay in the same color family. For example, in my picture below, I have on a true blue blouse, with true green slacks. I call these crayon colors – the ones called “blue” and “green” in the box, not aqua, robin’s egg, or grass. I could easily mix in a true yellow or red with either of these colors, and they would coordinate well because they’re in the same family.

Another color family I love is the jewel tones. These are deeper versions of the crayon colors – your sapphires, emeralds, and rubies. All of the jewel tone colors blend well together, too – they’re in the same family.

I like to balance my colors with a good neutral so I don’t look like a rainbow. For this outfit, I chose gold as my neutral, reflected in my jewelry, which also coordinated well with my tortoise shell pumps.

And that, my friends, is how you color block.

Twofer Tuesday: The Kimono

One of my favorite pieces in my closet right now is my multi-colored kimono. There are certain types of clothing I’m very particular about: maxi dresses, yoga pants, floral rompers… I’m picky about patterns and color combinations – and about looking too generic. Kimonos are another one of those items. Despite how trendy they are, I only own one because I’ve only ever seen one I thought was worthy of purchase. But, what a good purchase it was!

Below I’ve styled it two different ways. The first is a business casual look, appropriate for most offices, I’d say. The second is an outfit I wore to church which was decidedly inappropriate…but, I wear a long, shapeless green choir robe on Sunday mornings, so I push the envelope with what goes underneath.
1 - kimono, orange pants
1 - kimono and black skirtAlso, in that 2nd picture, I was operating on VERY little sleep…I will forever be grateful for the creating of make-up [praise hands emoji].

How do you feel about kimonos? Would you wear one this bold? What’s your favorite way to style them? I’d love to hear your ideas!

Pineapple Fields Forever

A lot has changed since this photo was taken. My hair is longer; my waistline a bit thicker (insert sobbing emoji), I no longer own that sweater…and I don’t live in Georgia any more!

But, the outfit is still cute and in-season again, so here we go.

I so love a good pineapple. It’s always so weird to me what shapes become trendy. A couple years ago, everything had swallow (the birds) on it. Then we went through a really big owl phase. Cherries have had their moment. Now it’s pineapple’s turn.

And I can’t explain why I love them so much – is there anything inherently cute about a pineapple shape? Honestly, not really. But, I do. Marketing gets me every time.
1 - pineapple shorts, white cardiganDo you get into particular objects as trends? What are some of your favorites? In 6th grade, I went an entire week wearing a different smiley-faced theme outfit. Just because I could. Have you ever done anything similar?

Dressing Your Age

A few weeks ago, one of my friends asked me to write about dressing for your age.  It was a great suggestion, as I think it’s something a lot of people question as they age out of college/grad school, begin professional jobs, have kids, or just generally hit a new phase of life.

I’ve taken a little while to think about it, even doing a little research (by the way, there isn’t much out there that’s useful), and while I don’t think there are any hard and fast rules – whether about dressing your age or just about dressing in general – here are a few of the tips I’ve come up with:

  • Dress for the occasion.  As we mature, there’s more of an expectation to show up to events appropriately dressed.  Whether that’s “dressing for the job you want” and wearing a (pressed, well-fitting) suit to an interview (even to wait tables…); following the rules on wedding invitations (if it says black tie, wear something fancy); or wearing something a little nicer than a J.Crew cardigan to meet the Queen of England (looking at you, Mrs. Obama!), it’s important to know what the social situation dictates and follow those norms.  College students get passes; we don’t.
  • Dress in flattering clothes.  When we’re in high school and college, it’s easy to get into a rut of wearing whatever we can find.  I mean, we eat whatever we can find, so we might as well wear leftovers, too.  I have no problem with recycled clothing, but as we get older, it’s important to wear clothes that actually fit us well, rather than just hang on our bodies. Tailoring is the mantra of Stacy London from What Not to Wear, but if that’s not in your budget (it’s never been in mine), be choosy with your off-the-rack selections and if it really doesn’t do anything for you, don’t bother with it.
  • Keep modesty in mind.  Hemlines get longer, cropped tops become less cropped, inseams in shorts become more comfortable…it’s just a fact of life that these things happen (or should) as we age and fashion becomes more modest.  Notice I in no way said frumpy – believe it or not, you can look cute without wearing daisy dukes. But, if something begins to feel uncomfortable, it’s probably time to retire it or pass it down to a younger sister.
  • Figure out who you are.  I think this is one I’m still working on, but a lot of the women I’ve noticed who are definitely NOT dressing their age also seem to be having an identity crisis. They’re 50, dressing like they might have when they were 25 because they are stuck in that age of “figuring it all out”.   Learn who you are and what your style is – eclectic, feminine, edgy, hipster, traditional, etc.  Once you’ve discovered that, then you can learn how to adjust as you mature and still feel like yourself.
  • Choose quality.  You know I’ve always been a fan of “fast fashion”.  I like trends, and I don’t have a lot of money…therefore, I must buy inexpensive clothing in order to maintain my habit.  However, I’ve noticed that as I’m getting older, the stores I’m buying from are changing.  Sure, I still look in Old Navy and Forever 21, but now, most of my wardrobe is from boutiques or department stores. Of course, I’ll never buy without a good sale, but I now consider the fabrics and cuts, rather than just the style and price.  Shopping at better stores also helps with some of the above points – I tend to find clothes that flatter (since they’re made better and not for 12 year olds), and they tend to be more modest (again, because they’re not made for 12 year olds).
  • Choose trends wisely.  Not every trend will work for every age, body type, or personality.  So, rather than running after the latest thing, know yourself (see point 4) and pick the trends that best suit you. Then, you’ll own the look, rather than it owning you.

No matter our age, fashion is a part of life and it really is possible to be stylish until we’re 110 years old (my Granny was well-dressed until the day she died, just shy of her 92nd birthday). I think a lot of women, though, get so bogged down in the realities of life – job, kids, etc – that they lose sight of themselves and get stuck.  Don’t get stuck.  You are smarter than your clothes, so figure out what works for you, and embrace it!

Fashion can be overwhelming sometimes, but if it ever gets that way, find a good friend (with good taste) to go shopping with you.  Two heads are always better than one, they can talk you down from the panic ledge, and at the end of the day, you’ll feel so much better knowing you’ve conquered a fear.  And of course, I’m always happy to help!

What do you think about these dressing your age tips?  Any you would add to the list?  Any you disagree with?  How have you observed your style morphing as you’ve gotten older?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

We’ll Never Be Royals

This weekend, I went shopping.  I needed to pick up a couple of things legitimately.  Then I got a few more.

One of my purchases are these super fun palazzo pants.  I have several genie/harem pants, but none of these ultra wide leg trousers.  In anticipation of writing this post, I tried to figure out why they’re called palazzo pants.  Apparently, no one on the internet knows, as I spent a good 4 minutes searching and came up with nothing.  However, I did discover that palazzo means palace in Italian.  So, I’m going to assume that these pants were commonly worn among the Italian royal set, and they have since remained a symbol of casual luxury.

Seems as good an explanation as any, right?

Anyway, I got these on clearance at Target for $14.  You can find them here (although not on clearance).  We’ve talked about the Target Cartwheel app before (refresher here), and I definitely used that for 50% off some Easter candy.  But, Target was also doing a promotion where you could text for a $5 off $25 apparel/shoes/accessories coupon.  So, that happened.

I love these pants for many reasons.

1) I basically feel like I’m wearing pajamas.  Super soft, comfortable pajamas.

2) They are SO flattering!  I haven’t observed enough people in them to know if they are universally flattering, but my guess would be yes.

3) They make me look tall.  Few things make me look tall – I am not tall.  But to get these off the floor, I have to wear fairly high heels, which are still mostly covered by the pants, thus giving the illusion of height.

4) You can dress them up or down, but they always look put together.  (Well, I say always – I’m sure an over-sized, untucked freebie t-shirt could ruin the look, but I have more faith in all of you than that.)

1 - palazzo pants and teeDon’t mind the dirty floor in the shoe pictures.  I’d forgotten to take one and took it in my car.  Obviously, I don’t vacuum my car as often as I should.  #nojudgment.

Have you tried palazzo pants yet?  It actually is a season or two old, so I’m a little late to the party, but I hope it lasts a long time.  What do you think of the look?

(P.S. My tee shirt is from H&M)

3 Trends for the Price of 1

Well, it’s snowing and icy again today (I’m really beginning to think I took a wrong turn somewhere on my way to Georgia), but on Saturday, it was almost spring-like!
To celebrate, I wore shorts with tights under them – a look I’ve always liked but seldom had opportunity to practice.  The key to this trend is a heavier weight fabric.  If the shorts are too light-weight, they will look too summery, no matter what you put under them. These brocade shorts I found over last weekend were just the right weight and the dressy fabric kept me casual but still very pulled-together.

It’s a little hard to tell, but my tights are a sage green – which, when on, kinda makes me look like the Wicked Witch of the West.  Colored tights are hard.  Nevertheless, the green played nicely with the tone of the golds in the shorts, and my necklace combined green and coral and brown, tying everything together.  I seldom need an excuse to wear coral, anyway.

This outfit is combining more trends then I often do, including the headband.  Until recently, I was scared to try the headband across the forehead – I didn’t think I could pull it off.  But, with a skinny headband, it can really be a cute look, if you don’t mind a headache after a few hours.

Envelope purses have been a thing for a while, and I think they’re super cute.  I haven’t bought one before because I was afraid I couldn’t fit all of my stuff in it.  My fears were confirmed.  Nevertheless, it’s so cute, I suffer through and do without some of my bare necessities.  Because clearly, everything I have in my purse is essential

Lastly, these shoes are not quite right.  I really need some oxfords or wedge booties…but, I don’t have either of those (yet), and I didn’t want to not wear the outfit, so my pretty sparkly ballet flats had to suffice.

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