A new and important jean trend is raw edge jeans. If you are unfamiliar with this term, it simply means the bottom edge of the jean where there would normally be a hem is left unhemmed and has a raw edge. All of our jean companies are jumping on this trend band wagon, so to speak, from our young contemporary jeans like Silver Jeans (pictured above) to our more missy jeans like Jag Jeans and Not Your Daughter’s Jeans.
In fact, let me stop right here and digress a bit. Ladies, here is a great fashion tip that will serve you well. Every brand has a target demographic. You can get a sense of this by looking at the age of the models that the company uses to picture their product. The missy lines will generally target women aged 45 to 65. You will see this reflected in both the way they picture their product and in the features. For example, NYDJ and Jag Jeans make their jeans with a regular rise (comes all the way to the waist), something that appeals to women over 40 because of our tendency to have a muffin top. So, if NYDJ and Jag are producing a trend like raw edge jeans and they target a missy customer, you can feel secure that you can wear the trend without looking like you are trying to be a teenager. This is a great tip for age appropriate dressing.
Once you have determined if a trend is something you should wear, the next hurdle is to figure out how to wear it. If a trend is new to me, I pay close attention at market to see how other buyers and vendors are wearing it. If I want to see pictures of the trend in action, I will google “how do I wear….” and then click the images tab. A search like that will usually lead to a plethora of pictures answering my question. In fact, a search like that just might lead you to this blog!
In the picture above, you can see me wearing my raw edge jeans from Silver Jeans. All the raw edge jeans that we have in the store are cut to an ankle length (an inch above the ankle bone). This length works great with ballerina flats or Converse tennis shoes in the summer and perfectly with shoe boots in the winter. When wearing shoe boots, you want the raw edge of your jean to hit the top edge of your shoe boot. If the jean goes inside the boot, you not see the edge, defeating the whole point of the trend. If the jean goes outside the boot, it may be too long for you. Getting the right length is one of the most challenging things about the ankle length trend, but it really matters, so hold out for the right length for you! Too short looks odd. Too long looks like you are preparing for a flood. Smile.
Get out there and try some raw edge jeans this season. No telling how long the trend will last, but it’s a fun twist on your basic jean and will make you feel trendy, a confidence booster to be sure!
One of things that trips us up sometimes is when a traditional way of looking at a fabric gets turned on its head by a new fashion trend. This is the case with velvet this season. Traditionally, velvet has been a dressy fabric, reserved for special occasions, holiday parties, and lounge lizards…smile. (Don’t ask me why, but I just had an image of John Travolta singing “ah, ah, ah, ah…staying alive”).
Well this season, velvet has emerged as an every day fabric that can work for cozy weekend, work and date night. Those of you who still think of it as dressy only, may be struggling to figure out how in the world to wear this new trend. The answer is really very simple: pair it with a casual fabric like denim.
Let’s face it, while the head to toe velvet active wear jogger is trendy right now, most of us (uh, um) older ladies are not going to go for that. We can still do velvet, however, by toning it down and mixing it up. For example, pair a velvet kimono with beat up boyfriend jeans and shoe boots. Wear a velvet top with dark denim skinny jeans and boots. Pair a velvet tailored jacket with a classic button down blouse, black slacks and heels. Do you get the picture? You have to re-think your old way of seeing velvet.
The truth is, this luxurious fabric is fun to wear. What is not to like about velvet, unless you are like one of our employees who is wierded out by the fact that if you brush the velvet one way, it’s soft. But, if you brush it the other way….yikes. She is just skipping the trend all together. If you have texture issues, you might want to join her. For the rest of us, however, velvet is a wonderful fabric and should find a place in our wardrobes this season!
Button up plaid shirts were a huge trend last fall and winter, so you probably purchased one – at least I hope you did. This season, manufacturers have re-invented the plaid shirt by adding new details such as a contrasting back, like the one in the picture. This one from Tribal Sportswear has a pretty floral print, capitalizing on two trends for the season – florals and plaids. I also have plaid shirts in the store with solid backs as well as blouse tunic plaid styles with uneven hemlines. If you didn’t get into the plaid trend last season, jump in now!
So what do you do to amp up your plaid shirt from last year that doesn’t have all these fun details? I love adding a vest over a plaid shirt. A basic button down blouse works great with any kind of vest, and plaid will coordinate with many fabrics including fur, leather and down. The key to combining a vest over a blouse is to choose a complimentary color to your plaid. A tan fur vest, for example, will work beautifully over an olive green, red, burgundy, or brown based plaid. A silver grey puffy vest would be great over any plaid that has white in it. I paired a vintage black leather and fur vest today over my olive green and rust plaid shirt as an example. You can even choose a vest with a little embroidery. Keep in mind the rule for combining prints – both prints need to have the same colors. If they do, you can get crazy and put a paisley printed vest over a plaid shirt. The Tribal plaid is a great example of how to do this. Get courageous and have some fun with your clothing!