I tend to believe more in classic lessons like that. Find what works best for your body, your personal style, your lifestyle, and build on that. Certain lines and silhouettes, I believe, will never go out of style. A perfect pencil skirt, a feminine and tailored white blouse, a classic trench, a ladylike dress. Naturally, you need to tweak your classic style a little as fashion evolves and changes, so it's important to keep an eye out for trends. But that doesn't mean making yourself a slave to them.
Here's how I like to incorporate trends: First and foremost, I think about what works on my body type. I wasn't thrilled, at first, when pants became decidedly skinnier and skinnier, but now most of my closet is dominated by skinny and straight legs. I love an ankle pant, so I tend to focus more there.
Once I have an idea what I might be able to add in, without sacrificing my own style or putting myself in something that simply won't look good on me, for the sake of being "trendy," I shop carefully. I definitely don't just run out and buy the same thing that everyone else is buying (and blogging) from J.Crew or LOFT. What's the fun in looking just like everyone else?
So for some of this spring and summer's trends, here's what I'm liking, for me. I do not have a whole lot of love for midi skirts -- I think most are unflattering on most body types -- but I do find an exception with pleated midis, and I want to add one to my wardrobe soon. I also do love florals, when they're done well, but you probably won't see me in floral skinnies. I have a great floral pencil skirt from last summer that I'll keep in rotation, and I'm thinking of adding a top or two.
Also, for the record, you definitely won't see me in a pair of Birkenstocks -- I would never make my feet look so ugly. Why they are trending now is a fashion mystery to me.
Here are some pieces I'm loving a little bit: