Like most women who love clothes, I like to keep up with trends. I like to know what’s in and what’s out, and whether what’s in or out will ultimately have any effect on my wardrobe. I like to look polished, pulled together, and current, but I don’t usually like to go off the deep end when it comes to trends. Especially if it means spending money on something that might look dated next season. But shopping my closet for pieces I can recombine, or re-purpose to replicate a trend that I like. Dipping my toe in the water, so to speak. Maybe even wading in a little. Well, I’m all over that.
The dress over pants (or trousers for you Brits) trend isn’t new. It’s been around off and on for ages. In one shape or another, one era or another, or one culture or another
. I love this gold and red confection from the fifties. I can’t say that I’d wear the skirt and pants… bit too dramatic for me. But those gold, kitten heel pumps would suit me just fine.
In my research, I found articles from each of the last three years exhorting readers to dive into the dress over pants trend. I read articles that show us how to do it, why we should do it, and who else is doing it. And I found lots and lots of examples. Some of the outfits are…uh…okay. But not for me. The off the shoulder look is one trend that I haven’t embraced. Not at all. That sleeveless tuxedo dress with leggings, from this blog, is more my style.
Yep, it seems this trend is everywhere, on the runways, and on the street. I love the look of that long tunic and slim pants from The Row, on the right. But since I don’t own anything resembling that tunic, and I’m not going to buy one anytime soon, I’ll settle for just admiring.
But I do own a dress that might work over slim pants. My Rag and Bone “Luna” dress, which I bought last spring, looks quite good with my Paige high-rise skinny jeans, and my flat sandals. I like this look for shopping or out for lunch, if and when the weather cools down a bit. Maybe next week? I’m meeting a young, former colleague for lunch and shopping. She’s heading back to the classroom in a couple of weeks, after a year on maternity leave. A new work wardrobe is required. This is the best kind of shopping. Helping someone else spend their money.
When I rummage in my closet, I see that my Rag and Bone dress is exactly the same shade of navy as my new Veronica Beard cropped pants. In fact these pants look like they were made to go with the dress. I love this outfit with my Munro sandals. I’d wear this out to dinner and feel fabulous. Covered, comfortable, pulled together, and a bit trendy all at the same time.
And maybe in September, when the weather is cooler still, I can swap the summer sandals for these wedge espadrilles that I’ve had for eons. Add my Marc Jacobs bag from last year. And maybe even, on a cool evening, this pretty scarf that I bought at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale in July. The burgundy accessories take this outfit from summer to fall, I think.
Sigh. There’s not much that gives me more satisfaction than being able to dip my toes in a new trend without dipping into my bank account. Especially when it allows me to haul out something that I’ve been hanging onto, but haven’t worn in ages… like my old espadrilles. Despite the size of my closet, and the fact that it’s now “curated” and “capsulized”… I’m always reluctant to consign or donate shoes. I’m such a hard fit. So when I find a pair that I like, which fit, I usually wear them to death and have to throw them out eventually. But if they become dated, and are still in good shape, I just pack them away until the day when they come back in style. Or until I need a pair of shoes in just that style, or colour, or with that heel height. But we live in a small house with limited storage so…. I know that one of these days I am going to have to weed out my shoes and boots. One of these days. Just not yet.
So that’s my trendy story. How I dipped my toe in the dress over pants trend. Even waded in a bit. Not going off the deep end. Not drowning in trendiness, or buying something new just to enable me to participate in the trend. But shopping my closet instead. I bought the dress in the spring because I was looking for… a dress. Similarly the cropped pants…. which I bought because I had cropped pants, not jeans, on my list for fall. The fact that they look good together is a bonus.
Now… I have to go and weed out my fall and winter sweaters and jackets. And see if there is anything I want to take to my friend Fiona’s consignment shop tomorrow.
How about you my friends? Do you go off the deep end when it comes to trends? Somehow I doubt it. You’re all way too sensible for that. I’m sure you’re in the shallow end with me… wading, not drowning.
Apologies to poet Stevie Smith for the very bad English teacher joke. You can find the original, not misquoted, version of her famous poem here