Fashion Trends: Yay or Nay?

This is a question I encounter a lot … “Can I wear that at my age?” And its a subject of debate and much discussion amongst Image Consultants.
The thing is, there is no right or wrong answer per se. What works for one woman would be totally wrong on another. Let’s take an example – the Goth trend. Its back in full force this Autumn/Winter and tends to surface a lot this time of year. For the fashion forward, its quite alluring as it is a look that conveys power and strength and the fashionistas do not shy away from such statements. However, for the average woman, lashings of black eyeliner and silver-studded everything is impractical. But, one can make a nod to trends without going too far beyond their comfort zone. For example, really going slick and sharp and as dark with colours as your own colouring will allow can be an interpretation of Goth in a pared down manner. Some consultants say, if you wore it and lived through it the first time around, then as an adult its off limits. There is some truth in that. But, if your style personality lends itself to a trend and you feel your heartbeat quicken at the return of a long ago trend, then by all means be true to yourself and find a way to interpret it for your modern self. The hard and fast rules of fashion no longer apply – you can make the rules for yourself as long as you stick to shapes and colours to suit you specifically. The bottom line is, don’t say no to trends on some sort of age principle. If you feel drawn to something you think is pushing the envelope a bit, pare it back and make it work for you. That way, you still feel like you are age appropriate but satisfying your fashion mindedness. So, go on experiment!

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