Sarah’s 10 trends style challenge

Some of you may know Sarah from Sarah’s Real Life, a talented young blogger. She now has a 10 trends style challenge running all April. Since I like a challenge, I decided to participate in her challenge. In April, one has to present an outfit of each of the 10 trends defined by her. Some of the trends to be shown are really challenging like how to have ageless style in lace, fringe or how to look ageless in tribal print. The reason is that these trends are key items of quite different styles. Lace is very girly, or can be very romantic. It can also be very eclectic. Fringes are very Bohemian Style. Tribal print is also more along the Bohemian line than my style, American Classic with a twist of rock’n roll or street style.

Mixing prints and pattern: Zebra print with hounds tooth

Black and white women outfit
Notations Zebra print cardigan worn as top with Chanel belt, Oliveo full leather skirt,  D&GM sunglasses, Hermes collier de chien bangle, and Harley Davidson booties (all own)

It is amazing that when thinking about it, one realizes that despite lace, fringes, or tribal prints are usually associated with other styles than my own style it has these elements in small doses. Most of my winter scarves have fringes. That is how classic scarves are traditionally made. Thus, I can make a hook here. Most of my tango dance dresses have (black) lace. Another hook. Many of my scarves have tribal prints from all over the world. Another hook that seemed to be much harder. It made me also think why so many silk, cashmere, and wool scarves have tribal prints. Historic reasons come to mind.

Metallic, neon, pastels, cropped, and geometric sound quite easy. For geometric think stripes, polka dots, triangles, or hounds-tooth like in the outfit above. The most challenging seems the trend “Local Love”. Here wearing a skirt over pants or a dress over pants is what the local ladies love to do to not have to carry a heavy (weight) coat on their shoulders all winter. The skirt or dress over pants allows to just wear a short jacket and relief the weight on the shoulders (and back). But do they love it? I appreciate the lower load, but I am not to impressed by the look some times. Style? Definitively Alaska winter style.

Winter look for mature women
Faux fur coat over houndstooth blazer, Oliveo full leather skirt with Harley Davidson booties (all own)
#advancedfashion Winter black and white look for mature women
Side view on faux fur coat

Which trend of the new season do you like? Which trends will you adopt? What about the black and white trend that’s an eternal classic? Do you like the mixed print trend? Let me know by email. I am curious.

Photos: G. Kramm

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