A couple days ago, I came across a short post on one of the popular fashion blogs that made me do a double take. It was suggested that the perfect weekend outfit was an oversized sweatshirt, a pair of baggy pants, and unbrushed hair. The accompanying photo was of a slender woman wearing said outfit and strolling confidently down the street. She looked great and suggestions to recreate the look were all expensive, designer pieces, but all I could think was that it would be quite difficult for most women to pull off or feel confident in. One of my mom’s favorite phrases when she thinks a style is too young for her is that she doesn’t want to “look like mutton dressed up as lamb.” However, that is not necessarily the worst-case scenario. The normcore fashion movement has made traditionally frumpy looks a stylish alternative for the young and fashionable which are pretty much impossible for anyone over the age of thirty-five to wear successfully.
In fact, another post on the same site suggests leaving these fashionista pieces at home when going on a first date because they warn that most people won’t “get” the look. Unless your friends are also fashionistas, they won't be able to tell if your pants are baggy because you got the wrong size off the sale rack at Target or because you spent $350 getting a pair that was thoughtfully designed to look like you just rolled out of bed. And therein lies the danger of high fashion. For most of us, our everyday life takes us into the realm of the non-fashion elite where sweatpants worn with stilettos will not receive compliments.
So, how do you look stylish and embrace trends without accidentally veering into unflattering territory? A good option is to choose tailored pieces in bright colors or bold patterns. This allows you to add your own personality without sacrificing fit. A coral blazer, floral pencil skirt, or polka dot shirt all give a stylish twist to classic pieces. Even though cutting edge fashion may not always translate well into our everyday lives, we can still be fashionable without looking frumpy.