Monday, September 20, 2010

Trends and Timelessness

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Works Cited
dress: anthro
sweater: j crew
belt: target
wedges: thrifted
earrings: bought on the street

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I don't follow trends/runway fashions/seasons very closely, because they seem to change so quickly and I don't know a single person who can afford to update her wardrobe every season. But I was happy to read that a more minimalist aesthetic may be coming into vogue, and to catch wind of lots of clothes in camel, grays, blacks, and navies. These have always been my go-to combinations because they feel timeless.

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If I'm going to spend money on a garment, I'd like it to be something I could wear for years and look back on without regret. I want to look back in twenty years and still recognize myself and my sense of style. My family teases me for having a wardrobe without much color and with more gray sweaters than all other colors combined, but there is something very appealing about a simple palette. I think it lets your natural beauty and personality show, and I love that.
What about you? Do you follow high fashion closely? Or are you like me, secretly pleased when you see a trend on the runway that you've been wearing and loving for years?

40 comments:

lisamarie said...

I definitely agree with you. Isn't that why everyone still thinks Audrey Hepburn was gorgeous?

p.s. the next time somebody gives you a hard time for grays, just pull out the lobster dress :)

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

lisamarie, i totally agree! hepburn always seemed to nail it.
and yes, the lobster dress is pretty darn cool AND exciting. right you are.

Justine said...

I can't follow high fashion. WAY too expensive for a college student budget. But I don't mind spluring on a few good pieces that I can wear for years to come.

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Kayla said...

I agree with you on spending money on things that will last forever. I tend to buy trendy things on the cheap that looks like they have some quality. I wear a lot of gray too. But for me it's more clever than wearing a bunch of black!
P.S. I have that exact same belt.


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Viktoria with a K said...

Simple, yet perfect! Cute dress! The ruffles are a nice touch.

I can't follow fashion. It's too expensive and I would hate for my future children to see a picture of me and say, "Holy cow, what were you thinking when you wore that neon blouse, pair of jeggings, etc." I'd rather be classic than a trendsetter.

NoGuiltFashion said...

I really love this look. It is so simple, yet elegant at the same time. Did you buy inserts for those wedges? If so, did it help any.
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Lauren said...

I like to follow trends somewhat, but I like to have pieces that I can wear and re-wear again and again.

Love this look! It just hits all cylinders for me - simple, easy, stylish, chic!

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S@sha said...

This camel belt is great with the grey sweater.

I definitely follow fashion, in the sense that I love blogs like the Sartorialist and Garance Dore, which feature all of those editors and fashionistas on a regular basis. I read Vogue, I like the NY Times Style section--- but I don't buy any of those designer clothes. Way too expensive for me. Its fun and inspiring nonetheless.

As for color, neutrals are great, but color is just as classic. Maybe not neon pink, but cobalt blue? True red? Just as timeless as grey.

L said...

How are your feet doing in your thrifted shoes? Did you buy some insoles?
Whole look is perfect. I love how those shoes and belt work together

Chloe Trayner said...

You look so sophisticated in this outfit, it really is a timeless classic. I like to throw a few trends in but mainly I go for timeless silhouettes and styles too.

Sidewalk Chalk said...

I love this outfit, and the little ruffles on your dress.

I don't really like to follow trends, although every once in awhile there's one that I feel wouldn't be too hard to try (knee socks, for instance). For the most part, I stick to what I like.

Apple said...

I love that outfit. I'm with you... there's not enough time or money to keep up with all the trends, but I think somehow they still make it into our wardrobes occasionally. I love your style - so simple and wearable, and so cute.

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Bad Taste Toast said...

very cute look with the belted cardi! :)

spoozyliciouzz said...

Fashion means nothing, true style does.

The only thing fashion ever tries to achieve is to rip people apart financially. Only those who don´t have any sense of style, nor real individual taste, need to go build their wardrobe on fashion.

Keep it your way, Tania, and stick to your game.

Brittany said...

ooh i'm so excited about this outfit! i bought that same belt from target but haven't worn it yet because i'm not sure how. i have similar pieces that i think i can put together and make it work! thanks!

eek said...

I love to look at beautiful clothes for the artistic value of it, but I try not to go too trendy. That said, I also gravitate to bright colors because they make me happy, regardless of what is "in."

I love your style because it is timeless :)

Julia said...

I like to look through magazines at the ads for high fashion, but don't really apply it to my wardrobe.

I really like your outfit today. It's looks very appropriate for early-fall.

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

@Brittany--yay, I'm so glad!
Yes, I got some insoles and they are saving my life! Thanks for all the suggestions :)

dennicapearl said...

the cardigan is pretty. love your style!
im a new follower :D


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m. said...

wonderful shoes!

Steph said...

WOW this post is timely! My recent fall outfits have revealed that I have a bad case of the "neutrals" going on in my closet. I mean I looove neutrals but too many all the time? It leaves me looking a little washed out. Today I purchased a wool blazer (my first new fall jacket in 2 years) that is grey but has rainbow colored bits of thread sewn through-out it. I think it will be a good way to increase the colour in my fall ensembles without going too far out of my comfort zone, or in the trendy direction. So yes I love neutrals, but I am also always looking for small and affordable ways to spice things up.

dancingwithpoodles said...

While I enjoy reading about fashion and clicking through some select slideshows on style.com, I don't generally take my cues from what designers are showing on the runway.

There are definitely times that I'm inspired by what's currently fashionable. For example, I'm determined that I'll try wearing some leopard print this fall.
-Marianne

christa @ enSTYLEpedia said...

i don't follow it completely...i like to see how the magazines make it more everyday. mostly i like to see the hair trends...you could wear something classic with a trendy hair style and you totally look up to date.
your style is totally timeless and i loooove it!

La Historiadora de Moda said...

I love the art of high fashion and do occasionally enjoy incorporating current trends, but I'm very selective about it.

I love the neutral palette here and the wedges and belt look fantastic together!

Paige (Final Clothes-Out) said...

I'm REALLY picky about what trends I follow. Skinny jeans were a no-brainer for me, because I have spindly chicken legs, but otherwise I kind of stick to what I like as opposed to what's "cool." I've noticed that key necklaces have gotten super trendy the last couple of years, but I've been wearing one since I was in college.

Beth Ellen said...

I love following fashion because I think it's beautiful, but just like you I'm a grad student who's lucky if she gets two new pairs of shoes a season. I usually try to find my favorite trend and get one thing in that, but I also think people who wear all the trends at once look ridiculous. And your grey is my black. I own more black dresses/sweaters/shirts than almost anyone. Everyone always makes fun of my black shirt and jeans I wear everyday.

Two For Tea said...

Cuuuuuuute shoes...what a great thrifting find :) Love that!!!

jamie said...

I'm the same way. Gray has been my go-to neutral for years now, and when it became the go-to neutral last fall, that made me feel cool, which sounds a little silly but that's how I felt. I try to mix up my gray with pops of color though. There's this gray plaid button up shirt I've had since I was ten (I'm almost 19 now) and I still wear it all the time (I'm pretty small. lol).

As far as trends go, I'm not really into them. But I really like the military trend because there are a lot of earth tones and those are the most flattering on me.

I really like your style because it's so classic and feminine. I love dresses now because of you. :D

Natasha xoxo said...

Love the camel wedges!

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myedit said...

I definitely keep an eye on trends but the thought of spending money on something for one season is sad to me. I think a test of style is making something work every season in a different way... make sense?

Between Laundry Days said...

I was just thinking the other day about how your classic, supposedly "vanilla", style is totally on-trend this season. Minimalism, simplicity, quiet colors, all seem to be "in" and totally "Tania". :)

MarchMusings said...

I stick to what looks good on me and add new trends if they work with what I have.

Jessica said...

I absolutely agree with you. I define my style as modern classic. There's a twinge of 40s in the wayI dress my curvy body, which happily is something indeed "in" right now. But my motto is to wear what looks best on me, not what is all over the mags. Besides, all the trends aren't necessarily meant for me anyway!

That said, I do pick up ones I like from time to time. I've also noticed that, after being bombarded with a certain trend over and over, I may start to like it. Huh.

There is ALWAYS a place for neutrals, though. So, happily, you can say this time around that you are SO on trend! =)

Surely Sonsy

Kim said...

I'm with Paige on the spindly chicken legs thing, so I was also excited by the comeback of skinny jeans (back in the 80's we used to just call them "jeans"). I'm REALLY excited about this season's trend toward all the colors you mentioned because they make up the majority of my wardrobe. And while I too have been teased about it, I don't feel comfortable in bright colors. This didn't go over so well in Florida but now that I've moved a few states north, it's better.

Scholar Style Guide said...

Lovely, as per usz.

I like to experiment with current trends, but I'm choosy about them. Perhaps it's good that my budget reigns in my experimentation. :)

-Anne-Marie

Lori said...

I love this outfit. You look beautiful and timeless. I'm a big fan of grey and navy.

Jill said...

I am definitely not into high fashion in terms of letting it influence what I wear. For that, I turn to street style, blogs (like yours!), and my own sense of what's comfortable and looks good. I think of fashion as more of an art form that's really fun to look at, but I do appreciate certain designers more than others, and those designers tend to be minimalist. I really don't think your wardrobe is too monochrome--it's just the right balance of neutrals tempered by the occasional pop of color!

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Future Lint said...

Those shoes are so cool! I keep an eye on the trends, but since most of my stuff is thrifted, I kinda do my own take on them... and I think my natural style will always be pretty colorful!

Elaine said...

I don't really follow trends - it's too much for me to come up with and I don't go shopping that often anyway so even if I wanted to, I couldn't keep up!!! I'd rather go for things I like than what the runway tells me I should have.

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Larysse Tavares said...

I'm just like you. I can resist fashion trends and still be happy :)

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