Fashionistas, welcome to my fashion haus. Thought I would share 10 fashion trends this grandma is embracing in my OOTD (outfits of the day). I sing the praises of the Get Your Pretty On capsule wardrobe quite regularly but y’all, they very possibly saved my life when I first retired. A month after my retirement, I had to have cervical spine surgery. Which was a part of the reason I retired early and unexpectedly. It was actually my second surgery to repair issues left behind from the first surgery. So much fun.
I felt old – thanks, retirement. Wasn’t able to exercise or move around much immediately afterward. Had this angry scar on my neck that felt like a beacon to me. Lots of idle hours on my hands and no retired friends to spend them with. I didn’t know what I was supposed to be doing. And there didn’t seem to be much in life to motivate me out of bed. I can guarantee you – that had never been me!
Get Your Pretty On
Enter GYPO. I saw the very first style challenge Alison ever did advertised on Facebook. The price for the challenge was less than $20, very affordable. And appropriately enough, we would be styling spring fashion. Which felt like an opportunity to kind of be reborn. Rediscover myself. To build a wardrobe of clothes that didn’t scream elementary librarian (Dr. Seuss tees and crazy socks) or recovering patient (orthopedic neck brace).
Fast forward 6 years and here I am. Still singing the praises of the GYPO capsule wardrobes and style challenges. The GYPO Facebook community is so dear. I have made so many dear, virtual fashionista friends. And I have learned to put together outfits that make me want to jump out of bed and get dressed in the morning. My closet – you can visit it here – is relatively full of trendy, fun clothes I love. And limitless outfit combinations.
But I didn’t embrace all of the trends immediately.
10 Fashion Trends This Grandma is Embracing
I remember when my distressed denim was homemade and not store bought. Came from scrubbing the floors. Or back when I swore off button fly enclosures because they took too long to unfasten in the potty. When I refused to wear camo because I associated it with war (soldier’s wife) or hunting (animal lover). And took a hard pass on animal print because it reminded me of hunted animal pelts!!
Glad to say I have loosened up a bit in my old age. Check out these 10 fashion trends that this grandma/mimi/gabba has come to embrace.
- tortoise shell
- chambray shirt
- horizontal striped cardigan
- faux leather elbow patches
- cognac belt
- button fly
- distressed denim
- skinny jeans
- raw hem
- animal print
And here they are in one look – 10 fashion trends this grandma is wearing all in one look!!
Let’s dissect them one by one.
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Tortoise Shell Earrings
It wasn’t that I was opposed to tortoise shell. I just wouldn’t have picked up on the trend in my pre-GYPO life. My BFF gave me my tortoise shell earrings but you can find several cute styles on Alison + Aubrey.
Just ordered these earrings to go with this year’s popular fall colors, amberglow and samba.
A chambray shirt has been on several capsule wardrobe shopping lists. But I really only bought mine (similar, similar) because I needed to add something else to my Loft purchase in order to qualify for a discount. It has been such a good buy. Have paired it with dress pants, jeans and even a black jumper. This one is light weight and sooo soft. I have a darker, heavier one from JCP that works well like a like wrap.
Striped Cardi with Elbow Patches
You know the old wives’ tale, right? Horizontal stripes make you look wider, heavier. Not being one to argue with old wives, I’ve avoided them like the plague Covid. Until GYPO dispelled that myth for me. And now I enjoy wearing them in dresses, tees, tops and…cardigans.
The elbow patches on this open front cardigan (similar, similar) are the first faux or vegan leather I sampled. Now I am wearing faux leather skirts, moto jackets and leggings, too. My Express faux leather leggings (similar, similar) were lots of fun to wear last year. Can’t wait to get back into them once temps cool off enough that they won’t melt.
Cognac Belt and Button Fly Jeans
Until GYPO, my fashion style could be defined as matchy-matchy. Black shoes? Black belt and bag, of course. Brown shoes? Brown bag and belt. But apparently that is another wives’ tale meant to be ignored. Brown and black accessories can be worn together and worn with black or brown clothing.
Why did we limit ourselves by believing these fashion fables?
Like everything else, I didn’t run right out an buy skinny jeans when they first became a ‘thing’. For moi, it has been an acquired taste.
Last fall, my sweet friend Kellyann at This Blonde’s Shopping Bag gently suggested the skinny pants I was wearing were not truly skinny, and were even borderline baggy. She encouraged me to try Old Navy’s Rockstars for a genuine skinny fit. I followed her advice. Here I am trying them on for the first time.
Felt a little weird wearing something so tight. But Rockstars have just a little give that keeps them comfortable while retaining their shape.
When this trend first broke, I thought it ridiculous. Who was going to buy clothing with intentional distressing and sometimes even holes?? Heck, I had thrown out jeans where I had torn holes in the knees from scrubbing floors. Why in the world would anyone buy clothes like that??
Why?? Because they are fun. They add a little spunk, a little sexiness, a little skin without being too revealing.
My feelings about raw hems were similar to how I felt about distressed denim. Who’s gonna pay for frayed hems?? How long are my pants going to last with the hems already coming undone??
Never say never because I’ve jumped on this bandwagon, too. Lots of times, I find that the hem isn’t truly raw. More like medium rare. There will be stitching above the raw edge so that the pants don’t unravel into shorts.
I look at distressing and raw hems as just another way to add fun and interest to my clothes. Since I am no longer working – at least not now – my clothes can be more playful and less rigid. So can I!!
Animal print is a great way to wear black and brown together. Something I would never have done in the past. And to add some playfulness to your look. A skinny belt was the first animal print I purchased. Way to jump into that trend with both feet, huh?? Gradually, I began adding animal print tees and tops. Then cardigans and kimonos. Shoes and booties. And have just become a snakeskin handler, too.
Here are some other ways I have been sampling animal print and camo. Check out a couple of options to my animal print skirt below; this pencil skirt and this midi skirt. Picked up the pink animal print top below at Target last week. It features another popular trend this fall…puffy sleeves. Sleeve details are very big right now!!
So what have I learned through the GYPO style challenges and by following my favorite fashion bloggers?? To loosen up a little. Throw out those old tired fashion rules I grew up following. Try new trends. Some might not be for me but many of them can be modified to keep my wardrobe timely. And never ever say never.
These are just 10 fashion trends this grandma is embracing. There are others – tulle skirts, graphic tees, high-waisted pants, joggers. I could go on and on. And maybe I will do another similar post soon featuring some of those things.
Have you ever done a Get Your Pretty On capsule wardrobe challenge? If not, you can use my affiliate link to register for the fall 2020 challenge that just started this week. Our outfit formula for today is graphic tee + cardi in a rich fall color + boyfriend jeans + white tennies. Here’s my interpretation.
Subbed in black wedges for the tennies because date night. I love that cardi color, don’t you. And my graphic tee reads: Quarantine made me un poco loco (a little crazy). Which isn’t exactly accurate. I was already conductor of my own crazy train long before Covid. But it is more fun to blame a virus.
In a comment below won’t you let me know what fashion trends you are embracing this season.
Thank you for joining me in my fashion haus today. Tomorrow I hope to share some of the things I am grateful for in a Thankful Thursday post. And you won’t want to miss Friday Favorites the day after.
Hump day hugs and kisses,