It’s painfully true that there will come a point in your life where you will not understand what the youth are wearing (or why). To match your lameness, you might say something trite like, “omg, I wore that in junior high!” or maybe get to the point with a “wtf are they actually wearing?” But I don’t take fashion too seriously so I thought it would be VERY fun for my youngest team members to dress me in the trends that they are seeing and loving on their Instagram feeds. Brian thought it was April Fools. I felt like I was ready for Halloween. But I had SO MUCH FUN. So here you go: three trends/outfits my team helped pick out for me and four others on my youngest team members, plus how we all felt about them.
First up, my team really insisted on seeing me in this color we apparently refer to as “millennial purple.” Here’s how the youngins are wearing it:
I think I don’t like millennial purple, yet. Like most things that I think look bad on me, it takes me a while to go through the following internal process:
Step 1: See the trend, hate on it verbally.
Step 2: Let time go by and allow the parasitic zeitgeist trend to burrow into my brain. Out comes an “ooh, well I kinda like this shade of it.”
Step 3: Try trend; realize that it indeed looks bad with my skin tone, as it always has. But maybe that’s also because my skin tone usually is a shade of “spray tan orange” that when resting next to this color looks BRIGHT orange. But I suppose that’s my problem, not millennial purple’s.
But this chick looks good in it:
So we tried it out. When my team first bought a version of this look for me, they bought it as a suit (a blazer and short set) and I just couldn’t. It’s likely that if I lived in New York or had a more formal job, I would wear it because I love the idea of it, but it’s just not my lifestyle. It’s neither work wear or party wear or weekend wear.
Instead, I paired it with the obvious choice of a 40-year-old woman: skin-tight, lower thigh length biking shorts. I’m still unsure if I’m supposed to call them “biking” or “biker” shorts (wait…is it just “bike”?). Please advise.
Indeed, I liked it more and sure, and couldn’t wait to take Brian out on that hot date he’s wanted since he wrote my birthday post. I wore a vintage-style rock-and-roll shirt, I’m sorry, BAND SHIRT—that’s what it’s called now, and then we did what I’ve always wanted to do (I’m actually not joking)…put on some sheer socks and white pumps.
I think I nailed it.
How do I feel about it? I felt ridiculous but Ryann, Mallory, Veronica and Chandler all thought I look LEGIT COOL. I thought it was the definition of “try-hard” but again, that’s because…I WAS.
Here’s how I would “tweak” it for real life: wear the bike shorts with the T-shirt for sure, but likely wear it with Vans. And I love the socks/shoes combo, but likely would feel better about them with a dress that warranted such style. I will never wear the blazer, but my team was into it.
Next, my team dressed me in a look they are calling “festival Emily” based on these very trendy ladies:
I get it. I like ripped jeans, boots, and vintage T-shirts so this isn’t completely off base for me.
This is how I dressed in the early 2000s and I like it, but it’s not me anymore and not because I’m too old, but because it doesn’t represent my personality any longer. I don’t think it’s ridiculous, I’m just more “Uptown Prairie” than “Downtown Rock’n Roll.” But honestly now that I think about it, I don’t think that the street-style festival look is too much of a trend that we haven’t seen before…and I guess that’s the case for most of these things. The fashion world simply regurgitates styles from the past by slapping them on fresh new faces and bodies. It’s a cycle.
Now, before we leave my trends, I had to try the biker short in another light, specifically the Hailey Bieber light. If you need more proof to believe this is actually a thing, I give you exhibit A, B, C, D, E and F.
But the image that got my team’s hearts all AFLUTTER was this one (which is evidently a Princess Di throwback):
People are FREAKING out about this. Of course, I think that it’s the case of “model-thin-celebrity-wears-anything-ugly-and-gets-people-cast-her-as-fashion-goddess,” but they disagree and truly think it’s awesome. So to prove for (or against) my case, here I go:
To say I felt uncool wearing this was the understatement of the ’80s. I felt frumpy. Silly. Embarrassed at best. But then I saw the photo and I was like, wait, is she kinda cool?
Let’s side by side it again, we need more analysis:
I think there is a clear winner, and it is not the one who slobbered on keys to “get the shot.” But I had hope for the bike shorts in my future. To convince my team of how I could see myself actually wearing them, I brought a sweatshirt and shoes from home.
I actually liked it! When I sought approval they said, it’s a “cute drop-off-the-kid-mom” clothes, but it’s no longer the look or trend that impressed them. I get that.
But I also think that the influence of “influencers” that are just “skinny models” is a miss and not who anyone should set their sights on or admire artistically. I challenged them to find other, weirder, more creative (and NEW) actual trends and I’d be game. I mean, I had fun but it’s literally just a sweatshirt and biker shorts from the ’80s, HOW did that break the internet? I suppose it was the idea of an influencer recreating iconic Princess Diana looks, but it still felt a little stale to me.
Despite the embarrassment of this shoot, experimenting and hanging out with my girls was fun. I will say that buying this stuff vintage makes far more sense for me (and creates less waste) because most of this isn’t even being reinvented or modernized, which is actually my biggest beef with it. That champion sweatshirt has proportions that no person would look good in—why not create a better silhouette? So that’s the good news, just head to Goodwill and you can surely find yourself some 35-year-old biker shorts…(but we’ve linked up where they got all of them, too).
Now for my crew to take a pass at this because we all wanted to have some fun. Being 25 and under, they can surely convince us all that these trends (i.e. reboots from the ’80s and ’90s because that is exactly what it is) are cool, RIGHT????
Ryann’s Trend: The Bike Shorts
Her take: Yes, the bike shorts trend got to me, too (see Emily’s inspo photos earlier). As I began pulling my outfit together, more trends came into play i.e. the asymmetrical neckline, and the strappy heels and I won’t lie: I felt silly wearing this walking down Hyperion Ave posing for photos FOR SURE. When I saw the pictures, I wasn’t a complete hater because this outfit IS flattering and cute, it is just not “me.” That said, I would absolutely wear every one of these pieces again but likely not altogether like this. I am really into this blazer. The way it falls, the color, the length, everything about it. It’s really special and reasonable priced. The bike shorts are actually my favorite to wear around the house with an oversized T-shirt or sweatshirt (although I am not one to wear athleisure outside the house unless I am extremely tired or hungover lol). The sandals are very fun and I love a leopard print (plus I have nothing like them atm) and I can see myself wearing them with vintage Levi’s and a white ribbed tank top for summer or with black bell-bottoms and a tube top for a “going out” look.
Veronica’s Trend: The Utility Pant + Tie Dye
Her take: I’m a huge advocate for the “mom jean” trend that circled back around, and I feel like this is a comfier version of that. I felt very relaxed and cool in this, ready to skate along the beach! I would wear the shirt and shoes again and the pants only for winter because they were pretty heavy and warm. It’s all so comfortable and simple, and any of the pieces could be transferable to pair with other items of clothing. You could wear the tye-dye shirt with a pair of shorts and sandals for a summery look, the pants could be paired with a cropped shirt for a more comfy, loungey look, and the shoes can be worn with literally anything. Add a beanie on top of this outfit and a black long sleeve under for colder weather, and you’re ready to go.
Chandler’s Trend: The Jogger Pant
Her take: I wanted to try this trend because there are so many ways to dress the outfit up or down, so I wanted to see how to get a good in-between that was still fun. I am a huge advocate of buying clothes that can function as something I can wear to the office, and then alter slightly for a Friday night dinner. These pants are comfortable and functional and I would for sure wear them again and again. They work with sneakers, but are pretty heavy and would also work with boots and a cropped sweater in colder weather, which I think would be a more comfortable way to wear them. I felt like this was a great everyday outfit with some spunk and style. It was a little edgier than my normal everyday outfit choice and I was into that. I don’t think I would wear the shirt again with these pants just because the see-through trend isn’t really my thing, but I LOVED the bra/tank I wore under the shirt. Overall, this trend is a yes for me.
Mallory’s Trend: The Midi Leopard Skirt + Dad Shoes
Her take: I’ve been into this leopard midi skirt trend for quite some time, so when it was time to pick a trend to try out for this post, I instantly knew it would be this. The strategy for the exact outfit inspo was this: go to the Urban Outfitters Instagram and search for the perfect leopard midi. It must have been a good strategy because I found one in 3 seconds. While wearing this, I felt like an influencer, honestly. It seemed weird that I wasn’t on Melrose with a latte in hand and my Instagram boyfriend taking photos of me in front of the pink wall. The dad shoes (which made me feel like I was Godzilla stomping through LA) PLUS the midi skirt PLUS the hair clips were a little too aggressively trendy for my taste. The top and the skirt together make a great go-to look that I know I’d wear all the time. I’d pair them with a dainty Madewell sandal over the dad sneaks (since I don’t consider myself edgy or sporty enough to pull off the FILA look).
Look at us. So happy with ourselves and our youth (ha!).
WHEW. That was a lot of trendiness for one day. What do you all think (I know to some of you, it might all seem silly, but playing “trendy” dress-up was honestly SO MUCH FUN)? We would love to hear your thoughts. xx
***photography by Veronica Crawford (group shots by Brian Henderson)