Thursday, July 16, 2009

What will people REALLY be wearing this fall?

I'm trying to think ahead for fall, and even late summer, since I have to start back to work in just a couple of weeks. But what are people really going to be wearing? The FSG newsletter is saying "skinny pants", but their definition of "skinny" is really more of a slim cut. I'm seeing every width imaginable on the websites, but I do NOT see myself wearing "jodpurs" or something like the picture on the left. BWOF, which is usually ahead of the fashion curve, is also showing a variety of widths of pant legs, but also a lot of clothes I know I would never wear (Uh, sorry, the neckline to the navel doesn't work while you're teaching) Again, same problem with most fashion magazines - too low, too short, or just not flattering for anyone over 30. But, again, I do not want to dress like someone's grandmother either. Yes, I have to have shoes that don't hurt my feet, so that is a consideration, but I want to be comfortable and stylish at the same time. For some reason, this season I am not seeing things that really fit the way most of us really live.

Looking at websites like and watching fashion shows can give you lots of ideas, but really, much of what I'm seeing is nothing that would fit my real life. I love Lucky magazine, but let's face it, I'm not 20, but I'm not 80 either. Also, lately I'm seeing so many more ads in Lucky and much less real wardrobe possibilities.
The look on the right is from the Carolina Herrera collection, and I could see modifying something like this to work for me. However, I'd have to think about it by cutting about 12" off that models legs and widening the hip substantially :-)

So, how does a woman who is 50 something and wants to look stylish and a little trendy, but not like the "old lady trying to look 20" find what really is in fashion? I like to be a little ahead of the fashion curve, but not so far ahead that no one else gets it. (I'll never forget the day I wore green shoes with a brown dress to church and one of the women commented (innocently) that she was glad to see my necklace with green in it because she couldn't figure out why I was wearing green shoes when nothing else I was wearing was green - sigh.)

I'm really having to think hard about what I am going to wear this year since I'm getting too fat and none of my clothes from last year are going to fit - arghh!!! Of course, this does give me opportunity to make some new clothes (like I need an excuse.)

My "one block wonder" quilt is really coming along and tomorrow is our last class. I'm hoping to have the whole top finished by the end of the day tomorrow. I ordered some fabric for the back, but don't intend to put it together until the weather gets cooler. Also, I need to really get on the stick and make some clothes for work!

First up, I think, will be a knit dress or two, since I got some great knits from Gorgeous fabrics earlier this summer and am anxious to make them up. (also, they should be quick to make!)

So, where are you getting your inspiration this season?


Unknown said...

I'm in the same situation as you -- what is a 40-something woman supposed to wear. As usual, they seem to have left out the 40-60 crowd again. I noticed the same thing when I was flipping through Harper's last night. I couldn't figure out who was supposed to be wearing those clothes. This fall, I'm going to take my cue from Vogue Patterns. It's a really nice collection that real people can wear.

Little Hunting Creek said...

I think I'll have to be my own designer because nothing I've seen is practical for my real life. Like you, necklines to the navel are not useful for worklife. My daughter says to think straight cut pants and wrap jackets , so I will make some of those

Rhoto said...

I wear "green shoes with a brown dress"!! It looks fresh, innovative, YOUNG!! ;)
Warm greetings,
Rhonda in Montreal (PR)

Meg said...

I'm thinking military jacket, metallics and animal skins for fall. I find Bazaar is the best source of clothing ideas for women our age; I do what they tell me, but on my meager budget of course.

angie.a said...

I'm in the same boat. I love BWOF but a lot of stuff I could make is way too low cut in the neck/cleavage area. My students would be scarred for life. ;) I like Lucky too, but it's getting too young for me (I'll be 39 this year! Eek!!) Actually MOST magazines are too young for me now and that's pretty frustrating.

I have to laugh at your shoe story. I love to play with shoe color and I actually had a student ask about a shoe color once, and why sometimes they didn't match anything else I was wearing (hehe). I told her they didn't have to "match". They have to "go". From then on I was on "shoe watch".