HOW TO WORK THE LATEST TREND IN YOUR OWN STYLE

How to work the latest trend in your own style

There are ruffles, basket bags & espadrilles everywhere I look on social media at the moment. It’s like the Bella Freud 1970 jumper of last Winter!
I love a lot of it but no sooner had I laid eyes on a particularly beautiful piece than every Instagrammer & her dog is wearing it! Take the basket bag for example. Love a basket bag. Use a basket bag. Basket bags are a summer essential & have been since Ancient Egypt, kinda.

Well you get my drift. Then the circular basket bag shows up – I think to myself, ooh ahh me likey Imma get one of those. Not a week goes by when every single micro influencer has posted it on Instagram with 10 different outfits! Damn that’s me out then. I’m just not into looking exactly like everyone else. I realise my style isn’t especially unique but that doesn’t mean I want to be a carbon copy of the latest trend. So what to do when you happen to really like said latest trend? Well here’s the thing – Aint nothin’ new no more anyway baby – Great R&B song title there if I do say so myself – Anyway, back I come to the point, If you’re over 40 you’ve seen it all before. Am I right? Crikey if you’re like me, you probably even have an element of the trend still in your closet!

Sure let’s take inspiration from our favourite bloggers but then work our own magic on what we already have. That’s probably a controversial view since us bloggers are constantly trying to sell you shit stuff clothes, bags & shoes yadda yadda yadda

Needless to say as I advocate conscious consumption this doesn’t sit well with me. I’m happy to make suggestions because we all have gaps in our closet that could be filled to good use. Curating a hard-working wardrobe is a work in progress & one I happen to enjoy very much. Yet conversely I don’t like shopping for the sake of it, I actually enjoy the challenge of creating an outfit with what I already have. To me this also makes better sense for the planet & those working in the rag trade, full stop.

How to work a new trend in your own style

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How to work a new trend in your own style

How to work a new trend in your own style

How to work a new trend in your own style

Tie a bow at the back

Little things such as the way you tie a wrap dress set you apart from the crowd. I do this a lot with my clothes, check out how I styled my Finery dress differently by adding another element. Today I simply wrapped the self tie around the back of my waist & made a bow. Really basic stuff that takes a little forethought yet makes a nice change from the norm.

I really love this dress for many reasons which is why I bought it. The stripes for one (love striped anything) but also I see myself layering this over jeans & white trousers a lot. I’ve always been a huge fan of styling dresses over pants so when a dress comes along that lends itself to this I know it’s versatile therefore a good buy. By the way although this dress is a size 10 & fits me perfectly up top the fold over is, shall we say, lacking in material. However worn over jeans this isn’t a problem, today I’m flashing like a pro with even the slightest breeze, oy vey. If that bothers you but you really like the dress, simply place a single stitch at the strategic height of the flap to save your modesty. Another point to make about today’s dress concerns how unflattering ruffles can be on some of us. For example I wouldn’t entertain the thought of ruffles anywhere near my ample bosom however I adore a ruffle or two at the bottom half of my outfit. Whether that’s as high up as my waist or as low as my hem & anywhere in between. So if you think you can’t do the ruffle trend perhaps have another try but this time remember to keep them in proportion to your body shape i.e away from the widest part. Let me know how you get on.

How to work a new trend in your own style | Basket bags and ruffles

How to work a new trend in your own style

How to work a new trend in your own style

A different take on the basket bag

Instead of going for the typical basket bag I’ve chosen one with colour & print just because it’s different. I’m firmly in the basket bag moment like everyone else, however my bag stands out from the sea of natural raffia everywhere. That’s just how I like it. To me tan is still a neutral & will easily work with a myriad of tones such as my turquoise & white outfit here. I’ve yet to pair this basket bag with a maxi & Greek sandals but I’m confident it’ll be a winning look on our summer holiday.

My Chloe platform heels are super old but here again is the opportunity to make this popular look uniquely mine. In fact tan is such a handy shade to have in your shoe collection you probably already own a pair in this colour. If not, let me just say when you do buy a pair try to have a reasonably good budget so you can choose high quality. That way they’ll last the distance because you will wear them FOR-EVER! 
Trust me, shoes of this style & colour are worth saving your pennies for. Their ability to work with a high proportion of your wardrobe as well as being incredibly comfortable makes them a smart investment. You can see another couple of ways I styled them here & here.

Obviously you’ll have seen this latest trend of styling Espadrilles with ruffles & basket bags all over Instagram & Pinterest lately. However there’s no reason to feel pressured into buying a new pair of shoes just because they’re hot at the moment. In short, if you have an alternative, why not just go with that? Don’t get me wrong espadrilles are fab indeed I wore my pair from Kate Spade every summer for well over a decade. Actually until they fell apart! My point is I wouldn’t rush to buy a pair just so I’m on trend as they say. I do intend to replace the espadrilles I threw out, just haven’t got around to it yet. I like the good old rule of thumb, ONE OUT – ONE IN

Warehouse striped wrap dress

How to work a new trend in your own style

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how to work the latest trend in your own style

Shapeez Tankee bra tank top in one

How to get a smooth line under your clothes

All my talk of flashing & here I go again…Heeheehee
It’s all for a good cause & believe me you’ll love this. I’m wearing an amazing bit of boob kit here ladies. This is like a vest or tank top & bra all in one & it has revolutionised my wardrobe. I can’t tell you how comfortable this is! I have never not noticed I was wearing a bra! It’s always the first thing I take off when I walk through my front door, even before I go up to my bedroom it’s off. You know the magic trick pulling it out of your sleeves?
The first time I wore the Shapeez Ultimate Pretty was with a very thin jersey dress on a full day schlepping around London. Not only could you not see the line of my bra through the dress, it actually enhanced the contour of my shape underneath. Surprisingly what impressed me the most was that it didn’t once roll up in the body!
I’m going to buy the nude version Ultimate Pretty now that I’ve experienced how phenomenal this one is. Although it’s essentially a back smoothing undergarment you don’t necessarily have to wear it for that reason. After all I don’t need that aspect of it but I appreciate the smooth result none the less. I rather like the all-in-one vest style as I often wear a vest over my bra & underneath a top for extra warmth which is not a good look & rather bulky. Imagine how perfect the nude would be underneath a fluid silk shirt? It’s the ideal upgrade from my vest wearing days, indeed an absolute revelation to me!
Just so you know, if you do buy from Shapeez be sure to watch their video on how to measure your bust. The way they size is completely different to what you’re used to, so is the way they measure. It’s important to get it right for a perfect fit. Don’t worry it’s not difficult at all, the short instructional video is brilliant & super easy to follow. I watched it & measured twice, I thought “that can’t be right?” it was too easy! Yep it was right alright, as you can see a perfect fit.

How to get a smooth line under a wrap dress

Shapeez Tankee Bra

Shapeez Tankee bra for a smooth line under a wrap dress

Warehouse striped wrap dress with ruffle hem

Daniel Wellington Petite watch

A little something extra

Finally I just wanted to share the special 15% off code RETROCHICMAMA15 for the gorgeous Daniel Wellington watches. If you’re in the market for a new watch or need gift ideas these watches are beautifully designed & top quality. This pretty rose gold watch I’m wearing today is from their new Classic Petite Range although the code is valid for everything on the website. In addition to that they have the sweetener of free worldwide shipping! I think a watch makes a terrific gift for both men & women. Check out this really cool Gucci-esqu funky striped band in the Mens range. Personally I quite like this mesh band actually, not a hint just sayin’ teehee she says…

Next week I’m publishing my post about where I’ve settled with Hormone Replacement Therapy. Plus a couple of important things I’ve done that made my Menopause symptoms disappear.
See ya then gorgeous girls! xxx
*Disclosure – This post is sponsored by Shapeez however all my opinions are my own & unbiased.

  • Comments ( 29 )

  • avatar
    Sophie

    Finally got round to reading this post which had me very intrigued… Love it. Refreshing and on point. And it’s quite an achievement to see how well you manage to make trends your own and stand out from the consensus.
    And madly in love with those vintage ChloΓ© btw!

    Sophie Xxx
    cover-mum.com

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      MT

      Thanks Sophie, Yes I do love a bit of designer vintage. Which is handy since I keep my pieces for so long they inevitably end up being vintage by default! Hahahahaha

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    Lizzy

    You look fab Michelle as always. I love how you have styled the dress- it just adds something very MT to it! And yes, Shapeez. I love mine as you know and I think we’ll find they become invaluable additions. to our everyday wardrobes. Your skin looks amazing #justsayin’ xxxxx

    • avatar
      MT

      Thanks Miss Liz, too kind as always. What about those Shapeez right? I can’t believe I’d not heard of them before! xxx

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    Samantha

    Ahh, the basket bag is back!! Out comes the gorgeous cane handled, black silk bag I got street side in Vietnam 13 years ago….again. Such a thrill knowing that you’re on trend without having to spend (another) cent! One of the upsides of getting older!
    Reuse, reduce, recycle!
    Samantha

    • avatar
      MT

      Exactly Samantha! I like you style lady πŸ˜‰ xx

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    Michelle

    I love this post lady! I’m so sick of seeing the same things over, and over, and over again on IG. You’re like a breath of fresh air xxxx
    Michelle

    • avatar
      MT

      Aw thanks Michelle…whoosh! xxx

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    ABby@Midlifecrisisnut

    Looking gorgeous there, Michelle! Sort of like a Madame from La Provence πŸ˜‰ And a sexy one on top of it! xx Abby

    • avatar
      MT

      Heehee Oh really Abby? Merci beaucoup πŸ˜‰ That’s about the extent of my French, embarressingly xxx

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    Tracey – naughy forty diaries

    Loved this post Michelle. I too don’t like looking like everybody else which is becoming increasing hard! I did succumb to some espadrilles over the weekend but like you there’s nothing new there as I wore similar 10/ 15 years ago.
    Love the dress and how you’ve styled the outfit.
    I hope I’m making sense I feel as though I’m Melting !
    Tracey xx

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      MT

      I KNOW I’M MELTING TOOOOOO! Ugh, thanks for leaving a comment Tracey & yes I agree, we’re definitely on the same page here honey xxx

  • avatar
    Simplement Lui

    Lovely dress, lovely shoes … a perfect outfit πŸ˜‰

    https://4highheelsfans.wordpress.com/2017/06/17/back-from-vancouver/

    • avatar
      MT

      You always say the sweetest things xx

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    No Fear of Fashion

    Love the dress. Very good pairing with tan. Never think of this but you are right, it is a brilliant neutral. The bag is cute and practical. If I “lack materal in a wrap dress” I simply put a very thin underskirt in a matching colour underneath it. Usually a stretchy pencil skirt. Your shapewear is lovely. I have to resort to Spanx shapewear plus bra as I can never find a bra size in oneof these tops which serves both purposes. Either the top is too loose or the bra too small.
    Greetje

    • avatar
      MT

      Exactly Greetje! I am so impressed with how Shapeez manage to do these two things in one & still fit perfectly. I have an odd combination of size bust to back if that makes sense? So I was unconvinced this would sit well for an entire day, it did but not only that I didn’t notice that it did until I got home & changed. That in itself says everything to me because I always notice these things. Mx

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        No Fear of Fashion

        Hmmm.. perhaps I should give it a go. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?

        • avatar
          MT

          Oh go on! πŸ˜‰

  • avatar
    Renia Jaz

    Michelle, this is a really interested post! I really enjoyed reading it.
    And I absolutely love your dress you look stunning in it…. and that bag, I have such a big thing for basket bags!
    Love Love Love everything!
    Have a lovely day!
    Kisses
    Renia

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      Renia Jaz

      Oh no…it was supposed to be *interesting!! Sorry for a mistake πŸ™‚

    • avatar
      MT

      I have a little crush on just about every single thing you wear Renia so this has made my day! Thanks honey xx

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    sequinist

    I’m not a big fan of basket bag (ESPECIALLY with the overload this season) but I like yours because it looks like something you picked up on a holiday in Asia rather than something from Zara. The warm cognac colour makes a nice change from straw or cane.

    The dress is just adorable on you too; I love the styling with the shoes… the outfit really has a retro feel which is so perfect for you. You look perfectly summery and fresh.

    Your photos just keep getting better and better, lady! xx

    • avatar
      MT

      I hear that Lisa! I am almost at the point of shooting my string shopping bag, calling it a trend & seeing how far I get! I wonder? Love your eye for the detail my sweet xx

  • avatar
    Michelle

    This is all kinds of gorgeous and hello undies that don’t feel like undies-i can get well on board with that. I love that you’re doing trends with a twist, it’s a great way to keep it really personal. I’m working hard on my personal style and that can always go one of two ways-buy ALL THE THINGS or buy bugger all because of the fear. I’m in the fear stage and consequently spending most of my time longingly scrolling Pinterest and reading style blogs like there’s no tomorrow! So thanks for the inspo!
    M x

    • avatar
      MT

      Hahaha sounds like you’re enjoying yourself Michelle & that is what it’s all about, let’s face it. I’m glad you’re not rushing out to buy all the things xxx

  • avatar
    jacqui

    Love the dress, and what a cute bag. Perfect. x Jacqui
    mummabstylis

    • avatar
      MT

      Thanks Jaqui I’m so happy you like the outfit!

  • avatar
    melissa

    Such a great post. I love your writing style, it is always strong yet soothing. Outfit, blog and author- all lovely.

    • avatar
      MT

      Aw thank you Melissa, sometimes I wonder if anyone can understand what the hell I’m talking about. I do tend to ramble on πŸ˜‰ xxx

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