3 Ways To Keep Up-To-Date With Fashion Trends

If you are into fashion, you may be looking for ways to stay up to date with the current fashion trends. Fashion trends continue to change with the passage of time. If you want to stay ahead of the game, you may want to be organized. In this article, we are going to describe three ways to help you to stay updated with the most recent fashion trends. Read on to find out more.

1. Watch Fashion Shows

You may want to stay tuned to fashion shows like New York Fashion Week. This will help you find out about the fashion pieces showcased by experienced designers. However, if you cannot attend these types of events, you don’t need to worry. The good news is that many of these shows are streamed on the internet on many popular websites.

Since this type of shows display latest trends at least one season ahead of time, you can have an upper hand, as you will know about the latest trends. This way you will have plenty of time to get ready before the season begins. If you love fashion, you can watch these shows as a therapy.

According to experts, you may want to consider brands, colors and shapes that are quite common among designers. On the other hand, if you prefer photos, you can check out different fashion websites. They can be a great source of inspiration for fashion enthusiasts.

2. Try Celebrity Style

Another great way of finding out about the latest trends on the market is to find out what celebrities like to wear. You don’t have to have any personal interest in their private lives. All you need to do is to keep an eye on their style. In this case, you can choose any celebrity that you like the most. These personalities have a great impact on fashion trends. Although their looks are bold, retailers offer different variants of the outfits they promote.

3. Check out Social Media/Blogs and Magazines

If you want to check out fashion trends while travelling, you can check out a lot of bloggers, social media pages and magazines. On the other hand, if you prefer print media, you can choose from a variety of fashion magazines. Similarly, you can get to know a lot about fashion trends by checking out the top fashion blogs.

Typically, bloggers obtain information from popular magazines and TV shows. The good thing is that you can find links to the source of information to make sure that the information available on their websites is reliable. Therefore, if you want to be on the safe side, we suggest that you stick to the top bloggers out there.

Long story short, if you want to stay up to date with the latest fashion trends, we suggest that you try out the three methods we have discussed in this article. This will help you try out things that are in fashion. Hope this helps. A little effort goes a long way.

Fashion – Here Today, Gone Tomorrow or Sticking Around

Help! You scream as the change of another season comes and there is the newspaper headline – Real Trends for Real Women – and it has the top 10 trends for the coming season. Only 10, you think sarcastically. You read on and there is an eleventh one in there as well as five more fashion trends in another article in the newspaper supplement.

No wonder you are confused about what to buy to feel modern and look good without converting your spare bedroom into a giant walk-in wardrobe.

Here is my no-nonsense guide to help business and professional women over 40 interpret new season fashion trends.

Do Not Believe All the Words

These types of articles often tell us to forget fads and unwearable runway trends. Ten seems to be a favourite number. So off they go to find examples of how to interpret their chosen trends for the coming season. Sounds helpful but in order to get ten of them they mix trends with fads and classics.

A fad is a short-lived, one-season fashion or colour that suits only a limited number of women. It is definitely aimed at the young and slim or women who can wear that season’s particular colour.

A trend is a fashion or colour that looks good on most women and stays around for one to three years. It changes from a fad to a trend in its second year.

When a fashion suits every woman and can be interpreted in many different variations, it becomes a modern classic like crossover styles. These are the modern dressing skills that every business and professional woman needs to learn.

Fashion writers prefer to call most fashion ideas trends rather than fads because women will buy a trend. We convince ourselves that it is a good financial buy because everyone is wearing it. When someone close to you asks you why on earth you bought that, you can reply that you will get lots of wear out of it as it is a modern and trendy.

Go Beyond the Hype

When you see and read these articles, be critical and go beyond the hype. If there is a colour of the season eg gold, it is because gold is a colour that those with warm colouring can wear well. Choose carefully – gold skinny jeans are a fad whilst gold accessories are a classic look that suits most women.

Ask yourself these two questions. Will I be happy wearing this next year and the year after? Are the women whose fashion sense I admire wearing this?’ If you can answer yes, to both questions, buy them. If you answer no, put them back. Life is too short to waste money on clothes with no real value. You want versatility so you can wear the new item with a number of other clothes currently in your wardrobe.

Find the Real Treasures

The real fashion treasures are not fads or trends. They are modern classics or old classics worn in modern ways. This is where you learn and apply modern dressing skills to your professional and business dressing.

An often overlooked classic is the Trench Coat. If you do not own one, look for one in a colour other than black that will go over your dresses or skirts/pants and tops. A red or beige trench coat will look smart for years and years. Wear your old or new trench coat with a narrow or medium width matching or contrasting-coloured leather belt as an alternative to the cloth belt that comes with the coat.

Sheer material jackets are also a modern classic. They can be interpreted differently for various seasons. The material adds interesting texture, it allows the colours underneath to shine in a new light and it covers but does not completely hide your arms – good for those worried about saggy arms and wrinkles.

By all means, read and look at any article on each season’s top trends. Do not believe all the words. Go beyond the hype. Find the real treasures. Let your real personality shine.

Fashion TV – What You Can Learn From Fashion Television

While I’m not a die-hard fan of any particular fashion TV show, I think there’s a lot you can learn from the various shows about fashion as well as those that feature fashion prominently in their story lines. While you may not agree with or like everything you see on them, fashion shows – like cooking shows – help broaden your understanding of the art, which in turn, helps you dress better.

Here’s a rundown of some of the most popular fashion TV shows (check your local listings for time and channel):

Project Runway

Project Runway is a reality show that pits aspiring fashion designers against other in a series of design challenges. The winner gets $100,000 to launch his first line, and builds name recognition and a following throughout the competition. Design contestants have had to do some crazy things over the years, like make apparel from grocery store items (remember Austin Scarlett’s beautiful corn husk dress?), design Wrestlemania costumes, work with couture prom gown clients, create cocktail apparel for their mothers, and more. Throw in a little back-stabbing, snarky comments, and down-to-the-deadline high drama, and it’s really easy to get addicted.

What you can learn: design terms, clothing elements, styling tips, and how to work on a budget.

What Not To Wear

In this recurring pauper-to-princess tale, badly-dressed clients are nominated for makeovers by friends and family. The hosts track down the client in a public place, embarrass the heck out of her, and promise to finance a clothing shopping spree IF she agrees to listen to their fashion advice. If she does, she’s given a head-to-toe makeover and then returned home beautifully dressed to the astonishment of those nominating friends and family. While I don’t always agree with the clothing advice given to the clients, I do like that they use men and women of all ages, shapes, and sizes to makeover. I also like when the clients realize that they CAN change their life by changing their clothes, because I’ve seen it with my own clients time and again.

What you can learn: how to dress various body shapes, how to dress for different occasions, and how to gain confidence through appropriate wardrobe choices.

The Rachel Zoe Project

Rachel Zoe is a celebrity stylist who dresses her famous clients for TV appearances, movie premieres, and red carpet events. While I don’t always agree with her choices – and am ASTOUNDED by how many of her clients allow her to dictate their public image by wearing whatever she tells them to* – I can’t help but be impressed by how hard this woman works. With her backstage access to designers, models, and celebrities, she knows entire collections, how to put clothing elements together, and perhaps most importantly, how to make high-level contacts and massage delicate egos to get what she wants.

What you can learn: designers, clothing and accessory terms, styling tips, and how to build a million-dollar Rolodex.

*Lana Turner knew exactly how high to cut the slits in her skirts so no cellulite showed. Marlene Dietrich brought her own lighting equipment to movie sets and dictated how she was to be lit. Audrey Hepburn insisted on Givenchy apparel both in films and for personal use, because she felt he alone best understood how to dress her. They would NEVER hand their public image over to someone else to manage.

Sex and the City

Perhaps the ultimate fashion TV [http://fashionforrealwomen.com/blog/articles/fashion-fun/celebrity-fashion/fashion-tv-what-you-can-learn-from-fashion-television/] show, “Sex and the City” follows the life of four friends who work, play, and date in New York City. On HBO from 1998-2004 (and currently in edited re-runs elsewhere), the show was groundbreaking for it subject matter, nudity, and fashion. Not only were Carrie Bradshaw’s clothes expensive, eclectic, and unlike anything else on TV, this show — like “The Nanny” – clearly demonstrated just how much our clothes reveal about who we are and where we come from: Carrie, the bohemian writer; Samantha, the creative, hot-shot publicist; Charlotte, the proper WASP princess, and Miranda, the no-nonsense lawyer. Regardless of where they went or what they wore, those personas were almost always reflected in their style of dress.

What you can learn: designers, styling tips, how to dress for different occasions and occupations, how to dress at different levels of society.

Ugly Betty

“Ugly Betty” follows the life of a sweet, smart, average-size, average-looking assistant from Queens who tries to fit into the reed-thin, high-glamour world of New York fashion. Betty’s clothes are appropriate for her position and budget, but they pale in comparison to her high-wattage, fashion-obsessed co-workers. Not surprisingly, the costumer behind “Ugly Betty,” Patricia Field, was also the mastermind behind “Sex and the City” and “The Devil Wears Prada,” so you see plenty of big designer, high priced clothes.

What you can learn: styling ideas, what to wear at different levels, what NOT to wear.

Mad Men

Set in New York in the early 1960’s, this style-savvy show offers some of the best period costumes on television. Great suits, pretty dresses, and carefully selected hats, gloves, and bags take me back to my childhood when taking pride in your appearance and dressing appropriately for every occasion were as important as working hard and minding your manners. Beautiful clothes, artful grooming, and lovely sets make this show a pleasure to watch.

What you can learn: occasion-appropriate attire, how to accessorize, historical costuming.

Now as I said, I don’t always agree with everything on every show, but they’re fun to watch if for no other reason than because fashion plays such a dominate roll. You can always find something to take away and use from each program.