“Ageless Chic is about fashion freedom.”
– Iman

In the realm of fashion, everything rotates full-circle…

Trends have a tendency to come and go like the seasons. Vintage frock-like caftans, muumuus and overalls, all once adorned by individuals of an older generation, have surprisingly resurfaced and have now laid their claim as what’s hot and what’s current. With this in mind, it forces a few great questions to be posed… Who creates the rules of style, anyway? Is all fashion for everyone, or should we be more mindful of age appropriate trends?

Are hot shorts only for the young and hip? Are mom jeans really only for moms? Do I really have to hang up my stilettos and substitute them for kitten heels at age 40?

Just because a trend is coined as “youthful” doesn’t mean it can’t be converted to an age appropriate style staple. One of Anna Wintour’s Top 8 Fashion Tips tells you to, “Dress according to your age. When you cross forty, you cannot make fashion excursions that your age does not fit, you will look ridiculous. Also, you cannot turn yourself into a woman that is not interested in fashion – follow fashion trends, but have your own style”.

Take style icon Iris Apfel, for example. Neither her age, nor her silver mane, stopped her from wearing bold prints, vibrant colors or her usual abundance of accessories. Which, by the way, perfectly compliment her age!

So, without further delay, here is EGL’s version of the Fashion Trend Faceoff! Each board will feature one trend that we’ll break down into two separate age demographics. Ages 18 to 25 versus ages 30 to 45. We’ll let you decide who rocks it better!

(Left: Zara Patchwork Studio Dress, $99.90, Adidas Original Superstars, $89, Marc Jacobs Sunglasses, $380, Rochas Shoulder Bag, $448; Right: Johanna Ortiz Sleeved Top, $965, Frame Denim Jeans, $230, Miu Mui Sneakers, $630, Geometric Tote, $31, Fendi Sunglasses, $505)
(Left: Zara Patchwork Studio Dress, $99.90, Adidas Original Superstars, $89, Marc Jacobs Sunglasses, $380, Rochas Shoulder Bag, $448; Right: Johanna Ortiz Sleeved Top, $965, Frame Denim Jeans, $230, Miu Mui Sneakers, $630, Geometric Tote, $31, Fendi Sunglasses, $505)
Photo credit: Polyvore – Pntfrance
Retrieved: June 19, 2016

 

(Left: Denim Overalls Dress, $47, Cecelie Copenhagen Top, $120, Marni Sunglasses, $520, With Chic Sandals, $79; Right: Denim Overall Dress, $30, Polo Ralph Lauren Shirt, $165, With Chic Denim Skirt, $36, Dolce & Gabanna Sunglasses, $190, Schutz Sandal, $240)
(Left: Denim Overalls Dress, $47, Cecelie Copenhagen Top, $120, Marni Sunglasses, $520, With Chic Sandals, $79; Right: Denim Overall Dress, $30, Polo Ralph Lauren Shirt, $165, With Chic Denim Skirt, $36, Dolce & Gabanna Sunglasses, $190, Schutz Sandal, $240)
Photo credit: Polyvore – Pntfrance
Retrieved: June 19, 2016
(Left: Zara Camisole Dress, $40, Topshop Choker, $8.62, Acne Studios Shirt, $115, Adidas Originals, $78, Jerome Dreyfuss Satchel, $1,085; Right: Karen Millen Camisole Dress, $250, Glamorous Blazer, $69, Moschino Clutch, $225, Ted Baker Heel, $105)
(Left: Zara Camisole Dress, $40, Topshop Choker, $8.62, Acne Studios Shirt, $115, Adidas Originals, $78, Jerome Dreyfuss Satchel, $1,085; Right: Karen Millen Camisole Dress, $250, Glamorous Blazer, $69, Moschino Clutch, $225, Ted Baker Heel, $105)
Photo credit: Polyvore – Pntfrance
Retrieved: June 19, 2016
(Left: Zara Off-the-Shoulder Top, $90, Wes Gorgon Pants, $1,690, Orchard Mile Bucket Hat, $78, Steve Madden Heels, $90, Sarah Baily Clutch, $220; Right: Zara Off-the-Shoulder Top, $70, J.W. Anderson Skirt, $465, Gucci Shoulder Bag, $1,795, Zara Pumps, $90)
(Left: Zara Off-the-Shoulder Top, $90, Wes Gorgon Pants, $1,690, Orchard Mile Bucket Hat, $78, Steve Madden Heels, $90, Sarah Baily Clutch, $220; Right: Zara Off-the-Shoulder Top, $70, J.W. Anderson Skirt, $465, Gucci Shoulder Bag, $1,795, Zara Pumps, $90)
Photo credit: Polyvore – Pntfrance
Retrieved: June 19, 2016
(Left: Adidas Rita Ora Bomber Jacket, $90, Adidas Bra Top, $30, Adidas Pharrell Culottes, $121, Adidas Originals Superstar, $80; Right: Adidas Rita Ora Jacket, $215, Athleta Bra, $54, Athleta Capri, $74, Adidas by Stella McCartney, $260)
(Left: Adidas Rita Ora Bomber Jacket, $90, Adidas Bra Top, $30, Adidas Pharrell Culottes, $121, Adidas Originals Superstar, $80; Right: Adidas Rita Ora Jacket, $215, Athleta Bra, $54, Athleta Capri, $74, Adidas by Stella McCartney, $260)
Photo credit: Polyvore – Pntfrance
Retrieved: June 19, 2016
(Left: Zara Embroidered Jacket, $45, Zara Mid-Length Skirt, $50, Alexander Wang Espadrille, $385, Helmut Lang Tank, $125, Right: Zara Printed Bomber Jacket, $100, Zara Box Pleat Skirt, $70, Pierre Hardy Espadrilles, $330)
(Left: Zara Embroidered Jacket, $45, Zara Mid-Length Skirt, $50, Alexander Wang Espadrille, $385, Helmut Lang Tank, $125, Right: Zara Printed Bomber Jacket, $100, Zara Box Pleat Skirt, $70, Pierre Hardy Espadrilles, $330)
Photo credit: Polyvore – Pntfrance
Retrieved: June 19, 2016

The key to being chic at all ages is to accent your trendy looks with the classic, timeless pieces that never go out of style. We promise you, that formula will never grow old.

What are your thoughts – Can trends be worn at any age?

Written By: Paris B. of In a Style Near You

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