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Take the Fear Out of Fashion!

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Over the last few years as I’ve really started to come into my own in terms of a personal style, I’ve realized (after many fitting room trials) that there are some trends I’ll simply never be able to wear. Chief among them are drop waists (make me look too hippy), deep v-necks (make me look too busty) and sky-high stilettos (‘scuse me, baby giraffe coming through).

While it’s incredibly important to be aware of what doesn’t work for your individual body type, age, or career, it’s also wise to step out of your comfort zone a little and embrace the trends you have prematurely discounted.

Why? Because we often dismiss a trend that honestly intrigues us before we’ve even have a chance to try it out. And really, none of us really knows how something is going to look until we try it on.

There are some trends that have emerged lately that upon seeing them, your initial reaction might have included a resounding, "Hell no! That would never look good on me!"

Not so fast, dear friends. I’m here to tell you YES, you really can wear the latest trends; read on to find out how!

Sheer

I don't know why sheer scares so many people. Maybe the word “sheer” conjures up visions of a catastrophic wardrobe malfunction…but there's actually something very demure and ladylike about sheer when worn correctly. After all, an illusion neckline on a dress, a sheer cap sleeve on a blouse, or a sheer panel on a ballet flat can be incredibly chic. When you keep the fabrics luxurious-feeling and the fit sophisticated, sheer is almost always a great thing!

1. Modcloth, Celebrate Your Soul top

2. Anthropologie, Dotted Clara blouse

3. Modcloth, Isn’t Sheer Lovely top

4. Ruche, Classic Coco polka dot dress

5. Ruche, Secret to Keep embellished dress

6. Nordstrom, Nick Zoe Batiste flirt skirt

7. Forever 21, Sheer colorblocked collar shirt

8. Modcloth, Long Time Coming dress

BRIGHT PINK

Bright pink is one color trend that I’ve always shied away from, but I am trying to mend my ways. Being fair-skinned, I always thought that if I wore bright pink – especially too close to my face – that it would make me look red in the face. The truth is that everyone can wear bright pink; it’s just a matter of how you wear it.

9. Asos, Ted Baker Colorclock shirt

10. J. Crew, Darby leather loafers

11. Halogen, Amy mini handbag

12. Banana Republic, Geo-print shirt

13. Kohl’s, Apt. 9 pencil skirt

14. Ann Taylor, Antique Tonal Chandelier earring

15. Gap, neon belt

16. Target, high-low racerback maxi-dress

COLORBLOCKING

I get why colorblocking scares people – I really do. Not only is this trend kind of bold, it forces you to wear two to three bright colors all at once. But for the color novice, that’s precisely what’s so great about this trend: the designers of that piece have expertly selected those colors for you, so there’s no guesswork involved (love that!). All you have to do is throw it on with neutrals you already have in your closet, and voila! You’re done.

17. LOFT, Valyn perforated slide sandal

18. Modcloth, A Dreamboat Come True dress

19. Derek Lam for Kohl’s, colorblock dress

20. Modcloth, Colorblock Off Your Schedule dress

21. Ann Taylor, pleated colorblock skirt

22. Ann Taylor, colorblock envelope clutch

23. J. Crew, colorblock shift dress

24. Ann Taylor, colorblock maxi-dress

LEATHER

I haven’t really owned very much genuine leather in my lifetime, with J. Crew boots and Coach purses being the exception. Luckily, vegan and faux leather options that look incredibly real and expensive are experiencing a real moment. And what’s great about the faux options is that you can test out the trend without making a hefty monetary commitment. The only problem you might have is figuring out which piece – a skirt, jacket or pant – to buy first!

25. Forever 21, faux leather trim jacket

26. Piperlime, vegan leather skirt

27. Forever 21, paneled faux leather pencil skirt

28. Forever 21, faux leather utility jacket

29. Piperlime, vegan leather blazer

30. Bauble Bar, purple pave wrap bracelet

31. Piperlime, vegan leather legging

32. Modcloth, pastel destinations jacket

STUDS AND SPIKES

Studs and spikes have always intimidated me a little. Having never resembled a bad-ass, I equate studs and spikes with fearlessness. But one thing about this trend that's really great is how unexpected it is. Something as simple as a single spike hanging down from a long dainty chain could really amp up a classic work blouse. The same goes for a studded ballet flat - the hard and soft contrast is what makes the trend so striking.

33. Forever 21, spike dangle earrings

34. Forever 21, studded collar chiffon dress

35. Forever 21, studded straight ankle pants

36. Target, studded ankle strap sandals

37. Piperlime, pave spike necklace

38. Piperlime, studded vest

39. Asos, stud and crystal ring

40. Target, studded skinny brown belt

WILD PRINTS

If there is only one of these trends that I feel it's okay to go all the way with, it's a wild print. With a beautiful vivid pattern there's really no going halfway. If you find a gorgeous print that you really love, why wear only a little bit of it? One thing I will say though, is that no matter how wild and crazy you get with a print, you need to make sure that 1) it's still a classic silhouette that suits you; 2) the fit is impeccable; and 3) that all of the other pieces you wear with it are more understated. Let the print take center stage.

41. Anthropologie, flamingo shift dress

42. Gap, printed wedge sandals

43. Piperlime, floral shift dress

44. Nordstrom, chiffon maxi-dress

45. Gap, printed cross-over dress

46. Nordstrom, cheetah print blouse

47. LOFT, floral print short

48. Modcloth, That 70s Flow pant

PEEK-A-BOOS / CUT-OUTS

Much like the sheer trend we explored earlier, peek-a-boo/cut-outs can be feminine, demure and ladylike. Just because a piece has cut-outs doesn’t mean you have to have a ton of skin showing. The tiniest of cut-outs can be incredibly sophisticated, not to mention sexy. The trick with this trend is to make sure that the cut-outs are strategically placed in innocent spots on your body (meaning that they don’t suddenly make your outfit R-rated).

49. Modcloth, Slideshow and Tell dress

50. Old Navy, perforated ballet flat

51. Ann Taylor, embroidered tunic

52. Anthropologie, Sunstream eyelet dress

53. Anthropologie, masque geo sandals

54. Modcloth, Picture Book Perfection dress

55. Bauble Bar, gold cleo deco collar necklace

56. Nordstrom, cutout shoulder maxi-dress

The moral of this story is: if a trend intrigues you, try it out! There are ways to try out most trends – no matter how bold you think they are – without going overboard!

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