InstagramOften overheard, ” Trends, smends, I DGAF (more on that later) about trends. I don’t understand them, I can’t afford them and certainly can’t keep up with them.” Sound familiar? Have you muttered these words? Then read on…

These are the top trends from Fashion Week 2017, and a few tidbits on how they can possibly be tweaked for you! After all, high fashion is not (yet) required at Whole Foods.

A trend is defined as a current style or preference. Therein lies the trick. If a current style is not your preference, then by all means don’t follow the trend!

It is however, good to be current, stylish and sassy, so you do have to pay attention to what is happening when it comes to fashion so you don’t look like you live in a cave.

With that said, I have done a little homework on your behalf so you can stay on trend this Spring while still being your authentic self.

I have combed the runways, read the reviews and settled on sharing Stylecaster’s recap. It was clear, concise and inspiring. All runway photo credits –

Now let’s see if I can adequately translate it to fit the ‘BA50’ needs considering budgets, bodies and bias’s. I will be quoting their Trend Titles and partial descriptions along the way to set the tone. Let’s go.

Super Stripes

Quoted as “Bold, bright, and brilliantly textured, spring’s stripes are a jolt of energy.” We can all agree we love stripes, own stripes and wear stripes. Fashion faux pas include striping in all the wrong places. Here’s the hint – use them to add horizontal volume where your body may need it! Don’t need horizontal volume anywhere? Look for vertical stripes or just buy new beach towels!


Garden Party

Quoted as, “The season’s florals felt fresh in their unabashed femininity, blooming up and down long, tiered skirts, ruffled jumpsuits, and voluminous sleeves.” I couldn’t agree more. Nothing spells SPRING like florals. Incorporate them into your wardrobe wisely and be sure to include them in scarves, handbags, jewelry and shoes.

Bra Tops – nah – not so much…

I would share Stylecaster’s description here but sure this one would land on deaf ears! Suffice it to say this is where you take a trend, tweak it and make it your own. Bra = shorter top. Done. And that no doubt will be a refreshing change from all those long flowy asymmetrical tops we have been living (hiding) in. (Although they do reference working on your abs, which is always a good idea!)


Shades of Blue

Quoted as, “One of the easiest colors to wear was also one of the most popular across the board this season.” Remember ladies, blue comes in endless shades, so no matter your Color Season, Winter, Summer, Spring or Autumn, there is a shade of blue for you!



Quoted as, “Is it just us, or is the future looking especially bright?” Neon’s do come and go, but are always a refreshing site when you pop open your closet door. Let’s be sure they are a refreshing site when you pop them on your body! Not ready for a full-blown day-glo? Pick one item, a top, a jacket, a workout bra or even new sneakers. Make sure you are wearing the color and the color isn’t wearing you!Updated Oxfords

Quoted as, “The classic striped button-down has been turned on its head (sometimes quite literally) this season, with designers adding flounces, slashing shoulders, and super-sizing the silhouette, stripping it of any stale, corporate connotations in the process.” Always a classic, and often only incorporated into the wardrobe in a traditional menswear shirt, but bump up that thought a bit. Here it is updated as both a sleeveless shirt with a ruffle placket.


Quoted as, “Frills were BIG at NYFW, both in terms of proportion (some looked capable of swallowing models whole) and in terms of popularity (you’d be harder pressed to find a show that didn’t feature a little bit of flounce).” Again, ruffles add volume, but you certainly do not have to scale it large – bigger isn’t always better. Add the detail as it works with your silhouette.

All Tied Up

Quoted as, “Thanks to this season’s runways, there will be plenty of creative ways to strap up for spring. The sandal strapping has been around for years and may or may not be a comfortable option for you but that doesn’t mean you can’t tie it up elsewhere on the bod! Think tops, dresses and even skirts and jackets. Once you notice the detailing you will start to see it everywhere.


Quoted as, “Beige” stopped being a synonym for “boring” the second Kim Kardashian slithered into Band-aid-colored bodycon, and this spring, neutral hues will be especially widespread.” Knowing most BA50’s aren’t looking to the Kardashians for fashion advice, let’s knock the khaki back down to our trenches, literally. Hey, it is still a fashion step above wearing khaki pants! We’ll leave those Dockers to the boys.

The Bad Girls

Don’t shoot the messenger – had to include it. Quoted as, “More-is-more maximalism plus a DGAF attitude is shaping up to be the quickest ticket to the cool kids’ table this spring.” Pretty sure despite our age you can figure out what DGAF means; we’ll leave it at that. Taking all that into account – let’s leave the maximalism to behind closed doors, but an occasional strut down the driveway to retrieve the newspaper might do wonders for your self-esteem, your confidence and your DGAF attitude!

Need some attitude of your own? Grab Confidence Is Always In Style on Amazon and learn how to rock your own style, trends or no trends!

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