Five Fashions That Never Go Out of Style

Designer Diane Von Furstenberg on the cover of Newsweek in 1976.

Designer Diane Von Furstenberg on the cover of Newsweek in 1976.

Chunky Oxfords. Fringed tops. Single statement earrings.

These trends popped up throughout Fashion Month in September, so get used to seeing them on the streets for the next year. But if you indulge in these trends, know that there’s no guarantee they’ll be in vogue two years from now.

Want to avoid planning your wardrobe around styles that are all the rage one year and anathema the next? Then consider adding a handful of fashion staples to your closet. Like the little black dress, the styles on the next five pages haven’t gone out of style in years. Scroll down to the bottom of this page and click on the numbers below to view these fashion staples. Or Click Here

Way Back Wednesday: ’90s Fashions Back in Style

Winona Ryder in Overalls for 1994 Rolling Stone Cover

Winona Ryder in Overalls
for 1994 Rolling Stone Cover

The 1990s are long gone, but you wouldn’t know that from looking at current fashion trends. A number of styles that were de rigueur when Tom Cruise could do no wrong, the Bulls were the NBA champions and MTV actually played music videos have been resurrected in the 21st century. Anyone who was wise enough then to realize that fashion runs cyclically and held on to their ’90s threads is certainly tickled pink at the moment that they don’t have to buy the duds that characterized the decade all over again. Do you have any relics from the ’90s in your closet? Find out with this list on the following pages. Your wardrobe may be more retro than you think.

At What Age Do You Let Yourself Go?

Let Yourself Go

Photo by Amber Rae/Flickr.com

I’m in an awkward stage of life right now. Not the terrible twos or the transitional tweens but the dirty 30s. At this age, it can be challenging to know what to wear. I recently decided to chuck the halter dress with comic book script I bought in my 20s, but I’m hardly ready to do all of my shopping in the women’s section of a department store chain. I’m not the only one who feels this way. Fashion pioneer and actress Chloë Sevigny recently told The Cut that she felt confused about styling herself at age 38.

“I’m kind of in that window where I’m not sure if I can still dress like I used to, if I should be dressing more like a lady. I don’t know,” she said. “When do you let go of your childish ways, as far as fashion is concerned? I’m not sure. I see older women dressing like kids and I’m like, do I look like that? I don’t know.” Continue reading

What’s Your Weirdest Fashion Fixation?

 Nadra Nittle

Nadra Nittle in Tony Lama cowboy boots.
Photo by Anthony Nittle

“Oh, my gosh! You’re wearing cowboy boots,” an acquaintance of mine squealed as we met for brunch. “I love cowboy boots!”

She beamed at me as if discovering we both shared some far out hobby like drag racing or doll collecting. While cowboy boots are as American as apple pie, their love in the fashion world runs cyclically. Remember back in 2000 when Madonna dropped her “Music” album, making country-western chic all the rage among folks who’d never even heard of the Mason-Dixon line? A few years later cowboy boots fell out of fashion only to resurface as must-have footwear in 2012. Continue reading

Trendy Hairstyle Alert: The Faux Skrillex

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Thanks to musician Skrillex, singer Cassie and a revival of all things popularized in the 1980s, a number of celebrities have stepped out with side-shaved hairdos over the past few years. If you’re a fan of the look but aren’t ready to part ways with a third of your mane just yet, you’ll appreciate that an imitation ’do is on the rise and doesn’t require you to take clippers to your tresses á la Rihanna, Avril Lavigne and Ke$ha.

Instead of shaving part of your head, simply plait or cornrow one side. This creates the illusion of the punk-inspired hairstyle Skrillex (a.k.a. the King of Dub Step) has turned into the hottest trend since skinny jeans. Kristen StewartShakira and Carmen Electra have all recently been spotted with the look—the perfect style for hair commitment phobes.

What do you think? Is a faux Skrillex ’do in the cards for you?