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4 Underrated Trends I Want To Become Huge

saris

I enjoy fashion as much as the next girl, but don’t always have the energy to take giant risks ala Carrie Bradshaw or Bjork.   It’s more comfortable for me to fully embrace them once they’ve crept towards their Tipping Point (or have been reinterpreted by J. Crew).  That doesn’t mean I don’t have fashion fantasies, so behold my wish list of trends I want to have a Big Moment, although not all at the same time.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s begins with a tiara

Tiaras.  If there is one plea I have to the universe, it’s for these to make a comeback during my life time.  I’m not talking about the super high beauty queen crowns of “Toddlers & Tiaras” (ick), but rather the subtle top off like the one Audrey wears above.  They instantly make you look regal, add height (classier than Snookie’s Bump-It) and light your face in a luminous glow.  There were glimpses of them at 2012 Fashion Week in the form of embellished headbands (a good first step) and Louis Vuitton did kinda of a “meh” version for Spring, but the price point kept it out of reach for most.

2. Saris.  Lets get this out of the way first– I am fully aware that this picture is of Disney’s defunct Cheetah Girls and do not represent the typical Indian woman or their saris.  But, it was the best picture I could find to make my point about how fabulous saris can be.  Their floaty, colorful, dreaminess embodies happiness.  Indian women of all ages, shapes and sizes wear them equally well and I love how it’s totally ok to have that little bit of belly fat hanging over the waistband.  In general, Bollywood seems to be having a lot more fun.  I would kill to wear this to a meeting and have it not be totally weird.

3. Ladylike mod dresses from the 1960’s.  These dresses are seriously sexy and forgiving at the same time.  I would own one in every color if someone would just make them!  The magic of a good mod dress lies in subtle, structured tailoring, a slight A-line, being a little about the knee and sleeves.  Lisa Perry has some nice interpretations, but they don’t have sleeves and the A-line can look a little maternity if you’re not willowy (at least on me).

Kate Winslet channels Liz Taylor thanks to Mario Testoni

4. Head scarves worn this way and that.  They’re like sunglasses for your hair.  It’s the perfect bad hair day accessory that makes you look ridiculously glam.  Plus, they’re great pool side,  provide some SPF protection and can be your best friend in windy weather.  Think Grace Kelley, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren and J. Lo.  Right now they have a bit of a grassroots, cult following but too often are associated with Little Red Riding Hood, or the elderly (meaning we need Kate Middleton to wear along with Queen Elizabeth).  I know we can bring the sexy back to head scarves!

Well, that’s my fashion fantasy list.  What do you secretly fantasize about being back in style?

13 Comments

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    Laura Bradshaw
    June 5, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Hey there Narsista,
    This blog of yours rocks! I’m an over 50 woman who used to be a hairdresser a few lives ago and that was the extent to which I could care about aging. Or at least that’s what I though until, insult of insults, my eyebrows started to fall out. I don’t have much hair to begin with but due to some hormonal slight, I’m becoming more hairless. I know a lot of women would die for such a problem, but when you don’t hardly ever wear make-up and your eyebrows go away…..well its like finding your first gray pubic hair! SO I’ve begun casting about for a solution and have settles upon tattoo. I will then be able to ditch my Ray Bans (horn rimmed, the big ones) which have been substituting for eyebrows in the mean time.

    I found you through Puttytribe and am slowly working my way through Renaissance Business. Love that Emilie.

    Be well,

    Laura

    PS Very clean, decent writing, lovely graphics (photos) and as long as you get this comment your functionality oughtta be good!

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      narcissista1
      June 6, 2012 at 12:16 AM

      Hi Laura – thanks for posting! I’m glad you like the blog and welcome any and all feedback. Hair thinning in all the wrong places is my personal cross to bear and something I plan to write about after I see Dr. Bruder. I’ve also found that as I do my reserach, the options for female hair loss are vague and the disucssion around the topic, surprisingly taboo. To me it’s nuts that there is more information on labiaplasty than there is on female thinning hair!

      I’ll keeo you posted (no pun intended)

      Becca

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    Laura Bradshaw
    June 5, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    Oh yea….I just remembered the other thing I was going to say. I mostly appreciate the Sari trend….the others I could take or leave, especially the A-line Mod dress (ugh, didn’t like it the first time around).
    I just returned from London where I had an Indian tunic with a long slit up the side, pants and a scarf that is meant to be worn with the tails on your back side. I don’t remember what the exact name of this “style” is called but it is awesome. I wore it to a graduation this weekend and friends were falling over themselves. I also think Indian women look so great in their native styles and would love to see that take a turn here in the states. You might be able to pull of the tunic idea at a meeting.

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      narcissista1
      June 6, 2012 at 12:19 AM

      Your outfit sounds great, do you have a picture you would share? I think the tunic might be a great way for me to channel my sari wearing fantasies!

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        j
        July 17, 2013 at 9:54 PM

        I think it’s called a punjabi if the woman is wearing pants under a long tunic. Search for indian clothing and you should find lots of saris and other ethnic clothing available for purchase. And of course – the Youtube to figure out how to wrap that sari.

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      Dee
      August 25, 2013 at 5:18 PM

      Hello,

      Thought this Indian girl could jump in here and help you out. It’s called a ‘salwar kurta’ or ‘salwar kameez’. With the pants called salwar (and if they are the fitted kind like tights then it is called a churidaar), the tunic is called kurta/kameez, and the scarf is called a ‘dupatta’ or ‘chunni’.
      It originates from North India, is mistakenly called Punjabi suit sometimes (the outfit is not just native to the state of Punjab but has been popularized as being exclusive to that state , but is popular all over India as it’s easy to wear.

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        narcissista1
        August 26, 2013 at 8:11 AM

        Thanks Dee!

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    tammyjonesthewriter
    July 16, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    I love this post. I think my personal favorite would be of the tiaras returning. I agree that it would make you feel more regal and doesn’t every little (or big) girl want to be a princess?

    I’m not sure I’d go for the Sari–too much material for me to wear in Florida. We tend to go in the other direction here…but I do love the bright colors.

    Tammy of “Walking in Pretty Shoes”

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      narcissista1
      July 16, 2012 at 8:06 PM

      I’m so glad you like the idea of tiaras as much as I do. I can see why a sari wouldn’t work in Florida. I am just thinking about all those chiffony layers getting kind of damp.

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