With the exception of a few sorority t-shirts for memory purposes and my Oneonta State sweatpants that are the softest I own, there aren’t too many articles of clothing from my college years that were either worth holding onto or appropriate for…life.
In the years following graduation, I weeded through the Rubbermaid bins temporarily stored in my parents’ basement, packed to the brim with once-trendy clothing, and realized that most of my wardrobe was exactly that… temporary (more on that here). They were cute at the time and filled a purpose in college (never wear the same outfit out twice) but were otherwise useless to my post-graduate, non-frat-party-attending, career-seeking self. I did hang on to a few items, including a favorite gray, off-the-shoulder blouse from my junior year, and it wasn’t until I found a hole in it last summer that we finally had to say our goodbyes.
As I’ve mentioned many times in the past, I personally try to invest in classic pieces and spend less money on trendy items. However, as I’ve really thought about what “classic” and “trendy” mean, I now believe those terms are fairly relative. To me, classic pieces are items of clothing that serve as staples in a wardrobe and will be worn for years to come (i.e., a good pair of dark-wash, fitted jeans, a white blouse, a leather jacket, a nice bag, etc.). Trendier pieces are fun items that are in style for a season or two and are just as quickly deemed “outdated” (i.e., sparkly tube tops, low-cut pants, metallic braided belts, and anything else that took up space in my college closet). Since starting this blog, I have begun to realize that just because an item is trendy to me, doesn’t mean that it isn’t classic to you or something that won’t be worn for years to come, much like my gray, off-the-shoulder top.
Being I’m not Anna Wintour (sigh) with the entire fashion world analyzing how I dress, I find the best rule of thumb is to wear what I feel good in. Having this mentality allows me to really utilize my wardrobe and feel confident in whatever I put on, whether it’s a top from 2007 or one off the rack in 2016. Needless to say, I was so excited to see cold-shoulder and off-the-shoulder tops back in stores this year (cue Shania Twain’s “You’re Still the One”). I think that they’re so feminine and flattering without showing too much skin which at 30 (all about that recent milestone here) is exactly the look I’m going for.
I purchased the cold-shoulder top that I’m wearing from Forever 21 a few months ago and although I can’t find it online, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites below. I really love this one and it comes in so many colors. This one is pretty inexpensive and looks amazing with distressed denim and this one is absolute perfection if you ask me! What do you think– are you on board with this “trend”?