Did you know there are actually "trend pushers" out there? Folks trying to push certain looks and oddly enough, I usually see the term associated with the oddest or most unflattering looks. Like this one...
Um... No. Just, no.
If you're wanting to incorporate the cutouts trend, this, as opposed to the first look, is lovely. Strategically placed yet still avoiding the "my sweater is falling apart" look.
Should you invest? I wouldn't unless you think it's the coolest thing you've ever seen. There are much better ways to defrump. Especially don't bother investing if you're just going to get something you have to put a coverage-T underneath. Besides, if you're handy with a sewing machine and scissors, and have lightweight knit on hand you don't want to wear anymore, you could DIY this and try it out.
This particular outfit showcases two trends... the cutouts and painterly prints. Soft and Monet-esque, like this skirt or...
higher contrast and bolder like this dress.
I love prints. An all-solid wardrobe is boring. But prints become dated much faster than solids. So if you love the artsy quality of these prints, choose an item with a timeless cut. That way, the style of the top or dress will keep it wearable. If this dress were a good 6 inches longer, it would be a great example of a sleek cut to wear year after year, combined with a current print.
And DON'T pull out your splatter-paint styles from the '80's. Wrong interpretation of this trend.
Do I really need to say it? Nein!!
Any trend with the word "pantsless" in it is just wrong.
But a solid two thumbs up? Military and safari styles are always welcome and well-used in a stylish woman's wardrobe. The juxtaposition of masculine and feminine is fabulous.
Look for style details like double-breasted and epaulets...
... or olive drab and braided trim...
... or breast pockets and a tight row of buttons like this adorable infantry jacket!
Just remember - you're going for military. Not marching band.
A very simple way to adopt this style (I wouldn't even call it a trend. It always works!) is the authentic military belt.
The rugged material and metal grommets add just the right touch of tough to otherwise girly looks. I like the double prong style myself.
But there is also the single prong style. Both for about $6 or $7 dollars.
Wearing it as a belt to your jeans, with a plain T and sneakers is a little too standard. Too tomboy. But pair it with a really girly piece and you've got yourself the perfect mix of masculine and feminine. Very fun! Decidedly non-frumpy!