For the imperfect Fashion lover.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

What Makes an Outfit Look Dated?

Asos Badge Shirt, Topshop Skinny Jeans, French Sole Ballerinas, Zara Khaki Jacket, Hot pink bag.

What could be more classic 'Noughties' than blue skinny jeans and ballerina flats?

It is the style equivalent of the bootfit jeans and chunky ankle boots from the nineties.
{Gosh, I loved my Levis 578's with DM's}


Does this classic ballerina/skinnies combination (made stylishly famous by Kate Moss) now look dated and old-fashioned in the twenty-teens?

If I was a cutting-edge fashionista I would say...
"Skinnies are soooo last decade!"
But, as a do-it-myself fashion lover, skinny jeans and ballerinas is a laidback look that I love!
With the right ballerinas and seriously spray-on skinny jeans this outfit ticks all the right boxes for me.

Asos Badge Shirt, Topshop Skinny Jeans, French Sole Ballerinas, Zara Khaki Jacket, Hot pink bag.

These pink ballerinas are an old favourite of mine.
With their "proper" thin ballerina sole, bold colour and flattering low vamp, they are everything a ballerina should be (in my book anyway!)

Asos Badge Shirt, Topshop Skinny Jeans, French Sole Ballerinas, Zara Khaki Jacket, Hot pink bag.

Pairing them with my super-skinny jeans was the obvious choice.
An oversized (slightly masculine) shirt and an equally oversized jacket were the perfect partners for this tight-fitting bottom half.
A bold pink (butter-soft leather) bag, with a girly bow, finished things off nicely.

Armour on.
Ready to face the day!

Asos Badge Shirt, Topshop Skinny Jeans, French Sole Ballerinas, Zara Khaki Jacket, Hot pink bag.

This 15-years-out-of-date outfit got me thinking about what makes an outfit look dated?
I don't feel dated in this outfit but there is no denying that it is an "old" style.
It has been done to death.
Does feeling dated mean you look dated?
Or is it possible to feel great and look like a frump?

I honestly thing that 80% of looking good is about confidence.
If you like it then it automatically looks great.

{That's my theory and I'm sticking to it!}

The one simple thing that makes an outfit feel up-to-date (for me) is the addition of one 'current' item.
For this outfit it is my fun badge shirt.
This crisp shirt feels modern against the rest of the pieces.
It's my confidence booster!

Another way to modernise things is to add a current nail colour (I didn't here, but it would work so well) or lip colour.

Even a slight nod to current colour trends can make your "dated" look seem classic and modern.

What do you think?
Is there a trend of yesteryear that you continue to love?
Do you think it's okay to hang on to these old trends?
Or, do you think it makes for a frumpy and dated 
Please share your thoughts in the comments.... I'm VERY interested to hear your opinion!

{I'll leave you with a glimpse of one half of today's awesome photography team.
This little angel (peeping round my arm) is in charge of the reflector (which looks like it is poking out of my shoulder) and her big (12 year old) sister is behind the camera, and responsible for these great shots... Go Girls!!!}

Asos Badge Shirt, Topshop Skinny Jeans, French Sole Ballerinas, Zara Khaki Jacket, Hot pink bag.

COAT: Zara (similar)
SHIRT: Asos (similar)
JEANS: Topshop
BAG: Charity Shop find! ...this one is similar.
SHOES: French sole... these are adorable!
GLASSES: Ray-Ban (vintage)




  1. I tend not even to think about something being dated - whether on me or on someone else. A good look is a good look in my book! And, in any case, who's not to know that this look will not be the next big thing again? Kx

    1. You are spot on!
      "Trends" are just something invented by the fashion brands to boost sales and keep business flowing.
      It is fun to try so-called new things but when we find a style we like then we should keep enjoying it for as long as we want.
      As you say " A good look is a good look!".

  2. It's funny how once we start really looking at styles & trends, that we can question what we are wearing--even if it looks good!
    And just because it's not the most trendiest of looks doesn't always mean it's out of style, hopefully!! Classic--that's what we should call it!

    1. Classic...Yes Jodie!
      I sometimes think that as a blogger I "should" be bringing new and fresh ideas to the table.
      However, re-hashing the oldies (that most of us have lurking in our wardrobes) is okay too! :o)

  3. This look is great on you and most women. I love it and will continue to wear it. I might observe a fashion trend for something new to try, but would never let fashion prevent me from wearing what I like and know looks good on me.

    1. You are right Kathleen.
      Sometimes the high-fashion images and "new" trends just make me laugh!
      Beautiful images? Yes, but often totally unwearable and impractical... not to mention WAY out of my budget range.
      However, it is lots of fun to try something new isn't it?
      Maybe finding a similar vintage or second-hand item that works. That's what I love about fashion and blogging :o)

  4. oh yes, I've also read that skinnies are dated and blablá, but I think they're so flattering that they'll be always a classic trend!. And you look really gorgeous in your skinnies and ballerinas!. I love those pink ballerinas and bag, such a magnificent touch of color and joy! And your shirt gives it a twist, it's such a modern and cool piece!
    I agree with you about wearing a 'current' ítem. Even a trendy hairstyle or cool shoes could make everything look actual. And you're right: attitude is the most important thing!

    1. Thank you Monica! I know you love a splash of hot pink! :op.
      I'm so glad you like this shirt.... it's a comfy piece with just enough personality.

    2. I wear dated to rebuff the voracious fashion industry (and my pocketbook demands it!). I, like you, update with a current item which lets the world know that I am stylish and intelligent but not a slave to having to be 'hip' to show I'm aware of the world around me. I agree... confidence is the best indicator of 'stylish'. When you connect with people, they quickly look past your clothing. I, however, am an artist/musician so I like to look artsy and that look can pull off a lot of 'dated' if accessorized well! While I admire fashionistas, I can't be bothered to spend the time and money just to be 'current'. Give me individual expression instead. This is so much more interesting on a person!

  5. OMG I LOVE skinnies and ballerinas. And I don't care that some fashionistas might think it's old news. It looks fabulous regardless what they say! I'm not giving it up either lol.
    You're right about confidence being the most aspect of your outfit - it can certainly made a difference.
    And O.M.G... that BAG!!! J'adore!!
    Suzy xx

    1. Thank you Suzy. It's a charity shop find and I wondered who would have given it up as it is THE softest leather and so bright! A really fun piece to brighten up plain outfits.
      Anyway, whoever they were...Thank you!! :o)
      That's the best part of charity shopping, isn't it?

    2. Oh yet is certainly is Samantha! I just wish the charity shops over here were as good as the ones in the UK. I've got a couple of good pieces but nothing anywhere near as gorgeous as that bag!
      Suzy xx

  6. What a super fun blouse. Love the whimsical design. Cute flats too. Love the fuchsias for Spring.

    Welcome by on Thursdays to join my linkup and share your pretty style with me and my readers. Thanks, Ada. =)

  7. Very nice blouse, LOVE! Great Outfit! Lg.Lena!

  8. Love that style, skinnies and flats. I dont care if its dated, it all about what suits best.

    1. I totally agree. We like it. We wear it! That's one of the great things about getting older. :o)

  9. I agree with Modern Vintage Style. Well said.


  10. Fashion dates style never does. Isn't that what they say?

    I like clothes, I like pattern and colour and different silhouettes. Fashion I'm not so fussed about. I might try a trend if it offers me something that resonates but other wise I will happily let it pass me by (cold shoulders, statement sleeves) and if I l Be something I will wear it regardless

    1. I agree Rachel. I am giving cropped flares a miss, and deconstructed shirts.
      Aren't we lucky to have choices? :o)

  11. Ahh now I've surprised myself by giving them a go! Yay for choices!

  12. At the end of the day, we women hopefully dress first of all for ourselves and then we take fashion and trends into account. It's great not to be a slave to fashion as we were as teenagers and yet if those teenage trends inform our style now, so what?

    You look great in skinnes and the sweet ballerina shoe works perfectly for you. Loose top/fitted bottom is a great look regardless of patterns and colours - a winner every time Sam - love it!

    Anna x

  13. I learned what looks good on my figure, which since I'm plus sized is a narrower range than for thinker people, but can totally be done. I have specific accent colors I wear. I don't really go for trends after that.


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