Ever since I started Cincy Chic three and a half years ago, I’ve been pinching myself. I love my profession, my staff and all the cool people I get to meet along the way.
But I have to say, my pinchers have been working over time this year because I’ve really gotten to meet some out-of-this world people. From olympic gold medalists to the hosts of my favorite show, TLC’s "What Not to Wear," I’ve been truly blessed with who I’ve crossed paths with this year.
On April 1, I got a call from someone at P&G. She said Stacy London was in town and asked if I’d like to meet her later that day. I thought it was an April Fool’s joke, so i didn’t take her seriously at first. Luckily, she got it through my thick skull that London really was in town and I did get to meet her. It was surreal. She was so nice, down-to-earth, well-spoken and knowledgeable.
She was in town to talk about P&G news about Pantene, and I wrote all about it on the blog I write for Cincinnati.com, but we also got to talk about trends. She rattled off several great trends to keep an eye out for. Here are a few she mentioned: Pale/nude/neutral colors, neo-tribal ethnic prints, nautical horizontal stripes, military/army-inspired styles and caged sandals.
I loved how in-tune she was with the latest and greatest fashion trends, but she did mention several times how to modify the trends. That intrigued me, because any other time I’ve talked to people in the fashion industry, they give me a laundry list of the newest trends, and that’s that. But with London, she said not everyone can pull off the pale colors and pastels. She said to be careful with greens, and that pinks and blues are easier for the average person to pull off. And she cautioned anyone with "big girls" to not attempt the horizontal stripe look, as it won’t be flattering.
Then, just last weekend, I got the opportunity to meet London’s co-host on "What Not to Wear," Clinton Kelly. He, too, was very friendly and informative. But he said something very interesting in his interview that inspired my column’s topic this week: Timeless Trends.
When I asked him about the latest and greatest trends for my blog interview, be sighed and said "You know, I don’t really focus on trend, trend, trend. It’s not that it’s not my area of expertise. I’m just not passionate about trends. I’m really passionate about dressing women — real women at that."
They both opened my eyes to focus less on fashion-forward trends, and more on what looks right on my particular body type. Kelly especially underscored the importance of knowing where your lumps and bumps are, how to diminish them with shapewear and a properly fitted bra, and dressing in a way that flatters your figure — regardless of your size.
Because this week’s issue is our "Summer Trend Report," I wanted to share my "a-ha" moment with you. Remember to focus more on dressing for your body type than dressing to mimic the runway trends you see on the size zero models. That’s not realistic. But the timeless trend of a classic beauty is.
Check out my interviews with both Stacy and Clinton below. And click here to read my blog!