I’ve never been the type of person to be governed by trends, so I appreciate that with each season, there are always a few of-the-moment pieces that are grounded in classic styles. I gravitate towards these mostly because they seem more like a throwback than a fad (I'm looking at you, wedged sneaker). Here’s how I’m taking full advantage of five current trends that don't veer too far from my usual style.
Silver Jewelry - With the exception of a plastic bangle phase in middle school, I'm usually attracted to gold jewelry. I wear my grandfather’s gold chain bracelet and “Sloan” necklace every single day, but silver is starting to look refreshingly modern and chic. I thought I'd dip my toe into the trend with a minimalist necklace and love that it easily works with some of my basics.
Strong Satchel Bag - It’s pretty obvious that I’m a little obsessed with the ‘70s resurgence and while I’ve invested in a fringed skirt and high-waisted denim mini, I needed a bag to round it all out. I love this croc embossed version from TopShop for its unique shape and that its forced me to pare back the junk I normally accumulate in my big tote bags.
Off-Shoulder Top – Bare shoulders make me feel dressed up without having to commit to anything skin-tight. This one, in a neon coral, is my favorite top to wear with cut-off shorts and easy sandals but can also be dressed up with a pencil skirt and high heels.
Mules – I’ve been living in slip-on shoes all summer long, from sandals to flat mules, and wanted to find the same sort of ease in a heel. I recently bought a pair of high-heeled mules (these, from J.Crew, have since sold out), and they're such a fun addition to my closet. The block heel makes it easy to walk, and I like that they work with just about every thing I own from boyfriend jeans to maxi dresses.
Round Sunglasses – Round sunglasses seem like they look good on everyone else but me, so I normally reach for an aviator shape or oversized cat-eye frame. A friend had a pair of gunmetal gray wire-rimmed sunglasses and when I tried them on, I loved the instant cool factor. I feel a little retro and a bit like John Lennon (my favorite Beatle), but the mirrored lenses make the glasses look more current and less costume-like.