Customizing a trend

15 May

Not every trend is meant for everyone. I know this. I know not every style is going to work on me, and I know I don’t want to look like every other person I see.

But I also don’t want to look like I live under a rock or a decade behind the times. And sometimes I just think something is cute, even if it’s not ideal for me, my body or my life.

Chambray is one of those trends.

Chambray shirts are everywhere. Much as I mocked the look at first  — didn’t we do this back in the grungy ’90s? — I have to admit a chambray shirt paired with a colored pair of shorts is awfully cute.

On other people.

On me, maybe because of my coloring or my lack of a rack, these denim-y shirts look like prison garb. So I’ve hemmed and hawed for months, trying on shirt after shirt and discarding them all. This one was too light. That one was too dark. Another was too streaky. Pockets on the chest just looked awful. Tabs on the sleeve were way too safari.

And then I found it: MY chambray shirt. The Merona Dobby Dot button-down from Target.


The subtle print somehow keeps it from feeling prison-y. (Plus, it reminds me of a pink shirt with dots like this I had years ago, until I wore it into rags.) The shirt is not quite chambray, but it’s close enough to feel like the trend — and more importantly, it feels like ME.

And it looks great with my hot pink shorts.

Are you on the chambray bandwagon? What one worked for you?

Any trend you’ve struggled to fit into?


3 Responses to “Customizing a trend”

  1. Carrie May 15, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    I think you make a great point about being patient and finding a version of the trend that suits you, vs. buying quickly because it’s trendy now. I just scored a chambray shirt at Goodwill – it was a bit more than I’d usually pay for something at Goodwill, but the fact that it was a petite size and had short sleeves swayed me. Since I live in a warm, tropical climate, short sleeves mean I can wear it all the time vs. just for a few months during the rainy season. 🙂

  2. RA May 15, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    This spring, all that pastel colored denim came out, and I was just not into it. I generally wear saturated colors, so mint and buttercup and colors like that were not my style. So I just went along with the jeans I already had (turquoise, kelly green, grape-y purple, and cranberry), and I felt trendy regardless.

  3. K May 16, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

    You always look so good, Hillary.

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