Trends to Try, vol. 3

It's been a few months since I last shared a volume of Trends to Try, so I figured it was about time for a new one! (I shared the first volume last September.) To be completely honest, I'm not crazy about many of the most popular fashion trends right now. I can't ever see myself wearing off-the-shoulder or one-shoulder tops, and bell sleeves irritate me/get in the way. That said, there are a few trends I could see myself testing out this season (or have already tried/decided to try)... check them out below!

Trend to try: Baseball caps — via Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Sole Society / Anthropologie / Madewell

Fun fact about me: I wore an orange camo baseball cap that I bought from the dollar store throughout my junior high and high school years. My family hated it and always threatened to submit it to the "Will It Blend?" Blendtec infomercial (do you remember those?!). I'll admit, it wasn't my most fashionable accessory, but it was pretty much my signature accessory during that time... haha! I haven't worn a baseball cap since that orange cap was retired, but I'm quite tempted to pick one up to wear this spring and summer in a color that better suits my personal style.

I'm especially drawn to that cotton-linen cap from Madewell above, but I also love the idea of a denim or chambray baseball cap. There are also quite a variety of straw baseball caps if other hat silhouettes aren't really your thing but you want the airiness of a straw hat. Baseball caps are the perfect accessory for any casual outfit (such as this chunky cardigan and Converse look) and even work to dress down more "formal" outfits (such as this outfit featuring a structured blazer-coat and pumps). I feel like they turn any outfit into a cool-girl outfit (here's another example). I also love how they look with a dress—perfect for spring afternoons!

Trend to try: Side-tie tops — via Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

RD Style / J.Crew / Calvin Klein

I picked up a side-tie tee from Amour Vert a year ago (last seen here), and I'm so happy that the trend is still going strong this year! Side-ties add a fun twist (pun intended) to any outfit. There's also been an increase in front-tie tees, and those I'm still not sure about... I'm not a huge fan of adding bulk around my stomach so I haven't been as interested in trying that trend. Side ties are definitely where it's at. ;)

I feel like I'm a broken record because it really is so easy to incorporate any of these trends into an everyday look. Not to mention, you can easily recreate the side-tie look by making a knot with any oversized top, so you don't have to invest in the trend if you're not sure if you'll like it. This look with a side-knotted tee and maxi skirt is a classic on Pinterest. They're also fun to wear layered over a dress or while showing off your waist in a pair of high-rise jeans (I wore mine the first time with a pair of high-rise denim and heeled sandals).

Trend to try: Colored jeans — via Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Hudson / Madewell / Old Navy

I've you've been following me for a while, you know that I never stopped wearing my burgundy pants since I bought them about 2.5 years ago. (I even put together a post showing all 14 ways I styled them so far!) Now, it seems as though some other colored denim is making a comeback: namely blush pink and olive/army green. I already have a pair of army green pants, but I've already decided that I'm going to try the blush pink pant trend (fingers crossed they don't make me look naked, which is always my fear when I wear this color on my bottom half).

I already shared some outfit inspiration featuring my burgundy pants which prove how versatile they are, but blush pink and olive green are just as versatile as burgundy. Toughen up pink jeans with a leather jacket or keep them looking sweet with light neutrals. I also love how they look with a light blue or chambray shirt (a combination I plan to try myself). Don't be surprised if olive green jeans become your new favorite neutral. They go well with everything from white and chambray/denim to black and even blush pink. They can easily substitute for regular blue denim!

Trend to try: Embroidery — via Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

New York & Co. / AnthropologieLucky Brand

Okay, I'll admit it: I wasn't crazy about this trend when it first made a comeback, and I'm still not 100% a fan...but I realized that I like just a little addition of floral embroidery on an everyday item. Like everyone else, I love wearing floral this time of year, and embroidery adds a touch of texture that is fun and a bit unexpected.

It's important for me to try new trends that don't take a lot of brain power to incorporate into my current personal style. Subtle floral embroidery is easy to mix into my style when it's on items I would normally wear, like jeans, a jacket, or a simple top. I fell in love with how Chelsea paired embroidered jeans with a light blue sweater. Embroidery looks so good with denim! This striped shirt and embroidered denim look is easy to wear, as is this outfit featuring a cozy sweater, plaid blanket scarf, and simple white embroidery on the jeans. Top off a sporty outfit or make a statement with an embroidered bomber jacket. The light grey tee above completes any casual outfit, or go with a bright embroidered tee to add pop to a basic jeans-and-tee look. Pattern mix effortlessly with floral embroidery on a striped shirt. It's pretty obvious that this trend is easy to wear!