The Fab 40’s is a group of seven stylish fashion bloggers from around the globe. Each month we choose a different theme and invite a guest blogger who is also in their forties to join us. This group’s goal is to take on style trends and show how we each interpret and incorporate them into our own lives. With eight widely varied views, you are certain to find something that speaks to you each month and encourages you to continue to have fun with fashion after 40.
Hey, y’all! So glad to be back after taking a much needed break from all social media over the majority of last week just to enjoy time with my family, and cross off a ton of items on my ever present to-do list. Feeling much more refreshed and ready to tackle the remaining few weeks of this year with greater enthusiasm. I am particularly happy to be coming back with this Fab 40’s post!
This month’s theme is 90’s grunge. I have to admit I was not really into the grunge movement when it hit the scene – big surprise there, right?! At the time I was in my early 20’s living in a small town in Georgia, reading about the changing styles in clothing and the music scene in Glamour and Cosmo, but I felt disconnected from that element as a whole. I was less than a couple of hours from Atlanta, and did spend many weekends there with friends during that time. However, I still wasn’t comfortable enough in my own skin to embrace something that didn’t necessarily fit in with everyone else I was around.
During the early 90’s you would have found me dressed in my beloved pork pie hat, tees , vests, and jeans often. I also wore cardigans with plaid skirts and platform shoes. Then there were my overalls with tanks or tees and tennies. Speaking of tennies – I was obsessed with Keds at the time and wore them with everything – including another popular 90’s look, a spaghetti strap dress layered over a tee. All not so much grunge style. So this month’s theme was a fun opportunity for me to experiment with a look I might have wanted to try when I was young, but still into conforming. Baby doll dresses with jackets and boots were all the rage at the time, and not something I recall wearing. This was a perfect opportunity to give something I missed out on the first time around a chance.
Diane – Fashion on the 4th Floor
Details: Cardigan – Nasty Gal| Shirtdress – H&M| Lace Dress – Forever 21| Studded Boots – Steve Madden| Charm Necklace – Red Pineapple| Sunglasses – Forever 21
Diane is this month’s host and chose this fabulous theme to remind of us of our younger years – when we were all in college and either rocked it with a grunge look at the time, or perhaps wish we had. Her triple layer threat with their varying lengths have me captivated. The mix of lace, plaid, and chunky knit are making me want to see how I can recreate this in my own closet. Diane is a definite style force to be reckoned with and I always enjoy being inspired by her.
Sherry – Petite over 40
Details: Sweater – Vince| Dress – Vontage by Suzanne, Etsy| Flannel Shirt – Candace Jermaigne| Shoes – Eileen Fisher
If you do not know the lovely Sherry, please let me introduce you. She is our guest blogger this month and I am sure this challenge was right up her alley, as she is on a personal style journey of trying out the fashions of the decades and making them her own. I am loving her beautiful printed skirt styled with the sweater and plaid shirt. I think it is an unusual take on a popular 90’s trend and she wears it so well.
Ann – Kremb de la Kremb
Details: Beanie – HM| Earrings- Forever 21| Dress – Zara| Denim Jacket – Thrifted| Knee Highs – Forever 21| Boots – Dromedaris
Ann, oh, Ann. I envy her with her being in the right place at the right time when it came to being in Seattle when the 90’s were going down. Girlfriend was there when Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Sound Garden were finding their voice. Seriously – click on her link to read more. It is no wonder this chick has her 90’s grunge style together with her entire look. I want that Dress! Umm, Ann, can we potentially do a ping-pong post?
Mary – Curly Birdie Chirps
Details: Skirt – Forever 21| Jacket – Goodwill| Boots – Shoedazzle| Bag – Vera Bradley| Hat – H&M
Mary, yes, this speaks to me. Something more along the lines of what I would have worn back in the day. Plaid skirt – most definitely. Jean jacket – yep. Hat, boots, and tights – yes, yes, yes! Fun attitude? Absolutely!
Samantha – Fake Fabulous
Details: Hat – River Island| Coat – River Island| Shirt – Thrift Shop| Jeans – M&S| Boots – Caterpillar| Lips – Spice| Lace Gloves – Vintage| Leather(ette) Top – DIY from a dress
Samantha always reigns supreme in her layering elements and depth of textures and colors. Those lace up boots are absolutely fabulous and work wonderfully with this fall color palette. I am interested in learning more about this unique dinosaur necklace – share the deets, Sam!
Sheela – Sheela Writes
Details: Embellished Tee & Rhinestone Slave Bracelet – Courtney Love X Nasty Gal| Skirt- Free People| Leather Jacket – Blank NYC| Boots – Bakers| Choker – c/o Manic Panic NYC| Ring – House of Harlow| Tiara – INdie Store in Borneo| Lipstick- Opium Noir – c/o Charlotte Tilbury
Cid – Cid Style File
Details: Sweater – Kensie| Slip Dress – City Chic| Boots – Old| Purse – Rebecca Minkoff| Choker – Lovesick| Hoop Earrings – Avenue| Sunglasses – c/0 Zero UV
Vero is giving off serious attitude in this photo and I Love it! The cheeky all black ensemble with a touch of softness in the sweater are a wonderful modern day grunge wear look. The braids and intense stare complete this look perfectly.
Details: Moto Jacket – Bisou Bisou, JCPenney| Dress – Glamorous, ShopBop| Tights – Hue| Boots – Life Stride| Choker – Amazon| Earrings – Chelsea, NYC Steinmart| Leather Cuff – Charming Charlie
I hope you enjoyed this month’s theme as much as we all did. I have to admit to being a little intimidated when Diane first introduced the theme, but I truly enjoyed going back down memory lane and really had fun with it. Besides, in case you haven’t already noticed, 90’s trends are coming back.