I heartily agree that the whole strapless everything is so overdone. What's wrong with sleeves. What I don't like right now, is a very "Plasticy" look. Overly tanning booth tans, very artificial looking skin, huge eyelashes. Kind of over the platforms. Although, for me, it's moot. It's just what I see. I haven't worn any kind of heel in over 30 years. I don't own a dress or a skirt either.
But....I'm so glad to see the end, finally of belly shirts and muffin tops!
I hate the tendency that's been around for a few years for women to wear regular bras under spaghetti strap or other tops that show their bra straps in all their glory.
C'mon, if you're going to wear a top like that, get a strapless bra! I was always taught that to show your lingerie is just tacky and lacking in class. It was especially bad to see young women (who were later warned about it) showing up for work in spaghetti straps and showing their bra straps off. Yeck.
I'm fairly relaxed in the like/dislike department when it comes to apparel, however, my husband loathes summer shorts with cargo-styled pockets on them! And, he will not wear dressy shirts with button-down pockets! Shirt pockets have to be of the open design. Them's the rulz...
I really tend to stay with basic, clean lines, rather plain clothing...I don't like patterns or lots of stuff going on with my clothes like ruffles or embellishments.
Tradd: I'm with you on the bra strap thing - not attractive!
I find the current style of leggings with a short shirt and knee boots to be an unfortunate one because it looks good on almost nobody. You really need a perfect, well-toned figure to pull it off, but apparently not everyone got that memo.
I also dislike capris, although I know they are very popular. I think they tend to make women look shorter and heavier, and I don't often hear anyone say they are striving to look shorter or heavier. I won't wear shorts either, so I know I'm a minority on this one. I like long flowy dresses for casual wear in the really hot weather. Those can work well for all types of figures.
If you saw me, it would be obvious that clothing styles is probably the last thing I have any concern about or expertise in. Frankly, it is hard for me to care less about anything else. Like Tradd, I was raised with the notion that showing parts of your lingerie (i.e., bra straps) is tacky and low-class. For heaven's sake, if you have the money to buy tops with spaghetti straps, then you should have the money to buy proper lingerie, or leave the spaghetti straps in the store! I am beyond tired of young men with baggy pants showing all and sundry their underwear, though I am glad they are wearing some. Buy a belt, guys, or use a piece of rope.
Frankly, I wish everyone would keep their underwear and various types of cleavage undercover. We all have it, I know what it looks like, and I have no need to see anyone else's. When you are my age, it will sag, and no one wants to see that, either.
Remember, gravity is no one's friend.
Off my crabby old lady's soapbox now.
I think capris /can/ look good on some women (like Mary Tyler Moore as Laura Petrie in the Dick Van Dyke show), but I've never seen cropped pants look good on /anyone/.
I know capris make people look shorter and yet I pull on a pair almost every day. I just can't bring myself to wear pants in the summer and I'm having a hard time finding new skirts/dresses to wear (super tired of the ones I've had for years). And I shouldn't wear shorts to the church office - though no one would mind because I'm the only one there.
Float On: My "Happy Place" is on my little kayak in the coves of Table Rock Lake.
Give me simple classic pants, some good blouses, a neat vest for warmth, a good variety of pins for jewelry and I am set. I have some popover sundresses to wear on muggy days from an old pattern that I found at a yard sale.
Got to laugh. I have wanted a long denim skirt that looks good for years. I was at our local fabric and discount store and found a perfect skirt for $1 so I bought 2 of them. They fit so well and look good.