Bra tops, cutouts: Not everyone wants to be trendy

September 10, 2013 • Entertainment, National News

Designer Oscar de la Renta, center, greets the audience after his Spring 2014 collection was modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

NEW YORK (AP) — Is it ever OK to — gasp! — step away from a trend? Absolutely, say some of the stylists, editors and designers gathered for New York Fashion Week.

After all, not everybody can or wants to pull on skimpy bra and cropped tops, a couple of styles popping up with some frequency by Tuesday, the sixth day of fashion week.

So who can skip a trend? Brad Goreski of Bravo’s “It’s a Brad, Brad World,” said anybody can, if they know themselves well enough.

“Know your personal style. It all comes down to this,” he told The Associated Press. “You want to challenge yourself to try different things.” That, he said, means risking those “fashion fails,” which is just fine, Goreski said.

Katie Holmes, while shopping the collection she showed as half of Holmes & Yang, agreed. Just maybe not so much for herself and a bra top she and Jeanne Yang created.

“I wonder if I could rock the bra top. I don’t know where I think I’m wearing it to rock the bra top, but it’s good to try. Maybe I’ll wear it to Starbucks,” Holmes said with a laugh.

Avril Graham of Harper’s Bazaar said the prevalence of cutouts and bare midriffs on the runways certainly requires “a will, a swagger, some confidence.” But she added:

“The wonderful thing is that there are plenty of other ideas on the runway that can work for the rest of the population.”

And tricks if you can’t step away from trends, Goreski said. For example, he suggested, wear a high-waist skirt or jeans with a cropped shirt for just a sliver of skin.

Adam Glassman, creative director of O The Oprah magazine, said knowing when to let a trend go is key.

“I don’t think we all have to wear every trend. Some do wear the trends — especially young people — but you don’t have to. You have to be able to say, ‘That’s not for me.’ You have to be honest to yourself, honest to your lifestyle, honest to your body type. And it helps if you have honest friends,” he said.

A sporty vibe during this round of spring previews is back — and more forgiving than short tops that require more than a visit or two to the Login to read more

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