The Latest Micro-Trends — Y/N?

I recently wore a voluminously-sleeved Caroline Constas blouse (on super sale!) to drinks with the lovely Christina Bryant, and we got to talking about fashion trends:

“I wonder if I’ll look back in a year and cringe at the size of these sleeves,” I mused.

“Well, at least they’re timeless,” she quipped — “I’m pretty sure women in the Renaissance age wore them that way, too.”


I thought today I’d share some uber micro trends — meaning extremely high-fashion, of-the-moment trends that will undoubtedly be a flash in the pan, and share thoughts/alternatives.

Uber-trend 1: The Padded Headband.

Super fashion-forward outlets and bloggers like Man Repeller and Chiara Ferragni have been pushing the padded headband for the past few weeks.  I actually love headbands — every now and then I’ll pull out my tortoise-shell headband, throw on a black sweater and black skinny jeans and Chanel flats, and feel all Blair Waldorf.  The padded style is taking me a minute to absorb…but I’m kinda digging it.  Splurge on this trendy velvet style (<< you know it’s on trend if Five Story carries it) or save with this $5 steal.

The Fashion Magpie Headband

Uber-trend 2: The Exaggerated Cat Eye.

Trendsetters like Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, and Beyonce have all been spotted in extreme cateye shades.  Balenciaga featured them HEAVILY in a recent runway show.  They’re not my cup of tea — they look like they’re trying too hard.  I’m much more interested in the whimsy of the of-the-moment heart-shaped sunnies from YSL.  But, if you’re a bit more daring and intrepid on the fashion front, these are your best bet (also available in white here).  And if you’re in the mood for a more traditional shape with some pizzazz, I implore you to consider these $60 shades from Le Specs.  I bought a pair of Le Specs last summer in a style they no longer make and get asked about them CONSTANTLY.  They do great sunglasses at reasonable prices.

The Fashion Magpie Exaggerated Cat Eye Sunglasses

Uber-trend 3: The Balenciaga Knife Mule.

These super exaggerated pointy-toe mules (also shown above) have caused quite the controversy among shoe-lovers: people either love ’em or hate ’em.  I tend to fall prey to trends in footwear but these feel overly impractical for me–which is saying a lot, because I’m the type of gal who can rationalize a pair of 5″ heels or a twelfth pair of black flats or what have you.  I feel like I’d trip over them all the time.  Still, I have to admit that they look pretty cool out there in the wild…I like them especially as they are styled in the last picture below, with the exaggerated sleeved sweater and simple black jeans.  Tres chic ca.  So maybe I am warming to them?!  These Alexandre Birmans are a little less dramatic, but get the vibe, and these $60 channel the look for a fraction of the price!

The Fashion Magpie Balenciaga Knife Mule 3

The Fashion Magpie Balenciaga Knife Mule 4

The Fashion Magpie Balenciaga Knife Mule

P.S.  More fashion-forward finds I’m lusting after here.

P.P.S.  If you’re into the frayed sweater trend, this one just went on sale.

P.P.P.S.  This would be cute for an expecting mama at a shower for her baby boy…or, ya know, just rocking the ice blue trend!


  1. OK, I kind of need that Fivestory headband! So retro me (i.e. reminds me of something I’d have worn in 1994, when I was in the 4th grade), but in the best way.

    I can’t get on board with those shoes, though, mainly because of the trip factor! But they sure are nice to ogle from afar.

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