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Review: New Look “Yazmin”

Review: New Look “Yazmin”

 I had been hunting around the UK for cheap high-waisted jeans for about a year and could not find any that fit. I finally came across the “Yazmin”. When did jeans all get their own names? I have a “Bailey” in my wardrobe as well. But […]

Swimwear nightmare – the one-piece, one-style-suits-all nonsense

Swimwear nightmare – the one-piece, one-style-suits-all nonsense

Don’t run away now, but I’m going to talk about something that might scare you. It might make the acid in your stomach begin to bubble or hot fury rise up your neck. Swimwear. It’s okay. I’m not going make you try any on. I’m […]

Just the thing this Spring – get the look the easy way

Just the thing this Spring – get the look the easy way

This season may just be your laziest one yet

You know spring is here when you are colder now than you were last week when it was still winter. Go figure. But the other key indicator is in the shop windows because flowers are everywhere. Not real ones, of course. Posters, cardboard cut-outs and floral prints are plastered on every window and mannequin. But other than the usual trend for florals, what are the fashionistas saying are “THE” trends to follow? I’ve searched the blogosphere to give you the most agreed trends – and bring you tips for how to get the look on the cheap!

 


1. Ruffles

If it’s from the 1908s, it’s in. Shoulder pads, metallic fabrics, bright colours: it’s all on trend. But the main fashion feature being highlighted right now is the ruffled layer.

Get the look:

There’s a great range popping up in many of the high street stores already.
Don’t forget the op-shops. They’ll be making fashion dreams come true this season!


 

2. Deconstructed shirts

The look here appears to be that you went to bed drunk and slept in the first thing you found which turned out to be a shirt that belonged to your giant flatmate and when you woke up late the next morning you put on a skirt - any skirt, it doesn't have to match in any way - half tucked the shirt and you left for the office. Maybe you added a hat.

Get the look:

I love the advice from Vogue UK on this one – Buy a striped shirt and do the buttons up wrong. Alternatively, you can get an oversized shirt and only tuck in one side. Or wear a shirt dress open like a longline jacket. As long as the size is too big, then you’ll pull off this look.


3. Crazy sleeves

Pears can really celebrate this one! Sleeves are great for balancing a look when you’re not in the mood to be rump-focused. I love puffy sleeves and frilly sleeves, but you’ll find a lot of bell sleeves appearing too.

Get the look:

Consumers seemed to have be reluctant to follow this trends, so guess what? Sales webpages of high street stores and outlets stores have a lot of crazy sleeves in stock.


4. Athletic wear

If you’re not a fan of the gym, don’t worry. You don’t have to be going there to dress like it. Stretch fabrics, sporty stripes and geometric splashes of neon are becoming daywear standard looks.

Get the look:

Leggings with a white stripe down the leg or a crisp weatherproof jacket now say style, not just practical comfort. Go with it!

 


5. Word prints

Do we care what the words are? Maybe. But since the current trend includes the option to tuck your printed tee into your jeans it may not matter what’s written on it at all. You can’t see it properly anyway.

Get the look:

Any printed tee will do, but this could be another boon for the op shops. Or a good excuse to head over to Mum’s and pick up that old box of concerts tees and miscellanea that she’s been asking you to collect for the last 15 years.

Is there a spring trend you're looking forward to rocking this season?

Is there a spring trend you're looking forward to rocking this season?

When grey or blue just won’t do – 5 tips for making the corporate look your own

When grey or blue just won’t do – 5 tips for making the corporate look your own

Job interview day. You want to look smart. It’s a conservative establishment so you want to look as though you will toe the line. But you don’t want to get lost in the crowd either. Or you might not actually own anything conservative! What do […]

Walk It Off – how to wear high heels comfortably

Walk It Off – how to wear high heels comfortably

Stilettos. Those brutal match sticks we’ve all tottered around in, looking gorgeous on the outside and feeling cursed on the inside. Blisters, burning, balancing and, for some of us, a fear that the heel might just break off. So we tried wedges, kitten heels and […]

How TV stylists don’t understand ‘style’

How TV stylists don’t understand ‘style’

Don’t get me started on stylists. I remember watching some makeover show, and in the end every single curvy woman was wearing black and grey. It was all about subtle colours, “minimising” and distracting the eye from “problem areas”. Stylists such as those particular presenters were my problem area! They never once asked how the women felt about their curves, they just assumed that because they had big thighs or a big bum that they must want to “minimise” it. Screw you, Captain Bland! Personally, I don’t like being told pears shouldn’t wear pencil skirts as it emphasised the width of the hip. I don’t mind looking hippy. I find I walk with a rather cocky strut when I wear a pencil skirt. Given my pear shape, a stylist would probably dress me like this:
  • a dark A-line skirt (dark colours and A-line would "minimise" my bum)
  • a vertically striped top (becuase stripes are in and vertical ones should make me look taller, lengthening my wider body)
  • some nude or maybe pink stilettos (to add height and "minimise" my chunky legs)
  • an oversized handbag as a statement piece, to distract from my "problem areas"
I would probably look good, and I might even like the outfit - for 20 minutes. But what advice would such a look give me about style? The message that would be constantly drilled in (as it was on this show) is that if you have larger thighs they are always a problem. If you're shorter than average, this is always a problem. If you have anything that considered to be less than the current ideal, then it is always a problem and must always be minimised! What a terrible idea! Why should our fashion choices be decided by what we want to hide? Why is it assumed that everyone wants to hide the same things? Why can't fashion be about what we want to promote, what we want to feel and who we really are? Television stylists are usually focused on the day's trends, rather than actual style. You can work a trend into your style, but if you wear all the latest looks without making it your own you'll be trendy, but you won't have style. Are there some pear “rules” that you’re sick of hearing?
Whose A-Line is it anyway?

Whose A-Line is it anyway?

Any time a stylist or magazine editor does a write up about how to dress a pear shape, there is always one major piece of advice: wear A-line. What is A-Line clothing? An item of clothing is considered to be A-Line if it has an […]

Which suits suit curvy women?

Which suits suit curvy women?

It’s inspiring to see women unite over shared values and good attire. #PantsuitNation became a trend across the US in the run-up to the election, and for good reason: US politics is full of passionate people and Hillary’s pantsuits are pyjamas you can work to […]