Thursday, 22 April 2021 10:13

Thrifting: an eco approach to AW21 trends

Autumn/Winter 2021 fashion trends have landed, bringing some much-needed fresh air to our wardrobes after a year of pandemic outfits. We’ve all been there over the last twelve months: trendy tops over tedious PJ bottoms and joggers. Luckily, the best of this season’s catwalks lend themselves perfectly to thrifting, meaning massive savings and a sustainable approach to fashion. Below are the best of the cold season’s trends, along with some hints on fool-proof second-hand purchases.

AW21 fashion trends. Photo by Daniel Gold, Unsplash
Photo by Daniel Gold, Unsplash
 

A/W 2021 collections dive into past vibes with an early ‘00s revival, generational trips and a host of bold, chunky textures. After months of budget-cutting, now is the time to quench your thirst for new clothing through thrifting.

 

Time Machine: 2000s Nostalgia And ‘60s Monochrome

Autumn/Winter 2021 catwalks saw GenZ’s nostalgia for the early noughties and commercial fun, and responded with maxi denim jeans, colourful see-thru tops, sparkly accessories and furry collars in pastels hues. We’ve seen a hunger for the revival of the Britney and Christina era, and it’s likely we all have something pop in a remote corner of a closet to dig out and shine in. The result is a thorough spring cleaning from the likes of Blumarine, Anna Sui, Roberto Cavalli and Alyx.
 
'00s-inspired outfits for AW21. Photo by Oswaldo Ibanez, Unsplash
Photo by Oswald Ibànez, Unsplash
 
GenZ and 2000s nostalgia in AW21 outfits. Photo by Fran, Unsplash
Photo by Fran, Unsplash
 
On the other hand, the ‘60s were refreshed with cheeky knee-high boots walking the Tom Ford, Fendi and Blumarine catwalks and full black/white monochrome outfits with sharp, clean, trapezoidal cuts from Versace.
 
'60s revival and white monochrome outfits for AW21. Photo by Reza Delkhosh, Unsplash
Photo by Reza Delkhosh, Unsplash
 

Patchwork Fantasy

S/S 2021 collections saw ethnic prints proliferate on headscarves and big coats. A/W 2021 literally recycles this idea for kaleidoscopic patchworks, with Gabriela Hearst, Chloé, Coach 1941, Simone Rocha reusing leftover fabrics for new maxi coats, dresses, tees and trousers. If your tastes are colourful and baroque, Dolce&Gabbana is on hand with its mélange of Sicilian memories. This trend is surely going to awake the crafter in you, allowing you to kindle your love of vintage and heritage patterns.

Patchwork fantasy trousers for AW21. Photo by Kyle Cleveland, Unsplash
Photo by Kyle Cleveland, Unsplash
 
Patchwork coats for AW21 woman. Photo by Gmello, PixabayPhoto by gmello, Pixabay
 

Comfort Wraps, Resort Dreams

Capes, wraps and ponchos are back (Chloé, Alberta Ferretti, Missoni and Gabriela Hearst). For Missoni, ponchos mean ‘70s palettes and geometries; while Stella Jean took the chance to collaborate with the FAO and Kyrgyz women crafters to create a capsule collection with traditional embroidered felt using sustainable materials.
 
Wrap coat - AW21 fashion trends. Photo by Tamara Bellis, Unsplash Photo by Tamara Bellis, Unsplash

Ponchos and ethnic wraps for AW21 outfit. Pphoto by Murilo Bahia, UnsplashPhoto by Murilo Bahia, Unsplash
 
The mirage of ski resorts reopening inspired in maisons like Miu Miu, Givenchy, Coach 1941 and Chanel dreams of white holidays and fluffy, Alpine outfits, with soft puffers, ski goggles and furry moon boots inviting us to get out, wrap up and stay cosy.
 
Puffers for AW21 outwear. Photo by Alexandra Tran, UnsplashPhoto by Alexandra Tran, Unsplash

Puffers and snow gear for AW21. Photo by Vladimir Yelizarov, Unsplash
Photo by Vladimir Yelizarow, Unsplash
 

Chunky Textures And Furry Hugs

The fil rouge of this A/W 2021 is a comfort that can be seen and touched in chunky textured knitwear. Bold cable knitwork defines XL sweaters, maxi dresses, tops and trousers in a neutral and comforting palette in designs by Altuzarra, Gabriela Hearst, Chloé and Italian Miu Miu. The same softness can be experienced with maxi furry coats and jackets in eco-friendly leopard prints, brown hues and shades of arctic white (Givenchy).
 
Knitwear and chunky knitwork texture for AW21. Photo by Olga Kozachenko, Unsplash Photo by Olga Kozachenko, Unsplash 

Knitwear and chunky knitwork for AW21. Photo by perchek_industrie, UnsplashPhoto by Perchek Industrie, Unsplash
 
Faux fur coats, AW21 fashion trends. Photo by Romane Gautun, Unsplash
Photo by Romane Gautun, Unsplash
 
Furry textures for AW21 coats. Photo by Nicole De Khors, Burst by Shopify
Photo by Nicole De Khors, Burst by Shopify 
 

All-over Logos And Cascade Of Pleats

Covering creations with one’s own logo is too strong a temptation, at least for Versace, Fendi and many others. For some, the signature ends up covering the whole fabric as micro patterns; for Valentino it becomes a timeless geometric decoration; for Givenchy a translucent hint over a sheer curtain; and for Marine Serre a copied & pasted motif from head to… shoes.

This season, skirts and trousers are maxi and floating in satin fabrics to exalt the beauty of infinite pleats, checks or tartan (Max Mara, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Jil Sander, Plan C).

Micro patterns and all-over logo for AW21. Photo by Hermes Rivera, UnsplashPhoto by Hermes Rivers, Unsplash
 
Pleated and textured skirts for AW21. Photo by Sarah Pflug, Burst by Shopify 
Photo by Sarah Pflug, Burst by Shopify 
 

Saturate Or Shine Bright!

If it’s true that fur and knitted texture are a match made-in-heaven with muted hues, shiny and saturated tones have ample space in winter collections. It must be bold and with character for Versace, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo and Balmain’s wardrobe; silvery and flamboyant for Moschino and Paco Rabanne; and leather in all of its declinations – liquid, rubber matte, natural – for Hermés and Simone Rocha.
 
Saturated colour palette for AW21 outfits. Photo by Roland Denes, UnsplashPhoto by Roland Denes, Unsplash

Sparkles and face masks in AW21 catwalks and trends. Photo by Andreas Weiss, UnsplashPhoto by Andreas Weiss, Unsplash

Metallic texture and shiny fabrics in AW21 fashion trends. Photo by Corina Rainer, Unsplash
Photo by Corina Rainer, Unsplash

Holo and shiny outfit for AW21. Photo by Ahadi Lulerhe, Unsplash
Photo by Ahai Lulerhe, Unsplash
 
Total black and leather outfits for AW21. Photo by Good Faces, Unsplash Photo by Good Faces, Unsplash
 
All textures of leather - AW21 trends. Photo by Hamed Picsart, Unsplash Photo by Hamed picsart, Unsplash
 
A/W 2021 answers the urge to go out and socialise but also gives a chance to recycle and reduce both waste and expenses. Go thrifting: set a budget with some spare cash and plan ahead your purchases. At Fashions Finest, we love exploring outfit combinations starting from what we already have. Once at the store, we go without fail and zero impulse buys.
 
Patchworks can be homemade with outdated clothes; maxi knitwear and ‘70s capes are easy targets in second-hand stores. Loud 2000s outfits are surely somewhere just out of sight and may need just a little brushing up. Maisons love virtual thrifting when repurposing past trends, and, with a little imagination, you can too.
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Friday, 23 October 2020 14:10

Winter Is Coming: Your Top Fashionista Tips

The catwalks may have been closed, but that doesn't mean that fashion is at a standstill.

Published in Fashion
Tuesday, 18 February 2020 18:43

Your Quick Chic Guide to Moving Fashion

Who says you’ve got to look off just because you’re conducting a move? You can pull off your OOTD (Outfit of the Day) during your move - be it during the planning, packing, unpacking, or even the moving day itself. Fight off messy and haggard moving days with the right approach to fashion and attention to detail. That’s right, you can pull off an amazing move while looking hip, chic, and trendy. Get your OOTD and hashtag game on! So, how exactly should we approach your chic look? Here are some quick tips:

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Go dressed for purpose, not style. While a lot of fashionistas may advise us to dress to impress when we dress up, we might have to change the approach during the move. While usual fashion allows us to dress how we want, we’ve got to think about practicality when doing a move. Remember, you have to pack clothes at some point during the move, meaning you have to organize clothes you wear. When you pick clothes, wear the ones that can emphasize your personality but at the same time let others know your agenda. If you have any other formal engagements, such as contract signing, you should reserve smart casual clothes. Meanwhile, reserve comfy clothes for quick trips to recreational places.

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Make makeup as simple as possible. We know, makeup is extremely essential to our entire fashion routine. We don’t just want our clothes to be good, we want to look good as well. Thing is, too much makeup can be extremely bothersome for heavy tasks, especially for moves. This takes too long to make, and not too easy to move. What we should do is instead stick to a simpler routine - go for a simple foundation and blush combo to look “natural” and add the occasional contour and modifications to emphasize your facial assets. Try to stay away from complicated routines, as they can just waste your time when you get tired, and you could end up ruining your make-up if you get hot during the move.

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Work with your usual routine, especially with your fitness and skincare. When we talk about fashion, we can’t neglect our personal health. A huge part of what makes good fashion “great” is when your body can actually pull off the clothes and makeup you want to wear. This relies on maintaining good fitness and skincare. Before you push through with your move, don’t forget to check how you can adjust your usual workout routine, and see how you can maintain your skincare routine while you’re busy planning for your move. Maintain a good moisturizer routine, and don't forget your sunscreen as well!

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Pick clothes you can move around in. There’s a reason why movers and workers from moving companies usually wear the same kind of outfit, and that’s to be able to move around quicker and faster. That’s why they wear shirts with logos, pants, or even vests. These are designed to let clients and outsiders know about their work in a simple aesthetic fashion, but at the same time allow them to work comfortably. Try to apply this to your fashion - when you dress for your move, don’t over complicate your clothes. Wear simple clothes that emphasize your figure or best features without constricting your movement.

With the above tips in mind, you can now have a hassle-free moving experience...and without ruining your fashion sense! Just remember, fashion is meant to be flexible. This means you shouldn’t be afraid to maximize the tools you have and the clothes you own to make your own personal fashion work for your benefit. The point of your fashion is to make sure you look as confident and as stunning as possible, but without all of the hassle.
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Monday, 16 September 2019 14:34

Easy Ways to Accessorize Your Little Black Dress

The little black dress has been one of the most iconic pieces for decades, and every girl should have at least one in her wardrobe.

Published in Fashion
Monday, 21 January 2019 10:01

2019 Fashion Trends You Need to Know

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Photo by Marisa Howenstine Unsplash

The New Year’s frenzy is slowly cooling down, together with the weather, but there’s a new source of excitement on the horizon: this year’s most prized style collections we’ll soon start flaunting!

Before you know it, the frost and snow will turn into blooming flowers and the sun will start warming the streets, giving us all the more inspiration to get out and try those new, fantabulous trends we’ve all been waiting for.

We’re talking rich hues, funky shapes, experimenting with pairing, some oldies in patterns making a stellar comeback, and of course, novel prints to look out for on everything from skirts to hair accessories.

Yes, this will be a year of playful rebellion, moving boundaries, and setting new norms for the lovers of fashion everywhere.

Let’s dive straight in and help you find your own perfect tee screaming your name, or an eye-popping trend to freshen up your winter dull!

Feathers, Fringe, And Frills, Step Forward

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Photo by Hermes Rivera Unsplash

Texture has always been one of fashion’s loudest voices, and this remains true in 2019.

Many a stunning collection on the runways has boasted quite a number of items with fun and lively textures to add a second layer of excitement to the outfit.

In a sense, spreading your spring and summer wings will not be an issue, it will be made simpler for the presence of colourful feathers on your lovely garments.

The same goes for fringes and frills, all making your clothes come to life, move with you, and taking even the simplest monochrome suits to the next level of sophistication.

This year, frills and fringe will not be reserved for the street, but you’ll see them prominently displayed in every collection for every occasion!

Past Is Not Passe

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Photo by Lydz Leow Unsplash

Fashion always finds a way to give an homage to all the trends that have the potential for a stamp of timelessness.

That applies to patterns that might be simple, but remain as alluring and relevant as ever in 2019.

Retro prints prove once again that they are and will forever have a reserved spot in the highest ranks of fashion.

This summer, you can sport vivid prints such as polka dots and a touch of ruched fabric with a marvellous one piece swimsuit in one of the summerlicious hues that is shaped to bring out your figure.

It’s that 70’s spirit of femininity and comfortable cuts that will dominate all throughout the warm season ahead!

Tie-dye Meets Neon

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Photo by chuttersnap Unsplash

Scandinavian trends have always had the tendency of utilising beautiful asymmetry, paired with love for minimalism, delivering truly outstanding items we can wear for almost any occasion. However, this year will make use of their love for tie-dye: those unique, creative mixes of clashing colours to truly add a soft, flowy feel to your style.

For the sake of spring and summer excitement, you can pair this with another warm weather trend on the rise, and that is the use of neon shades.

Particularly, we’ll love powerful, hot pink, sunny yellow, and Grinch-y green, among many others, all serving the purpose to fun up your wardrobe.

What’s Your Superpower?

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Photo by Fineas Gavre Unsplash

Looking for a cute, but versatile addition to your wardrobe, but you already have transparent boots, and a hot-red tote?

Luckily for all of us in love with comfortable, quirky items, 2019 will reintroduce the long-lost capes, this time with a modern twist or two.

They no longer come in strictly pastel hues and they are definitely not only made of those toasty fabrics that serve only during a harsh winter outing.

The spring and summer of this year will be filled with stripy, colourful, frilled (you’ve guessed it right), and plaid capes, as a perfect addition for those indecisive days of the transitional season.

You can even style them for an haute couture dress and a pair of fancy heels, or you can match them with your ripped denim jeans and the boho-perfect skirts and shirts.

Style Your Pretty Head

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Photo by frankie cordoba Unsplash

We’ve gone through many a strange and beautiful phase with wearing all kinds of accessories. There have been times when a tiara was a perfectly reasonable choice, and chokers have reigned supreme for quite a long time.

However, perhaps in our search for valuable trends of the past, we have revived our love for hats, and they come as a useful surprise for the sunny days, just in time to shield our complexion!

Take your pick from bucket hats with a splash of neon to keep them eye-catching, opt for veiled hats for an added touch of elegance, or stick to the all-time favourites such as wide-brimmed hats, and you’ll add a whole new level of authenticity to your entire look.

In addition to serving a great purpose in protecting your beauty, you’ll find them in a wide array of colours, patterns, and with added fabrics to make them the key statement piece of your ensemble.

Chances are, you won’t be able to resist any of these trends as soon as the clock strikes spring. However, make sure to look through other upcoming trends on the rise, and make your outfit selection all the more characterful and true to your preferences!

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Thursday, 24 September 2015 12:48

Easy steps to emulate Chanel in your everyday wardrobe

Chanel is one of the few fashion houses that have managed to create garments which have withstood the test of time.

Published in Fashion
Monday, 13 July 2015 20:07

Pleats

PLEATS

Pleats are bang on trend this season and a great style to bring out the lady in you. It is also one of those styles that works for any shape, age and height.

Make sure that your pleat style flatters your shape

1. The stitched-down pleats lies flat at the top and is an ideal tummy concealer.
2. Accordion pleats are full through the hips, giving you an hourglass effect.
3. If you have big bums, Knife pleats are perfect as it has the least volume thus creating the illusion of a flat bum.

Stitched down pleat

Highlight your waist

To ensure a slimmed down look, always show off the waistband of your skirt, so whatever you pair it with be sure to tuck it in.

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For Curvy ladies a light flowy fabric will not add bulk to your hips.
Short Legs, a hemline that is higher in the middle does not cut you off at the calves
Apple shaped, hide your tummy with stitched-down pleats

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Use colour for effect, play around with colours to create interesting contrast

Colour effect

When you think of pleats, it is always paired with cute ballet flats but you can go a bit edgy by pairing it with booties, sneakers or metallic heels.

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