Piercings have long been the most common and socially accepted form of body modification. There have certainly been times in recent history when anything other than an ear-piercing was considered to be rather shocking. However, sometimes it takes a shift in culture or a celebrity adoption to open the door. A depiction of Alicia Silverstone getting a navel piercing in the video for Aerosmith’s Cryin’ in 1993 helped to spark a trend for body piercing in the mainstream.
As with any fashion, body modifications tend to reflect the times. We can’t ignore the fact that one of the defining characteristics of our present era is ubiquitous and often wearable technology. Subsequently, we are starting to see the worlds of body modification and smart gadgets collide.
Body modification has been a part of our culture throughout history. Today, we see piercing and tattoos as fashionable aspects of our everyday lives. New modifications, such as those used in biohacking, are quickly joining them as ways for us to enhance our bodies for aesthetic and practical reasons.
The new year is finally here! It’s the start of a brand-new decade – and that means it’s time to really change up your fashion game.
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Like most fashion trends, jewellery styles come and go based on season and occasion. For the past several years, as far as jewellery is concerned, dainty pieces have favoured over the rest.
This year, designers at London Fashion Week flooded the British capital with fearless fashion for the Spring 2019 season and we saw the return of jewellery that is loud, colourful, and makes a statement. Here are some of the most popular jewellery trends everyone will be wearing this Spring, inspired by the runway.
Circles are commonly used to symbolise eternity, and if there is one trend with eternal appeal, it’s the hoop. The hoop earring goes back as far as human's themselves. It goes beyond just being a fashion trend and has been a powerful symbol in numerous cultures throughout history.
This season, the timeless style is taking on a bulkier and heavier shape adding a focal point to any outfit, as well as framing the face and complimenting your hairstyle. It appears that we are being encouraged to think outside the circle this year and select hoops that are boasting colour, fabric and spikes, as well as differentiating in shape.
As far as trends go, boho chic has proliferated in recent years and is particularly popular during festival season. Combining organic, colourful and detailed pieces with pieces of simplicity and minimalism creates a bohemian style that is perfect for the glamorous, the fashion-forward and the summer-lovin’ individual.
The boho style is devoted to nature, earth and its elements to its no wonder that many styles of the boho necklace are animal and nature inspired. The elephant is often used on boho accessories because of its symbolism of strength and wisdom, whilst the bird can commonly be found to symbolise free spirit and individualism.
There are many different ways of incorporating bohemian jewellery into your style and the 2019 catwalks embraced the trend with a presentation of diamond encrusted pendants that reflected elements of earth, space and nature. One particularly noticeable element was the flowers of all shapes and sizes that covered the models on the runways. Whether you opt for a delicate pendant or fancy making a bold bohemian statement, this is one ground-breaking trend you can have some fun with this year and the best bit about it is you can never wear too much.
The world is finally catching on to Gucci’s more-is-more approach to fashion and jewellery. This season, runway model’s fingers were laden with rings and bracelets that were stacked high. This newest trend in jewellery is getting some major praise from women everywhere. Why? Because it gives you the opportunity to wear all your favourite jewellery at once!
Models were sent down the catwalk with stacks of Alexander McQueen bejewelled bangles adorning their arms and wrists.
Stacking an assortment of stunning statement pieces as well as some plain is the perfect way to create a truly personalised statement whilst incorporating all of your favourite pieces in one go.
Similar to the stacking of bracelets and rings, layering necklaces is a trend that doesn’t seem to be budging any time soon. Whatever the occasion or outfit, layered necklaces are the best way to effortlessly transform your outfit into something of high-fashion chic. As the catwalks demonstrated, this trend is perfect for the upcoming spring and summer seasons.
The layering of necklaces is a great opportunity for personal expression and allows you to venture into the world of jewellery and to create fashion statements you may never have made before. The most popular and eye-catching way of layering your necklaces is by using chains of a varying length. Begin with a choker necklace and then add two longer necklaces that increase in length to create a timeless elegance with a contemporary twist.
The Year Of Aquamarine
Coloured gemstones are a huge trend for spring 2019, but a particular favourite is the glistening pale blue hues of aquamarine. From pendants to earrings, this pretty gemstone adorns all styles of jewellery elegantly and beautifully.
There is no better way to add some texture and point of interest to you outfit than by adding a beautifully curated stack of pendant necklaces. Artful details can add definition and vibrancy to a plain knit or roll neck. By styling different pendant heights you can create a fashion-forward aesthetic. Don’t be afraid to go OTT with you pendants by pairing a chunky pendant necklace with some contrasting pendant earrings.
Statement Pendant Earrings
Just like hoops, statement earrings are a great form of expression as well as holding the power to transform an outfit. The pendant earring remains a jewellery box staple, but this year it’s been maximised and extended to graze your shoulders.
The thought and craftsmanship that’s put into making lingerie isn’t just to impress your significant other on Valentine’s Day or date night. In recent years, lingerie has moved from behind the curtains and beyond the confines of your home and towards a new expression of style. Here’s how you can wear your luxury lingerie sets, in and out of the home.
Wearing Lingerie As Outwear - The Bodysuit
This bodysuit is the most popular form of wearing lingerie as outwear and has taken the Instagram world by storm, particularly after the Kardashian’s were seen sporting this look. Bodysuits offer versatility and can be worn with almost anything to create a super chic look.
Pair your bodysuit with some light-wash blue mom jeans or skinny jeans and layer with a leather jacket and some heels for a super cute summer/autumnal fashion statement. As modelled by Kim Kardashian, go bold and pair your lace bodysuit with some tracksuit bottoms. Add a sporty bomber and some sneakers to create an athleisure vibe or pair with some heels for that true Kardashian look.
Sport-inspired lingerie has made a huge comeback and is definitely here to stay this year. The revival of the 90s streetwear has taken the fashion world by storm and it doesn’t stop at lingerie. With the intention to encourage women into an era of confidence and comfort, the sport-inspired lingerie trend is made up of melange fabrics, logo embedded elastic bands and mesh detailing.
Velvet has made a huge (and surprising) comeback in our wardrobes and so it should come as no surprise that it is going to make its way back into our underwear drawers this year. Plush velvet and velour lingerie sets are the epitome of luxury particularly the feel of soft velvet against your skin. Velvet lingerie typically comes in a pallet of dusky pinks and grey or rich and intense with emerald greens and peacock blues. The great thing about this trend is, just like the bodysuit, it isn’t restricted to the bedroom and can be worn on a night out or even better, on holiday.
Dare To Wear Red
Red is often the colour that springs to mind when you think of sexy luxury lingerie. The colour has been proven to stimulate emotions of passion and sensuality. Like a bull fighter, red attracts a variety of attention stemming from love to anger.
When it comes to women's lingerie collections, red is a staple colour and enables women to feel empowered and sexy. It is a strong trend in fashion and has been a large focal point of new season trends.
As the evenings begin to get lighter and we move closer to spring, the boho trend will begin to emerge. With beautiful rustic colours and earthy tones, the boho prints are inspired by festival fashion with an abundance of Aztec prints, embroidery stitches, ribbons and beading. It has a playful yet sexy feel to it and is the perfect companion for summer. Pair you bohemian bralette with some ripped denim shorts and Dr Martens.
Since the 16th century, the corset has come a long way. Commonly seen on New York’s fashion catwalks, wear your corset over an oversized shirt and some thigh high boots for a super high-fashion look. For a super chic festival look, wear a corset over a loosely fitted dress and some cowboy or biker boots.
Spring is going to be here soon, and it’s time to get planning for all your events. In particular, if you’ve been invited to a springtime wedding, you’ll need to put together a suitable outfit that ticks all the boxes.
A closed door is, more often than not, a mystery to all of us. When that door has an arch and a keystone, intertwining to form a coherent symplexis, it becomes a mystical and wondrous gate, behind which imagination can run wild! So, open it. If you dare.
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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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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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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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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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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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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!
1. Avoiding Wearing More Than One Bold Colour
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It is a common misconception that you can only wear one bold colour at a time at the risk of visual offence. However, a phenomenon has hit the 2018 runways known as colour blocking, a technique that allows you to go daring with your bold colours and yes, wear them at the same time. Colour blocking is when a garment or outfit is composed of finite blocks of colour. Leading designers have revisited this trend which was hugely popular in the 1960’s and 80’s by adding a modern twist to create unique and exciting styles that have been adopted by high-street retail. It may seem as though it is not the easiest trend to pull off however with a little guidance, you can ditch the old habits of wearing one colour at a time and start colour-blocking.
A top tip when it comes to colour blocking is to wear a belt. The general rule for ladies designer belts this season is the bigger the better. This is perfect when it comes to colour blocking as a thick black or brown belt will neutralise and break up the bold colours, as well as accentuate the waistline.
2. Same Sizing It for Everything
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Sizing can vary dramatically according to the store, brand and item of clothing so it is important that you don’t always go for a set size as this can lead to ill-fitting clothes which is a definite fashion mistake. Cheaper clothing typically fits way bigger so instead of worrying about numbers, it is better to pay attention to how things look on your body. Purchasing clothes that fit a desired weight is also a big mistake when it comes to fashion as aspirational shopping is not only a waste of money, but a waste of space in the wardrobe as the clothes you buy sit unused until you reach your fitness goals. It is much smarter to invest in your new wardrobe once you have reached your fitness goals.
In order to choose the right size, it is always best to try the clothes on when you are in the shop to avoid disappointment when you get home and another trip to return the ill fitted items. Make use of the sizing charts and ignore the tags as this will give you a more accurate size guiding designed to be more personalized to your body shape and size.
3. Believing that Menswear Should be Worn by Just Men
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A trend that has dominated the winter fashion season is the oversized look, whether this be sweatshirts, t-shirts or coats. When looking for oversized items, it is always a good idea to have a look in the mens section as this can often give you the perfect oversized fit that you are looking for.
A classic way to transform menswear into womenswear is by ditching the dress and wearing a men’s shirt as an alternative. This looks super cute with bare legs and some heels to add some femininity to the shirt, whilst still innkeeping with the shirts formal masculinity. Shapeless blazers with large shoulder pads can also very easily transform a boring outfit into something cute and chic perfect for a smart-casual vibe.
4. Low Waist Jeans with Crop Top
A trend from the 90s and 2000s that should most certainly be left there. Crop tops can still be part of the necessity section in the wardrobe, along with low rise jeans however the two should no-longer be paired no matter how much you like your stomach. Pair your crop-top with a high-waisted pair of jeans as this is super flattering for the figure and accentuates your waistline. High-waisted trousers also give the illusion of an elongated lower body tricking the eye into thinking you are taller and slimmer.
5. Different Belt and Shoe Colour
This rule should be taken loosely as it doesn’t always apply. If your belt is neutral coloured such as black or brown, then wear whatever coloured shoe you wish. A black belt with some leopard print boots would work really well together as long as the rest of the outfit remains neutral and black. A bold belt and bold coloured shoes should be avoided as these will clash. When it comes to bold prints it is best to have one piece that is centre of attention, instead of two pieces fighting for attention.
It’s important to have stylish pieces that not only keep you warm, but also express your personality.
With these women’s winter fashion essentials, you can easily go from running errands during the day, to a night on the town without having to stop at home.
The Classic “Little Black Dress”
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Most women have the classic little black dress tucked away in their closet. In the past, this timeless piece was saved for only the most important events. However, in recent years, the 'LBD' has become a more transitional wardrobe staple.
A unique little black dress can take you from the office to an evening soiree effortlessly. While at the office, try wearing a white button down blouse underneath or a bolero jacket over it. Remove the blouse and add jewellery to dress it up for after hours.
Pencil skirts are the perfect way to look polished and put together at the office, but sleek and sexy when out with friends.
I recommend wearing a slim turtleneck with your skirt during the day and adding chic bomber jacket at night. Look for pencil skirts with lace cut-outs or classy embellishments – these additional details will add interest to your garment and make your overall outfit 'pop'.
A Silk Blouse
Just like the pencil skirt, a silk blouse masters the ability to make polished look sexy.
Keep it professional by wearing a tailored blazer to the office. At night, throw on a leather jacket to take the blouse from professional to flirty. Top it off with a pair of studded heels for the perfect combination of chic and edgy.
From bombers to blazers and everything in between, the right jacket can add the perfect amount of flare. Some jackets everyone loves are navy blazers, camo jackets, and moto jackets.
So which jacket style do I recommend? It’s always going to be the jacket you feel most confident in because that’s the jacket that’s going to look best on you.
The Right Accessories
Even the chicest outfit needs a little bit of accessorising. Sometimes, simply adding a necklace or a different handbag is all it takes to go from daytime chic to night-time edge.
Accessorising can be hard. Over accessorise and you could look a little costume-ish, but under accessorise and you’ll look a little bare. Here’s a roundup of the perfect pieces to add, so that you look stylish, classy, and perfectly fashionable.
The Perfect Clutch
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The main difference between daytime and night-time looks is the bag you’re carrying.
During the day you want to keep all your essentials with you: your planner, lipsticks, laptop, tablet, and everything else but the kitchen sink, right? However, at night, you probably only need some lipstick, powder, a mirror, credit cards, and cash. Carrying less means you don’t need a large purse.
A clutch is the perfect size to hold all your night-time essentials while keeping the focus on your outfit. Swap out your daytime work tote for a smaller bag like this classic clutch.
During the day, you want to keep your look focused on the business. This means you don’t want people distracted by your outfit. So, when the sun goes down, that means it’s time to play.
Swap out your simple pearls or studs for some eye-catching statement earrings. These look great with your unique 'LBD' or your silk blouse.
Jewellery is a quick, time saver when you’re trying to go from the office to happy hour.
Scarves And Wraps
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It’s cold outside and you don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort. In fact, scarves and wraps encourage style. You’ll love the way your jacket pairs with a cashmere or infinity scarf. Wrap yourself in soft cashmere for warmth, style, and comfort.
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to choose dark colours. Don’t let the world forget about colour with winter styling.
Printed silk scarfs can add both colour and intrigue to an otherwise plain outfit. Don’t be afraid to switch out your daytime scarf for a fun night-time scarf.
Women’s winter fashion looks are loaded with ways to keep your spirits high even when the temperatures are low. Stay warm and happy shopping!
Written by Tess DiNapoli