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
Even though the fashion month is in full swing, we won’t be seeing those trends ‘come to life’ for months to come, but that’s perfectly fine, as there is an entire universe of fall trends that are just getting their place in the limelight and are just waiting for us to shop and flaunt them. Given how inspired and inspirational, not to mention far from drab and inconspicuous the autumn 2018 trends are, there is no chance you won’t shine and make yourself feel just a little bit better in amazing clothing that spites the autumn, which, let’s face it, can be gloomy sometimes.
There is a plethora of trends, but we have chosen the very best for you, and the best part is, they are now all yours for the picking, so pick away and go dazzle.
You’ll Love It
Whether we’re keen on a particular pattern or not, the runways have a way of making us inclined towards it once we see it on the models. Such is the case with animal print, about which opinions have been heavily divided, but more and more people are giving in to the trend. A statement leopard print coat seems to be all the rage right now, at least according to the street style section, and we have to say, it looks pretty darn classy when worn with neutral colors. However, if this isn’t really your cup of tea, you can always embrace the trend in a more subtle manner, with a pair of leopard print ankle boots for instance, which are enough to elevate an outfit but not as risky as a larger garment, so you don’t run the risk of making a fashion mistake.
Puff It Up
One of the most romantic trends, at least in our opinion, is the puff-sleeve trend that has been spotted on a number of garments, from simple tops to dressy blouses and even amazing autumn dresses. The best part is that, since the jeans plus a dressy top trend has made a low-key comeback, you can feel free to rock your puffy blouse with a pair of mom jeans or any other jeans that do your body justice and feel amazing. The fabrics are usually soft, so you can always put a trench coat over the blouse if it gets chilly and you’ll look amazing and a little ostentatious – in the best way, when you remove the coat.
The popularity of the grey oversized checked blazer, usually long enough to serve as a tuxedo dress at times, doesn’t seem to be dwindling down. If you haven’t grabbed your version, make sure to hop to it ASAP, because the pattern didn’t only mark the fall season but also has staying power, which makes it a great investment. Aside from that, with the mixture of menswear-inspired garments and those purely feminine, you’re going to need this baby to exude those mixed vibes. And if it remains as popular as it is now, it might just dethrone the mighty trench coat.
In Layering We Believe
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Some are still in mourning over the end of summer, but instead of wallowing, jump on the amazing layering train, which allows you to show your mad mixing and matching skills and lets you unleash your inner fashion persona. There’s no need to say goodbye to dresses, as you can buy women’s dresses online, amazing and affordable ones at that, and practice the art of smart and chic layering. You can rock strappy dresses with shirts underneath and exude those trendy ‘90s vibes, and add a touch of athleisure with a warm and cozy pair of sneakers and cool and trendy polka dot tights. Finish off the look with a luxurious-looking long grey cardigan and bam – you’ve got yourself some layering gold.
A Complete Inevitability
After a close inspection of the street style section of every fashion capital from Oslo to New York and London, the verdict is in, and the white boot trend still remains untouchable. Whether you’ll go for knee-high or the ankle ones is irrelevant, you simply must snag a pair. They have proven not only their chicness, but also their versatility; they’ve been rocked with simple jeans, tracksuits, frilly dresses and power suits. So, it’s time for us to give in and let them elevate our look and mystically blend into each one at the same time. We don’t know how, but these boots have become a complete style chameleon.
Carolina Herrera may have given away the creative reigns, but she did leave us with one final message – always be elegant and don’t be afraid to play with colour. One of the absolute best looks, one that we presume will be remembered and worn for years to come, is the one featuring a simple crisp white shirt, a ball gown skirt and a wide belt in a contrasting colour. This is a look worthy of the red carpet and meeting the queen, but it is also great for going out or even rocking it at work. We have been reminded, once again, that there is so much beauty in simplicity, even when that simplicity includes colour-blocking. As pieces like these are easy to find, go and find your go-to colours and mix like there’s no tomorrow.
Finally, let us not forget about the mighty power suit. Every woman should own one, whether she is a ladyboss or not, because we all deserve to feel and look powerful. There are so many cuts that you can choose from fitted and oversized tailored blazers and wide-leg trousers in checked pattern, pastels or saturated colours, so make sure you pick one out and wear it as often as you can because this is unquestionably the outfit of autumn 2018.
Written by Sophia Smith
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Summer is the perfect time to embrace colour and mix things up from your usual navy and black winter wardrobe.