Monthly Archives: May 2013

Summer Fashion Trend Alert! The Skort- Have The Best Of Both Worlds

The Newly Revamped Skort!

The Newly Revamped Skort!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s take a trip down memory lane, or rather fashion lane shall we say. It’s the late 90’s. We all think we look the bomb. Pedal pushers, Adidas shell suits,  bandanas, SCRUNCHIES (?!) and Spice Girl-esque platform shoes are just some of the looks that we loved to don. They made us look so good when we were bopping along to S Club 7. Fast-forward to 2013 and a now 24 year old me, I can  thankfully say that I have the sense to never, never repeat any of these looks ever again! But there is one 90’s trend that has won me over again very surprisingly, and it’s the skort.

The skort is a weird thing, yet so wonderful! Gone are the days where it was seen as a sports garment for women to wear along with a visor for a game of tennis. The skort has been transformed into something seriously fashionable (my 90’s Tammy Girl ones would definitely not fit the bill these days).  Firstly they’re very practical. There’s always a hint of self-consciousness when wearing a short skirt out and about. With a skort you have the appearance of a pretty mini skirt, with the safety of shorts underneath. No knickers on show today!

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Skorts are also rather versatile. I had a look on Pinterest for some skort-spiration and found some lovely ladies working the skort into various trends including monochrome, neon and sports luxe. Skorts can be worn smart, casual, at a festival, in the city…anywhere really! So a worthy investment which you should get a lot of wear out of. Plus, you really do get two looks in one- one minute you’re in a skirt, then you need only turn around and you’re in shorts too! Magic.

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This season, ZARA had THE skort that every fashionista was after. Coming in a fab asymmetric cut, Its been feautured on countless blogs and worn by celebs including ZARA lover Olivia Palermo, which just goes to prove that it’s a winning garment.

So why not opt for a skort this summer? 2 things for the price of 1 🙂 Yay!

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1920’s Great Gatsby Glamour- Out With The New In With The Old

1920's Fashion is back!

1920’s Fashion is back!

 

 

 

 

 

Trends-they’re what keeps the fashion cycle turning and what keeps the world of fashion so exciting and fast-paced. They also largely contribute to our empty bank balances by the end of each month! This season we were introduced to trends including sports luxe, metallics and neons, and next season we will be sure to see a whole new load of looks welcomed into the fashion family.

But there is one trend that refuses to phase out when a new season rolls in. And this trend is vintage. These days the definition of vintage is becoming increasingly blurred. Some people like to stick to the definition of vintage as being a second hand garment from a previous era, some like to use the term  for a new garment which is based on an old one, and some just like to call it vintage if it has a hole in it (ahem, Joey Essex). Whatever your definition, old garments and accessories are still very much on the fashion scene and can often make the difference between an outfit which scores 9/10, and one which scores full marks for originality!

And what better time to talk about Vintage, what with the hugely anticipated release of the The Great Gatsby, a film full of wonderfully glamorous 1920’s fashion. I’m a firm believer of reading the book before viewing the film but I may have to pass this time because I’m so desperate to see the film! Leading up to this big film release, the catwalk shows were also celebrating the 1920’s fashion trend, from the beaded and tasselled flapper frocks, masses of ostrich feathers and drop-waisted dresses which all appeared in collections including Gucci, Marchesa, Etro and Sonia Rykiel. If its on the big screen and the catwalk, you know you’re onto a sure-fire hit!

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So how do you work the 1920’s look into your everyday wardrobe without looking like you’ve raided a fancy dress box? It’s actually very easy! The 1920’s fashion embraced opulence and glamour. The key was in the texture (think luxury furs, silk and satin). Detailing was also of paramount importance- tassels, jewels and embellishment were popular, infact anything that would catch people’s eyes and look good when moving (boy, they loved to dance in the 1920’s!) Statement jewellery is the perfect way to work 1920’s into an everyday outfit. Think pearls (the traditional failsafe), delicate headpieces and big jewelled rings.  If you’re going to choose a bracelet, choose several at once. They loved to go big or go home where jewellery was concerned.

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Dress-wise, flapper dresses are the most obvious choice. I absolutely LOVE drop-waist dresses. They make a refreshing change from wearing tight bodycon dresses and the like out. I think there is something very cute and innocent about them! Tasselled dresses are also a flattering option to go for, just make sure you can shake it like Shakira to make maximum impact from your tassells!

So whilst I love a new trend or two (or three), sometimes its more effective to look back instead of forward for your next look. 🙂

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The Rise Of The Low Heel In Fashion

SS13 Trend 

I like to think that when it comes to fashion, I know what I like, and I know what I don’t. But I’ve been feeling very confused lately. The standard procedure for me when looking for statement evening  shoes is to go high or go home. The higher the better. For daytime shoes, much to the confusion of my boyfriend, it’s a pair of flatter than a pancake pumps (‘They have no sole, you’re basically walking barefoot, that can’t be good for your feet’). He’s absolutely correct…but they look so cute! However, a few weeks ago on a standard shopping trip, my eyes were drawn to a pair of….low heels! Dun Dun Duhhhhh. This is unheard of. Surely this is a no-go area for me? We all know the negative connotations surrounding a kitten heel. But I couldn’t resist them, I had to get them. And  after having owned them and not taken them back in a fit of embarrassment, I can make the huge revelation that I now LOVE low-heels!

Low Heeled Shoes- The Biggest Shoe Fad This SS13

Low Heeled Shoes- The Biggest Shoe Fad This SS13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s not only me who’s jumped on the low-heel bandwagon, and our acceptance of them has not just come from nowhere. The SS13 catwalk season saw designers including Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacob, Miu Miu, Dries Van Noten and shoe- god Nicholas Kirkwood all roll out their versions of low heeled beauties. Monochrome pencil-pointed ones from Vuitton, crystal-heeled ones at Miu Miu and triangular stepped-heel pumps from Kirkwood. Following suit, the high-street got in on the act, nervously setting out their stock wondering what we’d all make of them suggesting we go low, then happily watching the money roll in when they realised this is one of the hottest trends for this summer.

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The Kitten heel is now but a thing of the past. Now we have block low heels, slingbacks and court shoes to replace them in every colour and pattern under the sun. Yes, the low block heel may be the Queen’s favourite shoe, but it’s also favoured by the likes of Kate Bosworth and Alexa Chung. And the faithful court shoe seems surgically attached to the Duchess of Cambridge, who must adore their low height when she has to walk round all day doing the royal duties.

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It seems that women have grown to like wearing low heels because they are distinctly ‘lady-like’. Speaking from experience, they really do make you feel elegant. Their dainty aesthetic and little heel is still flattering enough for your legs to look good, but with the added bonus of actually being comfortable and ‘ walk-able’ in. I don’t think there are many women that can deny taking off their skyscraper heels at the end of a loooong night and walking barefoot home. With a low heel, you can walk/dance/ skip/ break-dance to your heart’s content. And they’re incredibly versatile and practical. You can dress them up in the evening, or go shopping in them during the day. It’s a free for all!

Check out Zara and H&M for on-trend yet on on-budget low heels. Another excuse to go shopping? Yes please!

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