8 October 2010

Tricky Trends: Explained...

It seems every season has it's trickier trends; the look that only suits those in posession of a model figure, or that doesn't translate from catwalk to local high street quite so seamlessly as one would hope. Whatever the reason, there's always a few trends that you end up avoiding on account of looking, quite frankly, like a fashion victim.

Of course, the AW10 catwalks may have been no exception to this rule, but it's high time us fashion scaredy-cats push the style boundaries just like we should; and reclaim the trickier trends for ourselves. So here you go; 5 mildly daunting trends that you shouldn't be afraid to try (with the right styling and a bit of confidence, of course).


Midi Skirts

As seen at: Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta
How to wear: the key thing here is to avoid looking mumsy, by keeping legs bare (preferably tanned to perfection) and shoes edgy. No mary-janes here please; think slim lace-up wedges or
a chunky heeled ankle boot. As for the actual skirt, best to keep it either a dark block colour or a cool retro print, and team it with easy-to-wear fitted tops or simple tees. Think Alexa Chung rather than Mad Men, especially when it comes to your hair, make-up and accessories.



Velvet

As seen at: Alexander Wang, Zac Posen, Dolce & Gabbana
How to wear: If you're afraid of looking like a goth, just trying a flash of velvet here and there is the way to go. Go for a Blair Waldorf style headband, or a chic loose velvet tee teamed with skinny jeans and heels, rather than a velvet maxi skirt. If you want to look like the girl with the most fashion know-how, make sure the velvet is either dark red or olive green rather than classic navy or black.


Leopard Print

As seen at: Mulberry, Balmain
How to wear: No other print divides the fashion world so much; some women I know can't get enough of the stuff, whilst others avoid it like the plague, for fear of resembling Pat Butcher.
If you're the former, go for a slightly blurred print in a scarf, silk blouse or simple cotton tee (both Whistles and Mink Pink have some great ones) and keep it locked to daywear only.


The Cape

As seen at: Chloe, Maxmara, Burberry
How to wear: The thing that puts people off wearing a cape (myself included) is their downright impracticality. 'My arms will get cold! I can't carry my handbag! It doesn't go with anything!'
Well, here are your options; get some oh-so-in-style long gloves or arm warmers (nice ones, natch), a classy and ladylike hand-held bag or mini holdall, and wear it with skinny jeans, cigarette trousers or fitted skirts and tights. Rule of thumb; if your top half has volume, your bottom half shouldn't. Make sure the cape is camel too, and you're there. Easy peasy.


Neon Brights

As seen at: practically every SS11 catwalk
How to wear: Ok, this technically isn't an AW trend. But you want to be ahead in the style stakes, don't you? Then you need to embrace the neon, a la Miu Miu, Cacharel and Christopher Kane to name but a few. Whilst no doubt some will be brave enough to mix prints and team clashing colours, when in doubt, it's best to keep it simple. Block colour shift dresses, neon print oversized blazers or acid bright shoes, teamed with neutral pieces... and whatever you do, no black. To make sure it's more modern than eighties throwback, keep your hair loose and wavy, and your make-up natural.


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