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As each season rolls around it’s good to enliven your style with a few well-chosen trend items. Look for hero items that speak to your personal style and seamlessly meld into your existing wardrobe. The aim for your new items is to add a new dimension to your tried-and-true outfits, create new ones and generally make your outfits feel fresh again.  

In 2016, it’s all about relaxed silhouettes. Construction and restrictive clothing are out. Ease of flow and ease of lifestyle is IN. Laid-back elegance might seem like a paradox, but it isn’t. This year, designers are envisioning an effortlessly elegant woman with no airs about her while simultaneous rocking a sequined mini in the daytime. The only rule is never force anything; whatever you wear should look and be effortless. For inspiration look to the 70s and 90s.

I’ve compiled what I see as the most wearable trends from the many on offer. Choose one or a few, the most important thing is that you feel authentic and comfortable in what you wear.



Army Fatigues

Take the fall/winter staple hue of army green and inject it with some tough gal chic – the result is army fatigues. This season’s must-have print is an excellent way to mix up your wardrobe, especially when paired with an unexpected piece such as a fur coat or pointed toe ankle strap flats.

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Sculptural Jewelry

Wear a piece of art on your wrist or around your neck, this season’s sculptural jewelry trend takes statement accessories to a whole new level with pieces sculpted out of metal and Lucite. The architectural and artistic feelings of these pieces go beyond the usual sparkle of your usual baubles.

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Reefer Jackets

This year’s big outerwear trend is inspired by the Navy uniform – let me introduce you to the 2016 reefer jacket. Double breasted with large lapels or collar, the reefer jacket, takes your outerwear game toward edgier territory.

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Vertical Stripes

While horizontal stripes play a place in every woman’s wardrobe, this year it’s vertical stripes that are taking center stage. Especially when in an in-your-face graphic pattern, these bold additions will increase clout of your fall/winter staples. Layer them under a turtleneck or wear over your black tights, vertical stripes lend any look  a thoroughly modern, arty feel.

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Vintage Chic Loafers

Grandpa’s trusty loafers are the inspiration for this fall’s must-have flat. Look for details like wide, intricate or prominent buckles and a pronounced square toe for maximum vintage appeal.

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Slip Dresses

With the deluge of 90s trend comes the ultimate must-have defining piece of that decade—the slip dress. Worn on its own, underneath a jacket or over a top, there’s no denying the allure and innate sexiness of the slip dress. If you feel it too sexy, tone it down with earthy leather or with a white T-shirt.

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The Prairie Dress

This dress expresses a different type of bohemian aesthetic: they’re less fringe and crazy patterns, and more about braids, raw hems, and rustic florals. Consider the prairie dress your go-to frock for summer frolicking.

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Embroidered Denim

70s styles have been dominating street style blogs and designer runways for several seasons now, but this year we’ll see a resurgence of the 90s with embroidered denim. While floral motifs are still prevalent, you’ll also see clever graphic interpretations and they won’t be limited to jeans. You can opt to don your embroidery on your denim shirt, jacket or bag.

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Pajama Dressing

Laidback dressing is the mantra of this season and what could be more relaxed than pajamas? If you’re game this year’s pajama silhouettes can take you beyond the bedroom to downtown. If you can’t bring yourself to don the entire PJ ensemble, pair the top or bottom with luxe leather and statement sunnies.

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Neon Trainers

White sneakers are so last season. This summer, neon hues dominate the sneaker culture and will provide your casual looks with a punch of bold color. Embrace them and you’ll soon find your state of mind in sync with the color.

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Rose Quartz and Serenity: Color of The Year

I can’t make a trends list without adding Pantone’s colors of the year. In case you’re not in the know, every year color trend forecasting company Pantone pronounces its choice for color of the year. For 2016, it is all about rose quartz and serenity. These two hues invoke tranquility when worn on its own and when worn together. Both hues are already starting to dominate the market, and both are subtle enough to wear every day. Given both colors complement each other, the sartorial possibilities are endless.

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My pick for the footwear silhouette du jour for 2016 is the comfy flatform. Choose open-toe flatforms in metallic for summer or flatform oxfords or creepers for fall. This style echos the laid-back feel on the runways. From summer to winter, you can wear flatforms – it’s simply all in the styling.

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Bags with an Attitude

Fashion is increasingly becoming more and more expressive. This season, clutches and minaudiere come in all manner of cheeky shapes, sizes, colors, and themes. If you’re a fashionista or have a love for the quirky, you’ll be shivering with excitement to add one of these bags to your wardrobe.

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Palm Bracelet

Last year was all about midi rings, this time, around palm bracelets are ruling the accessory game. The palm bracelet is another in-between accessory that ups the glam of your arm candy. Well, in this case, it is, technically hand candy.

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They say that fall is the New Year of fashion. Every September, each fashionista worth her salt does a little bit of a wardrobe overhaul. While there’s no need for a drastic closet or style makeover, adding a few key pieces here and there (while discarding some others) to update your look will keep you on top of the trends.

Pointed-Toe Flats

If you’re looking for a more stylish option to your standard ballet flats this winter, reach for pointed-toe flats. These stunners are proof that you don’t always need heels to strut like a fashion editor. A camel leather pointed-toe flat, a la Jessica Alba, is a great basic option that will work well with fall colors. Buckles, bows and studs are other excellent details that make the pointed flat even more fashion forward.

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Ribbed Knits

The matching flouncy skirt and crop top trend of the spring/summer season has found its fall counterpart – knitted separates. Ribbed knits, to be exact about, are the new co-ordinating set to be spotted in. What’s great about this combo is there are a multitude of body shapes that can wear it since it’s so form-fitting. The key is to find the right color and silhouette for you. Don’t throw out your chunky knits just yet, since those pieces are still great for off-duty style, but consider ribbed knit dresses or separates for your next outing. Trust us, you’ll make a statement.

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Looking for a piece of clothing to give you fashion editor cred instantly? Shop for a cape immediately. This hot fall/winter outerwear trend is just the right balance of quirky and chic. Contrary to popular opinion, capes are extremely wearable and it give you an element of fashion risk mixed with bravado – something a regular coat simply cannot convey. Select a printed cape to spruce up a neutral fall look or select something more traditional like plaid or a block colour.


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A product of the ’70s trend domination, flared pants are great for this season as they give any look a dose of bohemian vibe and a definite playfulness. Wear with faux fur or pair with Breton stripes and a peacoat for a look that screams classic and trendy. Another great way to style flared pants is to accessorize your ensemble with a felt floppy hat, for a covetable ’70s feel. 


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Faux Fur Stoles

Fur vests and coats are great to have, but sometimes a stole is just the right amount of over-the-top style that you need. This is one of this winter’s must-have accessories and a much more glamorous option than the safe knitted scarf. Just look at how it transforms the outfits below – that’s certainly enough to convince anyone to invest in a faux fur stole for this season.



Statement Hosiery

Black tights always come out to play in fall but, this season, designers and brands have stepped up their hosiery game and have churned out tights in different patterns and textures. The ribbed knit trend makes another appearance here, touted as statement legwear to transition your summer platforms into fall with ease. Sparkly, polka dot and spiderweb patterns will make your legs the stars of your fall wardrobe.

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Boxy Bags

Updating your purse collection this season? All you need is a good boxy bag. These rectangular bags were the stars of the Fall/Winter 2015 runways. From Louis Vuitton to Christian Siriano, these boxy bags were toted in style along the catwalk. Animal skin and vintage inspired, embellished and ladylike, these should be your arm candy of choice this season. 

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Brown Suede

Another offshoot of the ’70s trend, brown suede is the material of choice for many designers this season. Never mind that the color and suede is inherently earthy and matches with most of your winter wardrobe options, brown suede also lends your outfit a more luxurious look. So whether you opt for a coat or a pair of slouchy boots, this will ensure that you step out in style.

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Look-At-Me Earrings

Large cabochon statement earrings and brilliant encrusted ear cuffs are the jewelry of choice this season. Now we know that you love your statement necklaces, but you’re better off donning statement earrings this time around. These are best paired with your favorite sweaters and cardigans in matching colors or with your monochrome outfits.


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Lucite Heels

This fall, it’s all about the heel. Not the height exactly, but the detail. Lucite heels give your ankle boots, wedges and pumps a little something extra. Lucite just gives these shoes a hint of futuristic style and a super sleek modern aesthetic. We guarantee you these fabulous footwear will liven up your staple black dresses and tights for the fall. 

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While the rest of the world buckles down and gets ready for the cold, it’s time for the southern hemisphere to get ready for sunny days ahead. The fashion landscape is awash with new trends and something for everyone, no matter what your age. Here are the key themes you’ll see coming your way:

Off-Shoulder Tops

Switch up your summer style game by stocking up more on off-shoulder tops and less on your standard tanks and tees. A plain off-shoulder top is a closet workhorse that you can wear all season long, from the beach to your city adventures. Opting for a printed off-shoulder top makes looking chic so easy as you get dressed up for those fun summer parties.

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Luxury Bohemian

Think billowy floor-length frocks inspired by ’70s icons like Janis Joplin. This season’s boho dresses look more opulent and have a definite feeling of earthy glamour. Look for gossamer fabrics with an ease of flow or colors and prints that stand out. What’s even better is that these dresses are a one-stop shop – slip it on and look instantly fabulous.

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Patchwork Denim

Another trend stemming from the deluge of ’70s fashion, patchwork denim is a great way to make a statement this summer. Spruce up your plain tees with either patchwork jeans or shorts. This is also a trend that, with a little bit of sewing skill and patches from your old jeans, you can DIY! This is a different kind of denim-on-denim. You can even be more unique and choose dresses or shirts done in patchwork.

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Jumpsuits, whether ’70s-inspired or flight suit-inspired, are a worthy addition to your closet. If you’re feeling a little lazy, jumpsuits are an excellent way to get dressed since you can just wear it and go. Pair with platforms for the ultimate ’70s look or with tread-sole platforms for a more casual feel.

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Saddle Bags

Now we might not all have the budget for this season’s “it” bag from Chloe, but we can certainly avail ourselves of the easygoing, nostalgic, and on-trend feel of the saddlebag. Whether suede or leather, saddlebags have a vintage feel that will increase the cool girl vibe of any look.

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Button-Front Skirts

Whether it’s a midi or a mini, button-front skirts are having a major fashion moment. They’re so retro, yet so now. Denim is a great option for these skirts since it’s so versatile, but lightweight linen or cotton are also great for those balmy summer days. Pair with a crop top and tuck in your tee – either way, the result is trendy summer chic.

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Athletic Slides

Flip-flops are just way too basic. Why not try something straight out of the hot athletic trend? Slip-on slides are an upgrade from your summer sandals, plus a much more fashion forward option. Wear with dressy pieces for contrast or liven up your basics with them. Flatforms and metallic details elevate these slides to true fashion editor chic.

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Shift Dresses

Want to go a step above the sundress this summer? Get out of your fashion comfort zone and opt for the more structured, classic shift dress. These dresses are no longer just for the office, with fun prints, embellished necklines and updated sleeves, shift dresses can be worn for both work and play. Wear with sneakers or feminine Mary Jane flats for casual days, and glam up in the evening with pumps in bright hues.

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Tropical Prints

Florals are a summer staple, but if you want to take your print game a little bit further, try the tropical print on for size. Palm leaves, pineapple prints, hibiscus patterns and exotic Birds of Paradise are just some of your options to live the island life, even when in the city. Let these prints whisk you away to sunny destinations and upgrade your summer wardrobe in a vibrant way.

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Back Cutouts

Another hot trend straight out of the street style blogs are back cutouts. A subtle way to show off the skin this summer, dresses with back cutouts are super wearable and easy to pull off. You can be as daring or as subtle as you want – it’s up to you. These frocks increase the trend factor of your look, especially when matched with a top knot or sexy waves.

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It may be cold outside and the urge to snuggle into your fleecies may be all too appealing, but Winter is a fabulous time to get your sartorial savvy in gear. With so many ways to look on-trend this winter it’s easier than ever to be comfortable, cozy and hot on trend.

From the start, resist the urge to settle into a winter uniform and try to mix things up a bit. Insert some of these trends into your closet and see how much they can do enhance your personal style. There’s nothing like a fabulous ensemble to make a dreary cold day feel just that much better. So step out of your winter style comfort zone, and step into these visually arresting textures and fashion forward silhouettes.

Oversized Sweaters

Oversized knits and sweaters are a quick and easy way to upgrade your winter style. These generous sweaters aren’t just cozy and comfy, they make you look like you know a thing or two about fashion editor style. The important thing to remember is to balance their oversized silhouette with a tailored or sleek outfit pairing; you never want to look like you’re drowning in your own sweater.

If you feel the bulk is a little too much for your scale or weight try a smaller size as this will often be the key to a perfect look for you. For maximum chicness, wear your oversized sweater with sexy ankle booties and finish with bold, red lip.

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Winter Trends have been turned on their head with this year with pastel colors. Instantly mood-boosting with colors ranging from pale cotton candy pink, icy pastel blue, or cool mint green, these are just some of the hues to choose from when shopping for this years Winter Trend pieces.

Wearing a trench coat or sweater in a pastel color feels much more novel than sticking to your tried and true winter colors of black, camel, and navy. A quick jolt of color always makes things interesting and can punch up a pastel for those who look best in stronger colors.


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Statement Fur Coat

This year instead of donning your same old topper, search out a vibrantly colored or patterned fur coat. A show-stopping coat like one of these is sure to instantly increase the fashion points of any look you decide to wear it over.

If you intend wearing a bulky, short version, slender pants will be a must to prevent Yeti impersonations. Longer versions allow for more vertical elongation and less bulk means less visual weight.

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Wide Leg Pants

Full, flowing and comfortable, we say hat’s off to the sleek and easy-to-wear trend of wide-leg pants. Paired with anything from tailored tops to patterned knits there are literally thousands of ways to style these pants.

If you’re feeling a little height deprived or a touch heavy the secret is ‘length’ and proportion control. The combination of a long length, high heels, and pointy toes will create leg-lengthening miracles and when combined with a fitted or fluid top the results can be breathtaking. Leave the short widths to your taller, slimmer sisters.

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Military Inspired Style

More than the super trendy military green color, the military inspired style trend is also about utilitarian detailing and classy brass buttons. Military green is an easy to wear and easy to pair color that is a no-brainer to add into your style rotation. If you’re looking for a more pronounced military style statement, opt for outerwear with brass buttons or pants with cargo detailing. This is a more unexpected way to pull off the military trend.

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Poncho Scarf

Popularized by the Burberry runway and spotted on style royalty like Sarah Jessica Parker, Cara Delevingne, and Olivia Palermo, the poncho scarf started out as a micro trend but quickly and vastly gained traction among fashion lovers everywhere. An over-sized blanket-like scarf worn as a cardigan or extra layering piece has proven to be the most wearable trend and the ultimate must-have for the winter season. Wear it as a scarf or wear it like a poncho, or cinch it with a belt, the choice is yours. Any way you choose to style it, this piece is endlessly versatile and will never exhaust its chicness. You just have to get creative and inspired with it.


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There’s no trend that seems more tailor-made for winter than shearling. Whether it is a full shearling coat or a statement shearling collar, the wooly texture adds warmth and tactile depth to any look. Shearling effortlessly combines fashion and function. If you’re feeling less adventurous, you can also opt for shearling accessories like boots or shearling-accented handbags.

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Which of our Winter Trends will you be adopting?





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The welcome increase to warmer temps initiates the desire to take a fresh look into our closet, to pull out our old favorite pieces and scourer the shops for which trends to adopt. This year, no different to past, the stores are filling fast with fresh looks created from old favourites. Here are our top seven most wearable trends.


Not relegated to picnics and homely outfits anymore, Diane Von Furstenberg’s runway has ensured gingham’s reign for the coming season. This sweet vintage inspired print trend is our top pick to insert a little bit of trendiness into your look. You can opt for its more traditional black and white look, or you can pick gingham in a brighter hue for more pizzazz. The best part about this trend is that it’s classic enough to be versatile. So whether you’re wearing a gingham blouse with daisy dukes or with a pencil skirt, this print translates into chic street style.

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Another classic that’s making its comeback, shirtdresses are here to stay for the season. Cinch with a belt for more shape or keep it loose and flowing, the shirtdress can say polished or it can say laidback. It really all depends on the styling. The silhouette of this dress is simple enough, yet the tailored details are borderline menswear-inspired and make it ideal and adaptable for different body types.


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Polo Shirts

Reveal your peppy side in cool and comfy polo shirts. To embrace this season’s polo trend is to pair them with items that give it a more modern, feminine feel – which means you may want to ditch the khakis and sneakers. Instead, get creative and combine it with unexpected pieces that showcase your curves. 

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White Sneakers

The athletic trend continues its strong foothold in the fashion industry, and this summer’s footwear of choice certainly reflects the dominance of sporty style. White sneakers are versatile, comfortable, and chic. What’s not to love? Instead of your flip-flops or ballet flats, choose white sneakers for a more modern approach when it comes to styling your summer staples, like your maxi dress, white shorts, or denim skirt.

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A cross between Bermuda shorts and palazzo pants, culottes are an easy pick to wear during the hot summer months. This is mostly due to its wide leg and breezy shape, which makes it cool and comfortable for you to wear. Most fashionistas get intimidated when it comes to styling culottes, but the key is to balance its volume. Wear it with sleeker tops like halter tops or sleek tanks, and always cinch and emphasize your waist and curves to make a flattering silhouette.

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 Circle Bags

The geometric appeal and contemporary aesthetic of circle bags are precisely what makes it such a huge trend. Minimalist in its trend origins, these round mini cross body bags instantly up the chicness and Euro street style feel of your look. The whimsical shape of these bags spells fashion editor style right away. When you add gold hardware, zipper details, studs, or bright colors into the mix, these circle bags quickly transform into a wardrobe must-have.

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 Gladiator Sandals

Say ta-ta to the thicker straps of the trendy gladiator sandals from the 00’s. This season, gladiator sandals have been reincarnated with thinner and more delicate straps and with more sleek shapes. Whether it’s a lace-up gladiator heel or boho-inspired flat sandals, gladiator sandals are the quintessential summer sandals. Greek goddess inspired and a perfect companion to your summer tan and cocktail in hand, gladiator sandals can go from city to beach, cabana to the club.


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With so many trends to chose from, what will be your go to trend this summer?

Mastering Monochromatic Styling


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Containing or using only one color Monochromatic outfits are created by wearing colors based from a single base hue and extended shades, tones and tints 

Have you ever considered wearing a monochromatic outfit but shied away unsure how to pull it off?  

If you have you’re not alone; many women fear they may end up looking bland or boring but with a little a little fashion aplomb you can look fantastic.

Monochromatic outfits have a lot going for them: they’re always in fashion, they can be worn at any time of the day or year and any occasion, they’re chic and can always be counted on to convey a polished and modern elegance. Plus they have the added bonus of being slimming when not comprised of bulky items.

The aim is to create visual interest.  This week we tackle how to wear outfits based on multiple hues of the one color and in a few weeks I’ll follow with how to wear outfits of one color and depth. 

Texture Play

A surefire way to update your monochromatic look is to experiment with various textures and how they visually work together. Consider the surface quality of your clothing, or maybe even vintage finishes, and fabrics with some sheen when shopping for pieces to pull together your monochromatic look. Knit with corduroy, dark denim with leather, faux fur with animal skin, satin and shantung; these texture duos add depth and dimension to these one-color ensembles.


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The Bling Ring

There’s nothing some sparkle and glitter can’t fix. Upgrade your monochromatic look with choice embellishments on one of the main components of your outfit. Some sparkles on your sweater neckline gives a head to toe hunter green look a little pop and a lot more chicness. An embellished mini skirt, on the other hand, gives your autumn sweater and one color look glittery glamour, just like how layering a bejeweled boxy top breaks up an all white outfit with some glitz.


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Belt It Out

Use one of this season’s hottest accessories, the statement belt, to give your monochromatic ensemble a trendy flourish. This is also a great way to personalize this trend as you can pick a belt that reflects your own style. If you love a bit of glamour, opt for belt with gold hardware. You can also use your belt as a subtle yet effective way to integrate a color splash into your look. For maximum impact and high street style fab quotient, an oversized belt in an interesting shape is the way to go.

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Full Spectrum

Harness the full visual impact of monochromatic by creating an outfit using a single color in a variety of its hues and shades to make encompass the current fashion trend. Using colors like gray and pink will increase the elegance of your look, and display your fashion forward smarts at its best. Don’t be afraid to experiment when trying your hand at the monochrome trend. You can integrate different extremes of color depth in a single outfit, i.e., you can wear dark purple and plum or mix together pale pinks with bright bubblegum pink or the extremes of dark to light with black and white combinations – see image above..


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Read the Fine Print

Give some complexity to your monochromatic fashion by incorporating a subtle print into it. Pinstripes, snakeskin, and checks are muted prints that subtly add some visual richness to the singular color of your look. Understated sophistication should be your watchwords as you select patterns that are more fine and subdued to complement the color you choose to don that day.

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fall fashion trends 2015


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Whether you’re in the northern or southern hemisphere, fashion designers always have something exciting for you each season. Everything old is made new again by clever reinterpretations and exciting fabric advances.   From style mavens and sartorial risk takers to the ever day gal, there’s something for everyone to get inspired by and to experiment with in the coming season’s array of textures, prints, colors, and silhouettes.

Rules are constantly being broken or bent in this industry. No longer are pastels and florals exclusive for spring. Gone are the days of sneakers being the errand day shoe. Even Birkenstocks are making a storied comeback. As we lay out the trends for you for each season, take it all in and let the visual beauty wash all over you. Mix the fall with the spring, or the spring with the fall. Let your inner fashion icon voice lead you to the right trend for the right season or the right occasion.

Pastel Parade

The soft and delicate hues of powder blue, blush pink, and light lavender of fall 2014-15 fashion trends used to be reserved just for the arrival for spring. But this year the Fall 2014 Fashion Week runways were filled with delectable pastel confections from designers who successfully introduced these sherbet shades into our fall color repertoire. Pastel colored coats are especially in demand. This girly color palette seems to be gaining more ground, and expanding its hold in the industry as different silhouettes, like sweaters and outerwear come out in pastel incarnations. This trend is a truly welcome one, giving our eyes respite from the typical dark and moody color story that accompanies the shift from spring to fall.

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 Mad for Mod

Block heeled knee-high boots akin to those infamous go-go boots of the 60′s went down the runway one after the other. Models in micro mini skirts, and models clad in shift dresses worn with tights signaled the second coming of mod fashion. Gucci can be credited as the harbinger of this 60′s fashion redux. From the footwear down to the Twiggy-inspired lashes, 60′s vintage fashion is the look of the moment. When it comes to the fall 2014-15 fashion trends it’s a mod, mod world out there, and you best be getting yourself acquainted with this historic decade in fashion. You can count on droves of the world’s most fashionable women getting with this 60′s trend since it is very wearable. Trapeze dresses, Mary Janes, pastels, and baby doll dresses are some items that’ll help your wardrobe get updated with this trend.

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Sportswear Supreme

The ubiquitous athletic trend and proclivity for sportswear show no signs of stopping or slowing down this fall. Sporty silhouettes, details, and fabrications continue to dominate the sartorial scene with tailored joggers, high fashion sweatshirts and sneakers, and the newly minted chic status of the parka and anorak, are all at the forefront of this trend. Joggers have been particularly enjoying a new-found popularity among fashion lovers as both a comfy and chic item that can add nonchalance to even the most formal and conservative of closet items. Wearing joggers is the quickest and surest way to achieve that elusive off-duty chic look. Sneakers also continue its reign as the footwear of choice this season. From dresses to blazers, sneakers are being spotted adding some street appeal to any look.

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The Sweater the Better

It goes without saying that fall 2014-15 fashion trends equals knits. This season however, knits have taken on a decidedly edgier stance with oversized silhouettes, mock and/or turtlenecks, as well as streamlined knits taking center stage. Cozy cable knits and Fair Isle sweaters have exhausted their style potential, and now designers have set their sights on a more fashion forward and a little bit avant-garde take on the fall knit sweater turning it into an invaluable statement piece for the season. Whether you sport the 90′s inspired mock turtleneck, the hot commodity that is the blanket knit coat, or the Euro chic over-sized turtleneck, this season’s knits are your instant ticket to looking like a street style renegade.

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Tomboy Cool  

Menswear-inspired footwear always lends an unmistakable air of downtown sensibility and forward thinking style sense to any look it is paired with. Oxfords, specifically, are slated to be one of the must-haves for this fall. It is a quite versatile shoe silhouette allowing it to be worn with different types of clothes, and is appropriate whether you find yourself at work, school, date night, or even somewhere more formal. The gravitas and seriousness of this shoe is a great contrast to dressier pieces like fit and flare skirts, and looks equally fashionable when you play up its menswear inspiration via an ultra tailored ensemble.

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Tartan Army

This historical check print from the Scottish Highlands is a classic that has been made more contemporary for fall. Perfect to layer with your favorite coats or to pair with opaque tights, tartan is a print that isn’t difficult to integrate into existing pieces in your closet. Try it with distressed denim and ankle boots for a cool downtown look, or with a black leather skirt and pointed toe pumps for a different take on a girls’ night out look. Whether you’re using tartan as the focal point of your outfit or joining it in with stripes or graphics for print-on-print action, tartan will easily translate into chic everyday ensembles, and look equal parts sophisticated and trendy.

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spring fashion trends 2015


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Whether you’re in the northern or southern hemisphere, fashion designers always have something exciting for you each season. Everything old is made new again with this year’s spring 2014/15 trends through clever style reinterpretations and exciting fabric advances.   From style mavens and sartorial risk takers to the ever day gal, there’s something for everyone to get inspired by and to experiment with in the coming season’s array of textures, prints, colors, and silhouettes.

Rules are constantly being broken or bent in this industry. No longer are pastels and florals exclusive for spring. Gone are the days of sneakers being the errand day shoe. Even Birkenstocks are making a storied comeback. As we lay out the trends for you for each season, take it all in and let the visual beauty wash all over you. Mix the fall with the spring, or the spring with the fall. Let your inner fashion icon voice lead you to the right trend for the right season or the right occasion.

The Inbetweeners

Culottes can be succinctly and accurately described as neither shorts nor pants. This wonderful hybrid of wide leg trousers and capri pants offer the most elusive and hard-to-find quality in fashion trends—the perfect mix of comfort and style. These wide legged trousers that end at the knee swing like skirts but give the ease of movement of pants; that’s pretty much the best of both worlds. Available in more tailored fabrications in exciting prints and even in materials like leather; culottes are not a solid part of a chic woman’s fashion lexicon. Make it part of yours too by investing in this piece and pairing it with simpler items in order to let the beautiful volume of the culottes stand out.

Wear-ability Score:  7/10.  

  • Age appropriate for women from 16 to at least 60. 
  • Add high heels if you wish to appear taller and/or slimmer.

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Feminine Tailoring

The shirtdress is this year’s comeback kid for spring. The menswear tailoring of the shirtdress and its inherent preppy vibe is given an update this season with details like contrast color collars, ladylike ruffles, and some embellishment even. Although the shirtdress has undergone chic reinventions, its undeniable ease of comfort makes it a no-brainer for those times when a day to night ensemble is required. The breeziness and flowing silhouette of the bottom of this dress is balanced by the impeccably crisp tailoring at the top. The versatility of the shirtdress is what makes it such a great piece to invest in; it can take you from the office to drinks with the girls in no time. Wear it with sensible pumps and a satchel at work, then with espadrille wedges and a canvas tote for the weekend.

Wear-ability Score:  10/10. 

  • Perfect for women of all ages and weights.  
  • For ladies around 50 years of age, your best styles are understated classics in shape.  
  • Add high heels if you wish to appear taller and/or slimmer.  This is more important if the style is A-line.

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Sandal Du Jour

Love them or hate them, Birkenstocks are here to stay. This year’s breakout fashion trend, these ultra comfortable yet undeniably chic everyday flats are the answer to any woman’s prayers. The typically reviled 90s fashion has-been has indeed found a new calling, and it is to give fashion bloggers and editors a new footwear obsession. Spotted on the feet of sartorial experts and fashionistas of note, Birkenstocks’ stock has gone way up. It just gives an outfit a casual and rugged sophistication that no other pair of flats can rival at the moment. Wear it with boyfriend denim, short skirts or your staple striped dress, believe us when we say that Birkenstocks go with pretty much your entire spring/summer wardrobe.

Wear-ability Score:  6/10. 

  • While comfortable and practical Birenstocks are also (in my opinion) plain ugly, and add little to any outfit or overall appearance.  
  • Wear only with casual attire and don’t mistakenly think they fit into ‘business casual’
  • To see another bloggers feature on how to wear them click here.

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Optical White

Come spring and summer white always becomes, well, a white-hot trend. This time around, however, the trend is taken up a notch higher with all-white outfits taking on a more graphic look and a more sporty twist. Sharp angles and crisp lines dominate the white trend this season, and choosing to accent your head-to-toe blanc with athletic essentials only serves to prove your style cred even more. A sleek and classic white sneaker or a pair of dark incognito glasses is the perfect complement to your updated summer white look.

Wear-ability Score:  9/10. 

  • As a dress white is best for women under 70.  As a separate it can be worn by anyone. 
  • In most cases white garments are a one wear then wash item.
  • White is the colour of summer, it’s fresh, crisp and very appealing but only remains so if it is carefully washed.  How to wash white.  
  • Avoid teaming with white shoes, bags or accessories; instead break up the look with a punchy colour, black or nude shoe.

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Cut and Cropped

Prepare your midriffs for battle since the crop top is here to stay. Don’t be intimidated by this trend, it is actually more wearable than one might think. The key here is fit and styling. Always find a crop top that suits your bust line and complements your waist. If you’re of a fuller figure, it’s best to balance out your full hips by pairing your crop top with the full skirt. If you’re more of a waifish figure, you can opt for tapered trousers to pair with your crop top. Don’t forget that you can dress up your crop top too by simply wearing an appropriate topper over it like a blazer or a bomber jacket.

Wear-ability Score:  5/10. 

  • Requires a washboard abdomen if being worn with waist or lower garments.  
  • Higher waistband and less skimpy crop tops are more forgiving.  
  • Alternatively, add a garment under the crop top. How to Wear Crop Tops.

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How to wear a crop top


My Cup of Tea

Tea-length skirts (lengths from just under the knee to just above the ankle) are spring’s skirt length of the season. Demure, and prim and proper, tea length dresses and skirts have been modernized with micro pleating, gilded materials, and bolder prints and colors. This length is versatile and timeless and not at all a bad idea to consider investing in this spring. It can certainly go from work to play, and from day to night without a hitch. This spring tea length skirts and dresses, especially ones with fuller silhouettes, also give off a very dramatic look that one might need to get out of a style rut. 

Wear-ability Score:  9/10. 

  • Age appropriate for women up to at least 60. 
  • Add high heels if you wish to appear taller and/or slimmer.
  • Opt for subtle to moderately wide A lines  if you wish to appear taller and/or slimmer. 
  • Select style that end just under the knee if you feel a little on the short side.
  • Avoid (or rehem) hems that end at the fullest part of your half – you’ll look best when the length ends at a point where you calf slopes in or out.
  • If the skirt is a bold pattern or colour, balanced it with a less bold top. 
  • If the  shirt is very full, keep the top fitted.

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how to wear a bomber jacket


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There is no question—the bomber style jacket is the “it” jacket of the season. Everyone from Karlie Kloss to Olivia Palermo has been spotted rocking their own take of this style. Once known as a “flight jacket” created for pilots, the bomber has come a very long way in the fashion industry!

Now and Then Jackets

Vibrant colors, wild embellishments and delicate details have lent themselves to the success of the modern version of the classic jacket. 

So exactly how many different ways can you style the bomber jacket? From preppy to pretty there’s plenty!

Borrow Inspiration from the Boys

Blake Lively gets a gold star with this look. Her rolled skinny jeans, floppy hat, and knotted scarf over this outfit a touch of femme. On the other hand her menswear inspired shoes and grey bomber mix well with the rest of her look. It’s very appropriate to use your bomber as a way of dressing down an ensemble. You can even rock it with a feminine dress for a cool vibe.


Play With Colors and Textures

Quilted textures, leather shoulders, brocade panels, satin sleeves—it is very possible to have fun with a bomber and let it be the main event of your look. If the masculine style frightens you, then choose a bomber in a pastel hue, or with girly prints and embellishments. Don’t let the original idea of a bomber jacket fool you, you can surely use your jacket to dress up any look.


Dress It Up

Gwen Steffani’s look is very easy to steal! A solid colored bomber jacket can be paired with floral print tuxedo pants and your best pair of colorful pumps. Reverse the look with patterned bomber and solid colored pants.

Bombers a little more fitted look edgy yet refined especially when paired with dressier separates. Use your jacket to make your outfit appear more easygoing. A zipper closure also lets you have more control over how much to cover as opposed to just buttons.


Turn Heads

Going back to basics with a leather bomber can easily be stylish enough to turn the heads of everyone you pass when it possesses a smooth surface and is in a sophisticated camel or caramel color and teamed with the polish of pure white or cream.

Or go to the other extreme and take the lead from Tina Leung in a duo of brocade bomber and pants from J Crew for a look that will diva up your image for instant attention.


Keep Things Simple

Karlie Kloss knows all about keeping her off duty wear plain and simple without looking boring. Want to go for a casual look, then dark jeans or fitted pants with a simple top can go a long way with a standard satin bomber draped over your shoulders. Ballet flats are comfy essentials that help you breeze through your day.