Monday, March 25, 2013

Colour Blocked

Last season we saw a lot of color-blocking and I'm glad its here to stay this season also. Its a trend I love watching most, with so many options to explore. We see to many odd and new color coded outfits, which is the beauty of this trend. The working lady to the party animal, all have their own take on this trend. You can look sophisticated to casual to chic with this trend.  An interesting part of this trend is it slims you down if you wear it right. This could never be done before so easily! I'll be using this outfit for a contest on StylePile. You could see my entries here and here vote for me!

1. To begin with you could use one bright hue with a light hue.
2.Always keep a neutral or earthy color if the other two colors are bright.
3. You could mix in patterns if you like.
4. Neons can make the look bolder than the average.
5. With black being a covetable fashion item, busrts of colors with it can look crisp and trendy.
6. Always use darkers shades on the problem areas(dark bottom for the pear shaped, darker tops for apple shaped)
7. Color blocking with jewellery has become more and more of a fashion staple.
8. Pick a color blocked dress instead, if you can't figure out how and what!!
9. Do not mix more than 4 colors in one outfit. Can create a lot of confusion. I think three colors create the best color blocked look.
10. Experiment with combinations you would otherwise never dare to put together.
11. The daring ones can pick up one color in different tones, and wear them all together. Keep shoes neutral.

This post is special because I'm wearing my DIY collar here. With everyone making theses, I had to make one for myself.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

80s+90s= 2013 Hippie

When I think 80s, I think stone washed denims, jheri curls, animal prints, neons, mini skirts, high waisted pants, wayfarers, shoulderpads, lace dresses. When I think 90s, I think Bright and Bold. Though the 90s saw some trends taken in from the 80s like the denim jackets, acid wash denims, lace dresses and neons, big hair, 90s was the revival of the hippies.  With the bold prints, statement jewellery, big florals. the grunge style with the boots, the baggy trousers, the palazzo pants, drop-crotch pants and oversized shirts, their was the 'Turtle Neck' or also commonly known as the polo neck . While it was mostly associated with the soldiers, some women weren't afraid to make it their own.. Making a comeback from the 60s, I thought I'd give this classic a try for very obvious reasons- its comfortable, flattering and versatile. Mixing the pants with neons and raybans from the 80s and statement jewellery and turtleneck form the 90s, I tried creating a chic hippie look. What do you think??

How you could style your turtleneck-
1. The pear/petite shaped  can wear the turtle neck with skinny jeans as it defines the body type perfectly. You could also wear it with a pleated calf length skirt . A statement necklace completes the look and give that womanly edge to the otherwise masculine style. For the extra dose of sensuality turtleneck dresses can be a fabulous choice, with smoking heels and a gorgeous sequined clutch.

2. Though its suggested that the apple/hourglass shaped should avoid this neckline as it can make their upper half look bigger, I would say don't hesitate to experiment ladies. Try wearing your blouse with wide legged pants/palazzo for a cool casual look. For work you could offset your basic bottoms with a tailored turtle half sleeve. You could also pair it up with an A-line knee length skirt and blocked heels. Finish with a pendant necklace, as it draws attention from the bust, and makes the torso look longer. Wearing chunky neckpieces could do just the opposite for this body type. So stick to sleeker designs.
The hourglass shaped can add a belt around the stomach to draw attention to the waist line. Avoid belt right under the bust, as it could make your bust visually bigger.

3. The best way to wear your hair is tied back, adding dangling earrings if you have a round face(can make your face visually longer), and big hoops if you have  a long face.

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