Defining Fashion Week and You

Style is a subjective term, one used to define our inner personality; thus style is what defines us. Many new and updated style trends were introduced during the 2013 London Fashion Week. Both daring and bold, now it is time to figure out which style trends will work best for you.

Stripes

They are back and they are bigger than ever before. Big bold stripes in horizontal, vertical, and chevron patterns are making a big comeback in fashion this spring. Stripe adorned jackets, blazers, purses, sweaters, and sweetheart style dresses are all popular items this coming season.

How do you know if stripes are the right look for you? Vertical stripes are intended to enhance the appearance of ones height, flattering a fuller form, where asymmetrical patterned and horizontial stripes aid in the appearance of an overall more full figure. Remember that stripes can be utilized in accessories too by adding in a striped belt or chevron patterned scarf to your outfit.

Layering with color

Layering with color

Ruffles, Pleats, and Fringe

Spice up your wardrobe by adding in items that contain both texture and detail. Pieces that contain textures such as ruffles, pleats and fringe can be worn in both the work place and in casual settings. From bold neckline ruffles and thin metallic fringe to sheer delicate pleats, these trends leave several style options.

Think one of these textures might work for you? Remember to keep in mind that the size and amount of the detail will affect the causality of the item. For the workplace small ruffles and subtle use of pleats are ideal, whereas for a night out larger use is welcome. The same rule should be applied when considering body form. Petite sizes tend to look great in items with large uses of texture, whereas those with a fuller figure tend to look more flattering when wearing pieces that utilizing a subtle amount of texture.

My favorite style trend with textured pieces is to pair them with bold solid colored items for a more casual look. This is also a great way to show off multiple layers. I love to layer bright neon colored tops with simple knit cardigans. When it comes to keeping up with fashion, most tend to dismiss new trends simply because they assume them to be costly. The great aspect about layering is that it can be done inexpensively and still look just as great. Affordable tanks, blouses, cardigans, and scarfs can all be found at local stores such as Forever 21 and H&M for the fraction of the price of designer labels.

Retro Sixties

It is true what they say; ultimately every trend comes back into style; as soon as it is no longer hot, it only gets hotter. That could not be more true than with the traditional retro sixties fashion that is quickly finding its way back into our modern age.

Considering digging into your grandmother’s closet? Bright reds, blues, and yellows look great on any body type. Look for A-line dresses with bright motif patterns, solid jackets with Peter Pan style collars, and traditional Mary Janes.

 

Photo by Tony Frantz