Summer Á La Mode

Summer is fast approaching and we all can’t wait till it gets here. It’s that time of year to bare legs and show off shoulders; moreover time stock up on swimsuits, sandals, sunglasses and hats.  But just because it is the time to relax, doesn’t mean we’re going let our fashion guard down.

So it’s very important we know which trend is hot and which is out,staying current and being fashion forward.

WHAT’S HOT THIS SUMMER:

  • Colour-Blocking was a very vibrant trend,  but has given way to the new mix-match look of  bold colours with prints.

  • The maxi look took over the runways and street fashion but as the heat turns up the mid-calf look is coming in.

  • As the neutral camel colours are fading away, the neon colours are lighting up the fashion scene.

  • It seems we’re still loving the safari life as the animal prints and tribal prints are still big.

  • Even though that these colours aren’t loud they are still pretty and sweet, so pastels colours are in.

  • Women all around are so captivated by the sophisticated Peplum look they can’t get enough.

  • The flower power is continuing to hold strong among the prints.

  • Looks like the dare to bare is still on as sheer is becoming a year-round trend.

  • The mullet hem have women crazy for the high-low look on shirts, skirts and dresses.

  • True classics are hard to be forgotten so stripes are still big.

As we all know that some trends come and go by quickly and even make comebacks, so I recommend that you DON’T throw out your clothes but  DO keep them at the back of your wardrobe for a later date.

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Yesteryear’s Heirloom

Looking at some of the latest trends out for 2012 you may feel that you went into a time machine instead of your bed and somehow magically woke up back in time. But be reassured that that’s not the case here. Looks that your grandmother or mom wore when they were young, are raising their heads again. Who would have taught that we be stealing looks from them, I can’t believe it either but these look are  no longer outdated but very up-to-date and fashionable. First creeping back were the platforms, then it was lace and now to join these looks is the peplum all revamped with an edgy modern-day appearance to it. For those who aren’t familiar with the trend may ask what is peplum; so let’s shed some light on this matter at hand. A peplum is a fabric gathered made into an over-skirt with a full flounce similar of that to a short ruffled skirt attached to the waistline of a bodice, jacket, skirt or dress. Normally, many trends can only be worn on the catwalk or by fashionistas, but the peplum look suits every woman’s body shape as it beams with  femininity and confidence.

First appearing in the late 40’s, the peplum trend became following its appearance in the 1947 Chanel collection and carried on into the 50’s. Later in the 80’s it made a comeback and hadn’t been seen until it was sported by Victoria Beckham in 2009 who then showed it in her 2010 spring line. The peplum has been present throughout various luxury collections but it has been unnoticeable being very demure amongst the other trends until now; once again it has centre stage. Now in 2012 this trend is becoming popular ironically due to Chanel who once again featured the peplum in it’s 2011 winter collection. On international runways, many designers and design houses like Alexander McQueen, Versace and Marc Jacobs are now re-invigorating this look within their collections, each one with their own twist and signature design. So you can fabulously rock the peplum look no matter your style or body shape this year.

Every trend has its tricks to pull the look off successfully, so the peplum isn’t excluded. So take into consideration that there are two types of peplum, the fitted and the flared. The fitted version will flatter your curves for all my curvy sisters and for those who are not naturally blessed, the flared version will create an illusion curves perfectly. This look will leave every woman looking polished and beautifully curvaceous. Here are some of my favorite peplum looks so far.

                                       

                                     

                              

Glam up your peplum with a pair of heels or tone it done with a pair of flats and always remember to accessorize. Not a must do, but most stylists recommend  to wear  hair in a nice up-do hairstyle creates a balanced look.  In the long run always do what works for you and suits you best.

What’s your favorite Peplum Look ?