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Winter Trends 09/10 – Leather

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Topshop Leather Stud DressLove it or hate it, leather is one of the trends we’ll be seeing a lot of come winter. When done badly, leather has the potential to go hideously wrong, but done well it can look classy, sophistcated and tough.

For a statement leather piece, Topshop have this great Stud Leather Dress. It’s black leather with gold studs for extra toughness. The low cut back means it’s more of a body con shape, so it won’t restrict movement and can be worn over a top to give a more casual look.

For a smarter look, team it with gold accessories to highlight the gold studs, and some chunky heels or boots. It would also look great with a pair of lace tights.

It costs £100 and is available from Topshop now.

Hot New Label Inc. Apparel Launches

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Inc. ApparelIf you like your fashion hot of the press, then it doesn’t come much hotter than new label Inc. Apparel, which was launched just this week.

They make great fashion-forward T shirts for women, and their first mini capsule range features two iconic prints which were selected by a public vote.

One features Lily Allen, and the other Michael Jackson, and both have a great punk/graffiti look to them with an over-sized shape, slash neck, and bold colours.

Even better, Inc.Apparel use Earth Positive garments which are made from 100% organic cotton, and are made using only green power, so you’re helping out the environment and looking good at the same time!

Each T shirt costs £20, and they’re strictly limited to a run of 200, so snap up this cutting edge fashion quickly! You can get them from the Inc. Apparel website.

80s Power Dressing Updated

Monday, July 20th, 2009

ASOS Tulip DressStructuring is something we’re going to be seeing a lot more of over the coming months, and it’s a great trend for the office – think updated 80s shoulder pads and power suits.

This Cross Front Tulip Skirt Dress has the perfect structured look, but in a subtle, smart way. The capped sleeves give it strong shoulders, and the front and back V-necks give it a uniformed, symmetrical feel. There’s a fitted band around the waist for a nipped-in silhouette, and give a tulip shape to the bottom half of the dress.

It can be worn with bare legs during the summer, and then teamed with another big trend for A/W09, black lace tights. And for the complete power dressing look, add a blazer over the top.

The dress costs £32 and is available now from ASOS.

Dorothy Perkins Autumn Winter 09

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Dorothy Perkins Cobalt Sequin vestIt seems like you can’t move for sales at the moment, but the high street has already started looking ahead to next season, with the release of some limited collections for A/W 09.

Dorothy Perkins is leading the pack, with the launch of their DP Collection. Featuring some of the key trends for A/W 09, the collection contains 16 staple pieces that will transition nicely.

Sequins are set to be big news again this year, and this Cobalt Sequin Vest is wearable now and all the way through winter. The vest shape means it can be worn now with bare legs, and then come winter team it with leggings, tights, or jeans. As it’s only sequinned on one side, it doesn’t look too formal, and isn’t too heavy. It costs £32, and also comes in black.

The DP Collection is available online now.

Playsuits For Night Time

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Dorothy Perkins Black PlaysuitIf you thought playsuits were just for daytime playing – looking cute round town and summer garden parties – then think again – this trend is now smartening up and branching out into styles perfect for night time playing too.

This Black bow Playsuit from Dorothy Perkins is perfect for a sophisticated look, with it’s linen finish and wide-legged shorts, as well as a cheeky halter neck and cute bow finish. Team it with all black accessories for a completely polished look, or throw in some colour with a bright clutch bag or shoes.

And even better, it’s also now in the sale, so it’s a bargain at £20. The same style is also available in a grey checked material, which would be perfect for the office, so now you can play all day and all night!

Summer Trends – Crop Tops

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Topshop Crop TopsThere’s one trend that seems to be dividing the fashion world at the moment – the crop top. As part of the 80s revival, the top we thought had gone out with the Spice Girls is back, and slowly infiltrating the high street.

Personally I reckon if you’ve got the stomach for it (literally), then give it a go. If you’re looking to fully the 80s look then team it with acid or stone wash skinny jeans and heels for a quirky night time look, or if you want a twist on a summer day look, then try it will a floaty skirt. A crop top would also work well over a body con vest dress to add a splash of colour or texture, or with a body con skirt.

Topshop have got a great range of crop tops. The Sequin Zebra Crop Vest Top on the left would be a perfect statement top paired with jeans, and the loose fitting means you won’t need to put in too many hours at the gym. The racer back adds detail and makes it nice and airy for hot days, and animal prints and motifs have been huge this summer, as have sequins. It costs £16.

If you want to keep it traditional, then there’s the Crop Crew Tee. It’s a classic square T-Shirt shape, just slightly shorter. You can wear this with high waisted jeans or shorts if you don’t fancy bearing all. It’s available in black, as in the picture, or white, nude or light grey. It costs £10.

Fashion Chicks Enter The Design World!

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

River Island Bandeau PlaysuitOne of our very own Fashion Chicks writers, Carly, is making her own exciting mark on the fashion industry, as today sees her amazing designs being launched by River Island!

She’s designed one of this summer’s staple pieces – a jumpsuit – that you can buy from today from the River Island website.

The Bandeau Playsuit is available in classic black, as in the picture, or a cream/beige colour. With a twist on the standard jumpsuits, it’s got an adjustable halter strap, as well as a drawstring waist and stud detailing. It’s also got the hareem pants shape, with cuffs and the bottom so it’ll fit all heights.

It comes in sizes 6 to 18 and costs £39.99, so now’s your chance to get your hands on a piece from an up-and-coming designer, and remember, you saw her here first!

Great Marble Wash Jeans

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Marble Wash JeansMarble wash jeans are set to be huge this summer and their punk appeal makes a great contrast to all the pretty floral dresses swishing about this summer.

I love this Iggy Black Marble Wash Skinny Jean from ASOS which feature antique silver buttons and rivets. Team with a fitted graphic print or rock tee and sky high heels for an effortless look.

Victoria Beckham has been spotted wearing a very similar pair, teaming hers with a Balmain leather jacket and patent black heels.

Pick yourself up a pair from ASOS for just £35!

Urban Outfitters Unique Take on Floral

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Urban Outfitters Printed Floral LeggingsWe know floral prints are a big deal this summer, but generally the high streets are limiting the flowers to dresses and tops. Over at Urban Outiftters though, they’ve turned the trend on it’s head, with these Printed Floral Leggings.

With a cute print of pink and purple flowers and green leaves on a black background, these are a great way to nail the floral trend without splashing out on an expensive dress. Keep it simple by teaming them with a black or white vest, and heels, flats or sandals.

The leggings are full length so perfect for the changeable weather, and 100% cotton so lovely and comfy.

They costs £24 and are available from the Urban Outfitters website or in stores.

Staple Stonewash Denim

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Stonewash DenimAs we know stonewash denim is huge this season – and whether you opt for some staple skinnies or dabble in some swimwear there are tons of options out there for embracing this trend!

Here are my top four picks of the best pieces in the shops!

Marc Jacob’s denim bikini is set to be popular this summer and you can pick it up from ASOS for £85 for the top and another £85 for the bottoms.

I love these denim shorts by True Religion which come in at £145 and are available from Net-a-porter.

No summer wardrobe is complete without a denim skirt and this lantern shape number from Topshop is a great piece and costs just £32.

Finally if you don’t like to wear stonewash you can always carry it instead with this denim holdall, which is a great bargain at £28 from ASOS!