Makeup? Check. Dress? Check. That just leaves your Hairstyle… and for some, such as myself, lots of headaches, just because my hair has a mind all of its own. Straight, thin, long it’s just too hard to style, but I do have a few go-to-looks: glossy straight or wavy. And for NYE I’m just gonna go for a wild, sexy look with my hair and opt for a wavy, sort of messy do. Sure I will have to use tones of hair products to tame it and give it volume and personality but being NYE I’m up for the challenge. I just hope it’ll be in a good submissive mood. For NYE there are literally millions of hairstyles to choose from depending on your haircut/style: long, short, curly, straight, and what you’re wearing or better said what look and style you’re going for.For a clean sexy sleek look go for straight glossy hair. With a perfect makeup, false lashes and a touch of bling (big earrings or a necklace) it’ll definitely compliment a short dress or tight trousers. It’s a classic! For a wild rebel hot look, curls or messy hairdo will do the trick. Lots of London beauties have coined the bed hair style and look damn gorgeous with their untamed waves. Kate Moss, Alexa Chung or Sienna Miller are but a few who always look so effortlessly cool and hot in messy hair. But if the rock/rebel look is not your cup if tea, yet you love waves and curls – think Kim Kardashian or Megan Fox. They always look so sleek and sexy with their long luscious locks slightly curled. A bit of volume on top and some big earrings will make you look like a stunning goddess on NYE. If in need of urgent inspiration you can always check the hairstyle chameleon Rihanna. I mean this girl has done it all, hair wise. Tight uber cool and sexy curls – she’s done this and looked fabulous. She’s also an endless inspiration of how to style a short haircut. So ladies if you’re one of these super sexy confident girls who look like million dollar stars with your short do, but don’t know how to style it for NYE… just have a look at Riri. Go for funky, edgy or simple & classic!If however you want to try something completely different you can opt for a bohemian look. Braids are the answer! So many celebs have tried this look on the red carpet and made a trend out of it. It may take a while to do it, but it looks so chic and feminine it’s irresistible! It leaves your face clean and bare for you to play with your eyes or lips, plus you can wear any style of earrings. Other great hairstyle to try out for NYE is the simple ponytail. Messy or sleek it just has that classic cool vibe to it, and if you’re wearing a bare back dress or a strapless one it just looks fantastic with your hair pulled back like that. The retro looks, side swept hair, or updos (loose buns are a super sophisticated look) are also a classic style for a special evening, depending on where you’re going and what you’re wearing. And the best thing about a NYE party is that you can glam up your hair all the way, with glitter & sparkle headpieces! Wavy, straight & sleek, updo, braids or ponytails, short or long? Which look are you going for for 2013 NYE?
Ah… Fur Hats! Another fashion trend for 2013 Winter that has me reminiscing on my childhood and how I hated wearing hats. 20 Years later and… I love them, hell I’m wearing them in Autumn and Spring as well so talk about a style twist there. The best thing about Fur Hats is that, besides looking super cool and stylish they keep us warm and comfy, and I always thought how interesting it is that a fully covered up neck and head will keep you warmer than boots or thick trousers. Hmm. Furry heads have been around for centuries, just think about those Russian aristocratic ladies in the 1800’s who looked so ravishing in them while keeping warm on a blistering cold in Moscow. Perhaps it’s a case of who’s again guilty for this fashion trend revival… ding! Anna Karenina remake? (click here to read more on the Russian Trend). After all Keira Knighteley perfectly portrays the image of the Russian woman who adores furs, pearls and lace, all covered up in thick expensive fabrics, yet oozing utter femininity and seductiveness. And, as trends usually have their own lives and fashion roads The Fur Hat Trend is of no exception. Before massively hitting the big high-street retailers and then turning into a street -style, a trend always begins on the runway. Marc Jacobs and Temperley London had envisioned the 2012- – 2013 Autumn/Winter fashion as a return to an opulent comfort and coziness. With collections that were packed with fur hats of all sorts, designs, cuts and colors – they now gave us a free pass at these fabulous rich looking accessories. Big, small, fake fur, real fur, black, brown, white, red or super bright colored, all fuzzy & airy or au contraire thick and dense, the furs of these now so fashionable hats satisfy all tastes and styles.
Depending on what look and style you’re going for, you can choose a fur hat to match. For a Stylish even Glam approach you can opt for a black simple hat, without flaps and let your hair loose. Statement earrings will give a bit of a sophisticated touch when barely seen from behind your mane and furry accessory. It goes perfect with a coat in any style and boots. You can wear jeans, dresses, skirts, shorts and tights, trousers with it dress it up or down. For a more Chic and Fashion forward look go for big fur hats with flaps and high boots. Any jacket or coat goes with them, depending on your style. Sporty chic: parkas. Classic with a twist: coats. Edgy: leather jacket. A pair of earrings or statement necklace will jazz it up a bit. Personally these big fuzzy fur/fake fur hats with flaps are my favorite. They just make any look less pretentious, yet extremely stylish and sophisticated while keeping you warm. It has a bit of that effortlessly cool vibe to it. For some inspiration check out how models wear these amazing fur hats off duty, or how celebs choose to stay comfy in style with them. I don’t know about you but this trend is right down my street so to speak. It is literally one of the best out there, so versatile & easiest to style. Plus it oozes a rather refined richness and accessible extravagance, don’t you think?
Continuing my Holiday Season fashion & style peaks, today I thought of presenting some of my favorite makeup & beauty looks that us ladies may use for NYE makeup inspiration. After all, the big party is but a few weeks away and just donning an uber sexy dress (click here for looks) is not at all enough… there’s yet a style statement to make with our lips, eyes and pretty faces. Plus we’ve got our hot manes and nails… Choosing the makeup for the biggest night of the year may be somewhat of a dread, but if you’re in doubt you can either keep it simple and natural, or glam it up all the way. Just remember… nobody likes a candy face for NYE. It’s not Halloween is it? So to avoid a caked ultra made up look, just stick to one feature, and take care of your skin.
So ladies the first step we gotta take, even before choosing a makeup look, is to hydrate our skin. Lots of water, fruit, veggies, vitamins & sleep will make all the difference, as it helps the skin glow, stay soft & look young. And then… it’s simple. Basically it all depends on the features you love most about yourself – enhance them – and the look you want to get. Dark & Sexy: go for smoky eyes, nude lips (lipgloss is the best option) and face contouring (enhance those cheeks and highlight your T-zone). Seductive & Retro: eyeliner on upper lid, false lashes, matte skin, and go nude or any color with your lips. Here you can experiment with bright or dark red lipstick (take Rihanna for inspiration) or keep them natural, channeling your 1960’s Sophia Loren.
The Glamorous Look is ideal for NYE, and what better time to play it up, than this one? Perfect eyeliner on your eyelids, false eyelashes, sparkle & glitter for the eyes and perfect looking skin with voluptuous lips… Make it a feast and go all the way on makeup! (Kim Kardashian is an endless makeup inspiration here). Bronzed Glow can be the perfect look for Latina ladies (take inspiration from Jennifer Lopez & Eva Mendes), so you can play around with tens of brown shades, eyeliner, perfect contouring, bronzed cheeks, brown-pink-ish lips and false lashes for an uber luscious look. This is my all time fave, perfect for a night out! Oh… and since it’s NYE bring it on with false lashes, they just give drama to any look and make your eyes appear perfect, heavy and ultra seductive. Make sure your skin is all clean, fresh, covered & flawless in foundation, powder, blush and highlighter and you’ll be ready to go. Actually ready to turn heads and break hearts… So ladies… which feature will you rock this NYE? Will you stick to your go-to-look or try something completely different? Simple or Glam?
Exposed socks? I am so pleasantly recalling this as my favorite things to wear as a little girl. I had a pair of white short socks to go with tiny sandals and a pair of blue knee-high ones. My fashion sense must have dated from back then (joking!). And, just a few years ago girls and women alike started wearing them again with heels or boots, so although it’s been around for a while (or better said it never left) this trend is yet again making quite a statement.
Could we hold… say… the Gossip Girls or Dolce & Gabbana responsible for this new fad? The designers’ Alta Moda & 2012/2013 Autumn Winter Collection betray their vision of us women this season. And it’s quite clear: retro glamour or sexy nerd in strong tones, black, lots of embellishments and knee high socks with stunning heels and hot shoes.
Hmmm. Still a bit skeptical? So was I. Hell I used to hate this trend of the woman who refused to give up on her childish fashion roots. But… (bowing my head and changing colors) I am strongly reconsidering my taste on this one.
…is the perfect Trend for 2013 Winter. These comfy sexy, fun, playful feet cover-ups offer infinite styling options, millions of choices, designs, lengths, textures, colors, prints, styles… Oh my God just thinking of it makes me wanna try this trend over and over again. Polka dots, stripes, suspender, skeleton & bones mock socks, sheer, black, striped, white, lace, lingerie-like, knitted, short, girly, hot, sexy, nerdy, knee-high, over-the-knee… Millions I tell you!
And yes they do look fantastic with heel shoes (chunky think ones, stilettos, court shoes, sandals, peep toe, pumps) & boots. Short simple or coloured socks (textured, printed or basic) look very sexy with stilettos & court shoes – a bit like business woman meets school girl and what you get is a fun quirky style that looks amazing. You can wear them with short, knee-length or maxi skirts, dresses, knits, jeans – depending on the style and look you’re going for. Naughty, nerdy or fun.To stay warm on those windy freezing winter days get you long socks out girls and pull them over your knees. For a boho-chic, comfy, sexy, but urban look opt for knitted ones in grey, black, nudes, or browns. They go with anything and compliment every single outfit: shorts & silky tops or slouchy sweaters, skirts and sophisticated blouses or cardigans worn with a belt, knitted dresses or long sweaters.
For more of a party look (well with Holiday season here) you can opt for black over-the-knee socks (my black obsession kicks in again) or embellished ones with a black dress (large, slouchy princess like one for a girly boho chic look, or tight one with long sleeves for a sleek style).
Add a blazer or fur vest on top and you’ll be mixing comfy with chic & sophisticated. So yes… I am in love with this trend perhaps a little too much, but it can do no harm especially on this cold weather. It’s literally out with the socks this season! For more inspiration I’ve used some amazing photos I found on Pintrest, or… you can always take notes from Rihanna, Sarah Jessica Parker or Leighton Meester. I mean, if these girls can rock this trend with the whole world scrutinizing them, why can’t we? Long, short, colored or basic socks with heels, pumps, sandals or boots? Which one’s your style?
Just yesterday I was telling you all how important it is to wear a cool piece of jewellery right? And this fashion tip goes without saying during the holiday season, when we need to dress up for a party. But… as important as accessorizing may be, the outfit itself bares the most importance. What look to go for, what clothes to choose for a Holiday party or New Year’s Eve can give the best fashionista a run for her money, especially with all the shops, fashion boutiques or websites bombarding us with tempting offers & sales? So ladies let us take a few steps back, breath and give in to our most extravagant fashion and style desires and dreams. Sure we can play it safe but what’s the point on the biggest night of the year?What to wear on New Year’s Eve party is a matter of where you’re going and what look you’re hoping to get. Personally I think this time of year is the best time to go wild on sequins, heels and all the sultry style choices. Just cause it’s fun and not ridiculous to go all the way on glamour! If you want to get a uber hot sexy look, but tasteful, opt for a mini sequined dress (black & nude tones are amazing), nude heels to elongate the legs, black ones for an extra classic touch or pops of colour for a slight sophistication (but keep your dress black and simple). For such a look you have to say goodbye to big extravagant accessories and limit yourself to simple tiny earrings, a ring or a bracelet. Oh… and a clutch of course. Throw over a knee length coat to keep you warm and you’re ready. My favorite glamorous look would probably be a mini black long-sleeved dress & black heels!
If you’re a girly girl go for a princess like dress, but just stay away from too many ruffles, sequins and embellishments to avoid looking like a candy. With such dresses you can try a girly punk look (depending on the texture) and wear a leather jacket on top & black tights. This glam rock vibe actually goes well with lots of mini dresses out there, and it’s a look you can opt for if you’re going out in a club, just don’t over do your hair & makeup. For all you sophisticated ladies who want to look the part but play it comfy, yet extremely stylish on such a night you can go for a uber sexy classic pair of black trousers, sequined top & structured blazer. Hot heels and a statement clutch, a long necklace or heavy earrings will make you the star of the night. Or you can go for mini sequined skirts and a sophisticated jumper. Jazz it up a bit with heeled pumps, cool jewellery and a smile. And the choices can go on… leather or lace dresses, shorts, skirts, trousers, stylish tops, red hot dresses, shoes, bags. Probably the key is to opt for heels, a nice clutch and a confident attitude. Sure if big brands would be at my fingertips I’d quickly go for Alexander McQuuen clutches (best ones in the world), Christian Louboutin heels and my #1 fashion obsession this season: long-sleeved black mini dresses. Back to earth now! So what to remember for 2013 holiday season? Though I don’t believe in fashion rules, one thing remains true for me, when it comes to big parties… ‘it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed’, right?
There’s always that one thing us girls refuse to let go regardless of season and the street styles & celebs fashion have spoken. It’s the sneakers ladies! The comfy chic Tom boy-ish shoes were our fashion crush all throughout 2012 Spring & Summer and somehow we can’t part with these uber cool, urban yet quite feminine style staples. I know just last season FashionTag peeked into this trend (click here to read), but still it’s impossible not to notice how stubborn this style is, and since some of the girls have asked me to do a post on how to wear sneakers in winter… here we are.
Basically ladies I think these shoes look good with almost anything if you style it right. Trousers – stick to skinny. Go for jeans, leggings, sequined, leather, printed and pair them with feminine tops to get a sophisticated look by clashing the styles, or keep them in the same range to get a grunge rock vibe. Skirts and shorts give an edgy urban look and dresses look quite girly especially topped with a cool coat or leather jacket. Here are a few looks I’ve put together for you…
Designers too have given us a few impossible-to-resist choices as if to make our lives harder, right? Isabel Marant and her fabulous wedge sneakers are my absolute favorites and they just seem to make dressing up more fun, easy and simple. The wedge sneakers look great with skinny jeans, skirts, shorts (with tights for cold season), any top will do and as for outwear go for coats, parkas, leather jackets and even waist length faux-fur ones. It’s like wearing heels but staying all sporty. For the punk’ish chicks there are loads of studded, spiked converse sneakers that look stunning with cut-offs and black tights or leather leggings and a slouchy top. A beanie and huge scarf to keep you warm in style will put the exclamation point in that. Christian Louboutin has some great such sneakers that make me ditch heels altogether. Whether you go for low-tops or high-tops is of no importance, what matters is that you should encourage you rebel Tom-boy-ish chic persona to keep wearing these snickers in any occasion. For those of you who have a casual dress code at work you can wear any version of these shoes (chucks, dunks, vans) with skinny trousers, T-shirt or a classic blouse and a blazer on top. It’s an edgy smart look. Quite professional too, as it screams confidence without trying. For inspiration pay more attention to street styles or peek into celebs fashion choices. Nicole Richie masters this trend and I’ve seen her wearing sneakers and looking very smart and cool. Rihanna always goes for the Tom boy look and styles her sneakers with loose tops, large trousers, piles of accessories, or sometimes exactly the opposite: skirts or uber feminine dresses. So it’s possible ladies. As I always like to say… there are no rules in fashion just blunt self expression, freedom of creation and loads of fun dressing up. A fashion tip: we need to not take ourselves too seriously and enjoy the daily fashion ride.
When you start adding up all the trends one season has to offer, you actually wonder if we’re ever gonna come through with something new? We all know fashion is cyclical… yet I confess I am longing for some new fashion movements, ideas and controversy in style that sweeps me off my feat and has us all stare in shock and wonder at some new unseen-before fashion & styles. Until then we’ll always have the comfortable safe past to look into and take inspiration from. Such is the case of the bohemian 1970’s Bell Bottom Jeans. Again (without intention I tell you) I have discovered yet another fashion craze from back in the day. If a while ago I was so excited over headpieces (click here for more) today I decided to give in to the Flared Jeans & Trousers Trend. Though I wasn’t too keen on the bell bottom, high wasited retro looking jeans… I stand corrected, and for that I blame Jessica Alba & Kate Moss. I mean have you seen how these women look in flared jeans? Ridiculously cool, feminine and chic.
Who’s to blame for stirring up this fashion trend in the 21st century? Well designers sure played their part. For Fall/Winter 2012 – 2013 we all know we need to stick with black, leather, burgundy, some white… and apparently flared trousers. Or at least a nipped and tucked version of the bell bottom trouser. A somewhat large cut, extra long, sleek, in all possible textures and colors. Sure the hues above reign, but there’s also prints, nudes, glitter, leather. There’s a little something for us all from the classic retro look to the opulent extravagance some of us are willing to try. Antonio Berardi‘s vision on the flared trousers is fabulous: classic, elegant, in creamy colors and rich luxurious fabrics. These retro flared trousers made a huge comeback with Alberta Ferretti, Altuzarra, Balenciaga, Chloe & Jil Sander. One of my favorites had to be the ultra luscious dark slightly Gothic rock/sexy large flared trousers at Prabal Gurung & Gucci. What they are all basically
screaming saying is invest in flared or bell bottom jeans and trousers for 2013 winter!
Is this trend easy to wear and pull off in any occasion & for any body type? Hmm I tend to jump up and just say yes… which is sort of true, right? But then I look at myself and as a never-owner of such flared jeans I disagree. Why? I am tall. Perhaps too tall when insecurity strikes (5’10), so first of all it is pretty hard to find a pair of trousers (any cut or design) that is long enough. Hence my love for skinny jeans which look good a bit shorter as well. Plus I always feel as if the flared trousers or too large ones tend to make a tall slim figure appear quite willowy. But let’s not jump to hasty conclusions! The bell bottom jeans with high waist, super tight from the knees up and then flared and very long look fantastic on almost any figure as they tend to elongate the legs. Sure they have to be adapted to each shape but there are a few fashion rules that make this trend look fabulous on any woman: extra tall shoes (thick heels, wedges) in nude retro colors and designs will give drama to this look and make the jeans fall perfectly straight down, concealing the shoes, thus elongating the legs. I love how they look with tucked in T-shirts, statement necklaces and a blazer for casual looks. For office or elegant classic looks opt for flared rather large trousers with tucked in blouses and fur collar coat over. Big bags and gloves give a lady like vibe to it. If you’re a sweet sexy bohemian girl than loose wavy hair, wedges, bell bottom jeans and oversized top or cropped ones look so modern ’70’s. For a sophisticated rich look wear the retro large flared jeans with heels, any style of top (chic, glam, classic, blouse, T-shirt, cardigan, sweater, vest, nerdy, elegant, rock, urban, retro, trendy), blazer or leather jacket, a cool scarf and lots of bangles. A big clutch or sophisticated bag will complete the look.
Still not convinced? Or perhaps already a huge fan of flared jeans? From all the styles this craze has to offer which one’s yours? Are you a classic lady, a glam urban queen, an edgy girl or more on the bohemian side of bell bottoms? As always FashionTag gets a lot of street style inspiration (best place to spot and analyze a trend) and shares with you some favorite looks to get you in the ’70’s mood… Is this trend worth the-back-in-time fashion journey or not?