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.

chucks sneakers

chucks sneakers

grey chucks

grey chucks

red chucks sneakers

red chucks sneakers

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.

wedge sneakers

wedge sneakers

dunks

dunks

giuseppe zanotti sneakers

giuseppe zanotti sneakers

photos via Pintrest, StyleStreetpeeper, La ModellaMafia, DesdeelFrontRow, Elle.

 

 



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. 

Hillary Duff - bell bottom jeans

Hillary Duff – bell bottom jeans

Kate Hudson - bell bottom jeans

Kate Hudson – bell bottom jeans

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! 

Alberta Ferretii large trousers - Fall / Winter 2012 - 2013, via style.com

Alberta Ferretii large trousers – Fall / Winter 2012 – 2013, via style.com

Altuzarra - flared trousers fro Fall / Winter 2012-2013, via style.com

Altuzarra – flared trousers fro Fall / Winter 2012-2013, via style.com

Anotnio Berardi - Flared large trousers Fall / Winter 2012-2013, via style.com

Anotnio Berardi – Flared large trousers Fall / Winter 2012-2013, via style.com

Anotnio Berardi - Flared large trousers Fall / Winter 2012-2013, via style.com

Anotnio Berardi – Flared large trousers Fall / Winter 2012-2013, via style.com

Chloe -  large trousers Fall / Winter 2012-2013, via style.com

Chloe – large trousers Fall / Winter 2012-2013, via style.com

Balenciaga -  large trousers Fall / Winter 2012-2013, via style.com

Balenciaga – large trousers Fall / Winter 2012-2013, via style.com

Gucci -  large trousers Fall / Winter 2012-2013, via style.com

Gucci – large trousers Fall / Winter 2012-2013, via style.com

Jil Sander -  large trousers Fall / Winter 2012-2013, via style.com

Jil Sander – large trousers Fall / Winter 2012-2013, via style.com

Prabal Gurung -  large trousers Fall / Winter 2012-2013, via style.com

Prabal Gurung – large trousers Fall / Winter 2012-2013, via style.com

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? 

photos via Pintrest, Sartorialist, Stockholm Street Style. StreetPeeper