holographic-bagHaving worked these past days on Fashion Week & fashion shows posts, I stumbled upon some of 2013 S/S women’s collections and couldn’t help smile at the thought that this spring & summer we’ll all be dipping into the ’70’s for some fashion inspiration. The ’70’s were all about disco kitsch and glam punk, with those super shiny skinny trousers and overdose of glitter as if everyone was a frustrated little girl reliving their childhood. And I was like… this will not pick up. Oh how soon had I spoken, cause just yesterday Refinery29 was telling us how cool holographic bags are. Gulp. So then I started to look into this holographic craze. Was it more than a craze? Was it really turning into a fashion trend? I know designers like Burberry, Jonathan Saunders, Blumarine & even Stella McCartney have used holographic textures for coats, skirts, tops (you name it) for their 2013 S/S collections (talk about a ’70’s revival, right?) but, to be honest with you, I did not expect to see women in holographic coats or leggings strutting the streets. Now you know I’m all for new trends, and there’s not one I do not love or embrace, but holographic jackets & trousers. Really? What are we all Zenon look a likes? In all honesty now… holographic clothes look pretty funky in magazines, photos, fashion editorials… but can’t imagine riding the tube in this retro futuristic attire. Ha! A little compromise for the sake of fashion? Yes. I would wear holographic shoes (heels only, I think sneakers look pretty robotic), bags, nails, belts. Well you got my drift, accessories. And maybe leggings with a black loose top and black heels. Hmm. blumarine-holographic-trendburberry-coat-holographicburberry-spring-2013-holographic-trendholographic-topjonathan-saunders-spring-2013-holographic-trend (2)jonathan-saunders-spring-2013-holographic-trendThe Holographic Trend is an homage to that kitsch ’70’s era when all was permitted and the funkiest and more outrageous you looked the better. It was rock’n roll to look bad, you know. Nothing was too much. But all these freedoms were a response to that era, when so much was happening politically, socially, musically… It’s cool that we embrace our past and seek inspiration in it, but how about new trends? How about something that stands for & represents 2013? Or are we all nostalgic dolls too bored to create or start new movements? Enough rambling on the ”whys” now. I guess that having designers rock this trend on the catwalks was sort of a preview for what retailers were coming up with for 2013 S/S. ASOS, Topshop, H&M are all brands that have started selling some holographic clothes & accessories, while some celebrities have already embraced the holographic trend: Kate Moss looked fab with her holographic clutch and Kate Bosworth in her holographic dress. I’m all for glitter, sequins, girly hot embellishments and clothes (for instance I like mixing them with more rock punk items to balance my outfits a bit), yet I do confess holographic to me is just a tiny bit at the limit of kitsch meets fashion forward. But it might just grow on me you know! anna-dello-russo-holographic-maskholographic-blousefashion-trend-holographicholographic-bootsholographic-clutchholographic-fashion-trend-leggingsholographic-jewelleryholographic-mirror-nailsStella-McCartney-Holographic-Faux-Leather-iPhone-case-trendstellamccartney_holographic1With designers giving us a free pass at this holographic craze and high street brands embracing it, with celebs rocking holographic clothes and accessories… where do you stand? Will we all look like  futuristic retro hot robots and drape ourselves in holographic textures as if we were kids in a candy store… or will we find a decent balance? Though fashion is not about balance is it?  It’s about freedom & creativity! So to hell with it! I’ll have those holographic trousers please! :)cat-deeleny-holographic-trousersholographic-clutch-street-style-trendholographic-coin-purse-trendholographic-dressholographic-fashion-maskholographic-green-trousersholographic-jacketholographic-leggingsholographic-nailsholographic-nails-styleholographic-outfitholographic-pink-nailsholographic-shoesholographic-shoes-trousersholographic-street style-trend-clutchholographic-styleholographic-style-mask-trousersholographic-style-trendholographic-sweaterholographic-trend-bootsholographic-trend-clutchholographic-trend-skirtholographic-trend-street-styleholographic-trousers-street-styleholographis-shoe-soleslong-holographic-nailsstella-mccartney-holographic-sandalsman-holographic-maskphotos via Pintrest & Tumblr

 



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When I first saw them I thought these were the ugliest shoes ever…. whether I was getting used to seeing them around every day or just realizing that you do can mix them into different kind of outfits, the point is… I started to kinda like Isabel Marant’s wedge sneakers. Well, now there are a lot of brands which sell sneakers with platforms, but the first one to make them a must-have was the French designer. My question in the beginning was “why do women like these sneakers so much?” and I realized they actually have a lot of reasons: you can wear them all year long (and I’ll show you later some nice outfits for both winter and summer), you can wear sneakers and still do a smart look, if you’re not too tall you’ll love the idea of having in your wardrobe a pair of sport shoes with high heels, if you’re  tall enough – you’re legs will look even more amazing ;)… and now… reasons to dislike them. Actually I can’t think of something really convincing, maybe they are a bit too odd.541190_268142863272456_258661801_n22528_366418050111603_865628453_n197496_362731337146941_1576395107_n407676_375726265847448_2053769963_n

milan-street-Isabel-Marant-sneakers61911_382759565144118_640911176_nAnd now, as promised, here are some outfits which should inspire you how to wear the wedge sneakers… if you haven’t still figured it out. Let’s see the alternatives for the cold season. I would say, you can wear them with almost everything: skirts, trousers, leggings, coats, oversized sweaters. Even if I noticed girls love wearing them with oversized clothes, I prefer seeing them being worn with a fitted coat or a leather jacked, skinny trousers (for a sexy look) and an oversized bag ;) … Let’s say the picture bellow would be my favorite choice for a cold day.tumblr_lusyxg0ryF1qd1swho1_400hm-knitwear-zara-fuchsia~look-main…but as you already know, this season you can’t go wrong with wearing “one size fits all”.is11 (1)isabel marant sneakersisabel-marant-sneakers--the-blonde-salad-9K74

romwe-sunglasses-ohmyfrock-cardigan-isabel-marant-sneakers_400wearing-isabel-marant-david-coat-bazil-sneakers-bloggerzara-negro-asos-pantalones~look-mainAnd here are my favorite summer outfits :)hilary-duff-ashley-madekwe-isabel-marant-sneakersjoan-smalls-isabel-marant-bekett-high-top-sneakersI like these sneakers more in an edgy style, but they look nice also with girly short or long dresses and skirts. kate bosworth salon 100412isabel-marant-sneakers-prada-bags~look-mainSo don’t just sit and wait for summer to come. Go out! Buy this year’s most fashionable pair of shoes and think about some crazy nice outfits to wear them with, when winter will finally be over ;).

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layers-fashionWhen it comes to layering clothes nobody does it better than the Brits! Must be the weather, I mean you literally can’t leave home without checking the forecast and even so you can’t expect to nail it down (fashion/temperature wise) 100%. Between outside & the tube you switch 3 seasons so talk about a temperature roller-coaster, right? How to keep warm & stay cool at the same time throughout the day, while looking fabulous? That’s easy. Layers! Though the Layering Trend has been around for a couple of years, it always feels updated & new each season. With the streets being invaded by ladies in millions of layers… FashionTag has decided to take a look at this comfy & cool fashion craze and figure out the secrets behind piling up on clothes. layers-fashion-trendhow-to-do-layersfashion-style-layeringSo is there a difference between piling up on clothes & layering up? And if so… how do we avoid looking like homeless people who are wearing all their clothes at once? Easy as it may seem, this Layering Trend & Technique is quite far from easy to be honest with you, and it does take a few messed up outfits to finally get the hang of it. Well if you want to layer in style that is. Fashion aside, the truth is layering is one of the best things out there to keep us warm, so regardless if you’re aiming for top notch looks or just to keep warm… go for it. Pile on those clothes ladies! cara-delevigne-layerscoats-layerd-upcolored-textured-layeringedgy-layeringWhen asked what was the big deal with this layered look, Vera Wang said  “layering lends a certain nonchalance”, and it’s true. I mean just take a look at Kate Moss or Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, they always seem as if they’ve just randomly thrown a few clothes on, while the whole world is starring in awe trying to figure out their style. Ha! How to get those looks? Some say never do more than 3 layers and wear the thinnest one closest to your skin, then another one over it and a coat or jacket on top. In terms of layers I think skinny trousers, leggings or skinny jeans look best with whatever tops you may choose, because they slim us down while allowing us to pile up on clothes in the upper part. Heels also do the trick and will have you looking quite fantastic no matter how covered up you may be. Then comes the question. What to layer? Almost anything goes with anything and the key is to mix and match (colors, textures, lengths, proportions, cuts). Don’t be afraid to clash styles and contradict yourself in all sorts of clothing pieces. You can wear a T-shirt or classic office blouse over which you can add an unbuttoned shirt (denim with studded collars looks amazing) and over that, a cardigan, vest or blazer. For extra shape you can belt it all in style. A coat & scarf will complete the look. Another style I love (quite easy to put together too) is layering a cropped jumper with a longer T-shirt, blouse or shirt underneath. Rolled up sleeves and embellished collars will make you look effortlessly glam & edgy.fashion-trend-layershow-to-layerlayering-clothes-trednlayeringlayering-jumper-denimlayering-clothes-street-stylejumper-layeringlayering-coat-shirtDitch the fashion rules and go over the top with 2 coats or jackets. How? Well for instance a fur vest looks absolutely posh and fab over any leather jacket, coat or outwear you have on. A denim or bicker jacket will also look great underneath a structured coat. Just make sure they are not bulky & they fit you well. Then you can mix and match pieces from different styles for a sophisticated look: silky top, hoodie, jeans/trousers, leather jacket. A sporty cap on, a cool bag, heels, lots of jewellery and a scarf will make you look like one of those off-duty models. Feeling adventurous? You can pile on skirts and trousers, at the same time. Pay attention to textures and stick to skinny bottoms for a safer look. If extreme layering is not your cup of tea, than you can stick to the basics while still being extra covered up: leggings and loose tops, lots of necklaces, a blazer & scarf on top. It’s simple with a twist. However you do it remember one thing: don’t over do it. Avoid looking like you’re wearing all your clothes at once.  At the end of the day it’s about how you feel & having fun, while being able to take off a layer or put it back on and not seem like a desperate insecure confused fashion victim. layering-fashion-trendlayering-boho-looklayering-looklayering-look-fashion-stylelayering-more-jacketslayering-shirtslayering-street-stylelayering-structure-looklayering-winter-street-stylelayerslayers-scarves-coatslayers-stylelayers-style-streetman-repeller-layeringover-layering-stylemodel-layered-looksporty-chich-layering-lookstreet-style-layerssimple-style-layeringwinter-trend-layersmodels-layering-stylesimple-look-layersphotos via Pintrest

 

fur-hat-whiteAh… 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.

fur-hat-marc-jacobsmarc-jacobs-fur-hattemperley-london-fur-hatDepending 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?

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Cossack Faux Fur Hat - Oliver  Bonas

Cossack Faux Fur Hat – Oliver Bonas

John Lewis Cossack Long Fur Hat,

John Lewis Cossack Long Fur Hat,

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Fur Hat from Juicy Couture -  €119

Fur Hat from Juicy Couture – €119

KARL DONOGHUE from The Outnet -  €170

KARL DONOGHUE from The Outnet – €170

Lipsy Oslo Fur Pillbox Hat

Lipsy Oslo Fur Pillbox Hat

Urban Excess Fur Hat

Urban Excess Fur Hat

GREVI SILVER FOX AND LEATHER AVIATOR HAT from louisaviaroma

GREVI SILVER FOX AND LEATHER AVIATOR HAT from louisaviaroma.com

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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.

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…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.coloured-socks-styleexposed-socks-sandals-trendexposed-socksexposed-socks-skirtexposed-socks-styleexposed-socks-trendkate-moss-girly-socksmarc-jacobs-skirt-sockspumps-with-socks-lookshort-socks-heel-shoesshort-socks-stylesocks-dress-stylesocks-fashionsocks-heeled-shoessocks-heeled-shoes-trend-stylesocks-office-looksocks-withheels-dress-looksocks-with-heels-trendsocks-with-sandals-looksocks-with-skirt-fashion-stylewhite-socks-heels-maxi skirtwhite-socks-heels-shortsTo 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?

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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.

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chucks sneakers

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grey chucks

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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.

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wedge sneakers

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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? 

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Once the cold season is settled in there’s a fashion invasion of… shorts! Yes you read that right. Us girls are hopelessly in love with one of the most common, urban, trendy, cool and comfy looks – Cutoffs & Black Tights!

London is obsessed with this trend and it’s a matter of time until most European cities are packed with rebel looking girls that refuse to ditch their summer attire, because instead found an uber chic way of rocking denim shorts in blizzard cold.

Cutoffs & tights are the fashion must have of 2013 winter. 

Alexa Chung - cutoffs & black tights

Alexa Chung – cutoffs & black tights

How & where to wear the rock/punk look is but a matter of taste and of feeling somewhat fashion adventurous. From a lazy walk on Sundays, to having drinks with your friends, to work (if permitted of course) to dates, to parties, shopping, traveling etc… cutoffs & tights are easily adaptable and can be dressed up & down for the occasion.

A better question might have been where not to wear denim cutoffs? So once the sun waves us farewell ladies, hold on to your cutoffs and while you’re at it, throw in a pair of black tights (matte or sheer), boots (heeled or not), tennis shoes, blouses, cardigans, jumpers, sweaters, T-shirts, jackets, parkas, coats, blazers. They go with everything and depending on the look you’re going for you can experiment and play around a lot with layers, colors & accessories.

For a girly look opt for sexy heels (keep them thick for day wear), a silky top or T-shirt and a leather jacket or blazer. Replace the jacket for a coat in winter and don’t forget your black tights, a scarf and a cool bag. If you’re aiming for you’re rock-star persona to shine through go for studded ripped cutoffs and keep the rest black for a glam grunge vibe. For a rich look wear stylish accessories, and invest in a great bag.

And the best part about the cutoffs & tights trend?

You can make these shorts yourself! Sure you can buy from any high-street brand, brand new cutoffs that look worn out, ripped, used, washed out, but if you’re aiming for a more personal touch, or just don’t want to part from your favorite pair of jeans just yet, cut them into shorts! We’ve all done it and will keep on doing it every time that one pair of jeans just looks too good on our bum to part ways, right? Two Cutoffs & Tights Looks will always get you out of trouble.

The grunge edgy look: cutoffs, tights (mock suspender ones are really fantastic) boots and slouchy top. Loads of accessories, a very feminine bag and a coat or leather jacket over. Or on a softer note the rebel feminine look : cutoffs, ankle boots or ballet pumps, jumper/blouse/blazer. Are Cutoffs & Tights too grunge for you? Or are they your go to outfit once autumn is settled in? 

For fashion inspiration here are some photos of my fave cutoffs & fave cutoffs & tights looks! 

Ashley Simpson - cutoffs & tights

Ashley Simpson – cutoffs & tights

Bar Rafaelli - cutoffs & tights

Bar Rafaelli – cutoffs & tights

Fearne Cotton - tights & denim shorts

Fearne Cotton – tights & denim shorts

Kate Moss - cutoffs

Kate Moss – cutoffs & tights

Kristin Cavallari - cutoffs & tights

Kristin Cavallari – cutoffs & tights

Lana Del Rey - cutoffs

Lana Del Rey – cutoffs

Miley Cyrus - tights & cutoffs

Miley Cyrus – tights & cutoffs

Nicole Richie - cutoffs & tights

Nicole Richie – cutoffs & tights

Olivia Palermo - black tights & shorts

Olivia Palermo – black tights & shorts

Olivia Palermo - black tights & shorts

Olivia Palermo – black tights & shorts

Olivia Palermo - black tights & shorts

Olivia Palermo – black tights & shorts

Rihanna - denim cutoffs & black tights

Rihanna – denim cutoffs & black tights

Rihanna - denim shorts & black tights

Rihanna – denim shorts & black tights

photos via Pintrest

Best thing about the cold weather, if any? It’s got to be the clothes & styles we can play around with, and the most important staple for winter is The Coat. For 2013 cold season the coat styles and looks are all about one thing: no rules! I love that. From fur to leather, from bright reds to darks or neutrals, from simple to eccentric, from oversized to slim cut, long to short, clean or patterned – the coat styles are wild and free in 2013 winter. With one thing in mind there’s nothing in our way to looking fabulous while staying warm and comfy – Style up Ladies! (that’s the only rule). A coat with a perfect pair of boots and a cool bag will make any one of us walk to work as if we’re rocking a catwalk. And while you’re at it, throw in a thick wool scarf, gloves and maybe a hat or beanie and you are the picture perfect of winter style.

A big thing this cold season is the oversized coat, with large shoulders and one button, right above the knee length, usually in neutrals. Though this androgynous look is a far cry from what I love, I have to admit it’s a style that’s making quite a statement lately and it does look pretty cool with ankle heeled boots, skinny jeans or trousers and a loose top. I’d go for super elegant chic office blouse with a statement necklace, to balance the masculine feel, or, on a more comfy laid back note, for a denim shirt or an uber sophisticated jumper.

For a couple of years now the fur coats and leopard printed ones have been making their stylish waves in fashion. And yes I do confess I love them so very much. They can make any look and outfit seem chic & sophisticated, rich and glam while being urban and unpretentious. My favorite look – all back outfit, lots or jewelry/accessories and a fur or leopard printed coat over. Nothing in my book beats that. It’s edgy and modern yet quite retro & classic. For office hours wear heeled ankle boots, Chelsea boots, or even flat knee-high & over the knee boots. For evening, going out or more adventurous styles go for heels, studs, black tights, dresses, skirts – the sky is the limit. Leopard prints look fantastic with black & white, and if you feel like adding a color stick to just one, as to not over-crowd the look: red, blue, green, pink. 

 

Nothing beats classic, you know what they say. A style that has always been around (coat wise) is the classic knee-length, belted, brown coat that was a huge hit back in the ’70’s. It gives a retro modern vibe to your style and it looks stunning with heeled pumps or court shoes and trousers. Another personal favorite fashion wise /coat styles is the black military coat which is a huge hit this season and if you ask me, will keep on living a long fashion life as it can be styled to look rock glam/punk with studded boots and jeans or super glamorous with heels, trousers and silky tops or dresses in millions of styles.

Coat styles for winter 2013 are limitless and the funkier they look the better they will ft you this season. So with no rules in mind and no restrictions I’d say when you go shopping for your coat this season, if you’re feeling quite adventurous or want to add some groove to your wardrobe, go for over-the-top pieces, for coats with leather insertions or funky textures. Keep one thing classic and one edgy, so if you choose a knee-length belted coat go wild on textures, colors or prints. It can have leather sleeves, shiny textures, leopard prints… Best part about wearing a statement coat? You can keep the rest of your outfit simple and classic. For a sip of inspiration who better to tip us on this winter style crush than celebrities like Kate Moss (for more on her style click here) and Blake Lively. These 2 have sure got it all figured out coat wise. Kate Moss is all fur, leopard printed coats, oversize,  funky, sometimes classic and Blake keeps is so classic and glamorous with her neutral shade coats in long styles, sometimes opting for chic textures to get the sophisticated look. I mean both ladies come from 2 cold cities in winter: London and New York so no surprise there. Alexa Chung is another style icon to keep your eyes on, Angelina Jolie is the one to hunt down fashion wise if you’re the classic type. Natalie Portman & Katie Holmes too go for that classic coat style in brown, while Rihanna (for more on her style click here) stays urban chic in fer fur trimmed winter parka (for more on parka coat styles click here).

So with this heaven of coats and no fashion restriction zone, which style ladies is right down your street? Are you letting your funky eccentric persona catch the spotlight this winter or are you going for safer, classic looks that never fade out with time? Whatever the case make sure you keep if sophisticated and cool with skinny trousers/jeans/leggings, statement tops & bags and those ankle boots heels we so love this season.

photos via Pintrest, Stockholm Street Style; Golestaneh Streetstyle.blogspot

If you’re going to San Francisco / Make sure to wear some flowers in your head” – well… this season you can go anywhere and wear anything in your head.  The bejeweled heads are taking over everywhere, from Fashion Weeks to parties, to school, to dates or even work. Whether it’s too much or just fun you gotta give this trend what it deserves: it looks fabulous! OK so it may be too over the top for some of us, at least to don in bright daylight (I’d probably feel as if everyone was staring and laughing their butts off) but headpieces come in tens of styles and designs as to fit and accessorize any and every occasion and look: jewelry, crystal, beads hairpieces, flower hairbands, textured, butterflies etc.

Christine Centenera headpiece

Christine Centenera headpiece; via la modella mafia

Flower Headpiece

Flower Headpiece via Pintrest

And as the rule has it, there’s always someone to blame for this fashion craze. My finger glamorously points to the beautiful Nicole Richie who, bless her heart, has tried to resuscitate this style from the 1970’s for quite sometime. Yay… you finally did it Nicole! I mean with her always trendy looks and style icon label it was a matter of time before this trend settled in. Never one to shy away from fashion experimentation Nicole has said that everyone should try wearing headpieces, proving they not only look amazing, but give edge & coolness to a look. With jeans, loose patterned coloured tops and beach waves hairstyle – a headpiece puts the bohemian feel into an outfit. A sultry glamorous sparkling look & sexy stilettos can be complimented bystatement jeweled headpiece over a pulled back sleek hairdo. Headpieces made out of crystals, gold, beads, or any chic jewellery and embellishments look amazing with silk blouses and trousers or jeans, or with cutoff denims, tights, jumpers or blazers. It can add a bit of naughty school-girl touch to any look, or a bit of sophistication and glam to a casual street style outfit. For all you adventurous ladies, a headpiece can put some razzmatazz into any look and you can rock your way through the town’s busy crowd in style. Just think of it as the cherry on top of any style or outfit you choose: coat & boots for winter; dress and heels for evening; shorts and T-shirt for casual. The sky’s the limit. Remember Blair Waldorf in Gossip Girl? She made all her fren-enemies steal her cute, sweet & naughty headbands style. And before we knew it, every posh 20 year old girl was a Gossip Girl in headbands or hairpieces that adorned her head in any occasion or season. Oh and let’s not forget the nostalgic Americana Dream girlLana Del Rey. She sure brought back those hipster romantic flower headpieces, and not too long ago we’ve spotted Alexa Chung & Pixie Lot rocking them at carpet events.

For 2012-2013 Autumn/Winter designers didn’t shy away from the heavy adorned heads trend and what better and more glamorous example could we ask for than Dolce & Gabbana? With Alta Moda collection the extremely talented Italians are telling us to go wild on accessories and decorate our heads with the most exquisite headbands & pieces, while keeping on the huge earrings and heavily embroidered textures and seductive clothes. It’s a heaven of too much, only that it looks ravishing and fabulous. And if the catwalks are doing it than what the hell! It means we got a free pass to extravagances and style statements. Though it has been around for a while now… the headpieces trend stays, and though it may not always be in the very spotlight, it’s right there next to all the big trends putting the exclamation point in any look. Too much? Too fun or too childish? Hmmm… a lot could be said, but the truth is that flower headbands & jewelry headpieces look fantastic. The question is would you wear them? And which ones are your style? 

Maharani Jewel Headpiece; $149.00 from mimco.com.au

Maharani Jewel Headpiece; $149.00 from mimco.com.au

House of Harlow 1960 Gold Three Strand Headpiece in gold; $209.00

House of Harlow 1960 Gold Three Strand Headpiece in gold; $209.00

Vanessa Mooney Olivia Headpiece; $120.00, from swell.com

Vanessa Mooney Olivia Headpiece; $120.00, from swell.com

Beatrice Oversized Floral Crown Headband; £38.00 from rocknrose.co.uk

Beatrice Oversized Floral Crown Headband; £38.00 from rocknrose.co.uk

Johnny Loves Rosie Double Corsage Flower Headband, Black/silver £39.50 from johnlewis.com

Johnny Loves Rosie Double Corsage Flower Headband, Black/silver £39.50 from johnlewis.com

Dolce & Gabanna Headbands

Dolce & Gabbana Headbands

Dolce & Gabanna Headbands

Dolce & Gabbana Headbands

Dolce & Gabbana Headbands

Dolce & Gabbana Headbands

Red Roses Flower Headpiece

Red Roses Flower Headpiece via Tumblr

Sasha Pivovarova Flower Headpiece

Sasha Pivovarova Flower Headpiece

Alexa Chung Flower Headband

Alexa Chung Flower Headband

Alicia Keys Chanel Headpiece

Alicia Keys Chanel Headpiece

Anna Delo Russo Headpiece

Anna Delo Russo Headpiece

Black & white Flower Headpiece

Black & white Flower Headpiece via Pintrest

Charlize Theron headpiece

Charlize Theron headpiece

Emma Stone Headpiece

Emma Stone Headpiece

Florence Welch Headpiece

Florence Welch Headpiece

Funky Headpiece Street Style

Funky Headpiece Street Style

Headpiece Diane Von Furstenberg

Headpiece Diane Von Furstenberg

Headpiece style

Headpiece style

Josephine de la Baume flower headband

Josephine de la Baume flower headband

Kim Kardashian Headpiece

Kim Kardashian Headpiece

Lady Gaga Headpiece

Lady Gaga Headpiece

Leighton Meester Headband

Leighton Meester Headband

Miroslava Duma Headpiece

Miroslava Duma Headpiece

Nina Ricci headpieces

Nina Ricci headpieces

Rihanna Headpiece

Rihanna Headpiece

Pixie Lot flower headpiece

Pixie Lott flower headpiece

photos via Pintrest, Tumblr, la Modella Mafia, Google Images