High street v. Traditional
From since I can remember, my yiayia (grandmother) has given me jewellery from thechurches she visited in Cyprus. From bracelets to necklaces, I have a box filled with jewellery draped with icon images and religious symbols, so I find it weird that so much religious jewellery has been spotted in this year’s Spring/Summer collection.
I used to think I looked quite unique when I wore this kind of jewellery, as it symbolised my heritage and religion, like the bracelet pictured on the top right hand, but this is no longer the case as these bracelets are seen in all major high street stores. My Greek Orthodox bracelet looks no different now to anyone else’s, and people do not see it as a cultural statement like they once did. So it saddens me slightly that simple pieces of jewellery that people wore to illustrate their personal beliefs have been popularised into main stream culture. People who are not religious will now be wearing the icon bracelets, and the cross on their earrings, and the Rosary beads around their neck. The other day I was watching a reality show (the best kind of tv) and a Muslim woman was wearing a large diamond encrusted cross pendant, why?
I am not the most religious person in the world; I don’t shriek in horror at the sight of people wearing the religiously symbolled accessories that have become such a hit, but it is strange to think that such sacred emblems can be bought in a clothes shop and eve on market stools. It makes me wonder of there is any limit to fashion and how far people will go to fit in with the latest trends.
After reading reading (looking at the pictures) various magazines and online articles, I have noticed these round sun glasses have made appearances on various celebrities. Not only that, they are now making their way on to high street stores, why? Maybe I don’t like them because when I tried them on I actually looked like a pervert/flasher, but I do not understand this new trend! Aviators I get as they suit most face shapes and can look both classy and chilled, but why are we stealing the style tips of Harry Potter? I just don’t see it!
What I have noticed recently is the growing popularity of cupcakes, not only eating them, but making them. My facebook is often being bombarded with people’s pictures of beautiful cupcakes they have made; I too tried to mirror this craze, but I did not feel they were quite Facebook worthy, and also they were eaten before I had a chance to take a picture. But the options of the types of cupcakes you can have nowadays is immense. I recently went to Highstreet Kensington and the cakes that are sold in the market look amazing. They come in different flavours, styles and shapes. I sampled one (or three) and they taste as good as they look, definitely worth checking out!
Apart from stonewash making a huge comeback, I have also spotted A LOT of patterned jeans in high street stores, especially in the classic Leopard print style that has been the eye of fashion fot the last three years! These trendy jeans would look gorgeous with a plain top and a pair of sandals. They can also be dressed up with a pair of heels and tight top, there is really no limit to printed jeans, unless you want to wear them with a different patterned top, then that’s your limit, because then you could be classed as looking ‘special’.
They have definitely taken slight attention away from patterned leggings, and I must admit, I prefer the look of patterned jeans. At least you do not have to worry about your underwear showing through and your mum telling you she can see too much of your bum…But I will definitely be scraping my measly student pennies to get a pair this summer, I think they will be a key item this summer.
Jeans are a BIG this season, ad stonewashed fabrics and softer styles are popular styles on the high street. I love soft jeans because they are comfortable and are light enough to wear for the hotter weather without feeling like your jeans are sticking to you.
Because of how tight softer jeans are, they are versatile and can be worn with a flowy top for a more casual feel. This also hides your stomach if you feel that is your problem area, and then you can show off your skinny pins!
Alternatively, your can tuck in a cute vest top into your jeans and wear them with a statement belt. I love wearing them with a vest and my gleaming white trainers as I can tuck the bottoms of the jeans into your trainers to show them off even more… because I think I’m cool like that.