My favourite of the latest fashion trends definitely has to be the introduction of the head-to-toe metallic outfit; bold and beautiful gold, silver and bronze clothing and accessories have been lighting up the high street. Not only does it give me a chance to wear my gold hoops, necklace and three of my favourite bracelets at the same time without looking tacky (kind of), but also it is stylish and fun. This trend allows for experimenting with clothing and jewellery and offers an exciting approach to new fashion collaborations.
Big brash jewellery comes with the territory, the louder the better. I have always found that statement jewellery is a good investment as it can brighten up a plain outfit and can completely transform an outfit you have worn before, statement pieces are always so versatile, and they don’t have to be expensive. Although Saint Laurent’s Arty Oval Ring would definitely suit our hands perfectly, there are plenty of high street brands that offer jewellery pieces that are just as eye-catching without the price also catching your eye.
Furthermore, the introduction of patterned metallic clothing is a great breakthrough for fashion. I am in love with Michael Kors’ Lamé Jogging Trousers; now obviously they’re not joggers you wear on the treadmill or to the corner shop to pick up milk, but they are the epitome of smart casual and would look great with a pair of wedged trainers and a plain long sleeve top.
DKNY’s Lace Drop Waist Dress is also an example of this fabulous fashion trend, the black and gold lace is indulgent glamour meets what I call ‘modest sexy’, it shows off the legs but gives a lot to the imagination. It does have that ‘pep-hem’ that I’m not so much a fan of but combined with the lace of the skirt it blends well and is subtle.
**Carolina Metallic Trousers by Goldie from Topshop
However, the high street has nailed this trend perfectly; Carolina Metallic Trousers by Goldie, which you can find in Topshop, offer the same smart casual look without mirroring the Michael Kors price tag. So, if you’re a wall flower when it comes to experimental fashion, try maybe a chunky ring or metallic top, you never know this could give you a confidence boost.
Throughout the past year there has been an explosion in nail decorating as it has expanded onto a whole new level! From stick on printed patterns to the new magnetic nail polishes introduced by O.P.I, nothing is impossible when it comes to nail art, and the obsession is only growing!
My friend recently bought Leopard print stick-on nail prints from New Look, Nail Rock, for a nigh out. She was so excited to put on the nail wraps, but to her disappointment she did not find the procedure as easy as she thought. She said it was very fidgety and that the nail wraps did not tick on to her nails properly and left gaps on her nails. This has influenced my opinion on using nail wraps, but at the same time my friend does not have the greatest of patience or finesse when doing such intricate procedures, so I’m not sure how well they work for people who are generally fairly able at applying make-up, not that my friend’s incapable and looks like she puts her make-up on with her feet or anything.
My Nails in O.P.I ‘Concrete’
Anyway, I recently jumped on the nail art bandwagon and splashed out a bit on a nail polish from O.P.I’s new range of Concrete nail polish, ‘Marble Arch’. At first I didn’t really understand how it worked as the polish looks smooth in the bottle, but once applied onto my nails it formed a gravelly texture instantly. I wasn’t too sure about how much I really liked this style in comparison to the smooth shiny surface I’m used to seeing on my nails, but once they dried I really liked them as they give off a nice finished textured look in the light and make my nails feel strong.
I have had this nail varnish on now for four days and there hasn’t been one chip on my nails; this has always been my main issue with nail varnishes and for this one to last so long without flaking is a major bonus because it means you don’t need to keep taking off your nail varnish and re-applying and you get more for your money.
Furthermore, in terms of the coarse feel on the surface of my nails, which still catches me by surprise every now and then, is not unpleasant but just different and I think my nails actually look quite nice and unique, and I would definitely get more in a different colour. It also makes me want to try the other nail designs O.P.I has to offer, including their magnetic nail varnish, the holographic design and the one that I most intrigued to try, the leather coating.
O.P.I Leather Nails
Everyone knows how tricky it can be dressing to season trends in our fickle British weather, but lucky for us oriental style has dominated with its long sleeved, high neck garments that can dazzle at any occasion without having to bare all to the elements. Take for example Nicole Miller’s stunning No Strings Attached mini, Just Cavalli’s beautiful Nakoma tunic, and the editor’s pick Temperley London’s long sleeve Lotus dress. These dresses give just the right amount of coverage to keep you from shivering when queuing for the club without taking anything away from the breath-taking look you want to achieve for an event.
There’s no denying the striking and glamorous look created by East Asian fashion, so be prepared to be the centre of attention in any room when you collide with this trend, it’s feminine and flirty with a style to attain any occasion. However, you do not have to leave your comfort zone in order to embrace this fashion trend; a little goes a long way. Even a piece of oriental inspired statement jewellery can make all the difference to your outfit and keep you bang on-trend. Take a look at and Mawi’s jade multi-charm bracelet, they ooze oriental fashion and can elegantly enhance any outfit.
How much is too much? I have always loved dressing my arms in bracelets and big watches, but when is the stage where arm jewellery starts to look garish? Take Kim Kardashian‘s collection of Cartier bracelets that she displayed last month on Instagram, I think this looks stylish and chic but I read some comments of how they look ‘too much’ and ‘tacky’. Obviously my modest wrist does not compare to her arm’s collection but is there a clear limit of how much you want to drape on your arm? It’s funny because the reason why I think I am obsessed with bracelets and rings more than any other type of jewellery is because they are really the only pieces you can physically see and hear when you’re moving around, and I always find them a nice surprise whenever I’m reminded I am wearing them 🙂
Also I also find that a selection of bracelets and rings make more of a statement, how many you use, the combination you have chosen are almost like a small extension of your personality and can look a but quirky. Plus, this kind of jewellery style kind add a stylish touch to any outfit.
Kim K’s Cartier Arm
Leopard print watch
Leopard Spiked Converse!
I have recently made two leopard print purchases and I wanted to share them to see if they are still seen as fashion forward or are a fashion faux-pas! Even if this was the case I am in love with leopard print and if I catch something in the corner of my eye in a shop that has this print, I will push over and elderly woman (not literally) to get to the item. This print seems to have made it’s way in clothing stores for a numerous amount of seasons, and I am grateful! However, are some people over this craze and ready to leave it in their closets until it becomes vintage fashion in another 20 years?
Sorry I have not been updating my blog recently, but I have been really busy getting a degree and joining ‘The Future Vintage’ team, helping them with their upcoming charity fashion show! Finishing uni is really daunting, especially when your not absolutely certain about what you want to do, so I am looking at different internships and graduate schemes that may be able to help me figure out how I’m going to fund my serious clothes fetish and buying things I need at the time I see them.
But, what the best part of finishing uni is.. THE GRAD BALL! With our uni adopting *sigh* ‘Harry Potter’ themed ball, we thankfully did not have to wear attire reflecting the large man in the corner dressed as Hagrid, or the small boy or girl (we couldn’t decide) mirroring the Harry Potter character’s iconic bo-selecta glasses and cape. But regardless of the not very promising theme, the hall looked beautiful, as did all the people who filled it. It was weird seeing all the boys in their sharp suits and the girls in their formal dresses when you know they are just going to be ‘dutty whining’ to Sean Paul by the end of the night, and waving their hair extensions around ‘coz they just don’t care’. There was an array of fashion decisions made for the evening, and I noticed, even after a glass (bottle) of wine, that the majority of women decided to go with the very fashionable ‘tail dress’, including three out of five of my housemates.
This dress style is very popular and an excellent way of looking elegant, whilst still showing a bit of leg and being able to get down on the dance floor. I, of course, did not get the memo and went in a white, (something I regretted as soon as I walked in and found myself underneath a heap of drunken boys who decided to try out the rides outside) knee length dress with a flowy bottom and a fitted top. What I love about this dress is the flower detailing that makes a v-shape pattern on the torso of the body. I have noticed this flower detailing becoming a theme in spring/summer collections, and something I expect to see far more of during the summer. My dress is from a high-street store, and although I was reluctant to buy anything that could be easily duplicated by someone else, I fell in love with its simple elegance straight away. The shape is perfect for someone who would like to have a bit of shape on the hips, and at the same time bring attention away from the stomach. I matched this dress with flesh-coloured, feet-slicing heels and a flesh colours clutch and it complimented nicely.
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!