Frills and thrills guest post

Monday, April 25, 2011

The second guest post is by the sweet Sam from Frills and Thrills. Seeing as I know very little about fashion or rather, I just wear whatever fits and is clean enough (I sound like a boy don't I?), I got this lovely blogger to tell you guys a bit about what to wear in these cold months ahead. Listen to her, she knows what she's talking about.

It's that time of the year again, where we pack away our strappy tops and sandals and fill our closets with warm winter wear. These are some of the trends heating up stores this cold season.

The Colour Palette
Khaki, army green and camel fit in well with this year's military trend. Deeper shades of blue from navy to midnight have been an inherent feature on the international fashion scene. Bold red tones are hot for winter, as seen at Carolina Herrara, Proenza Schouler and Antonio Beradi. Colour blocking is also starting to take off (Lacoste, Gucci). Grey has replaced black as the new neutral.

The Prints
African-inspired prints were seen on both local and international runways. Animal prints from zebra to leopard were shown at Thula Sindi, Kluk, Gucci and Balmain. Add a dash of fierce leopard print to your wardrobe with scarves, belts, bags, jackets or even shoes. Look out for beautiful tribal prints in rich colours. (Kluk/CGDT, Vivienne Westwood).

The Fabrics
Expect to see luxurious fabrics like velvets (Oscar de la Renta, Dolce and Gabbana), faux fur (Errol Arendz, Marc Jacobs, Abigail Betz) and chunky knits (Chloe, Micheal Kors). Lace adds a romantic and feminine twist to outfits. Leather is a winter staple and can be seen on skirts, jackets, pants and boots. (DKNY, Celine, Prada).

The Silhouettes 
The 70's flare – Tired of the skinny leg? You will be pleased to know that the 70's style wide-legged trousers are a Huge Trend this winter. Wear them high-waisted and with heels for a longer silhouette.

The Retro Blouse – soft, billowy blouses paired with the flare-leg pants embody sophisticated 70's glamour.

The A-Line Dress – Channel the ladylike trend with 50's inspired A-line dresses, featuring clinched waists and full skirts.

Maxi's – Skirts and dresses are longer and fuller this season. Choose printed fabrics for a Boho-chic look and warm up with a cropped jacket and boots.

The Peg-Leg Pants – Cropped with a relaxed, looser fit, the peg-leg pants will suit taller girls. It can be paired with a boyfriend blazer, simple tee and brogues for a casual look. Or dress up with heels and a pretty blouse.

The Suit – The masculine suit has been tailored and polished for a sexier look.  Wear with a well-fitted shirt and contrast neutral colours with bright accessories.

The Jackets 
Military jackets make a comeback with metallic buttons, structured shoulders and cuffed sleeves.

Other jacket options include comfier capes,  parkas, classic trench coats and woolly shearling aviator jackets. Get the punk rock edge with studded leather biker jackets. (Burberry, Just Cavalli)

Accessorize with: 
The floppy 70's hat
The satchel or messenger sling bag
High-heeled hiking boots
Two-tone brogues
Skinny belts that accentuate the waist.
Feathered jewellery and fascinators

Most importantly, wear what makes you feel comfortable, have fun mixing textures and embrace the elegant feminine trend. Happy Winter Shopping!


Sam said...

Hi Megan,
Thanks so much for the feature.
Pics look great!

Sumaya said...

Sam you did it all!

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