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We’re well into the year 2015 now, but the weather has just about started to perk up. What does it mean when the weather starts to perk up? New clothes! A new wardrobe is an absolute must for each season. Take a look at the following 8 trends, which are all set to be huge this year.
The 70s has already made a massive comeback, and it isn’t too late to get in on the act! Suede is massive, so just about any garment made from suede would make a good addition to your wardrobe. Floaty blouses and billowing silhouettes are all popular too. You could even go vintage shopping to get some real 70s bits. Mix vintage and modern to create some lovely, unique looks that you won’t see anywhere else!
Double denim can be pulled off, despite what anybody may tell you. The key is to wear 2 different shades of denim, so you don’t look too ‘samey’. Some people have been known to pull off the same shade, but it’s hard. I suggest wearing denim trousers or a skirt with a denim jacket and then a different coloured top underneath.
The military trend looks badass, and it can be rocked so many different ways. I love wearing a girly dress with LOWA distribute brown military boots, or something similar. They toughen up the look just enough! You can also try wearing military jackets over a girly dress.
Stripes are everywhere; on tops, trousers, and even jackets. Choose one statement item and then style the rest of your outfit around that.
The boho look comes back every single year; it just changes every so slightly. This year it’s all about those metallic tattoos and plenty of layered jewellery. Look at Vanessa Hudgens if you need some inspiration.
The mermaid trend isn’t going anywhere, so make sure you pick up a few bits. Find items in turquoise and green, and make sure you go for iridescent sequins too! We’ve all longed to be the little mermaid at one time and another, so now is your chance.
White denim isn’t the most forgiving of materials, so you do need to be confident to wear it. It can look great when worn as a pair of jeans or as a jacket; just make sure you’re comfortable! Also, watch out for any spills. They show up all too easily on white denim.
Clashing your colours and patterns might seem like a bad idea, but everybody is doing it! Make it your own to be as bright and bold as you possibly can. It can take a little practice to get it right, but it can look amazing. Check out other fashion blogs and sites like Pinterest for inspiration. Don’t be afraid to go bold.
Are you going to be rocking these trends? Which of them do you like best? Leave any of your own tips below. Thanks for reading and we’ll see you again soon!
At the beginning of March this year, an announcement was made that two well known designers would be putting their heads together to design and produce a new line of men’s shoes. Cole Haan is an iconic fashion label that was started in Chicago, Illinois in 1928. Originally known as a men’s footwear company, they became legendary for their superior quality shoes and accessories for men and women. Being a company that honors tradition in their designs, their collaboration with Todd Snyder for men’s footwear brings Todd’s vision for classic design and highlights it with a modern appeal.
One example of the merging of these two great designers is the Lewis Chukka in Blazer Blue. The Chukka boot has been a popular style since the 1940’s and you will find this particular style in mostly brown and black leather, but Todd Snyder has taken this low leather boot and brought it to us in a fantastic dusty navy, pebbled leather. This modern twist on a vintage classic shoe allows for more versatility with a color that will blend well with both a casual look and also gives you the ability to dress it up a little.
Next is the Willet Plain Oxford in Magnet, which is a simple style oxford shoe that has Cole Haan’s classic leather sole paired with a smooth grey leather that has modern lines and contrast stitching around the laces. If you don’t know already, grey is the new black and this particular shoe gives you a traditional styling in a fresh neutral palette, which will take you from Spring to Summer and then, into Fall.
Some new Spring-Summer 2015 looks by Todd Snyder that would go great with this new collaboration with Cole Haan would be this casual grey sweater, worn over a crisp white shirt and tie, that is paired with charcoal colored trousers.
For those of us tired of wading through piles of snow and slush with the winter weather, the thought of Spring is a breath of fresh air. Even though the temperatures will be getting better and the sun will be shining more, we will still have to deal with some wet weather. The key is to be prepared with clothing and accessories that will make the transition smooth. At http://www.eastdane.com/, there is a selection of quality made outerwear and accessory items to get you through the rainy season.
Even though you are probably dying to put away the heavy winter coats, gents, in the Spring you will still need a men’s raincoat for a little warmth and protection from the wet weather. One great coat for that purpose is the 2xH Brothers Wesley Jacket. It is a car-length coat that is constructed in a 65% polyester and 35% cotton weave that will give you some protection on those drizzly days. The deep navy color will fit into your own wardrobe seamlessly. The pointed collar and welt pockets keep the jacket’s look sleek. It will run you $223, but is a great investment piece from year to year.
Next, you will need something to keep your feet dry when the April showers hit. At East Dane, they have Hunter Boots which are a shorter length rain boot for $135 that are made of a waterproof rubber to keep your feet warm and dry while wading through the puddles.
Another dressier option might be the AMI Vibram Sole Brogues that is constructed of glossed leather with decoratively embossed trim, but the thick lug sole is the key to keeping you striding through wet pavement. These are pricier at $460.
Lastly, in order to keep yourself totally dry, you will need a good umbrella. At East Dane, expect a selection of handcrafted umbrellas under their travel accessories that have solid and telescoping handles to fit your need. My favorite is the dark green Fox Umbrella that is handmade in England with a wood crook handle, polished metal hardware, and a telescoping handle to transport more easily. It is $90, but has a handcrafted flair.
There are a lot of articles flooding the internet about winter boots. After checking out many of them, I found, to my surprise that several of their suggestions weren’t really weather-proof at all! No matter how cute those little suede booties or leather riding knee-high boots look they won’t last long in three feet of snow!
We compiled our list of the top boots. Not only are they cute and stylish but they are made for all weather from rain and sleet to snowstorms!
First, the perfect rain boot:
There is nothing more annoying that rain boots. Sure they look adorable on children but sloshing around the streets in rubber boots with flowers or duckies on them is anything but fashion-forward. If it must rain, make sure to pack one of our wear one of our choice below. With so many chic options you might look forward to a little wet weather.
Burberry’s Check Belted Rain Boots are one part tough and two parts practical. The wrap around strap and metal buckle add the edge while the matte rubber fabric and rubber grip sole make them perfect for jumping from puddle to puddle.
Want even more toughness in your boots? Try Burberry’s Stud Detail Belted Rain Boot and hit those soggy streets running. Or for a more classical approach, the Canvas Check Detail Rain Boots are a rainy day must. The distinctive pleat and buckle detail add a little something extra to the classic rain boot. Plus the matte finish gives them an air of luxury.
Hate to trade your heels in for rain boots? Now you don’t have to! Miu Miu’s Pointy Toe Rain Boot features a 3 1/2″ heel and rubber sole. While heels aren’t great for those really bad days, they are certainly a good option if you hate carrying a second pair of shoes in your purse for work and would love to wear one pair all day long.
I hate to break it to you, but you’re wearing your boots wrong! Not only your boots but your leggings and crop tops too. Wrong, wrong, wrong! Or rather you’re not putting your body in the best light by ignoring some basic rules about your clothing. So avoid falling victim to our list of outfit faux pas and look taller, leaner, classier, and all around better!
Don’t wear a long skirt and high boots. You want to show a little leg (or tights/leggings) otherwise it will make your legs look thick and short.
Do wear a hemline that is flattering and appropriate but that doesn’t hit the boot. That little sliver of skin (or flash of tights) will elongate you and make your legs look slimmer.
Don’t wear them as if they were pants! They are NOT pants!
Do put them under long shirts and short dresses! Think of them as thick, opaque comfortable tights.
Don’t show off too much skin at once. A crop top with a short skirt and your stomach hanging out (no matter how flat your abs are) looks a little too risqué. Add a pair of over the knee boots and it comes across as very Pretty Woman.
Do pair a crop top with high waisted pants or a skirt. Showing just a little peek of skin will make you feel sexy but still look classy. Plus if you’re insecure about your midriff, a crop top with a high waisted bottom will show the skinniest part of your waist, making it a great choice, even if you aren’t a size zero.
Looking at the trends and what is new in men’s footwear for this Fall, I noticed shoes having duel fashion purpose. Nothing is better than having a little versatility in your closet. The first one I came across at www.macys.com, while I was looking for some youth-approved footwear for a teenage relative.
With a sea of black shoes and sneakers out there, the Ralph Lauren Black Leather Tedd High Top Sneakers still managed to catch my eye. They have the look of a black leather work boot, but the weight and agility of a high-top sneaker. At $87.99, the quality is fantastic and they are the perfect cross-over shoe from Fall to Winter, being also a great choice for work or school.
Next, is an unusual mix of fabric for a man’s shoe. They are the Nike Men’s LeBron Denim High-Tops. They have the styling of a basketball sneaker, but lean also toward a casual shoe with the indigo denim that is surrounded by a black leather anterior foot and heel. It is a great choice for those guys who just hate to wear anything but sneakers and need something that is a little less athletic looking.
Another choice for an on-trend casual footwear for men this year are the Creative Recreation Men’s Camo High-Tops. Camouflage is still a hot pattern in both clothing and footwear for Fall/Winter 2014. This particular one contains the traditional camo colors of tan, green, and brown, which is trimmed in dark brown leather around the laces and along the toe/heel area. For about $100, it is also a casual shoe that can transition seamlessly from Summer, to Fall and Winter too.
Lastly, is a unique combination of the distinct details of the Wing-Tip Oxford and a lace-up leather boot. These creations by Ben Sherman have the ability to cross the line from casual to a semi-formal style of dressing. Tucked under a pair of dress pants, it would be hard to tell that they are a pair of boots. However, I could still see them working with a pair of cargo shorts, some bulkier knit socks, and a button-down plaid dress shirt.