My FAVE trends for 2012
COLOUR BLOCKING, GLAMOUR & ANTIQUE/FRENCH INSPIRED
SJM OUTFIT COMPOSITION/DESIGN TIPS:
I don’t mind a bit of bling and sparkle, when it’s done well! When composing your outfit, think of it in template form, or as a hierarchy system. Number one, what’s your feature/statement piece, and then work backwards. For example, a fabulous vintage pair of sparkling earrings, or a slinky metallic top, should be paired with supporting basics. Think of these supporting pieces as the back-up dancers! You want them there as a strong support for the lead act, but not to take away the spotlight. That is exactly how outfit composition should work.
I am all for bringing back some 90’s disco inspired outfits and material, but it needs to be kept to a minimum. Like any trend, whether it be floral, lace or even denim, let’s say no more than one feature item. Of course, like anything in life, there are exceptions to the rule. Pale and distressed denim can look fabulous paired with a dark skinny jean.
I love to have my bag, shoes or accessories as my lead singer, particularly at night. If you want a cool, sophisticated look, this often is the way to go. When it comes to styling, less is always more. Look at yourself before you leave the house, and I guarantee you should remove one item! I’m loving the slicked back pony tail with a medium-long pair of earrings and a fabulous lippy to match. Remember ladies, if you are wearing a statement pair of earrings or anything bigger than a 20 cent coin, NO NECKLACE!
ANTIQUE & FRENCH INSPIRED TREND – (in love with this one!)…
I absolutely love the parisian, Marie Antoinette inspired trend this year. The classic cuts and the romantic pastel colours take me back to the innocence and simplicity of childhood. I LOVE mix and matching different trends. I’ll admit, as much as I would love to be a ‘trend-setter’, I’m a traditional girl at heart. I love lace, floral and tailored cuts. When done well, juxtaposing two or even three trends together looks great.
My personal fave is a tailored skirt or dress that shows off our femininity. A design should ideally come in around the waist, and fit well over the hips (without pulling), and drop to a flattering height (JUST above the knees!!!). A delicate cami or top (lace looks so sweet!), and a cropped little blazer just looks so classy! Depending on what time of the day or occasion it is, you can alter your shoes, bag and jewellery to match. A clutch and closed toe pumps is perfect for night time or a formal event. A wedge/sandal and regular bag over the arm, are ideal for for daytime and casual events.
*Each to their own, but showing off leg, boob and too much skin can look cheap, and offenders should be prosecuted! Ladies, stay stylish and elegant, CONFIDENCE is the sexiest thing you can wear – remember that!
SHOPPING & WHERE TO FIND THESE TRENDS:
For parisian inspired designs (lace, nautical & romantic), colour blocking and glamour, I would suggest online suppliers such as ASOS, Princess Polly, Top Shop and Zara. They have a great variety and at very reasonable prices. However, if you want to support local brands, Cotton On, Dotti, Bardot and even Target have some beautiful stuff