Trends

The year of corset

One of the biggest trends for A/W 2016-17 was the corset trend. The corset in the 1800s was originally worn to reduce the waist, to enhance bust and hips and to make a fashionable silhouette. It has a history of 350 years before the 1800s and it has been attributed to Catherine de’ Medici, the wife of King Henry of France. The corset has undergone many changes since then and has evolved to a garment whereby it may mimic the traditional look but does not change the shape of the body. The corset in the 1800s was associated with femininity and now its back for aesthetic and style purposes.

It is now being worn in different ways, over baggy dresses and t-shirts, coats or full on corset dresses. No longer do you have suck in, worry about your organs crushing, its now a nice addition to your jumper or shirt.

Sere how I have worn the corset trend:

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The corset is an oldie from Zara, a couple of seasons ago.

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The corset was at the centre of Miuccia Prada’s Autumn 2016 show, the designer pretty much layered the corset over everything, from wool coats to jacquard dresses.

The Year of Corset Prada

Celebrities who have been crushing over the return of the corset include Kim Kardashian West, Gigi Hadid, Hailey Baldwin, Rihanna, Kylie and Kendall Jenner.

Kim Kardashian West

The Year of Corset Kim Kardashian

Gigi Hadid

The Year of Corset Gigi Hadid

Hailey Baldwin

The Year of Corset Hailey Baldwin

Rihanna

The Year of Corset Rihanna

Kylie Jenner

The Year of Corset Kylie Jenner

Kendall Jenner

The Year of Corset Kendall Jenner

I apologise about my shoes not being tied, *sighs*.

The Year of Corset 5

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Outfit details:

Corset-Zara

Culottes- Marks and Spencer

Shoes- Kurt Geiger

Bag-Marks and Spencer

Choker- Topshop

 

Images: Me, me, me (renaissanceideal.com), www.vogue.co.uk , www.glamourmagazine.co.uk and www.elleuk.com

Stay Blessed x

Monochrome

There is nothing easier than pairing black and white pieces. Where it gets harder, is when working with embellishments, leather and patterns. Monochrome is one of the trends seen on the runway for this Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 season. Instead of colour blocking monochrome seen in previous seasons, it is all about monochrome patterns and textures.

Here are some pictures:

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Monochrome 4

Monochrome 6

Monochrome 8

Monochrome 3

Monochrome 5

What was I wearing?

Black Leather-esque Jumper- River Island

Houndstooth/Dogstooth Trousers- River Island

Necklace- Topshop

Shoes- Dune

Stay Blessed

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A/W Guide 2013/2014

I know I am a bit late, with my guide the ‘Autumn/Winter fashion guide 2013/2014’. However, remember it is never too late to give a few pointers when it comes to shoes, handbags, jewellery and clothing. From tartan to checks to the full skirt, there is something for everyone to love.

Here are my pointers:

Tartan & Checks

As seen at: Celine, Versace, Givenchy, Tommy Hilfiger,  Mulberry & Saint Laurent

Tartan & Checks

Left: Michael Kors

Right: Clements Ribeiro

Tartan is the print for Autumn/Winter this year. Checks were worn head to toe on the runway. Do not be afraid to clash checks together. For those who are afraid of clash mania, try out a tartan jacket or coat or add even a tartan scarf to your outfit.

Where to find it ?:

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Asos Balloon Tartan Top: See here

Asos checked coat: See here

Marks & Spencer Limited Collection Tartan bag: See here

Topshop Gingham Jeans: See here

The Skirt

As Seen at: Celine, Jill Sander,  Victoria Beckham, Stella McCartney

The Skirt

Left: Victoria Beckham

Right: Aquilano.Rimondi

The skirt is longer, midcalf and  full. The runway focused on femininity, instead of the sexy mini, it is the knee length skirt which best captures a woman. From the elegant sleek pencil skirts to the fifties inspired full skirts-pair it with a knit, flats or chunky ankle boots.

Where to find it ? :

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Marks & Spencer Leather Full Skirt: See here

Mango White Midi Skirt: See here

Zara High Waist Grey Skirt: See here

Zara Asymmetric Skirt: See here

Cover Yourself

As Seen at: Carven

In this chilly weather, you would want to keep warm. With the news of a extremely cold winter this year, why not make a statement with your coat? This year coats are oversized, big or streamlined, boyish or womanly, richly coloured or pale. Coats come pink and sleeveless-there is something for everybody.

Oversized coats

Left to Right: Victoria Beckham, Stella McCartney, Carven

Where to find it ? :

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John Lewis (Jaeger) Green Cocoon Coat: See here

John Lewis (Hobbs) Tan Coat: See here

Ted Baker Green Coat: See here

Colours

As Seen at: Chloe, Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler

Colours

Left to Right: Marc Jacobs, Jonathan Saunders, Chloe

It’s all about the pale baby colours. Pale pinks and pale blues, all inspired by the 60s. However not only does pink come pale, but in different variants-dusty berry and shocking pinks.

Where to find it:

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ASOS Pink Coat: See here

Reiss blue dress: See here

The Mini Bag

As Seen at: Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Carven

Mini handbag

Left to Right: Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel

Aren’t these bags so cute? I wonder what you can fit in them…Impractical? Oh, well!

Where to find it ?:

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River Island Orange Mini Cross Body bag: See here

River Island Blue Clutch bag: See here

Warehouse Pink Midi bag: See here

Stay Blessed

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Candy colours

 

You can probably guess by now, I love bright colours and patterns. The Candy Colour trend has continued into Spring and Summer 2013 with it still being a key look. This was an OOTD for church.

Here are some pictures:

multi-colour platform wedges

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pink dress 3

pink dress 10

pink dress 5

pink dress 6

 pink dress 8

pink dress 9

What am I wearing:

Candy Colour pink and orange dress- Marks & Spencer

Chunky silver necklace- Wallis

Platform Wedges- Kurt Geiger

Stay Blessed

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Dots & Stripes

Hey everyone. Hope all is well. I recently went to Paris for a little get away at the end of June. I will be put be putting the pictures up very soon.  This outfit is what I wore when I came back and took a stroll to my local shopping centre. When I came back, the heat wave in England had begun. I am loving this weather. I have been complaining, I will not deny it. Some days have apparently been hotter than Accra & Lagos, that is crazy!  At least there air con is in most places. I just detest, the ‘sweat and the thirsty look’ as I call it. It is not a good look! It is essential in this heat to be carrying a bottle of water and some spray. Anyway, let me stop complaining because I would definitely not like it if started to rain. Hey ho, the UK hardly gets this kind of weather so I am going to appreciate it. It gives me a chance to wear all my colourful and patterned clothing. I was hoping for the sun to come this summer and I got more than I wanted. 

Monochrome trend is a hot look for Summer 2013. The best thing about the look it can be versatile-so you can go for a edgy or  a classic look. One of the best ways to achieve the Monochrome look is to go for polka dots, colour blocking or stripes. I chose to clash a small polka dotted top with striped white and black jeans.

Here are some pictures:

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What I was wearing:

             Polka dot top- Old top (cannot remember where it is from)

             Striped Trousers-H&M

             Belt- H&M

             Black bag- DKNY

             Black flats- Got it from my mum

 

Stay Blessed

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Double denim

I know what you are thinking- double denim is a fashion disaster. However Double Denim can work if it is done right. We all remember the double denim outfits that Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake wore to the American Music Awards. She was wearing a bustier denim dress and he was wearing a denim suit with that awful cowboy denim hat. Double denim is back in! Designers such as Miu Miu  showcased Double Denim at their spring summer show. Try not to make the double denim  ‘matchy-matchy’- denim shoes, denim hat, denim dress and denim bag etc.  For inspiration take a look at celebrities like Rihanna and Miranda Kerr who have rocked the Double Denim look well. It can be pulled off by all ages-whether in the teens, 20s, 30s, 40s and grown and fabulous.

Here are 3 ways Double Denim can be done:

1) Head to toe

This means that the top and bottom has the same  or similar shade of blue. This outfit works with simple and neutral accessories. For a contemporary look  try and add bold accessories like a studded bag or a statement belt.

Head to Toe

Denim Shirt- Oasis (Click here)

Jeans- Topshop (Click here)

Studded Bag- Marks & Spencer Limited Collection (Click here)

Sandals – KG Kurt Geiger (Click here)

2) Ladylike

For a ladylike look try a denim dress or a denim shirt with a denim pencil skirt. This could be paired with feminine jewellery and elegant court shoes.

Lady Like

Denim Dress- Phase Eight (John Lewis) (Click Here)

Red Court Stilettos- Stuart Weitzman Russell & Bromley (Click Here)

Red Patent Handbag- Aspinal (John Lewis) (Click Here)

Chunky Pearl Necklace- John Lewis (Click Here)

Pearl Studs- John Lewis (Click Here)

Gold Watch- Radley (John Lewis) (Click Here)

3) Mix and Match

For this look to be achieved, mix and match different types of denims. This can be done for example wearing a denim shirt with  distressed jeans. Additionally, wearing different colours of denim can work for example light washed out jeans with a darker denim top. Now a lot of jeans are mixed with leather or patterns. If you are looking for a contemporary look try jeans like this and a denim top. It is okay to mix and match.

Mix and Match

Denim Shirt with lace- ASOS (Click Here)

Denim Shorts- H&M (Click Here)

Here are some pictures of my Double Denim OOTD on my weekend in Cambridge recently:

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Denim Shirt-Mango

Denim Skirt- Marks & Spencer

Black Flatform Sandals- KG Kurt Geiger

Belt- Versace

Rose Gold Watch- Marc Jacobs

Stay Blessed

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