Welcome to part II! You didn´t really think that I would leave you with only six trends to style for the entire season, did you?
I can´t really name more feminine fabrics than Silk, Lace, and Chiffon. Surprisingly, there isn´t anything more versatile to style. It´s all about your mood. Feeling girly or looking for the perfect occasion dress? Style it with some fancy heeled sandals or lace-up flats, put on a beautiful straw hat, grab a little bag and it´s almost like you´re having the time of your life in Mykonos 😉
As for me, I prefer something a little edgier (and Maria Grazia Chiuri somehow read my mind!). Maxi and midi fancy skirts and graphic tees are officially one of my favorite Spring combinations (mostly midi skirts, so that you can give the proper attention to your shoes). Frayed and ripped jeans also look pretty good with lace and see-through tops. If you don´t think this is edgy enough, you know what to do. Grab a moto jacket and put it on your shoulders 🙂
I blame it on the winter layers. It was such a big and fun trend that nobody wanted to leave it in the closet waiting for next Autumn/Winter. Deconstructed pieces are everywhere (you can find some really cool tees and dresses on Asos) and the trick is how to layer them. Starters Kit: try an oversized shirt with a mini skirt. Your goal is to let everybody know that you didn´t forget to hide the bottom of the shirt inside your skirt.
Gone are the days when double denim was an awful style mistake. DD is back and for the first time since I saw Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake wearing it (I was a child and I had nightmares), I actually want to try this trend. These days denim isn´t just denim anymore. It has pearls, pretty embroidery, ruffles, everything you can think of. It doesn´t even come in just blue. And that´s how creative designers saved double denim. Tip: Try adding a pop of color with your shoes or accessories (like a neck scarf, for example).
Do I really need to say this one is my all time favorite trend? Endless possibilities of mix and match different prints… I can guarantee you you´ll be seeing a lot more of graphic clothes on my Instagram page. Tip: statement jewelry creates an even bigger contrast. That and neck scarves. You can see how I usually wear it here and here.
Attention to all the minimalists out there. You can now have your monochromatic Sring/Summer! Gingham, polka dots, stripes, leaves, everything comes in black and white and I can´t honestly think of a more classic and sophisticated combo. If you think it´s too boring (how dare you! 😉 try to add a pop of color with your accessories.
Flowers for spring. The trend is as big as the cliché. But just look how perfectly it works! I always mix floral prints with monochrome stripes. To me, it´s the most visually appealing combination of prints. You might have seen on my instagram how much I’m loving florals because of this kimono. Last summer I wore it a lot with high waist jeans and this swimsuit .
We´re officially done with trends but you can count on more SS17 reports because I still have a lot to show you. As always, I´d love to know your favorites and how are you going to style them so see you in the comment section 😉
It´s that time of the year again. Allergies slowly start taking control of your life. Bugs everywhere. It´s too hot for ¾ sleeves yet too cold for off-shoulders. I´d gladly skip Spring if it wasn´t for new clothes and accessories. Stores looking as bright as ever for the first time in months. The endless possibilities of new outfits and the return of old friends kept in the closet for so long. Brace yourselves for a series of posts giving you all the info you need to create the best SS outfits.
Spring Summer 17 is a voyage through different decades: a bit of fanciness from the 40´s, something from the 70´s, a lot from the 80´s, a touch of 90´s. Sounds at least eclectic, right? But you´ll be surprised to see how it all blends in.
There is nothing more feminine than a tea dress and Miuccia Prada sure knows it. Bringing the 40´s shape back with other decade´s prints, it´s easily styled with classic colorful coats and fancy loafers. If you´re thinking irreverent, try wear them with some cool sneakers. If you´re feeling classy, lace up shoes are always a good option.
Think about Bianca Jagger and her white blazer. Now think about David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust. Feeling enough inspired already? So now we can talk about how shoulder pads are back and how cool will it be to style them. Make sure you know your proportions to understand what will suit you better because shoulder pads are pretty cool but also tricky to style. I usually avoid blazers with that kind of shoulders but I love cropped tops with bold shoulders. Here´s a little tip: when using shoulder pads try to pair them with something that marks your waistline (like a belt over a blazer, for example).
Are they ever not a trend? There is something so visually appealing about metallics that makes us own at least a metallic piece each season, don´t you think? Metallic pieces allow you to play with different fabrics. Personally, I like to wear them with silk and lace pieces. I got a pleated midi skirt on sales last season (which you might have seen if you´re following me on Instagram) and I’m sure “she” will be a conversation starter the whole season.
Typically, you´d wear sequined dresses, tops, and even pants during the night, right? Think again. Creative directors and brands invite you to shine all day. For a more casual look, you can pair your shiny pieces with denim and sneakers or loafers.
Having a tendency for darker colors, this SS may just be a turning point for me. If, just like me, you always end up buying something black, take a look at Spring collections. You´ll realize bold colors are here to stay. It´s up to you to mix a bright yellow with black and stay in your comfort zone. But we all know the fun happens outside that zone so if you´re feeling up to a change, try mixing that strong red with pink. Just remember that you make the rules, so if you like the visual impact that the oddest color scheme creates, go for it.
P.S. Gradient color schemes or one colored outfits are always a good option if you´re looking for something less visual impacting in terms of contrast. You´ll get extra style points if you play with different fabrics.
Time to set your inner Sandy (the “Tell me about it, stud” version, of course!) free. Parkas and moto jackets. Lots of spikes. Studs. Perfect for styling with fishnets, graphic tees and for a more preppy look, floral dresses. It´s time to take your Doc Martens and Converse from the closet. But you know what else would look cool with all these 90´s pieces? Lace up shoes and a pair of edgy ballerinas.
So, any favorites so far? Let me know in the comment section how will you be styling these trends! Stay tuned for Part II 😉
I may be a monochrome enthusiast and I may even love a lot more than I should a good minimal outfit. But when it comes to accessories I sure know ‘More is more and less is a bore’ (quoting Iris Apfel, the accessory God). Fact is, accessories are my personal everyday statements. So again, this season I can’t help but feeling a bit like Alice in Wonderland. There are so many accessories capable of changing an outfit instantly that I had to put an entire post together just for them. If you follow me on Instagram you already know about my tiny bag addiction and you’ve probably seen some of the bags featured on this trend report. You see, I spent the whole August month carrying only one tiny little bag everywhere due to a monster called Luggage Space and not only I missed my collection but I also found they were all perfect for Fall. Blame it on creative directors. Again.
Nautical and military are obvious Fall trends almost every year. But in this particular case Gigi Hadid for Tommy Hilfiger was the cause for every fashionista’s inner sailor’s release.
Left Top: ASOS (Gigi Hadid for Tommy Hilfiger); Bottom Left: ASOS; Right: Vogue.com
Tip n°1 to achieve the fabulous Parisian style. Perfect accessory for a really cold day but mostly for a bad hair day.
I know by now you’re all proud owners of several chokers. Maybe even too much of them, but hey – i won’t tell how many I have and won’t ask you either 😉 So far we’ve seen simple one colored chokers. Fall brings new ones, much bolder and creative. Authentic victorian pieces, ready to help you take your layering game to the next level.
When I think of vintage pieces belts are the first accessory to cross my mind (I’ll always be searching for the perfect black and gold Yves Saint Laurent logo belt). Gucci, where all the vanguard artists are, brought to Fall/Winter the famous logo belt as well as a sentiment of nostalgia and the temptation of a new – and quite expensive – acquisition. I shall not vacillate.
The versatile accessory. It can be a head accessory, a choker, a bracelet, a giant bow to your plain shirt.
Because nothing screams more maximalism like bold jewelry.
The Mini Statement Bag
All time favorite, but that you already knew 🙂 Forget essentials like wallets with every single card you have and huge makeup bags because they won’t fit. And remember that phones these days belong on your hand. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to carry inside your bag car and house keys.
As always, i´ll be waiting for your opinions and thoughts 🙂
Part II or how to master the print mixing game. And wear fringes. And what about a total white outfit with pops of red? Have you noticed how elegant a woman in red is? So many questions pop my mind when I look at street style pictures. Am I the only one who barely thinks about trends when scrolling through them? Of course we can always spot trends (and this time I tried as you can see) but I’m always more focused on the person. Street style taught me so much when it comes to finding my own style and identity. A person comfortably trending will always be prettier. Not because she’s trending, no. Because it’s someone who feels comfortable in its second skin – clothes.
Photos courtesy of Farfetch.com/UK
We patiently wait to see the newest trends and inspirations for each new season. It´s not only the clothes or accessories that are about to be revealed. It´s the environment, the light, the artistic process behind every show. But when it comes to street style everything changes. Trendsetter or not, everyone will be showing their personality through what they´re wearing. Multiple inspirations, mixed trends, things that only the person who´s wearing it considers trendy. That´s the beauty of what happens outside a show. And that´s why I consider street style such a strong source of inspiration. Are they waiting to be photographed? Of course. Does it make street style less authentic? Absolutely not. What about you? Do you also think the “magic” begins outside the shows?
Photos courtesy of Farfetch.com/UK
Like I told you on the first trend report, this Fall collections have too much information. Maximalism strikes again and you can spot its trace elements both on the clothes and accessories. I´ll be showing you what I believe to be the essential shoes for this season on this trend report and the next one will have all the accessories. Please note that it´s not my fault. Personally, I blame creative directors. The creative process of every important fashion house was just remarkable this Fall/Winter. I, of course, was a victim.
It was Fall 2015 and Alessandro Michele had a perfect vision for Gucci. The loafers emerged and they´re not going anywhere anytime soon. If there´s any versatile shoe for this Fall, it´s the loafer. So, have you picked yours?
You´ve already seen them during summer and even last Fall. I must say I have mixed feelings when it comes to flat slides because I don´t find them that comfortable or practical. But i´ll tell you if this relationship makes any progresses. A piece of advice: don´t run while wearing them.
Also known as “Granny Shoes” and definitely a very possible acquisition for this season. I find them very comfortable and super stylish, perfect to wear with frilled jeans and a cozy oversized knit (you know, for those days when you don´t want to put much thought on what you´re going to wear).
I didn´t love ballet very much when I practiced it but I did like my ballerina shoes very much and used to wear them around the house. You can transport yourself back to your childhood days with a classier version of ballerinas or an edgier one. Blame it on Miu Miu. As for my Bimba y Lola edgy ballet shoes, I find them perfect to wear with culottes.
The classic. Is there anything more feminine than a good pair of Mary-Jane´s? Again, a good reminder of your childhood days. And because velvet is one of the main Fall fabrics, if you want a win-win situation, find yourself a pair of these in velvet. If you´re able to find something that goes terribly wrong with Mary-Janes, please let me know. I haven´t so far. P.s. a tracksuit doesn´t count. We´ll talk about athleisure later.
I know, I know. But history tends to repeat itself. So ankle boots are a thing, again. But this time the ankle boot trend comes bolder. You can choose from a huge variety of prints and play mix&match with your outfits now more than ever. If you´re not much of a bold prints kind of person, you still have lots of options: pvc, suede, velvet… everything with only one color or a little statement on the heel. Can you guess which one I daydream about? 😉
As always, I’d love to know what you think. Which are your favorites? See you in the comment section and stay tuned for the next trend report 🙂
After going through every Fall show I felt lost. Of course every designer has its own source of inspiration every season but Fall 2016 was too much at the same time to dissect. The same designer can take inspiration both from the Renaissance and Picasso, which is completely normal but very hard when you want to fully understand the statement that person is making. Making sense of trends it’s not always easy, specially when the fashion industry is giving us so much to handle at the same time (from virtual shows to mixing both genders in the same show). This Fall I’ve decided to do a serie of Fall/Winter posts so that you won’t miss a thing. For the first one I chose The Must Haves. Why? Easy, I don’t really like heat. So in the middle of August I was already going through Fall clothes and dreaming about the cold days. And what better way to start than prepare yourself with this season’s key pieces? I promise I carefully analyzed every Vogue I could (and God bless Vogue Runway).
The cape strikes again and this Fall you’ll be able to feel like a Game of Thrones character. I must confess my love for capes… You can be wearing a basic long sleeved shirt underneath and you won’t look basic. Looking for that comfy piece to add to your wardorbe? Here you have it. There’s only one little issue concerning the practicality of the cape (at least I have it with the ones I own) – you may want to reconsider using that large tote bag on your shoulder.
Disclaimer: Please notice that the must haves are not in order (I noticed you could easily think I was playing dress up in the 16th century). Ruffled details, lots of white and see through fabrics plus some lace and dramatic pleated sleeves. When you put it that way it might sound too much and definitely not a versatile piece. But just think how you can create a ton of different looks all with different styles. One day you can wear it with an A-line printed skirt, over the knee socks and loafers and set your inner Blair Waldorf free and the other you can put on your moto leather jacket, some distressed denim jeans and ankle boots and feel a bit more like Prince.
There´s no way you´ll feel cozier than with an oversized sweater or piece of knit. And there´s no way you´ll be more stylish than the moment you´re wearing an oversized statement sweater or knit. There are no rules here, feel free to style it the way you want (we all have days when a pair of jeans will do and others when a pleated skirt would fit like a glove).
Velvet for Fall/Winter is my favorite cliché. There´s something so edgy and flattering about it no matter what color you choose. Last Fall I did an entire post about velvet so feel free to check it and gather some inspiration 😉
(Don´t you just love the name?)
After a never-ending affair with the Bomber Jacket (which I didn´t include in the must haves because by now i´m pretty sure my stylish readers already own at least one) it´s time for a cozier and warmer option. I spent several years hating puffa jackets and not wanting to use them because I didn´t find the “Michelin Toy” look funny at all… Years later I find myself tempted to buy one (don´t get me wrong, I still don´t like that “look” but I think I can manage to find a less exaggerated puffa jacket).
I have a little problem here. I´m addicted to fringed sweaters, coats, bags, basically everything fringed. If you follow me on Instagram I´m sure you see a lot my fringed bag. From now on, you´ll be seeing a lot more pieces 🙂 Spoiler alert: I have a fringed cape.
After seeing a lot of PVC boots (remembering Dior) I patiently waited for the return of plastic to the runways. Here it is, the perfect material to keep your outfits protected from rainy days and add that shiny touch.Personally, if I had to buy a vinyl piece I´d go for a midi A-line skirt. One of my favorite trench coats is a red vinyl piece that I usually wear with – of course – a total black outfit.
We´ve been on with this trend for a while now. Is it ever going to leave us? Probabily. Will I ever stop wearing it? Of course not! If I did a list of all the military inspired pieces I have I´d be ashamed. So the only reason I´m not considering buying the coat from the first picture is because as much as I wanted to look like one of Napoleon´s soldiers I already own a long dark blue military jacket from Mango. Now the military blazer… that´s a different story. Here´s another perfect piece to pair with the victorian shirt and a vinyl skirt.
When the pleated skirts returned from the 50´s I wasn´t quite sure how to style them. It took me a while to put together outfits with pleated skirts. Lately, no one can complain about lack of inspiration when it comes to pleated skirts. Street style at its best shows us how they can be easily paired with statement sweaters and heels, a good pair of sneakers, long faux fur jackets and t-shirts. This season Zara has the most exquisite collection of pleated skirts, definitely worth checking.
First trend report is done, I´ll see you in the comment section and look forward to know your thoughts 😉 Stay tuned for the next one!
Spring/Summer 2016. The moment I saw the collections I knew it would be my favorite season. When I saw the proposals for SS16 I immediately knew it was the birth of the tree B´s – the Bold, the Bright, the Beautiful. And if flowers for Spring sounds a cliché you should try flowers with butterflies and bees. Oh, and let´s not forget about adding some stripes. It seems that all the greatest designers were willing to leave the minimalism behind and encourage the rise of a simple new rule – there are no rules in fashion.
If you thought “less is more” (but down deep you knew you wanted to look like a walking Pollock painting) this is your season. Statement pieces together look even more beautiful than apart. Details are everywhere. There is no color palette because every color is admissible. There is no specific shape because every shape is the perfect one.
In the end, your creativity will always help you to find your perfect outfit.
SS16 is giving us some of the best trends in a long time with one peculiarity. There are so many trends to explore that every single person will be able to identify themselves with some of those (if not almost all). That was the main reason why I was delighted to be part of the Farfetch competition and style some of the best trends from SS16 and hopefully give you some inspiration to create your own Spring/Summer outfits.
Farfetch is the address for 400 fashion boutiques from all around the world. 400 visionary fashion boutiques with the most inspirational pieces. Whenever I´m looking for inspiration, both their site and instagram account are 2 of my first sources.
Graphic patterns and stripes in general are definitely pieces that i´ll always buy. Playing with those prints it´s a thing you´ll probably find yourself doing a lot this season. Just combine the colors of the different patterns and wear what´s more visually appealing to you. If you think that specific polka dots shirt looks really good with a striped skirt, go for it.
When choosing the pieces to style this trend I knew I had to use the black top (from the first look) because it reminded me of an abstract painting. And what better to pair with it than those striped shorts? And because I didn´t think it was enough, I added textured espadrilles with a bit of pattern. The backpack it´s another great option for Spring Summer and you probably have seen a lot of those on street style snaps.
The second look includes an off-shoulder graphic dress (stripes again, I know… couldn´t resist) paired with golden earrings. Whenever I use off-shoulders shirts or dresses I opt for statement earrings and mostly no necklaces or a simple choker. Lace up shoes seemed to me the best ones to pair with this dress and because pom poms are the perfect pop of color, I added the hat and the phone case.
Or it could be a SS16 trend that consists in showing your neckline and shoulders or just a bit of your shoulders – either way it will look amazing on you. The versatility of off-shoulder pieces (from dresses to all kind of shirts and tops) amazes me. There are so many perfect looks you can create using this trend. To show you this versatility I created two looks, one with jeans and the other with a dress. Because there´s nothing more elegant than showing your neckline and shoulders I accessorized both with different choker necklaces (a great 90´s revival). Simple but effective and you´re still elegant. I´ve been seeing a lot of off-shoulder shirts like the one from the second look and I always knew it would look very 70´s paired with flared jeans and platform shoes. There´s graphic Missoni pattern on the espadrilles to give both a bit of pattern and color to the outfit.
If you´d ask me what would be an “essential” for SS16 I would point the dress from the first look – the cold shoulder floral dress. Two trends in one dress. It´s what happens when bohemian meets chic. I wanted to give it an edgy touch, so I added a fringed bag and wedges.
For this trend I thought about light colors, beautiful maxi dresses and lace. One of best things about SS16 is that you´ll be seeing a lot of different silhouettes specially when it comes to dresses. Ruffles, lace culottes and denim on the shoes was my first way of interpreting this trend. The different shades of blue are a great example on how you can wear the same color and play with its variants. The trick is mixing lace with ruffles, it rarely fails when you have different textures.
Because I used a floral dress before – which was one of the first pieces I thought about when styling this trend – I choose a lace up dress with ruffles and (again) added the touch of edginess with boots and pattern.
I bet there was at least one day in your life when one of your first thoughts was “I wish I could just go outside in my pajamas”. Well, I had those thoughts. Now it´s a trend and the only contra is that you no longer have that “i´m already in my pajamas” excuse. They come in every pattern and shape just to give you that effortlessly chic look. When styling this trend I immediately knew I wanted a bold approach and not just a subtle silk PJ top with denim. Head-to-toe pyjamas was the coolest trend to style specially after seeing the selection of PJ´s Farfetch has and the wide range of patterns available.
The first look it´s edgier on purpose. I wanted to show you how versatile pyjama´s parts are.
I opted for stilettos on the second look because of the culottes. I couldn’t think of anything more stylish to wear with Pj culottes than those Alexander Wang shoes. Because it was a black and white combo, there´s a touch of gold and a bit of pattern on the bag.
Graphic Stripes – First Set: Kansai Yamamoto Vintage Graphic Print Top; Roberto Cavalli Striped Shorts; Proenza Schouler Classic Espadrilles; Stella Mccartney “Falabella”Backpack. Second Set: Stuart Weitzman “Romanesque” Sandals; Dolce&Gabbana Case; Natasha Zinko Pom Pom Embellished Hat; Oscar de la Renta Tassel Charm Earrings; Monse Off-Shoulder Wrapped Dress.
The Cold Shoulder – First Set: Goti embellished choker; Givenchy “Shark Lock” wedge sandals; Saint Laurent fringed crossbody bag; Magda Butrym floral print cold shoulder dress. Second Set: Carven latch detail shoulder bag; Stella McCartney flared jeans; Ellery off-shoulder top; Isabel Marant contrasted panel necklace; Missoni wavy stripes platform espadrilles.
Ruffles & Romance – First Set: MSGM lace palazzo pants; Chloé denim wedge sandals; MSGM ruffled one shoulder top; Saint Laurent “Classic Monogram” shoulder bag; Second Set: Sonia Rykiel laced ruffle dress; Chloé “Susanna” boots; Saint Laurent “Monogram” blogger crossbody bag.
Pyjama & Boudoir – First Set: For Restless Sleepers Geometric print pyjama shirt; 6397 piped pyjama pants; Alexa Wagner “Rapunzel” sandals; Victoria Beckham front zip clutch. Second Set: 6397 contrast piping pyjama top; Erika Cavallini piped trim pyjama trousers; Alexander Wang “Annika” pumps; Dolce&Gabbana “Rosalia” crossbody bag.
All pieces can be found at Farfetch
Next seasons will be all about making bold statements and expressing personality. Isn’t that what’s great about fashion? Just being able to express yourself through what you wear? And that’s why you whatch your back – and why everyone should do the same – because you wouldn’t want to miss the real life art show passing in front of your eyes. A piece of advice: if you know someone who’s good at it, or if you know how to do it, go ahead and personalize your own denim or leather jackets (and keep in mind that denim should be easier if you are not an expert). Everything counts! So grab inspiration from your favorite paintings, music, pieces of art, quotes, favorite cartoons (and, if I did it right, from this post) and start your own creative process. 🙂
As próximas estações são odes à expressão da personalidade de cada indivíduo e estão repletas de ousadia. É isto que a moda tem de melhor: a expressão da personalidade de cada um através de peças de roupa, acessórios e, ainda mais importante, da maneira como cada um conjuga tudo, afirmando o seu estilo pessoal. O título ‘watch your back’ (cuja tradução em português não exprime tão bem o que eu pretendia dar a entender com este post) foi escolhido não num sentido depreciativo. Foi escolhido atendendo a esta tendência de pintar/imprimir nas partes de trás dos casacos de ganga e blusões de cabedal as imagens mais variadas e os textos mais icónicos, fazendo das ruas verdadeiras galerias de arte vivas. Se conhecerem alguém que saiba fazer, ou se vocês mesmos souberem, um excelente desafio seria tentar pintar ou imprimir. O resultado seria uma peça única, um original vosso – afinal, é disso mesmo que esta tendência se trata. Retirem ideias de tudo aquilo que gostam e vos inspira, desde pinturas, músicas, desenhos animados, excertos de textos (e, se fui bem sucedida, deste post), tudo conta neste processo criativo! 🙂
Photos Source: 1. Vogue.com / 2. ASOS Likes / 3. WWD (photo by Kuba Dabrowski) / 4. Style Du Monde (styledumonde.tumblr.com) / 5. Vogue.com (photo by Tommy Ton) / 6. WWD (photo by Kuba Dabrowski) / 7. WWD / 8. Vogue.com / 9. WWD (photo by Kuba Dabrowski) / 10. Lauren Conrad (laurenconrad.com)