Thursday, December 31, 2009

Shoe Trends for 2010

New Year is already here but you haven’t got a perfect pair of shoes to complement you dress? No problem. Here you can find a few fabulous pairs for a stylish New Year!

Above: Alejandro Ingelmo bianca zipper bootie

Above: Alexander Wang Freja lace up stiletto boot with zip detail

Above: Aperlai Lace up platform sandal

Above left : Aperlai platform metallic sandal,
Above right: Anna Sui-Bailin for Anna Sui butterfly short mesh open toe boot

Above left : Aperlai suede lace up sandal with shagreen heel ,
Above right : Balmain embossed leather high heel sandal with beading

Above left : Balmain Suede lace up boot with studs,
Above right : Calvin Klein metallic leather sandal with lacquered heel

Above left : Chanel 5 O'clogs mule,
Above right : Christian Louboutin satin D'orsay

Above left : Derek Lam leather Myrna sandal,
Above right : Dolce & Gabbana patent leather leopard print pump

Above left : Dries Van Noten raffia bootie,
Above right : Gucci leather knee high boot with cutout detail

Above left : Hermes leather spectator sandal,
Above right : Jimmy Choo embossed leather quito sandal

Above left : Manolo Blahnik lace up leather sandal,
Above right : Manolo Blahnik leather heart sandal

Above left : Manolo Blahnik slim back bootie,
Above right : Miu Miu Printed platform pump with crystal detail

Above left : Pierre Hardy Gold multicolor transparent sandals,
Above right : Roberto Cavalli suede gladiator flat

Above left : Sonia Rykiel Metallic python and leather ankle strap sandal,
Above right : Sonia Rykiel python and embossed leather ankle strap

Above : Alexander McQueen leopard haircalf Alla wedge mule sandal

Monday, December 28, 2009

No Longer Wedged on the Fashion Highway

Have the desire to improve your fashion style sense and change your life ?

No matter what age or shape you are, a few small steps can change your whole perspective on how you look and how you feel.

Are you stuck in a fashion groove?

Do you ignore current fashion trends and consider that style is only something that comes with money and fame?

Do you go for the same safe styles and colors when out shopping?

Do you wear the same “best” outfit to every important meeting or social occasion?

Do you turn down invitations because you have nothing to wear?

Are You Stuck in a one-style fashion?

If you are the kind of person that stares at your wardrobe yet still cannot find something suitable to put on, then you may well be stuck in a one-style fashion. If thinking what to wear to the office every morning has become a nightmare, then it is time to update your look!

First of all, just remember these major rules:

SIZE DOES NOT MATTER! (when it comes to fashion styles)Being stylish has nothing to do with your SIZE. It is about making the most of your shape.

Being stylish does not have to break the bank. In the words of Victoria Beckham in her latest book That Extra Half an Inch, (2007) “Whether you’ve got £20 to spend in Top Shop or £2,000 to spend at Gucci, looking good isn’t about money, it’s about style, and style never goes out of fashion.” (great advice,Posh!)

Getting older (or poorer) is no excuse to become stuck in just a style. If you are unemployed or a stay-at-home mum, whilst having children and keeping house may mean you have less time and money to spend on yourself , that doesn’t mean that you should feel any less attractive and desirable than you did when you were young, free and single or working!


Fashion style is also about ATTITUDE. Feel CONFIDENT in yourself about the way you look and that will affect others too. In the words of fashion designer icon Coco Chanel, “Fashion is architecture. It’s a matter of proportions.”

Try not to think much about the word “fashion” and think “style” – it may be mentally less intimidating or more “wearable".

Even if you stay at home, make an effort to dress or wear makeup/accessories everyday as if you are going out. This changes your whole approach to even the most mundane household chores. You will find you have a more optimistic attitude and are less inclined to be reduced to a couch potato, in your slovenly sweat pants and baggy T-shirt.
Overhaul your wardrobe--Get rid of those items which are outdated, do not suit you or simply do not make you feel good. Make room for that new wardrobe of clothes that you are going to build, slowly, piece by piece.

Take stock of how many classic items you currently have in your closet. Start building new outfits which will prove versatile and timeless – go anywhere and do anything. You should aim to have a wardrobe base of well cut, classic pieces and a few cheap fun, fashionable outfits that are right on trend, which can be replaced every season.

Treat your wardrobe as an investment. Create a closet that is full of must-have pieces rather than make-do ones.

Ensure that your wardrobe is built around some style staples which will take you from season to season and can be dressed up or down. A good coat/blazer, a little black dress, well cut denims, a classic pair of black/plain coloured pants, and a stylish crisp white or plain shirt. Update these looks every season or 3-4 months with some fabulous accessories.

Don't forget, buy a really great bag and a pair of stylish shoes which will transform any simple outfit to superb.

Dress accordingly to your body shape. Are you a pear, apple, brick, hour glass or inverted triangle?
It is important to tone down your flaws and make the most of your assets.

Shop smarter. Ask yourself a few key questions regarding what suits you before you shop and plan what to buy in advance.

There is never a better time than the start of the new year to create a brand new you.

Detox your wardrobe, clearing out those outfits which do not make you feel good. The second is to learn what cuts and colors work best for you and the basic style rules of women's fashion.

Have you checked these essential items in your wardrobe?

1. Little Black Dress (for plus sizes too)

2. Bag (courtesy of Christian Dior A/W 2010 python detective briefcase)

3. Shoes (courtesy of Tabitha Simmons A/W 2010 suede trim lace up bailee sandal)
4. Long Pants/Jeans/Skirt

5. White/Plain Shirt

6. Accessories (courtesy of Sonia Rykiel A/W 2010 studded resin bracelets)

Now you can feel more relax since you are no longer wedged on the Fashion highway;)

source: Women's Fashion by Gill Hart