Fashion – May 2013

VintageVINTAGE ANDROGYNOUS ~ GO CLASSIC CHIC

Today’s styling was rather offbeat and special for me, because it was a first: Combining two intriguing trends, Androgyny and Vintage,   creating a classic look. Androgynous Fashion Trend has been around for decades and is taking centre stage in today’s fashion too.

Definition of Androgynous: A woman, who likes to dress in way that is an equal blend of feminine and masculine and giving an impression of ambiguous sexual identity “androgynous looks.”

An early pioneer of androgynous fashion, Katherine Hepburn appeared in Hollywood movies in the early 1900’s wearing male inspired buttoned down shirts and trousers.

The gender borders are increasingly being blurred and fashion walls are repeatedly being been broken down. Androgyny became one of the most increasingly common looks on the catwalk and arguably the most versatile. It’s modern-day feminism! Women who wear their boyfriend’s jacket, their husband’s shirt and seek out masculine tailoring is becoming an ever-popular style demanded of the high street and designer stores .The modern-day women believe and trust in the fact that not only is androgyny cool, but it is also very sexy. The look just screams “powerful”. The androgyny brigade is taking over the fashion world quicker than you can say “boyfriend jeans”. Although it can be fun and quirky, androgyny is ultimately an outlet for women who prove that they can be strong and powerful but also elegant and sexy.

Getting the look:  The way to pull off this look is quite simple. Androgyny is all about finding a balance between masculine and feminine. It’s about turning heads and raising questions. To create that gender battling look, straight out of an old French movie, I combined a pair of black high waist pants with a loosely fitted blue silk shirt, suspenders, a black bow scarf neckpiece, black gloves and a hat. The gloves add a vintage touch and I played it up and wore crystal embellished heels to give a feminine twist to an otherwise masculine outfit. A hat can be a fitting addition to any androgynous look -a trilby or Charlie Chaplin bowler hat are perfect. The hat was a DIY, where I added a black rose with black feathers to it, again adding to the vintage appeal.

HOOK MY LOOK

~ Black High Waist Pants – UNITED COLOURS OF BENETTON

~ Blue Silk Shirt with flared sleeves – ATMOSPHERE

~ Black Suspenders – ZARA

~ Black Scarf – VINTAGE (my grand mom’s)

~ Black Gloves – local store

~ Black Hat with black roses and feathers  – ZARA(DIY)

 

PERSONAL STYLE FILE: FLORAL  FAIRY  ~ ‘JE NE SAIS QUOI’ GO MAGICAL!

 

floral

 Finally, summer is truly here. The sun is out, the sky is blue, and the air is warm, perfection.  So today let’s indulge in some ‘Floral Fairy tale Fashion’. Floral prints are a summer fashion staple, so let me show you how to play up this trend  by giving your dressing a romantic fairy-tale spin—that’s the fresh appeal.

Here is my feminine, floral, whimsical, fairy like with a hint of vintage take on summer fashion:

I wore a vibrant floral top with a white fluffy dotted skirt, with a white hat and lots of vintage inspired pearl jewellery. This white skirt is cutely dotted and I absolutely adore the volume of it; I feel it brings a real fairy-like, fantastical feel to the look, completely individualizing it from others. It adds a  real ‘Je Ne Sais Quoi’ to the look.is out, the sky is blue, and the air is warm, perfection.  So today let’s indulge in some ‘Floral Fairy tale  Fashion’. Floral prints are a summer fashion staple, so let me show you how to play up this trend  by giving your dressing a romantic fairy-tale spin—that’s the fresh appeal. Here is my feminine, floral, whimsical, fairy like with a hint of vintage take on summer fashion:

The tutu skirt, once worn solely as a costume in ballet performances, is fast becoming one of the biggest fashion trends of this decade. Made famous by Sarah Jessica Parker in the hit US sitcom Sex and the City, many young girls and women all over the world are enjoying sporting the item as an everyday chic clothing item. Today Tutus are not just for ballet anymore! And for good reason, tutus are so much fun to wear and are just beautiful.

That white hat has a pretty DIY (Do It Yourself) navy blue polka dotted scarf, that I added myself to lend a feminine appeal of the outfit. I have accessorized the look with lots of vintage inspired pearl jewellery, in the form of necklaces, bracelets and a matching vintage ring. We all know that the seventies are back, and why not capture some of that vintage magic yet keeping that sense of you. Bring the look up to date and maintain your own individual stamp on the style.
HOOK MY LOOK

~ Floral Top – FOREVER NEW

~ White Flair Skirt – From Bangkok

~ White Hat with DIY Polka dotted scarf – ZARA

~ Pearl necklace, pearl bracelet with crystal bow, hand pearls – FOREVER NEW

~ Vintage inspired pale peach ring – FOREVER NEW

~ White Peep Toe with Ankle Strap Heels – BERSHKA

Accessories Details: Keeping the summer fresh appeal in mind, I accessorized the look pearl necklaces, pearl bracelets and a pretty vintage inspired light peach ring and finished the look with my pretty ankle strap white peep toes.

– Stephanie Timmins

 

                                                                                                                                                              

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