Summer 2008 certainly seems to be catering for every fashion style no matter what your taste. Be it American retro or safari chic, there really is something which allows everyone to shine in the summer sun. For the more girly girls out there the trend has gone all botanical inspired with many floral prints on clothing, accessories and shoes.
Retro floral dresses are currently very popular among celebrities such as Kate Moss, Nicole Ritchie and Rachel Bilson and can be found in many high street stores such as Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Wearhouse and River Island. The style is heavily influenced by the 40, 50s and 70s style tea-dresses. Feminine blouses teamed with flared jeans are also a chic alternative if you are not a fan of dresses. Similarly if you want to wear florals but you wish to incorporate a tougher edge, this season the flower prints have emerged bigger, brighter and bolder than ever with a slightly more abstract element. The key to adapting the look to suit you is how you accessorise and team pieces together. A soft feminine floral dress looks great with metallic footwear, and avoids that ‘Little House on the Prairie’ look. To go even further, the dress can be vamped up with a pair of strapped Gladiator sandals, or even heavy boots to create an extreme bold contrast.
It is also essential to consider your body shape when working this trend. To flatter your figure to its full potential with floras, if you are of a curvier build, match a printed skirt with a block colour top (or vica versa) to draw attention to your best area. If you have a slim frame, try a more eclectic look and team a printed t-shirt with a floral skit to create a stylish clash.
A great alternative to dresses and skirts is the revival of the jumpsuit. There are a number of floral versions on the High Street and these make for great ready-to-go festival wear.
If florals are really not your thing but you still want to inject an element of flower power into your look, then the key is in accessories. There are a number of silk scarves, handbags, flower inspired chunky jewellery and shoes which add an elegant hint of the floral trend to your summer style.
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Q is for quantity…
…as in how many items you can wear at one time. Layering is a look for all seasons, but layering clothes in summer and achieving the balance between looking good but not over heating is a skill.
Luckily this season has a sheer romantic air running through the trends, with many designer geniuses doing the hard work for you with their ‘here’s what I made earlier’ ruffled, tiered and floaty creations – helping you to create that layered look with minimal effort.
Although for any fashionista worth their title, the ‘hard work’ of shopping and putting together the outfit is the fun part. For a layered look start with the basics – neutral colours in sheer and floaty fabrics are a great foundation. When you’re picking out what colours to wear, choose contrasting or similar shades that compliment each other. Sheer also doesn’t have to mean bare or see-through. Try layering a sheer loose vest over one of summer’s fabulous prints or a chiffon blouse over a camisole to achieve a chic look without the exposure.
For a layered look that is oh so now, try adding some pop to your colour palette by combining neutrals with an accent piece in summer’s bright hues. Look for juicy shades such as canary yellow, orange and fuchsia as these mix great with basics and really offset the colour. The bold and brave amongst us should try layering neutral sheers over brights, whereas those who shy away from attention-grabbing colours can still achieve the look by adding a brightly coloured neck scarf, belt or jewellery.
Ruffled and tiered tops and skirts are great for an instant layered look, but don’t go overboard by wearing both at the same time. Unless it’s a ruffled dress you’re wearing, go for ruffles either on the top or bottom at one time and team with a basic piece on the other half and a belt to emphasise your waist and avoid drowning your figure in masses of material. Belts of all sizes, from ultra-skinny to wide corset belts are great for cinching a flowing blouse or top and balancing out a full skirt.
Above all, the good thing about layering is that combining old garments gives you a new look without even having to go out and buy a new outfit!
P is for Poolside Glamour…
… Never before it seems has beachwear been as glamorous, so much so this season’s beach look deserves a post all to itself.
We all go on holiday with the intention to escape daily life, let our hair down and relax, and with most girls you’ll find that that includes taking time out from the daily routine of applying make-up and straightening those unruly frizzy strands of hair. It’s rare you will find a female who doesn’t admit to the liberating feeling that comes with being able to wake up in the morning and head to the pool without as much as a scrap of make-up on – but then there’s no denying that ‘naked faced, half-naked’ self-awareness that comes when that sexy guy you were flirting with the night before when you looked your sun-kissed best strides towards your lounger. Well girlies, you will be pleased to know that, make-up or no make-up, wobbly bits or no wobbly bits, looking gorgeous by the pool has never been easier!
The summer of 2008 echoes the striking looks of the 1970’s, think ‘Bond Girl’ revived noughties style and combined with tribal and safari-inspired trends to create bold and sensational looks to lounge by the pool.
The base begins with the swim wear – go for a halter neck bikini top, a cut-out swimsuit or all-in-one with a plunging neckline. Choose colours such as metallic gold and bronze, black or white, or make a bold and bright statement with sunset corals, oranges and yellows, which complement a glowing tan fabulously. Animal, ethnic and tribal prints and pieces decorated with gold details such as rings, beads and chains, fab sequin, jewel and mirror embellishment emulate a hippy chic and opulent flair.
Every wise girl knows a trip to the beach cannot be without some form of cover-up – not only from the sun between sunbathing sessions, but also to cover that bloated belly from the night before. Kaftans are the ideal choice and have ultimately replaced sarongs as this season’s must-have beach bag item. Either long or short, a full and flowing voluminous silhouette or a more close fitted straight style edged with plunging embellished necklines, kaftans are suitable for any height or figure when it comes to achieving a truly elegant and sexy sunbathing style. Team a kaftan with a wide belt to create a sexy hourglass shape and sandals for a stunning beach-to-bar look any time of the day.
Accessories are big this season. A statement floppy hat or headscarf tied round bandeau style screams iconic seventies’ sophistication, beach bags should be oversized and glitzy, beads and bangles chunky, and sandals gladiator style or metallic and jewelled. Finish the look with super-sized sunglasses – the epitome of high-octane glamour, not only do they look alluring and add a touch of Hollywood style that cleverly masks even the most tired eyes, they also offer the best possible protection from the sun’s harmful rays.
Throughout 2008 we have seen an array of bold and beautiful styles of sunglasses. The latest craze as seen on the celebs is tortoiseshell sunglasses. This is not a fashion first however as they have actually been remarkably on trend for a number of decades, proving that they are a classic style which never really go ‘out of fashion’.
John Kennedy was often seen sporting his tortoiseshell sunglasses and now the modern day actress and fashionista Sienna Miller has regularly been snapped looking fantastic in hers. The style is also gaining much popularity among other celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Reese Witherspoon. Perhaps the reason why the tortoiseshell style sunglasses remain classically stylish is due to the fact that they are extremely versatile and wearable. The colours enable the wearer to dress them up or down and will match most items in your summer wardrobe. A great way to wear the sunglasses is teamed with a flirty white summer dress, gold sandals and accessories.
D&G have a fantastic pair of super stylish tortoiseshell shades as recently seen on the catwalks and there are many high street stores who have created their own versions based upon these. Prada also have a super pair of unisex sunglasses which are classically trendy and look fab on both men and women. Stella McCartney have a beautiful oversized pair which incorporates a sophisticated subtle tortoiseshell pattern if you prefer something slightly less bold.
The great thing about the style is that they look great on everyone, dressed up or casual. Many designer brands are now creating unisex sunglasses means that there could be a few arguments in store about who gets to wear them!
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We all know that celebrities are huge fans of sunglasses – to create style impact, conceal the effects of a late night, as methods of disguise and even possibly to shield their eyes from the sun! With an increasing number of celebrity offspring in tow with their stylish parents, it seems as if these little mini me’s are learning the style rules fast and are now refusing to sit in the buggy without sporting a sophisticated pair of Ray Ban shades.
In true rock and roll style, Slash’s children were recently spotted wearing trendy aviators at a family appearance. Will Smith’s little ones Willow and Jaden are also replicating their father’s cool image by turning up to his recent Premiere…at night ….in trendy sunglasses. These two at aged 10 and 7 are already budding movie starts therefore an early portrayal of a good image is vital! The Beckham’s children are also fans of wearing a fashionable pair of shades.
Children are becoming almost as brand conscious as their parents and for many celebrity kids, the more popular and stylish the designer the better. Despite the fact that allowing our children to wear sunglasses for solely fashion purposes seems a little excessive, it has been proven that children as young as three should wear sunglasses to protect their eyes as they are more susceptible than adults to damage from the sun’s harmful rays. Brands such as Ray Ban have also made fantastic versions for juniors which allows them to feel grown-up and stylish as if to replicate their elders, but at a more suitable price.
So if your little ones ask for a pair of the latest sunnies, you can be safe in the knowledge that the benefits do go beyond just style!
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N is for Nature…
…You don’t have to risk your life this season in the deep dark jungle to enjoy the call of the wild with the beauty of nature transpiring into some fabulous catwalk collections.
The runways were in full bloom as florals came in every shape and form, including English-garden prints, shoulder-padded floral dresses, and hand-painted pieces; Celebs and models alike are all in a flutter over feathers with peacock, swan and parrot plumage cascading down the catwalk everything from skirts, tops and shoes; and animal prints have gone beyond the usual appearance of the leopard print to include cartoon-style bat prints, snake skin, moc croc and zebra prints in all colours.
Even jewellery has gone wild this season, with Roberto Cavalli doing a great ‘Just Cavalli’ range that is featured on the Shade Station website. From animal print tusk pendants and earrings to bangles and bracelets in the shape of pythons, these are the perfect pieces to show a glimpse of your inner animal.
O is for Orange…
…and yellow, pink, green and blue, in fact any colour goes this season. From shocking shades of neon, bright and breezy sunset colours and juicy citrus hues to a bold primary palette and dazzling deep jewel shades – it’s a bright, bright summer this year.
Be experimental – dare to pile on crazy clashing block colours and neon shades complement a tan fabulously. Runway collections are awash with combinations of tie-dye and graduated effects in tonal colours, with many colourful floor-length sweeping styles oozing uber glamour. But if top-to-toe colour isn’t your thing, add a jolt of vibrancy to any outfit with rainbow accessories.
Make a quirky statement Mui Mui style with a colour combination patchwork handbag and multi-coloured gladiator sandals, pile high up the arm chunky funky plastic bangles in a variety of clashing colours, and decorate your fingers and ears with big bold dazzling jewels.
This is also the season where colourful shades are a must-have. If there’s ever one trend to pay homage to the rainbow its retro, purely due to the sheer varying fashions from the different decades this one word encompasses. Vintage style collections are everywhere this season, with the likes of Rayban wayfarers making their colourful comeback in all colours and prints, and brands such as Dior and D&G boasting fabulous oversized sunglasses with brightly coloured frames.
Lindsay Lohan is never out of the papers with tales about drinking and drug abuse, but it would seem while her mum and sister are jumping on the reality TV bandwagon, Lindsay’s changing her ways – for the better.
The singer-cum-model-cum-actress who has a reputation for pulling sickies left, right and centre has shocked everyone by showing up early at the studios to film her new movie – Labour Pains. According to co-stars she’s even learnt all her lines and has made some sturdy friendships on and off set.
It could be put down to Lilo’s levels of maturity, after all, she turned 22 just last week, however it’s rumoured the change in personality could be a result of the stabilising effect of Mark Ronson’s sister – Samantha. Rarely seen without each other, Lindsay seems to have lost her taste for men – big style!
One thing that’s not changed with her new-found sobriety is her style. A huge fan of aviators, Lindsay’s been spotted in a pair on every occasion- don’t forget sunglasses are the must-have accessory for hiding tired, hungover peepers, and we all know Lindsay loves a good drink.
If you’re trying to avoid the bright lights of the paparazzi, why not ‘do a Lilo’ and choose some aviators as your saviour specs. For versatility, Carerra, D&G and Marc Jacobs all have plenty of styles to choose from in various frame and lens colours. A great daytime sunglasses style, they look just as good on the beach as they do the streets.
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Beachwear is definitely upping its game for 2008 and is becoming 100 degrees more glamorous and chic. If you thought it was enough to allow that 5 year old bikini to resurface for yet another year then think again! This summer, beachwear is about femininity and injecting an element of retro sophistication into your look. Taking inspiration from old style Hollywood, it is all about revealing less and accessorising more to create a flirty, girly look. No longer are skimpy thong bikinis or swimsuits on trend but instead, we are thankfully opting for bandeau tops and beautifully designed swimsuits with more coverage.
Swimwear is becoming more innocent and reminiscent of the 1940’s. Bikinis have developed into more subtle two-pieces with delicate shorts which flatter the hips and waist. Ruffles, florals, and embellishments such as shells and beading have been seen on the catwalks and large bold prints a la boho chic will be a big trend. Polka dots and animal prints will also be extremely popular. If you still feel a little self conscious pre-tan then cover ups such as flirty beach skirts and chiffon blouses or beach shift dresses and tunics add a super chic way to conceal imperfections and of course, help to provide coverage from the sun.
Accessories or ‘dressing up’ the swimwear also play a huge part in completing the beachwear glam look. Metallics are a must this season and there are some fantastic bronze or silver totes available on the high street. Complete this with stacked bangles and jewelled sandals to add instant chic. Ethnic-inspired prints and accessories also look beautiful including shell embellished sandals and straw bags.
The beach is a great opportunity to experiment with colours that you would normally be apprehensive to test out. Go bold with corals and citrus colours or instead opt for a more subtle chocolate brown or muted tone swimsuit and inject colour with a tunic or dramatic accessory to add the wow factor! And of course, no beachwear look would be complete without a pair of uber-glam oversized sunglasses. Dior, D&G and Tom Ford have some fantastic pairs available which ultimately capture the essence of feminine beach glam.
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Two decades ago they were huge, plastic and considered purely practical, but these days prescription glasses are as much about being funky as functional.
It’s official – geek is chic and many celebrities are ditching the contacts in favour of stylish designer frames. No longer is wearing glasses associated with the likes of Deidre Barlow, rather bespectabled beauties such as Daisy Lowe and Chloe Sevigny are today stepping out with specs appeal.
As well as looking fabulous, glasses have long since had cult status in being associated with legendary artists, making specs seriously sought after thanks to the likes of Woody Allen to John Lennon. Today, famous designer glasses wearers include Elton John, Harry Hill and Vic Reeves, who all use their glasses as extensions of their personality and image.
Such celebrities who wear their designer glasses with panache have put an end to the days when wearing glasses had a stigma attached – inspiring wearers to invest in designer frames in the knowledge that their day-to-day glasses are a cool fashion statement and a must-have accessory. Just like high shoes can make you look taller and highlights make you look blonder, wearing the right designer glasses to suit your face adds a sexy air of sophistication, individuality and an intelligent edge to any outfit. There’s no doubt about it, geeky equals glamorous.
Check out Shade Station’s fantastic selection of designer prescription glasses, but remember to always have your eyes correctly checked before you buy.
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Falling in love could see you starting to look at the world through rose-tinted glasses, but it would seem the latest trend for lovebirds is to actually start sporting matching specs. Only yesterday Kelly Osbourne and new beau Luke Worrell were seen hand-in-hand wearing identical yellow and purple sunnies. Catching up on a spot of shopping in Beverley Hills before they met up with Mrs O, we hope the Chanel boutique managed to dissuade the young lovers from buying exactly the same outfits too. It’s not the first time they’ve been snapped looking like peas in a pod either; last month they both left a Covent Garden nightclub wearing heart-shaped shades.
But it’s not just Kelly and Luke that have been doing a Posh and Becks. Model of the moment Agyness Deyn and best bud, fashion designer Henry Holland have also been pictured wearing near-identical shades, (and shirts, shorts, shoes and hairstyles), and Paris Hilton and Benji Madden have also been accused of falling victim to the latest fashion.
So why is wearing the same specs so appealing, and is there such a thing as unisex sunglasses? Well it would seem the answer is yes! Whether you’re rocking the androgynous look á la Deyn, or simply fancy borrowing your other half’s stylish sunnies, unisex shades won’t leave you looking out of place. And they’re more common than you think. Whether you’re a label lover or a plain Jane, brands including Armani, Versace, Marc Jacobs, Rayban and Oakley all have a fantastic selection to choose from. The only problem you’ll face is who gets to wear them first – you or your loved one? It’s only then when you’ll realise why a matching pair might be the only way to go.
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