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Sweet n’Raw does Chictopia vol. 14

Another week, another article for Everybody is Ugly. As a Fashion News Editor for Chictopia, I am given four themes a month. It’s always exciting to find out what I’m going to be writing about, I love doing my research, my illustrations and preparing my images. The best part of it all? Seeing my article published on their site and recieving all the marvelous feedback from the lovely readers. Most of the time, comments are positive, people share the pieces on Facebook and Twitter. What’s hard to stomach at first is the negativity, not because one can’t take a critique but because people are usually vicious and mean when commenting. I’m all about freedom of speech but I’m also about respecting other people’s work. Anyway, before I embark in a “love and respect” manifesto, here it is, this week’s article:

Neon: 5 NEW Ways To Wear The Bright Color Trend

Raise your hands if you got so excited by neon that you ended up buying a little too many electric hued garments. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. When the fashion world falls in love with a trend, they end up bombarding us with it until the next season arrives. Remember how you used to love Prada’s stripes from Spring 2011? Remember how you didn’t love them as much once they had been photographed a zillion times? That’s kind of what happened with neon. But before you press the panic button and throw all your neon pieces away (only Anna dello Russo could throw clothes away, and she doesn’t—she collects them!) or store it until the summer sun gets to shine again, there’s always a seasonal solution.

Neon was one of the strongest trends last spring, along with florals and pastel shades. From blazers and skirts to statement necklaces and heels, florescent colors dominated the season. Maybe that’s why every time we open our closets, we feel like we’ve been blinded by bright neon lights.

That hot pink satchel won’t have to wait until spring to be worn again, that Acne sweater that’s tired of being worn can easily be adapted to fall and even those platform sandals can have a wintery future. All you need is a little creativity and an open mind! Here are ideas on how to inject neon in that cold weather wardrobe of yours…of course, without looking like you are a season too late!

With Knits
As seen at: Kenzo Spring 2013

Forget about neon color-blocking, forget about neon with black (a little 80’s, if you ask us). This season, neon has taken the “matchy matchy” route. Now, we don’t want you looking like a giant popsicle. It’s all about blending some colorful bottoms with one of this season’s strongest trends: graphic knitwear. The trick? Choosing a jumper with a fun and interesting pattern but on color similar to the trousers. It’s an original and eye-catching idea that will also cheer up your mood on a grey, cold, rainy and gloomy day. It’s bright, it’s comfortable, it’s warm and it’s dressy. It doesn’t get better than that!

The selection:
1. Pink pants, Preen
Rose jumper, Romwe
2. Cropped jumper, Stella McCartney
Blue pants, Mango
3. Structured shorts, Harvey Nichols
Leaf sweater, Preen

You Can Still Wear Neon Jewelry
As seen at: Paris Fashion Week Spring 2013 street style

It may not be new and yes, it has been done. But also, you can’t deny how good it looks. The statement necklace over a printed blouse is a perfect way to change up an outfit and give the top a different twist: from “casual office day” to “happy hour ready” in seconds. Don’t stash away that neon, chunky necklace from Zara just yet. Don’t throw that chiffon, floral blouse inside your “open until Spring” drawer. Pair them up with a fluffy cashmere jumper and throw your favorite coat over. Want a challenge? Layer the necklace over a print and then, over another print. Fall and Winter don’t have to be all dark and somber!

The selection:
1. Leopard blouse, Malene Birger
Necklace, New Look
2. Baroque blouse, Stella McCartney
Necklace, Sass & Bide
3. Scarf print blouse, Versace
Necklace, Topshop
4. Leaf print blouse, Aminaka Wilmont
Necklace, Sheinside

With Neutrals:
As seen at: Roksanda Ilincic

Neons are strong colors, bound to get some heads turning your way. But when feeling not so flashy, a bunch or neutrals is all we need. When pairing neutral colors together, the result is always chic and somewhat ethereal. But a killer look is not a killer look without a fun twist and a pop of color always does the trick. Pick your flashy garment, we like pink, but yellow also looks surprisingly good with neutrals. For the rest, you can go monochromatic or color-block with shades like tan, peach, blush, cream or white. The more layering you do, the cooler it will look.

The selection:
1. Trench coat, Sheinside
2. Silk shirt, Equipment
3. Pink jumper, J. Crew
4. Ankle boots, Acne
5. Jeans, Rag & Bone

The Flashy Coat
As seen on: Viviana Volpicella PFW Spring 2013

Over the years, Winter coats have suffered all kinds of transformations: prints, ruffles, pastel colors, lace, jacquard and more. After a neon-crazy Spring, designers just couldn’t close the door on the brights. That’s why the gave us the neon coat. What better way to pump up your look than with flashy and colorful outerwear (even more when you know your fabulous look is kept under wraps because of the cold). Whether you go for a wool and boxy coat, the classic, two-button alternative or a hot pink parka, don’t miss out on this colorful Winter.

The selection:
1. Blue coat, Stella McCartney
2. Pink coat, Balenciaga
3. Yellow coat, MSGM

Accents

Accessories are always a constant and that neon clutch has definitely become a staple inside every woman’s wardrobe. The hot pink satchel? A great way to color a casual ensemble. The electric jewelry? We just can’t live without it and can’t stop wearing it. The tip? When you want to add a touch of edge or a pinch of happiness to your looks, think neon (pastel will also do the trick).

The selection:
1. Clutch, Acne
2. High-tops, Asos
3. Bracelet, Dannijo
4. Satchel, Modcloth
5. Earrings, Shourouk
6. Boots, Casadei

Trends are mere options that designers offer to us each season. It’s not about following, it’s about taking what you like and making it your own. It’s about being able to mix past trends with current ones, the old with the new, the colorful with the mute. But above all, it’s about having fun with it. Winter-up your neons!

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Sweet n’Raw does Chictopia vol. 13

Happy Thursday, my sweet readers! It’s almost Friday and as the days get colder, my posts are getting more wintery. As you already know, I have been contributing as a Fashion News Editor for Chictopia’s blog, Everbody is Ugly. They publish about four of my articles (with illustrations) each month and I couldn’t be happier. Being able to collaborate with important fashion sites is definitely a way to get your name out there, to show the world what you can do and to get more readers and blog visitors. My advice? When you have the chance, don’t waste it and just take it!

For my latest piece, I wrote about knitwear essentials. Knitwear is a staple for the cold season and with so many trends to choose from, it’s good to know your sweaters. I prepared a guide of the seven items you should invest on this Winter. Let’s start!

Serious Sweater Weather: All The Sweaters You’ll Ever Need For The Rest Of 2012

Winter is slowly moving in— as temperatures begin to drop, trees stand almost bare and “just a jacket” just won’t do anymore. It’s time to dust off those coats, wrap around those scarves and start playing the chicest winter game of them all: layering. One of the things we gotta love about colder weather is that we get to take out our comfy and fluffy knits out to play. Knitwear always has an important role on the runways, even on the spring ones. With designers trying to innovate in almost everything, sweaters are constantly reinvented and reshaped, and new threads and combinations always emerge.

There was a time when the black v-neck jumper was all you needed. Today, a girl can never have too many sweaters: basics, vests, blanket wraps, varsity cardigans, the cable-knit range, the shaggy number, the oversized one, the sheer and asymmetrical, the printed, the embroidered, the neon, the pastel and this list, with each season, keeps on growing and growing. So make more space in that sweater drawer of yours, because we have a whole lot of trendy and seasonal knitwear that you will be needing and will never regret buying!

The Graphic Jumper
→ As seen at: Preen

We are in the presence of one of the strongest trends from the Fall 2012 runways (along with Oxblood, White, Leather on Leather and Baroque). The Graphic Jumper was seen in almost every show during Fashion Week (we are still hoping to get our hands on Joseph Altuzarra’s horse printed sweaters), and with each designer giving it their own interpretation we can now choose between flowers, geometric shapes, wild animals, cute animals, hearts, stars and more. And while solid knits always come in handy, printed ones are much more fun to wear.

THE LOOK: A graphic sweater is already a statement piece by itself, but that doesn’t mean one has to keep it simple. Playing with prints and textures can result in a fabulous and eye-catching ensemble. A leopard print and flower jumper, a pair of teal leather pants and polka dot pumps may seem a bit too much, but when putting all the pieces together, it definitely works.

1. Eagle print, Topshop
2. Baroque print, River Island
3. Horse print, Altuzarra
4. Floral print, Dolce & Gabbana

The Cardi-coat
→ As seen at: Topshop Unique

On Winter, the coat is the new dress (since the rest of our clothes are stuck underneath it, for no one to see them). That is why investing on a few different options is always a good idea. A classic black coat is a must, the camel robe is just as important and this season, it’s all about military, white and pink. Another alternative and always a more economic one (unless you get the Loro Piana, floor-length, cashmere version), is the cardi-coat: a cardigan shaped as a coat. This particular garment is great for layering, you can even put an actual wool coat on it. It may not be as heavy as a coat, but we can guarantee that it’s just as warm.

THE LOOK: A cardi-coat is a great alternative to your usual black jacket. Pair it with a pair of smart shorts and a solid, sweatshirt for more coverage. If the weather allows it, it’s not too late for some leg-flashing. If it gets a bit chilly, a pair of sheer tights will do. The cute factor? A wool boater, we suggest you buy one in Oxblood. This season, the more Oxblood items, the merrier.

1. Printed cardigan, Antik Batik
2. Taupe wrap, Mason by Michelle Mason
3. Fluffy knit, Antik Batik

The Dressy Sweatshirt
→ As seen at: Kenzo

A couple of seasons ago, the sweatshirt got the fashion treatment. Bye, bye unflattering, GAP hoodie (ok, see you at night, when we change into our pajamas) and hello embellished, printed and shapely Kenzo baby. Sweatshirts are no longer “just got out of the gym” garments. Everyone, from Balmain to Zara, is carrying their own dressy version. Whether you pair them with some skinny jeans and ankle boots, or with a pencil skirt and some slingbacks, sweatshirts are a must-have for Fall. They are fun and easy to wear, but above all, versatile. Our advice: buy a bunch of them, you’ll thank us later.

THE LOOK: Kenzo made us crave the tiger sweatshirt, thank God retail followed! We paired it up with a pair of crossover shorts and an embellished bomber to complement the print. For and edgy bu always chic vibe, ankle booties are all you need.

1. Studded sweatshirt, Topshop
2. Peacock sweatshirt, Proenza Schouler
3. Leather sleeves, French Connection
4. Horse sweatshirt, Topshop

The Fair Isle Sweater
→ As seen at: Ralph Lauren

Who knew that what we once called “The Uncle Sweater” could look this fabulous? It was the sweater you refused to wear, but had to wear around Christmas because it was a gift from Granny. And the sweater you know regret throwing out because you could be wearing it right now. Thanks to Ralph Lauren and his Downton Abbey-inspired runway show, Fair Isle has never looked so good. You can pair it with some jacquard trousers and oxford shoes for a classic look. You can wear it with smart shorts and a jacket or even under a parka. Your choice!

1. Kenzo
2. A Wear
3. Topshop

Cropped Cable-knit
→ As seen at: Rodarte

If you are a sweater lover, you know there’s nothing better than chunky cable-knit. From the long cardigan to the classic, cream jumper, we have all sorts of shapes and lengths inside our closets. For this Winter, there’s nothing better to go with those tight, leather trousers and lace-up booties than a cropped, cable-knit sweater. Rodarte had a retro take on it, Oscar de la Renta a more classic one and Isabel Marant, well Isabel put her usual signature swag on it. Remeber, if Isabel Marant said it, we might as well buy it!

1. Kenzo
2. Isabel Marant
3. Rag & Bone

Ladylike Knits
→ As seen at: Oscar de la Renta

Lace, bows, ribbons, flowers and chiffon, the lady trend has been around for seasons now. And what’s not to love about that? For Fall 2012, designers made the lady a wintery one: from Oscar de la Renta’s opulent princess to Dolce & Gabbana’s Baroque queen. You too can add a touch of ladylike to your ensembles with some pretty, pretty knitwear: embellished collars, rhinestones, metallic textures, lace inserts, embroidered patterns or floral prints.

1. Tory Burch
2. Miu Miu
3. 3.1 Phillip Lim

The Combined Cardigan
→ As seen at: Creatures of the Wind

A sweater with a twist? This season, two-tone jumpers and combined cardigans are everywhere. Whether you go for wool and leather, or wool and lamé (that Rochas number is a dreamboat), you won’t regret buying one of this styles. Another great ingredient for layering. Wear a black, leather one underneath an oversize bomber. Throw in a pair of oxblood skinny jeans, some ankle boots and fingerless gloves for a fun twist.

1. Topshop
2. Rochas
3. Marni

Have these sweaters made it on to your must-have list? We sure hope so!

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis

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Sweet n’Raw does Chictopia, Halloween edition!

5 Seriously Stylish Costumes You’ll Maybe See This Halloween

October is coming to an end and you know what that means. Halloween is just around the corner! The one night of the year where silly, slutty, and even plush dressing are more mandatory than optional. Come October 31st, millions of human (and canine) souls transform themselves into all kinds of monsters, characters and strange, never seen before, walking objects.

After deciding what party to attend, we all ask ourselves the same question: “What am I going to be this Halloween?” For some, deciding on a costume involves a trip to the supermarket (the shiny, ill-fitting devil jumpsuit comes to mind). For others, playing it safe is the way to go, you can’t go wrong with last year’s costume, right? Some like it sexy, some like it way sexy (NC17 sexy), some like it big (Teletubbies and Sponge Bobs) and some, like us, like it stylish. The runway is a great source of inspiration and since designers usually get inspired by films, paintings, movements and eras, you will be getting a lot more than you bargained for.

For this Halloween, here are five different costumes, all catwalk inspired:

CATWOMAN
You might be thinking: “Been there, done that.” The Catwoman costume has been around for years and it’s an all-time favorite among the ladies and among the gentlemen too (never underestimate the seductive power of a latex jumpsuit). This year, Selina Kyle’s sexy attire got the ultimate makeover thanks to Christopher Nolan: The Dark Knight Rises. Yes, we remember Michelle Pfeiffer’s shiny spandex number with the rough, white stitches. We also remember (even if the movie was more forgettable than memorable) Halle Berry’s midriff baring, bondage version. But this year, it’s all about Anne Hathaway’s sophisticated leather ensemble. Some branded it simple and gray (compared to the previous catsuit owners), some found it too high-tech but to us, to us it’s sexy meets classy all the way. Plus, she had boots, leathery and soft thigh-high boots!

→ As seen at: Mugler F/W 2012
As expected, a movie that creates that much buzz serves often as an inspiration for fashion designers around the globe. One of the biggest trends this fall is definitely the leather on leather look, and if you ask us, that has Selina Kyle written all over.

Going for sexy kitten this Halloween? Here’s what you’ll need:
– You don’t need the full bodysuit to pull it off, a simple leather jacket and a pair of liquid leggings will do the trick.
– Thigh or ankle boots? Your choice, just make sure the heel is high and hot.
– Catwoman would never go out without her ears and mask. Don’t have any? You can do them yourself.
– Don’t forget the gloves!
– Last but not least, you’ll be needing bright and luscious red lips!

1. Cuff, Marc Jacobs / 2. Cat mask, Party Packs / 3. Red lipstick, Armani# / 4. Leather top, Balmain / 5. Leather gloves, Agent Provocateur / 6. Ankle boots, Zara / 7. Leather pants, Helmut Lang

DAISY BUCHANAN
The waiting is killing us and the trailers and the pictures are not helping at all. Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby is one of the most expected movies, not only because of the impressive cast line-up, the brilliant direction and the 1920’s settings, but also because it has a high dose of fabulous fashion (thanks Miuccia the Great). This Halloween, thousands of ladies out there will be channeling the lovely Daisy Buchanan. But it’s different this time, forget about your black and boring H&M dress with the fringes, the long pearl necklace with a knot, the black and white feather boa and the straw/cigarette holder. The Great Gatsby has gotten the glamour treatment and it’s all about the bling. Embellished flapper dresses, metallic fringe ones, sequins and rhinestones, feather shrugs, deco jewelry and baroque headpieces are some of the items you can choose to take the Glam Gatsby Girl to a whole new level. Need some pointers? Just take a look at the trailer.

→As seen at: Marchesa S/S 2012
Almost everyone, from Gucci and Ralph Lauren to Marchesa and Alberta Ferretti, had 1920’s inspired collections on Spring 2012. The Gatsby fever was unleashed and now that we are getting closer to the movie premiere, the fever will be getting higher and higher for sure.

Will you be Daisy B. this Halloween? Here’s what you’ll need:
– Embellished, embroidered and shiny dresses are all over the stores right now. From River Island and Zara, to Net-a-Porter, choose the shape and length that suits you the most.
– For a chilly night, a faux fur scarf or a feather shrug will match your pretty dress to perfection.
– Whether you go for a rhinestone comb or a feather fascinator, the headpiece is a must.
– Want to take it up a notch? Deco necklaces and embellished cuffs are just what you need.
– For the shoes, t-straps or a delicate Mary Jane

1. Feather shrug, Alexander McQueen / 2. Deco necklace, 1928 / 3. Sequin dress, Michael Kors / 4. Box clutch, Reiss / 5. Hair comb, John Lewis / 6. Sandals, Topshop

PRETTY PRINCESS
A girl never stops dreaming about being a princess, we still hold a grudge towards Kate Middleton for actually becoming one. And while our tiaras (because we have a tiara stashed somewhere) can’t come to work with us, we sure can take them out to play on Halloween night. The Princess costume doesn’t have to be the supermarket one with the wrinkled polyester dress nor the adult version (the one with the thigh.high socks, the x-rated hem and the perspex, stripper platforms). You can take Princess to a fashionable and classy land, and still look all costumed-up. You’ll look like you just came out of a fairy tale, not from a nightmare called “The Gentleman’s Club”.

→ As seen at: Oscar de la Renta
For Fall, some designers went all out. One of the strongest trends of the season was opulence. Jewelry became part of dresses and jackets, embellishments and embroideries were all over lavish prints and beautiful shapes.

What you’ll need:
– The long, puffy dress is not mandatory. For a fun twist, choose a full skirt, mini dress. Jacquard and brocade always have that royal touch.
– A pair of embellished pumps will complement your look perfectly.
– For the jewelry, go for a statement necklace with gems
– Gloves are optional, but they do make it all cuter
– The tiara, well there’s no costume without one

1.Tiara, Debenham’s / 2.Pendant necklace, Dolce & Gabbana / 3.Lace gloves, Forzieri / 4.Dress, Alexander McQueen / 5.Box clutch, Zara / 6.Embellished pumps, Moschino Cheap & Chic

ARMY BRAT
Cargo pants, an olive green tank and combat boots? Yeah, that’s as common and overrated as a costume can get (even if you painted your cheeks to channel Rambo). Army costumes don’t have to be boring, especially with the military trend invasion this fall, we have a ton of props and items to play with. Forget about the parka and get that sharp, tailored coat you’ve been eyeing for a while now. It’s not about camouflage anymore, it’s all about old school military!

→ As seen at: Moschino
Moschino, Burberry and Topshop Unique all have one thing in common: the made military as chic as possible. This Fall, utilitarian dressing is part of the trend heaven.

What you’ll need:
– Topshop has a wide range of military coats: different styles, different lengths, different textures.
– Underneath your coat, wear some retro army shorts and a button down (make it sheer for a fun twist).
– For the boots, the higher the better, the heel and the length.
– Flat caps are not costume material only, they look rad with a pair of skinny jeans and a biker jacket (you won’t regret splurging on one of this).
– The final touch? Leather gloves and aviators

1. Flat cap, Hollywood Training Co. / 2. Aviator sunglasses, Cutler and Gross / 3. Leather gloves, Todd Lynn / 4. Coat, Topshop / 5. Shorts, Matthew Williamson / 6. Boots, Roland Mouret / 7. Belt, Gap

ANNA KARENINA
Another costume idea from the film industry. This December, brace yourselves for the movie based on Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. Keira Knightley and costume designer, Jacqueline Durran have alredy given us a glimpse of what will be in store for us once the movie is out. In the meantime, why not channel the Russian aristocrat for Halloween? When it comes to Russian aristocracy, it’s all about the heavy bling, the heavy dresses and some serious fur (faux fur for us, of course).

→ As seen in: Valentino CTR F/W 2012
Russia has been buzzing in the Fashion world for a while now, not only because of their characteristic opulence and lavish style, but also because they are becoming stronger and stronger in the fashion department. This season, it’s all about rich fabrics, embellished garments and statement pieces and Leo Tolstoy’s heroine is all about that.

Going for a Russian aristicrat vibe? Here’s what you’ll need:
– A ball gown (your prom dress will do).
– A statement necklace. Anna Karenina loved layering them over lavish couture.
– The dressy coat
– A furry stole and a hat

1. Fur scarf, BCBG / 2. Necklace, Dolce & Gabbana / 3. Fedora, Juicy Couture / 4. Coat, Oscar de la Renta / 5. Dress, Zac Posen

There you go! Five costume inspirations that are for the stylish heart. What’s your costume of choice this year?

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Sweet n’Raw does Chictopia vol. 11

 

Never, since I started the blog, had I gone sans posting for more than 10 days. I broke my record, I did 16 and I blame it on the wi-fi. I’m not gonna give you 1000 excuses, I’m just gonna make it up to you. I still have a bunch of runway reviews (even if posting them seems a little out of time) and new trends and series in the oven. Today I have for you another one of my Chictopia collaborations. They gave me the topic and this is what I delivered. Hope you like it!

The Hottest Ways to Wear Leather This Fall (Plus Extra Leather Essentials)

There’s no summer without sun, there’s no fall without leather. That is an unquestionable truth. Leather may have made the leap into the S/S collections a few seasons ago, but there is no doubt that when it comes to A/W, it is definitely the king.

When it comes to leather, just when you think you might have seen it all, along comes a new season. For Fall 2012, leather was a constant in almost every collection presented on the runway: Valentino made it ladylike, Thakoon injected some color in it, Tibi went all shiny disco ball and tired of wool, and Marni made coats out of leather. Craving to get some leather goodies this fall? Here’s all you need to know!

LEATHER ON LEATHER
→ As seen in: Valentino
1. Top, Maje 2. Cardigan, Marni 3. Shorts, Haute Hippie 4. Ankle boots, Burberry 5. Trousers, J Brand

It may sound dangerous, it may sound bolder than bold, but layering leather over more leather is one of the strongest trends this season. No, we are not asking you to look like you just got lost from the Sons of Anarchy set. No, we are not asking you to raid the Undertaker’s closet. No, we don’t want you channeling the Village People’s leather dude. And no, there is not a handbook on how to pull it off and how to avoid that Matrix Reloaded look. There may not be a formula, but here are some tips that can help us along the way:

- Go for solid garments. Textures, embroidery and embellishments may book you a ticket to the land of tacky, where Snooki is Queen.
– It’s not mandatory to go all black, you can color-block. Try putting together shades with a similar intensity: rusty with rusty, bright with bright, neutral with neutral and so on.
– Go for feminine or simple shoes. Thinking of adding a chunky boot? That’s Sons of Anarchy all the way.
→ THE LOOK: We put together a jersey top with a leather peplum and a pair of skintight leggings. To add more drama, a statement pendant and a pair of black pumps with multiple straps.

COLORED LEATHER
→ As seen in: Thakoon
1. Bag, Proenza Schouler 2. Jacket, Balmain 3. Skirt, Karl 4. Dress, Richard Nicoll 5. Ankle boots, Chloé

The Summer nostalgia is always around, no more leg flashing, no more lightweight fabrics and welcome heavy garments. What better way to cheer us up on those gray and gloomy days, than with a pop of color. We all know that a good, black biker jacket is an all-time wardrobe basic and that those black liquid leggings are a Fall must-wear. But we also know that in Fashion, you gotta think outside the box. And there, outside that box, is where we will find some fabulous and show-stopping colored leather. From bright pink leggings and bottle green jackets to royal blue shift dresses, leather just got a bright and fun makeover this Fall.

- You can choose to color-block (it doesn’t get better than a pair of bright blue pants and a pink blazer) or you can go for mute shades to make your leather item pop.
– Colorful, leather accessories can be the perfect twist for your outfit.
– A pair of Oxblood skinny pants or a bright biker jacket are staples for your closet this Fall.
– Don’t be afraid of adding fun details. Leather can be strong, but sometimes, just the right amount of leopard can make the whole thing work.
→ THE LOOK: We paired up the Oxblood leather pants with a Western embroidered shirt (another big trend this season thanks to the always chic, Isabel Marant). It’s an interesting contrast and the leopard slingbacks just make the ensemble more fun.

LEATHER SKIRTS
→ As seen in: Creatures of the Wind
1.Circle, Markus Lupfer 2. Colored, DKNY 3. Mini, Mango 4. Pleated, Miu Miu 5. Pencil, E Luxe

Forget about the bodycon leather skirt that has been hanging inside your closet for years now. New shapes, lengths and styles are in the house! The pleated one was already a bestseller last Fall (raise your hand if you are the proud owner of the Zara version) and this season, it’s making a comeback. The circle skirt is both edgy and feminine at the same time and pencil ones just scream sexy. The colored and metallic versions are fun twists to classic black. And last but not least, a leather mini is always welcome!

- With leather skirts, possibilities are endless. You can go for a button-down and a blazer for a clean and dressy look. You can pair them up with a t-shirt and Converse for a casual ensemble.
– A match made in trend heaven: mini skirts and graphic sweatshirts. Sweatshirts are the new black.
– For the shoes, add some edge with a pair of booties.
→ THE LOOK: A simple look with some special details thanks to the studs from the skirt and the graphic print on the sweatshirt .

MORE FALL LEATHER ESSENTIALS
1. Coat, Marni 2. Skirt, Balmain 3. Sweatshirt, DKNY 4. Top, Maje 5. Trousers, Mango

- Leather coats: Whether is long and black, fire red and glossy, a trench or coat with leather accents, you are going to want one of this babies hanging inside your closet.
– Quilted leather: Balmain mastered the art of quilting for Fall 2012 and while a lucky few can afford their $3,000 skirts, we are just as happy with Zara’s version of them.
– Combined garments: A sweatshirt with leather sleeves? A skirt with leather panels? Garments with a texture combo are a must-have this season.
– Leather trousers: From Cavalli’s leggings to Theyskens’ Theory’s slouchy pants, the Fall 2012 runways were flooded with leather bottoms.
– Metallic leather: Shiny leather? Need we say more?

Which leather trend is your favorite this Fall? We love and want them all!

Illustrations: Ana Sofia

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Sweet n’Raw does Chictopia vol. 9

Y’all know by know that I have the pleasure of contributing with Chictopia as a Fashion News Editor. In other words, every other week I get to grace their site with an article of my own. This is the first piece I have done as an assignment, the ones before were themes chosen by yours truly. Let’s me know what you think!

3 New Ways to Wear Fur This Fall

It’s officially over— no more easy breezy dresses, no more life in bikini bottoms, no more summer until further notice (9 long, long months). As trees begin to get naked, we start to feel that need to cover up. We are in the middle of the summer to fall transition: sheets for blankets, beach towels for shawls, flip flops for slippers, shaving for stockings and so on. Saying goodbye to summer is not all about mourning and longing. In fact, we get to welcome a new season: Fabulous Fall. We get to embrace new trends, adopt new colors and above all, re-stock our closets!

Months ago, the trend zone began to buzz with new shades (hello oxblood, white, and royal blue), new styles (hello utilitarian, baroque, and futuristic), new textures and prints (hello graphics, leather, brocade) and new garment favorites (hello sweatshirts and jumpsuits). But this time we are going to tackle a controversial trend, a constant when it comes to autumn and winter collections: fur.

Fur has been in the hot seat for a while now. There’s been endless quarrel between those who fight against animal cruelty and those who defend their right to wear their hair of choice. Since fashion has given us the choice to wear faux fur that not only looks but feels like the real thing, and since we don’t want to raise PETA hell or we have respect and love for all the living creatures in the world, we are going to celebrate and thank mankind for the gift of faux fur.

This season, as every fall/winter season, the fur menu was vast and diverse: Dries Van Noten, Giorgio Armani and Blumarine colored it, Cavalli, Wu and Pugh made skirts out of it, Pucci and Fendi supersized it, Nina Ricci and Oscar de la Renta accessorized with it. In the end, there’s enough choice for us to take what we like and discard what we don’t. Here are the five faux fur, must-have items for fall:

- The leopard jacket: whether it’s cropped, fitted or oversize, you can find them in almost any store. From DKNY and Isabel Marant to ASOS and River Island, you’ll be glad you bought it.
– The Mongolian gilet: Nothing looks better with that pair of skinny jeans and some booties than one of this babies. River Island and Topshop have great options.
– The furry bag: Shoulder bag? Trunk? Messenger? Leopard? Zara has them all!
– The combined garment: whether it’s leather and sheepskin on a bomber, or rabbit (faux) and knit on a cardigan, this is a major trend for Fall.
– The colorful collar: collars are among the hottest accessories right now, so are stoles. Add a punch or color to give your outfits an original twist.

When it comes to styling fur this Fall, we have prepared three different ensembles. Get ready to go fur it!

LEOPARD BLOOM

If Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have taught us one thing in life, it has to be that flowers and leopard print are a match made in heaven (sexy heaven). A dress over a graphic jumper and an animal print jacket? Boom, you’ve got three hot trends in one outfit.

1. Leopard Jacket, DKNY
2. Floral jumper, Dolce & Gabbana
3. Black dress, MAJE
4. Black wedges, ZARA
5. Pelican bag, ALEXANDER WANG
6. Black bangle, KATE SPADE
7. Leopard bangle, J. CREW
8. Ring pack, ASOS
9. Infusion prune nail polish, LANCOME

PASTEL FALL

Who said pastels were only for spring? And who said you can’t pull off a powdery combo for fall? We did it and we liked it! You’ll need your mongolian gilet, a pastel pair of skinnies, neutral pumps and another one of the hottest trends of the moments, the dressy sweatshirt.

1. Mongolian gilet, RIVER ISLAND
2. Tiger sweatshirt, ZARA
3. Mint skinny jeans, ZARA
4. Salmon pump, GIANVITO ROSSI
5. Metallic satchel, J. CREW
6. Pink beaded bracelet, NELLY.COM
7. Spike silver bracelet, ASOS
8. Rhinestone bracelet, J. CREW
9. Cat ring, MODCLOTH
10. Rose Astrait nail polish, YSL

ROCK’N’FURRY

Want a laid-back look with a pinch of edgy? A leather and fur bomber, a sweatshirt, a pair of leather shorts (leather on leather is flaming hot right now) and the famous high-tops (Isabel Marant is to blame for this one) is all you need.

1. Combined bomber, ZARA
2. Grey sweatshirt, ZARA
3. Leather shorts, ROMWE
4. High-top sneakers, ZARA
5. Pashli bag, 3.1 PHILLIP LIM
6. Ring trio, TOPSHOP
7. Ace pendant, LAURA LEE
8. Velvet Voyage nail polish, ESSIE

Pastel, wild or edgy? What’s your favorite style? And remember, tights are still optional (but not for long).

It’s finally Friday night and I’m ready to have some fun! What are you up to this weekend?

Sweet kisses…

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SWEET’N’RAW DOES CHICTOPIA vol. 7

Hello, hello my sweet readers! I’m bringing to you my 7th article for Chictopia’s blog, Everybody is Ugly. This piece really reflects my personal style, y’all know I’m a pastel junkie, but my real obsession has always been nude. It was 6 years ago, when in a trip to San Diego with friends, I went back home penniless and with two suitcases packed with ivory, cream, blush, french gray and light coral garments. Since then, the obsession, like all obsessions has grown considerably (up to the point that I now refuse to wear black). I have also been a fan of color-blocking since the Jil Sander milestone, that’s why I wanted to mix both this trends. Color-blocking neutral style? Yeah baby! Read away and tell me what you think!

Style Tip: Neutral Color Blocking

It was in Spring 2011 when a certain Jil Sander collection changed it all. Bananas of Prada were not the only ones to steal the spotlight that season. Raf Simons’ bright and colorful silhouettes also took over the fashion world. From his game of proportions, volume, and length, to his couture shapes paired up with simple, white t-shirts, it was a delightful fashion display. But there was one particular trend from the show that really stood out: color blocking.

SKINNY JEANS

Color blocking can be defined as the art of mixing and contrasting different chunks of color in one ensemble. That September, bold color blocking was embraced by many designers such as Gucci, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Prabal Gurung to name a few. It obviously became the trend that defined the season. Soon enough, retail followed. We are sure that if we took a peek inside your closets, we would still find that green lantern skirt or the hot pink, jersey blazer, both from Zara. We all did it that season and we kept on doing it the next. And since fashionistas around the globe can’t seem to get enough of it, color blocking is not going anywhere just yet!

SMART SHORTS

In fashion, all things tend to get renewed, refreshed, and reinvented. Christophe Decarnin transformed Joan Collins’ ghastly shoulder pads and inserted them in those pricey-but-oh-so-worth-it Balmain jackets. The infamous harem pants of MC Hammer were brought back from the dead (a much better version of them) in 2009 by Chloé and friends. And last season’s print mash-up morphed into a textured one. With neon and pastel colors taking over Spring 2012, it was only a matter of time for color blocking to get its revamp. Sugarcoated or electrified, this style is still a favorite among the fashion crowd.

SCALLOPED SKIRT

Since color blocking went from bold hues to pastel ones, why not take it to neutral territory? Neutrals are a constant in fashion, even if tangerine or hot pink are in trend, you’ll always need them to compliment them. Instead of mixing them up with other hues, why not pair French Gray and blush with ivory or white? The result? Sleek color-blocking, always clean, always sophisticated.

We’ve come up with three different ways to style the neutral color blocking trend! It’s time to put your color blocking skills to the test with subtle colors. We know you can do it Chictopians. Get the style tips from the illustrations!

SKINNY JEANS
Jeans, FRENCH CONNECTION
Knit top, ZARA
Biker vest, ZARA
Shoes, ZARA
Bag, BALENCIAGA
Sunglasses, STELLA McCARTNEY
Thread bracelet, ACCESSORIZE
Spike bracelet, ASOS
Buckle bracelet, ACCESSORIZE
White bangle, TED ROSSI
Love ring, ARIELLA COLLECTION
Gris Deco nail polish, YSL

SMART SHORTS
Color-blocked top, TOPSHOP
Layered shorts, ROMWE
Snakeskin sandals, STEVE MADDEN
Tan clutch, ROCHAS
Leopard bangle, KATE SPADE
Cuff watch, LA MER
Bangle set, FOREVER 21
Earrings, FOREVER 21
Beige Leger nail polish, YSL

SCALLOPED SKIRT
Blush blouse, ASOS
Scalloped skirt, ASOS
Dynemite heels, STEVE MADDEN
Shoulder bag, ALDO
Lace white bangle, LK DESIGNS
Lace pink bangle, LK DESIGNS
White enamel bangle, KATE SPADE
Braided bracelet, ETTIKA
Buckle bracelet, MICHAEL KORS
Pearl studs, ASOS
Rose Abstait nail polish, YSL

Finally Thursday! Only one more day for the weekend to begin! Happy times!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: ASOS, Zara, Mango, River Island, Harrods, Topshop
 

All texts, illustrations and collages are made by me, it’s forbidden to re-post without previous request (sweetnrawme@gmail.com) and images must link back to this site

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SWEET’N’RAW DOES CHICTOPIA vol. 6

Last day of May and you know what that means, right? Summer is finally hitting town! And while we get our gear ready to embrace the sun (and some color on our skin), I have for you my sixth piece for Chictopia’s blog, Everybody is Ugly. So far, being a Fashion News Editor for the site has been a great experience. Choosing my theme, preparing my illustrations and writing the article has become a weekly ritual for me (one that I really, really enjoy). But my week’s climax comes when it’s published, receiving all that positive feedback from you and welcoming new readers really makes me happy. For this week’s piece I wanted to do something that really represented my style and personality, of course I had to go with flowers and lace. In case you haven’t read it yet, here it is!

The Style Mash-Up: Three Ladylike Lace and Floral Print Outfits To Try

Fashion never ceases to amaze, it never stops changing, and it always manages to surprise. Long gone are the days when matching your belt to your purse and shoes is the golden rule and bold choices were always part of the “don’t” department. Nowadays, it’s all about fun and self-expression. It doesn’t matter if it’s dressy, messy or daring, as long as you can make it work. Trends are not to be followed in a text book kind of way and there are no step by step recipes for style. You take what you like, and you make it your own, which brings us to our main concept: The Mash-Up.

In music, a mash-up is the blend of one or more pre-recorded songs, in other words, a sound collage. Mash-ups have become really popular lately, hence the Rihanna and Adele composition overload that has taken over the Internet. And since fashion always keeps up with what’s current and never gets left behind, designers came up with the garment version of it. The fashion mash-up is all about mixing and matching different trends, textures, patterns, and prints.

Last September, the Spring 2012 runways were flooded with beautiful and complex ensembles (keeping the collage trend from Fall 2011 alive). Jonathan Saunders presented a collection in which colorful knits, paisley, graphic prints, and delicate appliqué swirls merged into pure fashion poetry. Signora Miuccia showcased her take on mash-ups in both Prada (crochet, cars, jewels and leather, need I say more) and Miu Miu (the A-line lace coats, the micro prints and the ornate cowboy boots still haunt my dreams) and last but not least, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana paired up to perfection their fresh produce prints to their always exquisite lace. They even threw in a pinch of crochet and jacquard.

Dressing up mash-up style is all about using our imagination to create a stylistic and beautiful chaos. Before trying out this trend, here are some tips to take into consideration:

The Garden Mash-up

1. Lose the fear, it’ll only make you match your purse to your shoes and your belt.
2. Have fun and don’t take it all too seriously. That’s the point of this game and you’ll get a better result.
3. It might not look good in your mind, but you’ll never know unless you try it on.
4. Detailed garments are mash-up material, bright solids are not (that’s color-blocking).
5. Mash-up is not a synonym for costume. Think feather skirt, not feather boa.
6. Use evening pieces to pump up day ones.
7. Use day pieces to down play evening ones.
8. When it comes to mash-ups, more is more. Layering, statement jewelry and metallic pieces can help you get the look.
9. Go for textured shoes to add another twist to your ensemble: mirror wedges, embellished pumps, woven sandals.
10. Mashed-up is not the same thing as messed-up. Yes Snooki, we’re talking to you.
11. Floral prints are a girl’s best friend, which brings us to the next argument…

The Pastel Mash-up

THE MASH-UP CHALLENGE: One style, two trends, three ways
THE STYLE: Ladylike
THE TRENDS: Lace and floral print
THE RESULT: THE LADYLIKE MASH UP

GARDEN MASH UP: If the party is in the garden, why not play the flower part?

Lace blazer, ZARA
Blush dress, TOPSHOP
Skinny belt, LIBERTY UK
Embellished sandals, ZARA
Chain purse, MICHAEL KORS
Cream Earrings, ASOS
Arty ring, YSL
Carry On nail polish, ESSIE

PASTEL MASH UP: Mixing in textures and prints but sticking with a soft color palette.

The Peplum Mash-up

Lace coat, ZARA
Polka dot shirt, RIVER ISLAND
Lampshade floral skirt, ASOS
Raffia wedges, LULU’s
Yellow shopper bag, ASOS
Sunglasses, CHLOE
Owl ring, RIVER ISLAND
Heart ring, WHISTLES
Cascade Cool nail polish, ESSIE

PEPLUM MASH-UP: Adding apeplum into this mix? It doesn’t get more ladylike than this!

Peplum top, RIVER ISLAND
Crochet shorts, RIVER ISLAND
Metallic belt, WAREHOUSE
Shiny wedges, ZARA
Bag, MARC by MARC JACOBS
Flower bracelet, FOREVER 21
Pearl bracelet, RIVER ISLAND
Engraved bangle, RIVER ISLAND
Miami Nice nail polish, ESSIE

What’s your verdict? Are you gonna try the Ladylike Mash-up anytime soon? I sure hope so!

Sweet kisses…

lllustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis 

All texts, illustrations and collages are made by me, it’s forbidden to re-post without previous request (sweetnrawme@gmail.com) and images must link back to this site

Image Sources:
River Island
Zara
Essie
Asos
Topshop
Net-a-porter

 

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SWEET’n’RAW DOES CHICTOPIA vol. 5

It’s Wednesday already, only two more days till Friday! As you already know and I have already told you a million times, I am contributing as a Fashion Editor for Chictopia’s blog, Everybody is Ugly. I always have a blast getting this babies ready for you to read and it really makes me happy to receive all your lovely comments, likes and shares.

For this week’s article, I really wanted to address a trend that I love so much: the scarf trend. I had never been a D&G fan until now (too bad is was the last runway for Dolce & Gabbana’s second line), but that scarf collection was among my S/S 2012 top five. Those picky and fabulous Italians sure know how to work the foulard. So without further ado, here it is:

3 Ways To Wear Scarf Print

It was many years ago in Milan when Designer Gianni Versace made the scarf his signature style. Those late 1980’s ads with Linda and Naomi, all covered in extravagant printed silk, tight bustiers and lavish safety pins became milestones in the history of fashion. Then, his golden years became his legacy to the brand. The golden Medusa, the chains and the baroque shirts gave the Italian house a strong character and a unique identity.

Somewhere along the way, the trend’s glory days were gone and a drug lord and his mistress picked them them up. Yes, the scarf shirt along with the chunky Rolex, the heavy gold chain and matching gun became the ultimate “narco bling”. When a trend goes criminal (or guido) a comeback is highly unlikely, but like the phoenix or the shoulder pads, it has now risen from its ashes.

Thanks to Donatella going back to her family’s roots with the Versace for H&M collection and Dolce & Gabbana’s last D&G runway, scarf print is back and better than ever. The last show for the Italian duo’s second line marked the end of an era, and they decided to bid farewell with an overwhelmingly beautiful and colorful homage to the foulard. Not only was their collection memorable, but proof that with scarves, possibilities are endless.

Whether you go for a bohemian approach, a 70’s vibe or a dressy style, we should all try it at least once. Here are three different ways to style the scarf print trend!

DENIM DIARIES
When different trends (crochet, scarf, cropped top, boyfriend shirt, tangerine) unite for a Bohemian result.

Silk shorts, KOOKAI
Crochet bralet, TOPSHOP
Boyfriend denim shirt, ASOS
Buckle wedges, ZARA
Messenger bag, ZARA
Bangle set, FOREVER 21
Wire bracelet, TOPSHOP
Buddha bracelet, TOPSHOP
Arty ring, YSL
Bazooka nail polish, ESSIE

TRENDY TWEED
A soft colored jacket can definitely make a scarf print pop. It doesn’t get cuter than a pink, blue and cream color combo.

Scarf tunic, RIVER ISLAND
Skinny jeans, ZARA
Jacquard jacket, ZARA
Nude belt, ZARA
Delta pumps, NASTY GAL
Quilted bag, MARC JACOBS
Rhinestone friendship bracelet, DOROTHY PERKINS
Circle chain bracelet, WHISTLES
Love bracelet, ACCESSORIZE
Ring, VIVIENNE WESTWOOD
Rose Abstrait nail polish, YSL

MONOCHROMATIC MADNESS
Monochromatic is one of the biggest trends of the season, why not mix it in with the scarf style?

Retro print dress, ROMWE
Chiffon blazer, NASTY GAL
Hot pink sandals, ZARA
Yellow frame clutch, ZARA
Chain bracelet, MADE
Beaded bracelet, TOPSHOP
Lion bangle, ASOS
Ring, ZOE & MORGAN
Pink statement necklace, FOREVER 21
Indian Pink nail polish, TOM FORD

Works for Spring, works for Summer… Let’s get scarf’d!

What did you think? Are you going to try this trend anytime soon? Speak up, I’m here to listen (or read).

Sweet kisses…

All texts and collages are made by me, it’s forbidden to re-post without previous request (sweetnrawme@gmail.com) and images must link back to this site.

Illustrations by Ana Sofia

Image sources:
ZARA
ASOS
ACCESSORIZE
FOREVER 21
ROMWE
HARRODS
ESSIE
TOPSHOP
NASTY GAL
RIVER ISLAND

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Sweet’n’Raw does Chictopia, vol. 4

Happy Monday, my sweet readers (if that’s even possible). A bright and punchy post to start up your morning! As you probably know by now (because I’ve repeated it over and over and just won’t get tired of it), I am contributing as a Fashion News Editor (God I love saying EDITOR) for Chictopia’s very chic and trendy blog, Everybody is Ugly. This was my fifth piece for them, and I decided to take on the very popular and lovely Tangerine Tango trend. In case you haven’t read my fashionable prose, here it is!

It Takes Three To Tango: 3 Chic Ways To Wear Tangerine

It is considered THE color of the season. It’s fun, it’s bright and it’s sexy, it’s Tangerine Tango! In a season where pastels have officially taken over, this non-powdery and lively shade has taken the throne

Last September, designers colored the runways tangerine: Derek Lam made it minimal and Haider Ackermann used it as the perfect complement to match his beautiful and architectural shapes. It was digital and printed for Peter Pilotto and Proenza Schouler went in for the kill and colored their leather tangerine.

Now that we’ve covered the catwalk, making the transition to high street has never been easier. Retailers seem to have the same style craving, after a sugar and pastel overload, a taste of sour citrus is just what we need.

Since it’s a strong color, it may seem overpowering at first glance. The trick? Don’t be afraid to grab tangerine by the horns— that means nail polish or a clutch is not enough anymore! The color itself is all about fun, but it gets even better when styling it and mixing it up in overpowering ways! We all like to see heads turning our way, and tangerine is just the shade to make that happen!

LOOK 1: BEJEWELED TANGERINE
Color blocking meets my jewelry box. More interesting than doing it with brights, more flashy than doing it with pastels.

Teal top, NASTY GAL
Tangerine pants, ZARA
Studded pumps, ZARA
Teal clutch, BERSHKA
Pendant, SHOUROUK
Viper nail polish, TOM FORD

LOOK 2: WILD TANGERINE
Tangerine is great mash-up material. If mix it with hot pink, it’s a match made in Vitamin heaven. Add a touch of leopard, now that’s what I call spicing things up.

Chiffon tangerine blouse, NASTY GAL
Pink Bouclé shorts, ZARA
Leopard long cardigan, NASTY GAL
Color-blocked sandal, ZARA
Vintage bag, CHANEL
Sunglasses, CHLOE
Black and gold bracelet, MADE
Cuff bracelet, JUST ACCESS
Tangerine bracelet, ORELIA
Owl bracelet, RIVER ISLAND
Stone ring, RIVER ISLAND
Bazooka nail polish, ESSIE

LOOK 3: CREAMY TANGERINE
Mixing it with neutrals is a great way to make this color pop. It doesn’t get sexier than a bodycon skirt, tone it down with some flowy and soft garments.

Chiffon waistcoat, ZARA
Blush top, ZARA
Tangerine bodycon skirt, NASTY GAL
Metallic sandals, ZARA
Mirror clutch, DOROTHY PERKINS
Spiked bracelet, DOROTHY PERKINS
Cross bracelet, DOROTHY PERKINS
Ribbon bangle set, FOREVER21
Stretch silver bracelet, ACCESSORIZE
Snake ring, LULUS
Pure Narcisse nail polish, LANCOME

Creamy, wild, or bejeweled? What’s your tangerine style?

What do you think? I am looking for this week’s theme, if you have any suggestions, I will really appreciate it!

Have a great week! Sweet kisses…

Illustrations by Ana Sofia
Image Sources
River Island
ZARA
Nasty Gal
Harrods
ASOS
FOREVER 21

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SWEET’N’RAW DOES CHICTOPIA vol. 3

It’s Saturday, waking up late and catching up with your reading with a much needed cup of coffee is just the thing to do. So if you missed Sweet’n’Raw’s article for Chictopia, now’s the time to read away. I’ve been wanting to do a series on Short Suits, a trend that I really adore, my Chictopia weekly piece seemed to be the perfect opportunity. Without further ado, here it is:

3 Ways To Wear The Must-Have Shorts Suit Trend

The beauty about fashion is how unexpected it is: styles are always returning, garments are constantly reinvented and what you reputed as unwearable all of a sudden becomes in trend. The pantsuit officially made its comeback a couple seasons ago, and this spring we get to sport the fresh and leggy version of it: the short suit and blazer combo.

Whether you go with prints, color-blocking or a texture mash-up, the short suit is always fun to style in a dressy way. Now it’s no longer about a matching top and bottom— you can play with different fabrics and hues which allows you to incorporate different trends at the same time.

Possibilities are endless for the suit style. You can take it to work by adding a knitted vest and a button-down, for some drinks with a sequin top underneath and even for running errands with a crisp white tee and a pair of trainers.

CREAM LOOK

· Tweed jackets are your best friend when wanting to sport this trend. Plus, they are as cute as a button, resourceful and timeless. If Mademoiselle Coco Chanel made them a fashion icon, they must be inside your closet (thank god there’s Zara to save us from the splurge). Be sure to take advantage of this season’s candy hues. A tweed jacket in a powdery shade is definitely knee-weakening material!

· Monochromatic looks are in trend right now but they have its risks: the boring factor and the ridicule one (you don’t want to look like a celery stick or any other piece of colorful produce). You need to choose your shapes and textures right and play with different shades of the same hue to make the whole ensemble more interesting and to avoid the “paint bucket shower” look.

YELLOW LOOK

· Tailored shorts are the key to pulling off this style, after all, we are talking about short suits. You can go wild and free with the textures, length, cut and shape, but while sticking to tailored shorts with a little bit of a high waist.

Short suits are definitely a way to have fun by mixing and matching. Now that the flowers are blooming and the sun is out, it’s time to take our legs out to play. Smart dressing has never been more fun, don’t you agree?

CREAM LOOK
Cream bouclé jacket, ZARA / Blouse with cut-out detail, ZARA / Cream crochet shorts, ZARA / Double strap heeled sandals, ZARA / Quilted shoulder bag, ROMEO / Pearl & gold earrings, ACCESSORIZE / Black strap watch, ASOS / Rhinestone bracelet, FOREVER 21 / Chain and leather bracelet, ASOS / Beaded and skull bracelet, ASOS / NAKED nail polish, TOM FORD

MINT LOOK

YELLOW LOOK
Blazer with zip, ZARA / Draped sleeveless top, TOPSHOP / Scalloped shorts, NASTY GAL / Denim pumps, ASOS / Tan shoulder bag, MODCLOTH / Sunglasses, PRADA / Pink bracelet, FOREVER 21 / Watch, ASOS / Salmon embellished bangle, FOREVER 21 / Rhinestone bangle, FOREVER 21 / Multi-coloured ring trio, TOPSHOP / ROSE nail polish, DOLCE & GABBANA

GREEN LOOK
Mint frayed jacket, TRF ZARA / Mint solid top, ASOS / Glitter shorts, TOPSHOP / Tan strappy sandals, ZARA / Green frame clutch, ASOS / Silver ring trio, ASOS / Chain cuff, FOREVER 21 / Skull necklace, ASOS / Attraction nail polish, CHANEL

What do you think about this trend? Will you be trying it out? If so, be sure to do it before the soft Spring sun turn into an agressive, brazing one. Have a beautiful Saturday, my sweet readers!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis 
All texts and collages are made by me, it’s forbidden to re-post them without previous request (sweetnrawme@gmail.com) and images must link back to this site.

 

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