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When it comes to fashion trends, one thing is certain: nothing will ever be too new or too old. It’s all a continuous cycle and a reinvention of styles. So, if you are thinking of throwing a few horrible items out of your closet, think again! You may never know when they are going to be the biggest fashion hit.
2013 is just about that – reinventing some of those ’90’s trends and pulling off the funkiest looks. And making a comeback this year is the Varsity jacket, aka, “Letterman jacket”.
For so many high school and college students, the varsity jacket is traditionally a representation of pride and support for their schools. The jacket became a huge hit when Michael Jackson rocked it on and off stage back in the ‘80s. Now it’s re-living its glory days on runways and catwalks for Spring/Summer 2013/14 collections. The sporty, yet chic style of the varsity jacket was a huge success with Rag & Bone, Altuzarra, and Alexander Wang. Not to mention the number of celebrities wearing this comfy cool jacket: Rihanna (sporty urban style), Kim Kardashian (glam sexy urban) Taylor Swift (college sporty chic).
How to wear the varsity jacket look
To avoid looking ridiculous, we have curated some styling tips / ideas for your personal style inspiration.
The jacket may seem plain, sporty, and quite boyish, yet it is one of the most versatile piece you can have in your closet. Pairing it with simple sporty outfits (jeans, shorts, converse, ballet pumps, T-shirts, sweaters, baseball caps) can give you that boyish sporty chic style look.
For extra edgy look, pile on jewelry, or go for studded jackets, and if you’d like to give it a more girly vibe, play up your lips (red lips look amazing with this jacket giving it an urban touch; think Rihanna) or let your hair loose.
-Smart edgy for office
For a super smart edgy look, opt for pencil skirts, blouses or T-shirts, statement necklaces, super sexy heels and over-the-shoulders varsity jacket. For a more casual sophisticated look, switch the skirt with skinny trousers or boyfriend jeans. Shorts or mini skirts are amazing if you are aiming for sexy, and maxi skirts or dresses look feminine with this jacket. For extra edge, add a baseball cap and statement accessories. And remember… to get this chic sophisticated sporty look always go for heels!
- Have fun with your look and don’t take it too seriously
- Make it your own… meaning wear colors / styles that works best for your figure
- Own your look; be confident in your choices
We’ve all seen the fashion editors, photographers, bloggers, and stylists rocking the varsity jacket with heels. And loved it! So do just the same, just don’t forget your fantastic bag or over-sized clutch to complete your look.
Whether you love it or not the varsity jacket is a trend to try once and, if you ask me, a staple piece to consider for spring. It’s fun, cool, versatile, cozy, and super comfortable.
Will you ditch your leather jackets for a while and be a team player in that old school nostalgic varsity jacket? Are you game or not?
(Images via Pinterest)
- The Varsity Jacket trend is a “DO” (sugarsavvygirl.com)
- Varsity Jackets Are Everywhere! Are They a Do or a Don’t? (glamour.com)
- Varsity Jacket in a New Way (sigridmillenaar.wordpress.com)
- Grade A in wearing a varsity sweater (fashionising.com)
- The fancy varsity jacket (downtownromantic.com)
- Fashion Trends for Men in 2013 (anitasayago.wordpress.com)
By Dana, Fashion Editor
If we were to look back at some of 2012 Fall’s biggest trends, that I reckon will stretch all throughout next season’s Spring & Summer, than the Leather Skirt is one item to definitely look out for. If you have it, stick to it and if not… buy it and play up your glamorous super-hot persona in it. If a few years ago leather screamed S&M and was quite the fashion risqué (nobody wanted to look like cheap hookers so they pretty much avoided the texture, well unless… you were super edgy, adventurous and confident to rock such a look, in which case kudos to you!), today every single designer has a few items in their collection. Remember 2012/2013 Fall & Winter Fashion Week? And forget black leather. I mean who ever said we had to settle for gloomy shades? It’s in with green, blues, reds, burgundy. Sure if you want to stick to basics, it’s fine… as long as you keep it leathery!
What this style does is actually empower us, as women, as designers & celebs gave us a free pass a rocking the leather skirt everywhere. No, no… now don’t jump to conclusions and think it’s not for you, just because you are a sporty girl or au contraire prefer the smart looks. The leather skirt can be styled in millions of ways, depending on its design, cut, color and of course… your taste. One of my favorite looks of the leather skirt is the office look – Smart meets Sophisticated. A pencil over-the-knee (or even knee-length) black leather skirt will look stunning with heels. Pair it with a casual top to tone down the look or a super smart one to keep it extra professional. A blazer, jewelry & a fab bag will complete the look. I love how pencil leather skirts look with plain T-shirts or tucked in jersey tops.
If however you love to show off those legs, the mini leather skirt is the answer. Tight or pleated, A-line or super large, it will look amazing with jumpers, denim shirts and a cozy coat. Opt for heels if you’re going for a sexy look or for flat boots, converse, or ballet pumps for a more laid back take on the style. I love how it looks with a jumper, parka & flat boots. For a more sophisticated look, I’d go for a short slim leather skirt with a knitted top and ankle boots. And remember… for a more fun take on this trend choose the colored leather skirts or be adventurous on designs: maxi leather skirts, over-sized & funky styles.
What I love about a leather skirt is that it can dress up any outfit you have and make any old T-shirt or sweater look like a million bucks. Not to mention that it will get you out of any fashion trouble: sophisticated office look, dinner out, dates, parties. And… you can wear it all year long (add tights in winter and switch to sandals in summer). Quite the fashion investment isn’t it.
How would you rock your pencil leather skirt?
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Guest blog post from Anya Sarre, Celebrity Stylist at ShoeDazzle.com.
As the weather cools, women flock to the stores and newsstands to catch a glimpse at this season’s most-desired trends. Whether you enjoy classic looks, patterns and shapes or love to dazzle and sparkle in flashy pieces, this fall’s hottest trends offer something for everyone.
The peplum-waist dress has been a huge trend for the last couple of years. While it will still be a go-to look for professional, classic women everywhere heading into fall, this style has a new competitor on the horizon. The full-skirted dress is an exaggerated A-line dress, and it is popping up on the red carpet in record numbers this season. The top of a full-skirt dress is fitted and sometimes belted. It is often adorned with ladylike, peter-pan collars and jewels. The dress begins its exaggerated flare shape at the waist, and it typically hits at or just above the knee. Full-skirt dresses feature bold colors, color blocking and glamorous patterns this season. Pair it with a cropped cardigan and a pair of ballet flats or pumps for a spotlight-stealing look. For cold fall /winter night out, just pair these dresses with tights or black stockings for sexy, cozy look!
Patterned Ankle Pants
Dizzying, fun patterns and bold designs are typically reserved for blouses or dresses. This season, the classic ankle pant gets a makeover thanks to bold prints and vibrant colors. Ankle pants with tapestry prints are being seen paired with slouchy ankle boots and boxy silk tops. Polka dots and hounds tooth prints are always classic, recognizable designs. Pair a classic polka dot or hounds tooth print pant with a ballet flat, a lace-trim tank top and a long cocoon-style cardigan for a look that will take you from day into night.
Chunky & Bold Knit Sweaters
Casual women everywhere are scooping up the chunky and bold sweaters in record numbers this season. Plush cashmere, nylon and wool sweaters are being combined with rabbit hair and other luxuriously soft materials that feel as cozy and comfortable as they look. Classic crew-neck styles, cable knit details and boxy shapes are all the rage this fall. Pair them with a pair of skinny jeans and tall-shaft boots for a balanced look. These sweaters also layer beautifully over tank tops in contrast colors and button-up Oxford shirts.
This season’s hottest trends will surely liven up the dreary cold months thanks in part to the various colors, textures, dimensions and bold patterns featured on this season’s hottest silhouettes for apparel, accessories and shoes.
Anya Sarre is one of Hollywood’s most influential trendsetters. A nationally recognized celebrity stylist, Sarre is known for her impeccable eye and ability to tie any look together with the perfect accessory. Named “Best Television Fashion Stylist” for her appearances on Entertainment Tonight, The Insider and countless other media outlets, Sarre is the go-to fashion expert for Hollywood’s biggest celebrities.
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by Dana Cristina
Ladies who ever said size does not matter couldn’t be more wrong! This autumn, fashion is all about one size: Oversize! Apparently, the one rule that never seemed to age in fashion (”dress according to your size”) is, well, out of style in 2012 Autumn/Winter trends. And you can also put aside your mothers’ and grandmothers’ advice of always wearing clothes that fit!
From coats to jumpers to cardigans to trousers, fashion is going up one too many sizes. Whether it’s the cold season requiring more layering or just a fashion craze, Fall 2012 will have women all bundled up in cocoon coats, sweaters with puffy sleeves, huge & eccentric collars or big skirts & dresses. It’s a bit of ‘90s Kate Moss meets ‘70s Farrah Fawcett: sexy slouchy shoulders, high waist large trousers, big blouses, huge cardigans, oversized coats, jackets or shirts! And you can go either way: towards grunge style (which alone is a big trend this season as well) or a more classic elegant one.
Starting up as a street trend, pretty much ignored for years, the oversized style has finally caught up with the fashion designers in their 2012 Fall/Winter collections. The runways were flooded with big coats, trousers, skirts, tops in so many looks, styles and designs that we feel it’s never been this good! Jil Sander honored the classic elegant woman in big & beautiful coats in his best collection so far. Gucci went for opulent drama in sexy big trousers.
Sportmax, Chloe, Balenciaga, Moschino all chose and praised the oversize this season. Though to some it may come across as an uninspired trend, hiding away the woman’s body – we should nonetheless keep an opened mind and experiment. Models and celebrities are always seen in street style photos going for comfy and ill- fitted rather than body-tight. Seen it in Rihanna, Claudia Schiffer or Miranda Kerr who loves the oversized cardigans and coats.
Sure it may take a while to see Kim Kardashian ditch her fitted outfits, but one can hope right? And if this style may not be your cup of tea – remember you can still rock it by keeping in mind a few tips: pair anything oversized with something tight; use a belt; and accessorize to jazz it up and make it feminine!
Fall is about letting go, braking rules and choosing big over small. Could it be that women have had too much of body fitted clothes? Maybe fashion is going for comfy this time. Or could it be that we are finally witnessing a fashion revolution: the decay of size zero?
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Style Icon: Alexa Chung
by Dana Cristina
It a time of what seems like fashion confusion and an obvious lack of concrete direction in regards to personal style, there are a few women out there worth paying attention to. And Alexa Chung is one of them. With her regular London girl style, Alexa has made a name for herself in the fashion industry starting as a teen model, then going into television (as a presenter) to now hosting the 24 Hour Catwalk Show in on Lifetime channel. She is also contributing editor for British Vogue, journalist for the Independent, and a portfolio that has once-in-a-lifetime-chance interviews with the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, and a never-ending list of all the fashion’s who’s who. And she’s managed to accomplish all of this by the age of 28.
Though she may strike as perhaps a bit too fragile with her extremely petite frame – her huge green eyes, rebellious dark bangs and incredible charisma sure make up for it. She’s quite often seen running errands or grabbing coffee on her way to work in the most simple and tasteful outfits. The truth is she blends in very well with the London crowd and sticks to the British fashion trends perhaps a bit unconsciously: trench coats, Peter Pan collars wore on everything – from sparkling tops (that she dresses in on cloudy mornings) to wearing casual T-shirts on the red carpet.
With an eclectic yet simple style, she is often seen in sneakers to sophisticated designer stilettos. She dons high wasted full mini skirts with girly tops and jackets or blazers. With her staple London girl go-to outfit: denim cut-offs, black leggings, flat pumps or ankle boots, girly top and coat – she is always keeping it simple. Today she seems to be more of a luxury / glam girl in feminine tops and vintage denim cut-offs, or a sparkling, floral printed mini skirt with washed out vintage T-shirts. Alexa Chung’s style in a nutshell is casual, feminine, classic, sophisticated and simple. She’s a young rebellious trendsetter and all in the most exquisite moderation and sweet simplicity you would imagine her to be.
2012 London Olympics Fashion Finale
by fashion editor, Dana Cristina
With the entire world’s eyes on London since July, the 2012 Olympics Final Ceremony ended in a big way complete with music, fashion and supermodels. The surprise of the night was seeing supermodels Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Georgia May Jagger (Mick Jagger’s daughter) strut down the catwalk to David Bowie’s “Fashion” in legendary designer Alexander McQueen.
The 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony had it all: beautiful models, designer clothes, sexy high-heeled shoes, loud music, electrifying performances and an atmosphere that send shivers (good ones, mind you) down your spine! Here is a behind the scenes look at all the backstage fashion preparations.
Naomi in Alexander McQueen headpiece
British Vogue fashion editor Lucinda Chambers and hairstylist Sam McKnight were present, as well as, Supermodels Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Lily Donaldson, Jourdan Dunn, Lily Cole, Georgia May Jagger, in a gold gown by Victoria Beckham, and Stella Tennant dazzled in one-of-a-kind dresses.
Karen Elson backstage
Oh, and to top the glamour and glitter of it all throw in some of the best British brands and designers and you have yourself a ceremony to remember.
Kate Moss backstage
Alexander McQueen golden wedges, Vivienne Westwood custom made gown & makeup artist Val Garland and his team were all there.
Alexander McQueen shoes
Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Karen Elson, in a gold floral lace bustier dress by Burberry; Lily Donaldson, in a gown covered with hammered sequins and metallic thread by Vivienne Westwood; Stella Tennant in a Christopher Kane Swarovski-crystal catsuit; Lily Cole in an Erdem embroidered lace cocktail dress, Georgia May Jagger, in a gold gown by Victoria Beckham, and David Gandy in a Paul Smith suit; and Jourdan Dunn in a jersey tube dress.
Kate Moss is all smiles before the big show
Putting the final touch on makeup before the show