12 Favourite Looks in 2016

I can’t believe I am writing this post so soon but whether we like it or not, 2016 officially ends in a few days. It has been an amazing year all around for myself, my family and Fashion and Style Police. I am eager to end it to be honest, and get on with 2017, with the hope that it would be an even better year.

My style was featured heavily on the blog this year. I am a fashion lover so it is natural for me to showcase my style as I dish out fashion tips and tricks. It was difficult for me to select my favourite looks because I love all of them but I had to pick my best 12 looks in 2016. Here they are  –

 

Bare Legs

 

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This is one of my favourite looks of 2016 because I got to show off my legs on a chilly January day and it was a success!

I didn’t want to ruin the look with a pair of tights so I decided to brave it and I killed it!

 

How to Wear Leather Leggings

 

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I really like this look. I remember it being so easy to style. Every piece fell into place. I can see myself rocking this entire look again.

 

Hello March

 

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This is another favourite look of 2016. This outfit is everything in my eyes. I think I looked super stylish. That Sari Kaftan top is definitely a winner. I wear it a lot.

 

Back to the Roots

 

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This outfit was inspired by my African roots and I love it. The African print skirt is one of my summer favourites. Like the others, I found this look also very easy to style.

 

How to Style a Black Dress

 

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This black dress was one of my spring/summer favourites. It was super easy to style as you can imagine and it is a very comfy piece. I am super in love with it.

 

Colour Me Beautiful

 

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This outfit was one of the most colourful outfits featured on Fashion and Style Police this year and it is also one of my favourite looks of the year. I love the colurful summer dress and everything else I have on, from head to toe.

 

A Summer Dress

 

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Summer was an amazing fashion season for me. Looking back now, I had my fashion game so on point. This makes me wonder why I am so lazy this winter as far as outfits are concerned. I think my fashion mojo is kind of tied to various seasons which is weird because this layering season is my favourite fashion season but all I want to do is stay under my duvet.

This amazing summer dress look speaks for itself. I adore this look.

 

Casual Day Wear Look

 

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Another summer look I love. I love the styling game here. Definitely one ne of my favourite summer looks of 2016. And the sandals are bang on trend.

 

Summer Fashion

 

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I remember rocking this outfit to a summer BBQ and feeling good. The coral top was very stylish and comfy. I can’t wait to wear it next summer.

 

Style Comfort Zone

 

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I thought this outfit would be one of “those ones”, the ones I have to style because I was sent a secret item I won’t have picked myself but have to feature on the blog because I am good like that. Well I was pleasantly surprised to see how stunning the outfit turned out. I love the look.

 

Styling a White Shirt

 

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I love this look. I really really love it. It has a special place in my heart because it holds so many amazing memories of open doors for Fashion and Style Police. And styling it was dead easy for me too.

 

A Digital Nomad

 

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And the last but definitely not the least is my latest outfit – A Digital Nomad.

This look is so me. It is how you would see me on a regular winter day and I am very happy to read the comments; many of my readers are able to relate with the look.

 

So there you have them. My favourite looks of 2016. It has been fun. I can’t wait to show you what I have ready for 2017.

Which is your favourite look and why? Please sound off in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading and have an amazing weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Fashion Stylists’ Secrets

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Many of us can only dream of employing a Fashion Stylist. Lets face it, they don’t go cheap, so having the likes of Rachel Zoe and others access our wardrobes may only happen in our dreams. I played with the idea of becoming a Fashion Stylist/Personal Shopper for some years. I even took a style course at the London College of Style (LCS) many moons ago. But I decide not to pursue it because it was not working in line with my lifestyle. I still have mad love for fashion and style, which is why you read a lot about them on Fashion and Style Police.

So today I am sharing a 5 Fashion Stylists’ Secrets I picked up along the way –

 

Flat Tummy

Many women hate their tummies. Our tummies are usually wobbly and unrecognisable once we pop out the a kid or 2. Wearing body con dresses can be a nightmare for many women but it really shouldn’t. There are so many magic girdles that handle this issue brilliantly so you should not have to suffer in silence. Just make sure, you buy the right pair for your size. If it is too tight, you will be super uncomfortable, if it is too loose, it won’t do the job, and if it has visible panels, everyone would now you have a girdle on.

 

Hairspray

To prevent a boob escape when wearing a boob tube, or to stop your ankle straps from falling down on your shoes, spritz some hairspray on the inside. Hairspray is also useful for preventing static clothes like a silk dress, from clinging. Try spraying a little over your tights to stop a silk dress or skirt from sticking to the tights.

 

OOTD Cape Dress

 

Dress down a frock

You can get more wear out of an evening piece by dressing it down with a cardigan or flats, for a laid back look.

 

Practice makes perfect

Practice makes perfect when it comes to anything and that includes fashion and style. You have to practice walking in heels to be good at it, it doesn’t just happen. You have to practice striking a pose and having a posture, to nail it. Standing with one leg forward, and foot pointed to the camera always works for me when striking a pose. This technique works because your back foot holds your body weight, and it creates the illusion of a slimline figure.

 

Play around with colours

Black creates an illusion of a slimmer figure so it is worth having a couple of black pieces in various styles. When wearing black or other primary colours, you can always accessorize with other colours to make your outfit pop and look less boring.

 

What do you think of these 5 Fashion Stylists’ Secrets? Do you have any fashion secret to share?

Why is Fashion So Obsessed with the Old Trends

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I always keep an eye out for new trends in fashion. Compared to the styles that were available since the time I’ve been running Fashion & Style Police, what is termed “fashionable” has evolved so much. Despite the remarkable changes in fashion, I couldn’t help but notice how old trends and styles kept coming back.
History does have a way of repeating itself and fashion was not left out in this. But why? Aren’t we in the modern age? Why do old trends have to creep into the fashion scene and on the runaways again and again? Don’t get me wrong! I do love the baby doll dress from the 60s which inspired the empire waists and the denim jackets, crop tops and animal prints from the 80s. Even the most loved skinny jeans are an evidence of the presence of old trends in today’s fashion. What I want to know is why fashion keeps “borrowing” from the past and doesn’t seem to move forward.
So with some research, observation and plenty of deep thinking, I’ve been able to get some answers. I must warn you that what you will read will make you love, appreciate and respect fashion a little more. Here are some reasons why fashion is so obsessed with old trends:
Reason #1: Fashion designers look to the past as source of inspiration.
How does a majority of the fashion styles come to life if not for the fashion designers? This was a big revelation to me. Fashion designers draw inspiration from various sources: life, nature or events. But if you want to create something new, you need to go back in time to see what others have done and find ways you can “borrow” or improve on their designs. Pretty smart, don’t you think?
Reason #2: Some old trends can easily fit the present times and still look good.
The beauty about fashion is that there are endless possibilities to how you can combine outfits together to give you a new look. Have you put on a denim jacket and love the look on you? No matter how old their origins, some of those pieces are timeless. They look so good that you feel that it’s part of present time.
I love mixing and matching various pieces and I have discovered several ways old pieces work. There’s this versatility behind each piece. They work for pretty much anyone and any era.
Reason #3: To show appreciation for the originality of the past.
What better way to show tribute to the time than by wearing the clothes that reflect that period?
The fashion trends of the past find their way to the future when people see themselves identify with the culture, attitude or class of the past. For example, wearing leather jackets to represent the cool but tough biker look or the black dress adorned with long white pearl beads to allude to the classiness of the 1960s. The old trends were like a voice to give expression to the attitude, culture and class we still feel today. Impressive, isn’t it?

 

What are your thoughts on this? Do you agree with fashion being obsessed with old trends? Sound off in the comment section below.