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Are You a Slave to Fashion? Here are 6 Ways to Stop Being One This Year.

Everyone has a different view when it comes to style. Although I love all things fashion, I do not allow the never ending trends get to me. I am not a slave to fashion, technology or anything. To me, that’s the unhealthiest place to be. Being fashionable ought to be fun and creative. If you have been a slave to fashion and you want to make a switch in 2018, here are 6 ways you can do that.

 

Realize that fashion trends don’t last

You know how it’s like when the latest outfit gets released and it becomes really popular, but then after a few days or weeks the hype fizzles out? That’s how it is in the fashion industry.

Today one outfit is fashionable and everybody wants to wear it and the next day it gets outdated. Going after the latest fashion trends is like chasing the wind. You can never catch it. It is OK to go after trends you have an interest in but don’t get carried away with the endless stream.

 

 

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Choose only what feels comfortable

What’s fashionable is not always comfortable. Sometimes they are too tight or too revealing or too inconsistent with your personal style. Extremely fashion conscious people, most often than not, throw away comfort and focus on being trendy.

But when you think about what a terrible experience it is to dress uncomfortably for hours,  then you will know how unwise it is to compromise your comfort for being in style.

 

Define your own style

You are a unique being. Fashion is a medium of expression. You can define your own style that perfectly expresses your unique personality. There’s nothing like being able to choose what works best for you.

Fashion trends were created by people who followed what they believed and reflected it their own personal style. People loved it and adopted it as their own. Why not start your own trend instead of following someone else’s?

 

Embrace your individuality

Another way to get over being a slave to fashion is by embracing your individuality. We look up to magazines, what’s on social media and what we see on television. But the truth is that as an individual you have your own perceptions of what is fashionable.

You can be your own source of fashion ideas and inspiration. Yes, what you see in magazines, social media and television can give you inspiration but they should be used only as a means to awaken ideas that will help create your own kind of fashion trends.

 

Don’t be afraid to be creative

This is something that I love the most about fashion. It gives you the avenue to be creative. The combinations of outfits and layers you can come up with are endless. And most of all, mixing and matching clothes is fun. It’s something that I enjoy doing and I’m sure many do too.

 

Are you a slave to fashion?

 

 

 

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6 Fashion Trends to Try in 2018

It’s 2018 and that means it’s time to welcome to the rich, vibrant and creative fashion collections of the year. Since it’s the new year it’s good to start early and keep yourself up-to-date with the fashion trends you will come across in 2018.

 

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Of course, as we progress through the year we’ll see changes in the fashion trends, but that does not mean that there won’t be go-to staples that will be the highlight of the year. So here are 6 fashion trends you should try this year.

  1. Art-infused clothing

It seems like in 2018 we’ll be seeing a lot of colour in outfits and a lot of respect to artwork. Imagine wearing clothes with great art printed on them. This brings out the amazing colour and vibrance that we will see in 2018.

Big fashion designers like Versace and Prada have already introduced this kind of outfits in their collections and we should expect more to flood the runway and boutique this year.

 

  1. Fringes fringes fringes

We have witnessed quite a number of fringed clothing and accessories in 2017 and it’s not going to stop in 2018. From bags to tops and dresses, fringes will be everywhere in 2018. It will be one of the show stoppers this year. It makes outfits look fun and playful and adds a lot of movement to the pieces.

 

  1. Denims rule

I think denim pieces can never go out of fashion no matter what. They are here to stay every year. However, we will see a lot of new twists of creativity in denim outfits this year.

There has been a trend of dark coloured denims showing up on the runway. This is really different from the light coloured denim that we are used to. There will also be mix of two-tone denim to add a lot of variation to the denim collections that will be released this year.

 

  1. Signs of plastic

Without a doubt there will a lot of modern perspectives to the fashion collections this year. One of the things we will see a lot in 2018 is plastic outfits. Starting mainly with outerwear like jackets and then with footwear like boots. These pieces are mainly see-through which adds a new dimension to fashion. It’s certainly going to be attractive and eye-catching.

 

 

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  1. Pajama-inspired numbers

Obviously, just like every year we will see something out of the ordinary pop up in the fashion line. And this year we have the pajama-inspired outfits. We all love the comfort of being in our pajamas and with this in mind there will be beautiful and trendy silk pieces with the close resemblance of pajamas.

 

  1. Florals from the 60s

Almost every year we see flowers show up on outfits and this year will not be any different. Floral patterns will be part of a lot of outfits this year, but this time the floral designs will be from the 60s. They promise to be bold and fresh just like the new year.

 

What are your thoughts on these fashion trends? Are you excited about any in particular?

How to Dress Warm without a Coat

This post is all about how to dress warm without a coat. I find styling to keep warm for the cold weather sometimes tricky. It can be difficult to combine warm pieces to keep warm and looks stylish at the same time. And sometimes, the coat seems to cover all the hard work spent styling the outfit.

Although I always love a challenge when it comes to styling clothes, it’s normal to face some hitches here and there. Over the years, after experiencing a good number of extremely cold winters, I have been able to perfect the art of styling for the cold.

 

 

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You may think it’s impossible to look amazing and still be warm without putting a coat on but today I’m going to share with you a couple of my hacks that will help you look stylish in the cold without wearing a coat.

 

The chunky sweater

Chunky sweaters are really cute and are now the favourite in the world of fashion this season. What’s great about them is that they not only make you look trendy, but they’re also warm enough to wear outside without putting a coat on. That’s a double win.

To help flatter your figure and balance out the proportions of your outfit, wear the chunky sweater over skinny jeans. This will help balance out the chucky nature of your sweater.

 

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The oversized cardigan

This is one of my favourites. It’s warm and in vogue as well. There’s something about the oversized cardigan that gives it a lot of charm to your outfit during the cold winter days.

Just like the chucky sweater, you get the best out of styling with the cardigan when you keep balance in mind. Since the cardigan is big, you should style it with something that will flatter your shape. Wear a top that is fitting and you can use a nice pair of skinny trousers to complete the look.

 

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The sweatshirt

Another clothing item that guarantees warmth and style is the sweatshirt. You can’t never go wrong with a mid-thigh length sweatshirt during the cold. Sweatshirts are thick and they are sure to keep you warm when you go outside and you don’t have to worry about compromising style.

Aside from styling it with something that will maintain the concept of balance like a pair of jeans or tights, you can take it further by layering your sweatshirt over with a long lose fitting collared shirt. Allow the collars of the shirt fold over the neck of the sweatshirt. You can play around with colours of the shirt to add some contrast to your outfit.

 

 

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A little reminder…

As effective as the pieces I mentioned are to keep you warm during the cold, I felt that it would be important to mention that you should make sure that you wear something warm inside as well. Get an inner shirt or blouse you can wear underneath to help keep you warmer.

You can also try wrapping a scarf around your neck to keep you warm. The good news is that scarves never go out of style.

Make sure you wear a pair of long stockings under your trousers or jeans to keep your legs warm too.

 

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What do you think of these tips?

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