Monday, January 21, 2013

Trend Alert 2013: Bringing the Fanny Pack Back!

Fashion is all about reinventing the old and making it new again. And one of the upcoming trends for the spring and summer months is doing just that. The fanny pack is making a comeback! I know a lot of you might be a little skeptical about this news, but the fanny pack that you are thinking of has received an all-over and oh-so-chic makeover. No more plastic clasps, no more neon zigzag patterns. Think black, nude, slim and trim.

The fanny pack or “Bumbag” as our friends across the pond in London call them, first stepped foot back on the fashion scene during the Fall 2011 runway shows at Fashion Week. Dolce & Gabbana took a risk and paired this bag with more casual looks. The trend slowly started to catch on, and it made a much more prominent impact at the Spring/Sumer 2013 shows. DKNY’s version was slouchy and laid back, while Rachel Zoe’s looked more like a sleek wallet.

Store shelves are starting to fill up with these waist bags for the warmer months. TopShop has multiple versions consisting of gold studs and edgy details. Pairing these packs with a more casual look will help you ease back into this trend without feeling like you're flashing back a few decades. Try wearing it slung low around your waist and paring it with some biker boots for an edgy, laid-back vibe.  Or even cinching a loose sweater dress with this accessory can add a fun and different look to your style.

Convenience is key.  So who wouldn’t like a bag that is hands-free, easily accessible and now, surprisingly trendy?!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Boy Meets Fashion World

Yes, we still want to chat up the cutie with the chiseled features and striking blue eyes. But in today’s world, the icebreakers consist of questions more along the lines of “Where did you get this great blazer with those awesome elbow patches?” and less of the regular background checks. One of the most prominent and hottest trends to emerge from the fashion industry is the androgynous menswear trend. Women are more powerful and confident than ever, and we want our clothes to reflect this newfound authority. 

Via  “I Dress, Therefore I Am”

Whether it be laid-back street style or looks hot off the runway, this modern-day feminism has become one of the most highly demanded styles in today’s fashion world. Your boyfriend’s coat, men’s tailoring and even men’s footwear have made a huge impact and inspired women to take more fashion risks and channel their inner manliness. 

Via “Modern Destiny”

However, some women might find this strapping trend to be a bit intimidating. Don’t worry ladies, it’s all about mixing the right masculine pieces and adding the appropriate feminine touch. Say you want to rock your man’s new plaid shirt that might be a size or two too big for you. Not a problem! Pair it with some skinny jeans, a pair of chic booties, and throw on a cropped or fitted blazer to help pull the look together.

Via “Stylefinds”

The androgyny trend not only lets women show their strength through their wardrobe, it also allows for endless opportunities to play around and experiment with different pieces to help find which interpretation of this craze works best for each person. Style is all about expressing your personality through your fashion choices. So whether you want to exude strength, power, sexiness or all the above, the androgynous approach is definitely the right choice. It’s time to “man” up ladies! 

This post just won me a blogging contest and landed me a freelance writing position as a blog contributor for StyleWire:) Hope everyone had a great holiday season and happy new year!