Tuesday, July 10, 2012


Photo from Flaunt Chic
It has always been a habit of mine to start each month with a glimpse of the latest in style. Fashion glossies are constant page turners for a fashiononymous like me, who finds inspiration from style dictators and channels each look through multiple ventures on cyberspace and other trend hubs.

I know some of you are also in transit to next season’s wardrobes and must haves. So, I here I am, drawing you a layman’s guide to what’s in and Lookbook-worthy, as I flip through one style manual at a time. 

Layout by Meg for Metro Mom and Scene It (Copyright 2012).
Sources: Extreme Finds, StyleBible.PH, Nikita Accessories, and Flaunt Chic.

1. Brace yourself
They seem to be a rehash of the friendship bracelets I used to see in school back in the 90’s. Remember those yarn twistables you exchanged with close friends? These braided beauties have found their place in the fashion scene as they are given a modernized touch with anything glittery and hippie. Accessory designers have drawn inspiration from this and even modified it to become necklaces made out of carefully spliced clothing patterns and a few other pantones.

2. Knit one, purl two.
Doily patterns are in, and not only with clothing. From saccharine colors of French macarons to pop hues, these yarn-wrapped and crocheted accessories are the juxtaposition of dainty and fancy.

3. For the love of prints
Reviving retro look are paisley prints in women’s clothing. These are nostalgic prints that go all the way from the 1960’s. At first glance, the print looks like a teardrop, or the shape of the kidney, to some. Now on its comeback, it takes a cross between the classy and the hippie inspired styles on the high street. You’d see them on pantsuits, dresses, and blouses, adding enigma to your outfit as onlookers swirl their eyes away.

Another style that is making its comeback are the Renaissance prints. The Old World transcends to the modern cosmos with much decadence and opulence in prints, beading, embellishments, and rich colors. From velvety feel and intricate beading, to gold and black accents, these trademark élan of the Renaissance period now has streetified renditions in coats, tops, and dresses, a new slang for the legendary Marie Antoinette style.

4. Olympian glam
London Olympics a-calling, sports luxe has taken its place in the fashion arena with glamorized sweatpants, shapely shorts showing more skin, and stylized baseball jackets. A cheat guide to the finish line would be the sports savvy spread of Preview’s June issue, with Anne Curtis, Georgina Wilson, Isabellle Daza, Liz Uy, and Solenn Heussaff on the cover. Better yet, hit on the Youtube link again and get a refresher course of their version of the Call Me Maybe video.

5. Towering heights
These are shoe-business of those who dare. The likes of Camille Co and Laureen Uy are seen wearing color-blocked heels and heel-less wedge. Consider these as the new generation of the ladylike pumps.

6. Flirty Skirty
Peplum adds some sexiness and elegance to your make your simple attire. You can spend less hours accessorizing by wearing a peplum dress / top / skirt, as you’d already have ruffles attached to your waist, just enough to draw attention to yourself.
Story published on my newspaper column, Metro Mom.
A2 and A3, INdulge section, Edge Davao newspaper, Vol.5 Issue 92, 11 July 2012.


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