Spring/Summer 2013 fashion trend: Metallic/holographic's

Lustrous foils, precious-metal prints, iridescent fabrics and holographic finishes brought glitter, gleam and gloss to the catwalks, shining on all of the major runways of the world, the metallic trend.

From flirty, feminine frocks and shimmering pencil skirts, to iridescent pastel coats and delicate brocade jackets, everything fashion has had a metallic make-over for spring / summer 2013. Metallic clothing trend allows you to create a stunning look without spending too much energy and time on it!

This is a bold look, definitely not for the faint-hearted, but they're definitely worth the risk.
Stick to one item at a time and matte metallics are ideal for those who want to test the waters with the fashion trend.

A Metallic bag, be it gold, copper or silver, is a versatile bag colour that is way less boring than black but just as user friendly.
A beaded metallic top is a great way to make a pair of dark denim jeans worn for a night out.  Metallic isn’t just for formal anymore and the use of them in a more casual tank top.

1. Keep accessories minimal 
Since metallics pack a significant visual punch all on their own, there’s no need to go overboard with accessories. If you are going with a more prominent metallic piece, rather than a style that simply has metallic accents (an all-metallic dress or blazer) you’ll want to keep accessories basic or forfeit them completely. 

2. Pair metallics with neutrals 
Its easy to incorporate metallics into your wardrobe this spring by wearing them with neutrals. Silver jackets paired with stark white trousers,or pair short-sleeved white blouses with metallic pencil skirts to create looks that are eye-catching yet elegant. By using neutrals to balance out a metallic piece you can keep your look on-trend without going over the top. Pair a metallic pencil skirt with a cream or grey sweater or tone down a pair of sequined cropped pants with a fitted shirt in basic black or pearly white.  

3. Choose form-fitting pieces
Most designers chose form-fitting metallics to create sleek looks balanced by looser blouses, jackets or pants.  Short and tight gold skirts, metallics tend to look more polished when worn closer to the body, creating an evening-appropriate look that’s both elegant and edgy. Add black ankle boots or gladiator sandals to toughen up the ensemble and add interest to your overall look. Loose metallic jackets can be worn by belting or balanced by fitted pants and skirts, which kept ensembles looking clean and refined.

4. Wear one metallic piece at a time
The key to wearing metallics and keeping your look polished was to choose one piece and accentuate it accordingly.  Since metallics create such a bold statement, wearing too many at once can cheapen a look. Choose one key piece (slim pant, statement bag) and let it be the star of your outfit.

Metallics offer a fun way to freshen up your look for spring and update your wardrobe for a new season. Whether through pairing with neutrals or keeping accessories minimal, the key is to wear them in a way that anchors rather than overwhelms an outfit

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Spring/Summer 2013 fashion trend: Polka dots

Fashion trends may come and go, but polka dots seem to live on forever.  Feminine, flirty and a tad retro, it's not surprising that this vintage print has endured the test of time. 

It’s a vintage trend that many women have fall in love with; no matter the age, women from around the world love polka dots it comes in a wide variety of colours choice and styles that can suit to everyone.

This season, there is no wrong way to wear polka dots. They're splashed on handbags, trench coats, swimsuits, espadrilles, ballerina flats, sundresses, ball gowns, shirts, skirts and even on sunglasses frames and on nails.

Whether large, small, black & white, or colourful–polka dots are everywhere this season. When it comes to rocking polka dots, there are no restrictions.  Don’t be afraid of colour. 

You can wear an all-over polka dot print, with dots the size of tennis balls, or you can go for a more subtle & abstract polka-dotted look. If you want a dash of polka-dotted flavor, opt for polka dot shoes, bags and jewelry.

Unlike other vintage trends, polka dots offer an intriguing way of mixing and matching with other bold colours. Clever and sensible use of this print can help you achieve various desirable styles.

Mix your prints. Florals and dots, dots on dots and stripes on dots. Pattern mixing is so popular this spring/summer, why not add in a little dotted flare.

Polka dots are classic in black and white, but with a pop of bold colour and clean gold jewelry, the look is striking and sophisticated.

Keep it classic. Pair then with great classic pieces such as a nice leather handbag, nude trench coat or black cigarette jeans.

Keep your jewelry simple. Dots and too much bling? No good. Keep you jewelry simple so that the pattern of the piece can really be the statement piece.  A polka-dotted clutch or a polka dotted hair band will make your outfit look spunky.  It’s also a good idea to wear these dots on your nails.  Jump right in, cause after all - it's only a few dots and spots!

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Sping/Summer 2013 fashion trend: Bird motifs

Bird prints have become incredibly popular this year.  Bird print garments are everywhere you look.  Bird prints have been seen decorating the clothes worn by models on the runways. From loud animal prints, to bold animal motifs. You will find that these bird prints have found their way on almost all accessories including dresses, tops, skirts, jewelry and bags etc.

Bird print ranges from pastel shades to navy blues and these little birdies are beckoning us to take a fashion flight. Swallows, parrots, toucans or cuckoos - this summer, bird-inspired prints are ruling the roost. The designers have taken the bird prints trend into the fashion scene with a more vibrant and bolder twist.


Would you wear bird print? If yes, how would you wear it? If no, why not? Is this look feminine and sweet, or just silly? Do you own any bird print items? Leave a comment below and let us know!
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