A Quick Peek Into Spring Trends

Each new season of the year brings excitement as we get to see trends for the coming season. Runway shows always reveal trends for the next season, and often are shown several months in advance of the season. So for Spring 2016, we actually need to look back at the runway photos from September 2015. I loved what I saw from different designers, and I am sure we will see many of these trends trickle down into our most beloved ready to wear stores.

1. Lingerie As Every Day Wear

One of the things I love most is learning how to incorporate lingerie into every day outfits, and for this season many designers were designing pieces reminiscent of some of my favourite undergarments. With soft, long slip dresses made from supple satin, elegant lace pieces made perfect for layering, and even a comeback for items made entirely of fishnet, influence of lingerie is going to be a big hit this season. I love that any style, from preppy pretty to edgy gothic can incorporate this idea into their style. Pair with a fluffy fur coat and clunky boots to bring this ’90’s trend into 2016.

2. Spanish Influence

Another big trend is Spanish influence. This trend throws our recent minimalism phase out the door and brings in bright, beautiful colours, ruffles, embellishment and embroidery. This trend is all about maintaining a feminine silhouette while adding flowing, voluminous ruffles. Pair your favourite minimalistic pointy-toed ankle boots with a flamenco-inspired outfit to keep this trend wearable for every day. And don’t forget to put on a bright lipstick with a matching flower in your hair!

3. Fringe

No, I am not talking about the creepy sci-fi series here, so rejoice, fringe is back again! I know you have your boho fringe pieces from last summer, so don’t get rid of those yet. Keep your fringe fresh by creating a monochromatic outfit of pieces all in hues of pink, blue, or orange (all in colours this season!). Keep a look out for fringe on hemlines – especially trouser hemlines – and this season brings super long fringe in beautiful bright colours!

4. Shiny Sequins

This is where your inner seagull rejoices, as we are seeing sequins and shiny fabrics all over the runway! Sequin pieces aren’t just for holiday parties – wear a shiny skirt paired with a marled knit to keep it low key and cool for early spring. The best thing about wearing sequins this season is that you can pair it with unconventional pieces to create a new look for your shiny items you keep reserved for a night out.

 

Those are a few of my favourite trends for Spring 2016, and what I love about the coming season is the entry of bright colours, beautiful prints, and mixing different trends into one outfit (I must say, I’m just a little excited about being rid of minimalism)! I love mixing and pairing unconventional pieces to create a fresh look – just what we need in the middle of these long Canadian winters!

Fabulously Fashionable Halloween Costumes

If you’re super into fashion like myself, I am sure you love Halloween! There is something so magical about getting all dressed up, going out with friends, and seeing all the amazing costumes everyone has put together. But, if you’re like me in other ways, you have such a hard time deciding on a costume. I always want to be unique and fashionable, and of course, stand out from the crowd. I have put together a few ideas to get you into the creative costume mood, and get you brainstorming on your perfect outfit for Halloween!

 

The Icon

Halloween is a great time to dress up like your favourite fashion icon. My first thought is Twiggy, the famous supermodel, which is a unique and fairly easy costume to put together. Just grab a short mod inspired dress and get familiar with your liquid liner, sweep your hair into a sleek side part, and you’re done! Another favourite icon of mine to dress up as would be Anna Wintour, the Editor-in-Chief at Vogue US. This one would be fun, because you can also take on Anna’s reputably snobby character to give your costume authenticity. Again, a fairly easy costume to put together as you need a sleek and stylish dress, a blunt bob, and big, round sunglasses. Other iconic favourites include Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Cher, Jacqueline Kennedy, Rita Hayworth, and Michael Jackson.

 

The Favourite TV/Movie Character

I have to say, when I think of fashionable halloween costumes, I think of the cast of Mad Men. The perfect idea would be to get four women together and dress up as Peggy, Meg, Betty, and Joan – that would be an incredible group costume. Aside from the excitement and glamour of dressing up as a Mad Men character, other ideas would be to dress up as Cookie, from Empire; Mary from Downton Abbey; Elaine from Seinfeld (hey, the ’90’s are back!); Blair and Serena from Gossip Girl; Daisy from The Great Gatsby; Samantha, Miranda, Carrie, Charlotte from Sex and The City, and Cher and Dionne from Clueless… those are a few just to get your creative mind buzzing!

 

The Throwback

My favourite costumes are always the ones that make me reminisce about my childhood, and the characters I loved growing up. However, as a fashionista, you can take your favourite character that everyone recognizes and add a fashion-y or glam twist to it. Recently at All Things Pink, we had a fun photoshoot as our favourite Disney villains – super glammed up of course! For inspiration, check out the incredible Queen of Hearts makeup tutorial here. Disney characters are always fun to glamourize, but other ideas could be Beetlejuice or Lydia from Beetlejuice, Morticia or Wednesday from The Addams Family; Christa from Fern Gully; any character from Sailor Moon; Skeletor (how amazing would a sparkly Skeletor be?!) or She-Ra from He-Man and The Masters of The Universe, or even a super-shiny superhero.

 

The Usual – But Better!

And of course, there are the usual costumes, but again, with an amazing, fashionable twist. There’s the alluring fortune teller, the band of boho pirates, a glittering ghost, a vampire queen, feisty fairies, a sparkling skeleton, or a bewitching witch. Basically any traditional costume works, and this will give you a broader range of ideas on how to make your costume incredibly unique, sparkly, and oh-so-glamorous. This is the moment where you can go crazy with accessories, makeup, wigs, fake eyelashes and nails, and sequins – and really get away with it. With this kind of costume, more is better: for instance, more glitter is definitely better.

 

Halloween is a very fun time to get dressed up and don a new character for the night with your friends – just remember to bring a camera, or get a professional halloween-themed photoshoot with your favourite photographer!

 

Colour Of The Year – And What To Wear It With – Fall/Winter 2015

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You’ve probably heard about the colour of the year for 2015 – the amazing, deep shade combination of brown/red/brick – marsala. I have to say, this is my favourite colour of the year for the last few years, and I love the combination of the colours this year. If you haven’t seen the colours yet, check them out here and then get going on all your fall and winter shopping inspired by this gorgeous colour of the year!

 

Hot Looks This Season 

Of course the dawn of fall is all about boots, jackets, scarves, and hats, but there are a few other hot items to focus on this season. With the items you invest in, look for texture to refresh your outfits. There is also a lot of geometric influence this season, so with your shoes look for stacked and block heels, square purses, and chunky accessories. Fall is also a time of layering, so keep an eye out for scarves and wool felted hats to complete your outfit.

 

What Pieces To Invest In

One of the best ways to incorporate a new colour into your wardrobe is with hints of it in accessories like scarves, hats, gloves, and jewelry. However, marsala is such a fantastic neutral that I think you can go all out with this colour – even head to toe in some cases! So for fall, my first suggestion is the perfect coat. I’ve found this textured beauty for an amazing price. Another way to wear this colour is with new boots. I’m always on the hunt for new leather boots, and here is a great pair of booties to put into your wardrobe. It’s definitely okay to wear as much marsala as you want this season, since it’s such a flattering colour and easy to wear with different colours. I also love this printed top, even paired with this skirt, and of course, this amazing lingerie set from Claudette. And while you’re at it, go all out and pick yourself up this nail colour and this eyeshadow palette.

 

What To Wear With Marsala

One of the many things that I love about the Pantone colour of the year reveal is that they also supply you with an array of other colours that are popular this season. Many of these colours can be worn with Marsala, but I will also share a few of my own ideas. As I said earlier, I think Marsala is an amazing neutral. So much so, that I think it would be great to pair it with something cheery, say this super soft pink sweater, or keep it classic fall tones with items in burnt orange, eggplant, and these ochre wide-leg trousers. For my own style, I might keep it a little dark and pair a marsala sweater with a black vegan leather skirt, or mix up my neutral palette with a pair of grey culottes. Pretty much anything goes with marsala, and I am very excited to incorporate this colour into my fall and winter wardrobe!

 

 

Fall/15 Trend: 1970’s

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This spring we saw an incredible 1970’s influence in the fashion world, especially with bohemian festival wear. This fall we will see a continuance in the 1970’s trend, but a bit more chic and tailored than the summer trend. Think earth-toned outfits of mixed patterns and textures, suede boots and jackets, and chunky statement accessories. There will still be an influx of floral garments, but a contrast of geometric patterns and blunt lines will also be popular.

 

Key Pieces to Invest In

For the fall, these are the pieces you will want to have in your closet:

  • Bell-Bottom Jeans These will be a great casual staple this fall and winter. Get a pair in dark denim to keep it sleek, and faded blue denim for a more relaxed look, or have some fun with earthy-coloured denim. You may have the urge to raid your mother’s closet for these, but there will be many amazing options in store as well!
  • Chunky Platforms – Really any sort of platform will do here, or an alternative would be a stacked, sturdy heel. I suggest a clunky version of the penny-loafer, a knee-high suede boot, or an ankle boot.
  • Long textured jacket Fur is in again! There are so many great faux-fur or vintage fur options. Another textured option would be patchwork, tweed, or suede.
  • Wide-Leg Flared Trouser A wide leg trouser is the perfect piece for just about any woman. They lengthen legs and create a longer silhouette, and are great for the office. Any neutral colour will do here, and a herringbone or tweed weave would perfect these trousers even more.
  • Chunky Accessories – Look for necklaces with big geometric beads, blunt and square handbags, and geometric bangles and earrings will be great accent pieces.

 

How To Style

Styling your fall outfits doesn’t have to be hard, just stick to neutral, earthy tones with statement accessories and you will be fine. It will be easy to go overboard with the ’70’s inspiration, so be sure to pair your outfits with modern garments to keep your style up to date.

Casual – This is the perfect time to break out those faded bell-bottom jeans. Pair with your favourite t-shirt and converse shoes to keep the retro vibe. No need for accessories here!

Office – Pair a wide-leg trouser with a matching vest and a light-coloured flowy blouse. Keep the accessories light, but feel free to pair with those great penny-loafer platforms to keep you looking sleek.

Cold Weather – This is where the amazing duster coat comes in! Pair your jacket with knee-high boots, a suede skirt and turtleneck to keep warm. Don a wide-brimmed felt hat and chunky necklace and you’re good to go.

Going Out – Any sort of retro style micro-mini dress will work here, but bell sleeves will be a great thing to look for in a dress. Stack up those bangles, load on the necklaces, and add in some earrings. Candy-coloured eyeshadow with a bold cat eye and a neutral lip will be the perfect makeup for your evening, and any platform shoe will make an incredible outfit.

 

The 1970’s fall trend is going to be an easy one to style and incredibly fun to wear. Be sure to invest in classic pieces that will last to keep your peace and love lasting through the years. And if you dig the ’70’s as much as I do, book a 1970’s themed photoshoot with your photographer!

 

Lingerie for the Wedding Season

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We understand planning a wedding is hectic. There are a million different things to think about – photographers, menus, and gowns, just to name a few – and lingerie is no exception here. Luckily, we love lingerie and have some suggestions for all the moments when you will be relying on your lingerie to make you look your best!

 

1. Boudoir Photo Shoot

Many brides love to give their fiancé a special gift of photos from their boudoir shoot, and this is a very exciting time to wear lingerie. Basically anything goes in this part of your wedding season – have fun with it! Wear pieces that show off your favourite features, from the silk chemise to your fiancé’s go-to button down shirt. For a guide on how to shop for your boudoir shoot, check out this post, and be sure to ask your photographer for recommendations, as they will probably have some great ideas for you!

 

2. Rehearsal Dinner

You will most likely be all dolled up in a cute and fun dress this evening, trying to forget all the stresses of the coming wedding day. This is a great opportunity to wear lingerie that makes you look like you’re calm, cool and collected. I suggest opting for a slip underneath your dress to make you look sleek, smooth, and to minimize lines under your garment. And remember, just because it is a slip doesn’t mean it has to be boring. There are so many options here, but as a soon-to-be bride I highly suggest going for classic white silk with lace trim to keep up that bridal theme.

 

3. Wedding Day

The lingerie you wear on your wedding day will depend on the gown you have chosen. Overall, something supportive, strapless, and low-back is what many brides are looking for underneath that princess gown. I suggest going for a seamless, shaping bustier paired with some shaping underwear if you are looking for firm structure. If you’ve purchased a gown that fits you like a glove and don’t need structure, splurge on a pair of delicate, lacy white or skin-toned knickers to treat yourself.

 

4. Honeymoon

Your honeymoon is another great way to pamper yourself with lingerie. I recommend going all-out with this, and treating yourself to everything from a soft new white negligée for sleeping in to an ultra-sexy playsuit – and of course you’ll need all new bra and panty sets to show off to your partner! Keep in mind your honeymoon destination while shopping, and opt for lingerie that suits the location, for many that means keeping it light and cool while they relax in a hot and sunny location.

 

 

Organizing a wedding can be hectic, but hopefully these tips have answered a few of your questions and given you a ton of inspiration for your wedding lingerie collection.

How To Shop For Your Boudoir Shoot

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A boudoir photo-shoot is an exciting way to showcase an intimate side to your personality, and a great way to show off your incredible assets in photos you will have for a lifetime. Although a boudoir shoot is an exhilarating endeavour, sometimes picking the right outfits can be a bit daunting – especially if you’re new to the wonderful world of lingerie. Luckily I have a few tips to keep in mind when shopping for outfits for your photo-shoot!

 

1. Emphasize Your Assets  

Start your shopping trip by considering what your favourite features are about yourself, and think about how you want to emphasize those features. If you want to show off your legs, consider ditching the boy-short panty and opting for something that sits a little higher on the leg, such as a bikini style bottom. If you love your shoulders or back, go for a slinky piece with thin straps, halter straps, or no straps (corsets, corsets, and more corsets!)

 

2. Minimize Your Discomforts

While we like to showcase your fabulous features in our photos, it’s also important to dress for your comfort level. If you feel self conscious about your tummy, look for babydolls, flowy chemises, or teddies. If you are looking to hide shoulders, arms, or create length, consider wearing a lace or sheer robe and leaving it open to create long vertical lines.

 

3. Remember, This Is About You!

As I stated above, it is so important that you keep within your comfort zone and to stay true to yourself. If you love colour and texture, bling and sparkles, or vintage glamour, we want to create photos that represent your unique style and personality. Don’t be afraid to wear that strategically torn Metallica t-shirt or your full length vintage style chemise – whatever makes you feel great!

 

4. Ask For Help!

Don’t be afraid to ask a sales associate for help. They will very likely have great product knowledge and will be able to help you pick something that looks great, makes you feel comfortable, and flatters your figure. Additionally your photographer should be knowledgeable about what garments will be flattering for your body shape and style of photo-shoot, so ask for pointers during your consultation.

 

Good luck on your shopping trip, and I hope these tips help you on your way to finding the perfect outfits!