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Shop Colour Rhapsody! Plus: Balloon Shorts Are Back!

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sue on November 17th 2011 in how to dress, sophistix, 2011 trends, fall 2011

Layer It On! Enjoy mixing & matching this season’s styles!

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sue on August 26th 2011 in how to dress, accessorizing, 2011 trends

Special: Spring 2011 Trend Report

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sue on February 21st 2011 in how to dress, sophistix, spring 2011, 2011 trends

color trends 2011: red, pink, purple, honeysuckle

Every year PANTONE announces a color-of-the-year which influences trends across a range of industries from interior design to fashion design. This year’s color is honeysuckle  — a gorgeous pinkish-red. PANTONE describes the color as “Courageous. Confident. Vital. A brave new color, for a brave new world. Let the bold spirit of Honeysuckle infuse you, lift you and carry you through the year. It’s a color for every day – with nothing ‘everyday’ about it.”

It is an uplifting color to invigorate our spirits when we need a boost the most and I absolutely adore it! It’s a gorgeous shade, something in between pink & red with so much potential in its coloring. Plus, this shade looks gorgeous on almost all skin-types. Just in time for the Lunar New Year & Valentine’s Day, here’s presenting some wonderful shades from pink to red to purple and all in between!

RED

Red is a bold, strong color, a color of contrasts. It’s the color of love, passion, jealousy, violence and evokes strong conflicting emotions in us. Red is also POWER and can indeed have a physical effect on us by increasing our rate of respiration and blood pressure. In China, Red is the color of happiness and prosperity and draws good luck to the person wearing it. Indeed, in many countries, Red is the color worn by brides on their wedding day! This powerful color is above all, the wonderful visual of love. Check out this gorgeous selection of photos on Life in the Color Red.

PINK

Pink is a soft-hued color, a mixture of the bold Red + White. Pink is a color of happiness, and is often viewed as light-hearted and softly romantic. Bright, vibrant pinks are fun and youthful and have a similar sense of passion to Red, but with less of the aggressive overtones. Pink can stimulate energy and encourage confidence. There are a variety of shades of pink from vibrant fuchsia to lighter baby pink. This is a feel-good color, so wear with price and exude happiness all around!

PURPLE

Purple is born of the mixing of a warm color (red) and a cool color (blue). This places it at a crossroads of color and indeed this color exudes mysteriousness. Purple is associated with royalty, nobility and spirituality. Purple can boost imagination and creativity. Deep, bright purples suggest royalty and nobility, while lighter purples are more romantic and sensitive.

trend alert! hairbands for s/s 2011

So, there’s a hot new trend you might have heard of — hair accessories! What better then a wonderfully unusual hairband to perfectly coif your look?

Use this trend to carry over your look from glam to glam-chic! But it’s of utmost importance to choose the right look for your face, and to suit the occasion you are attending. Learn to mix & match colors and fabrics to your advantage to carry this look over the edge.

Every girl needs a basic repertoire of hairbands — black, brown, white, gold and silver. You can never go wrong with these basic ones as one will always match with your outfits. So on the days when you just can’t figure out what to do with your hair, just top with a hairband!

When choosing your hairband, your face shape matters. If you have a big face, wearing a single slim hairband will emphasize that and make it look even bigger. If you have a thin face, wearing a wide hairband will make it look even thinner. Wearing multiple slim hairbands can solve the matter for bigger faces, but for those with thin faces, avoid avoid avoid super wide hairbands (unless you have tried them on in advance). Round faces look best with wide hairbands. Not sure of your face shape? Visit here to check.

However, do experiment and try out different styles of hairbands to find out which will suit you best! I’ve got a wide face, but sometimes wear thin hairbands by parting my hair differently and pairing with a v-neck top (slims/elongates the face). And it looks great! Experiment as always with different styles to find your own look :)

For the casual look, pair a wide headband or hairband with tousled and curly hair and a loose, flowing sun-dress. Rock some vibrant eye make up to match your headband and top with a pair of sunglasses.

For a more sophisticated wear-to-work look, try pairing one of our Pearl headbands (see pictures below) with a high or low bun or sleek, straight hair. Pair with a straight pencil skirt & chiffon blouse to be perfectly put together for your big presentation!

For the more daring, check out these denim hairbands with big wide bows. I love the retro vibe in these large hairbands! They look great paired with the simplest outfits and are definitely a conversation starter & talking point.

Some other tips:

  • For maximum impact, choose a hairband that matches your belt and shoes.
  • If you’re daring, wear brightly colored hairbands as your face will stand out even more and it will carry your look over the edge!
  • Most importantly, be comfortable with the hairband you have chosen to wear!
  • Create different looks with the same hairband by tying your hair differently — go sleek by tying a ponytail, or go more casually romantic and leave your hair down.
  • Tone down the rest of your outfit (especially your earrings!) if you are wearing an eye-catching hairband

spring for a skirt in 2011!

I simply adore skirts. They are so feminine and yet so versatile and easy-to-wear. The same simple top paired with jeans is given an extra oomph when paired with a skirt. Our latest Urban Fairytale collection is built around a selection of gorgeous skirts that are simple, easy-to-wear and extremely stylish! From denim to black and white, here’s the wonderful selection:

Denim skirts are style classics. First introduced into mainstream fashion in the 1970s, denim skirts were initially popularized by hippies in the 1960s. These skirts were generally long and made of recycled denim jeans inserted with a triangular panel of colored cloth or denim in the front and back (by opening the inseams). Indeed these versatile denim jeans were soon recycled into denim mini skirts, and now they are a fashion mainstay! Read more history here if you’re interested.

Elle’s Spring 2011 Trend Report showcases denim as one of the top trends this season. Indeed, a denim skirt is your friend through all seasons — in spring pair the skirt with tights and in summer, all you need are long legs, stylish sandals, sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat. Every woman needs a denim skirt (or four) in her wardrobe!

Of course you can always make your own denim skirt, or check out our stylish takes on this essential classic below.

The Courtney Grey Denim Skirt is a light grey washed denim skirt with frayed hem. The basic color means it’ll go well with any top! Our model wears it with the Romy Knit Top and Courtney Blouse.

The Eliza Denim Skirt is a basic blue denim skirt with a stylish pink checkered twist. Our model wears this lovely style with the Eliza Pink Blouse and Eliza Blue Jacket.

The Polly Denim Skirt is a stylish pocketed dark grey washed denim skirt with button fly. Our model wears this stylish above-knee length skirt with the Polly Blue Top and Polly Black Blouse.

Rhonda Skirt is a pleated denim skirt with side zip opening. This skirt has a lovely (and unusual!) light blue wash. Pair it with Romy Knit Top or Sophie Blouse!

The gorgeous Rita Denim Skirt is tiered with front tie. The slightly longer length is wonderful for pairing with boots! Pair with Susan Blue Blouse or Stella Pink Blouse.

Romy Skirt is my absolutely favorite from all the denim skirts! This basic blue skirt has an extra special touch of front stud detail. Pair it with Rita Knit Top or Novita’s Blouse, but be sure to tuck the top into the skirt so show off the waist detail!

The Glady Black Skirt is a perfect black skirt to wear to work. Stylishly accented through the use of pleats, this skirt is pocketed at the sides. Pair with Eliza Pink Blouse or Glady Blouse!

The Stella Black Skirt is a basic black flared skirt enhanced by gold stud detailing at the waist. Pair with Susan Blue Blouse and matching Stella Black Vest or Eliza Pink Blouse, but definitely tuck your blouse in to show off the waist detail!

Susan Skirt is a lovely cream belted skirt with roll-up hem and front pockets. Pair with Courtney Blouse or Sophie Blouse and wear this skirt with style!