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Socks and shoes: ankle socks trend

Posted in Uncategorized by maddaATU on September 25, 2010

Whether or not the idea thrills you, the evidence is clear: wearing ankle socks under your favourite pair of heels is no longer a faux pas. If you’re skeptical it’s time to start looking on the bright side – socks are cheap, won’t take up lots of space in your wardrobe, and are wholly practical. And while ankle socks with sandals may be a big trend currently, we’re here to tell you they’ll also be perfect for indulging in Fall 2010 fashion trends.

Socks with shoes in 2010

We’ve already looked at knee-high socks as a trend; so what about their shorter counterpart? Ankle or mid-calf socks create a completely different look. They can be paired with man-style flats (such as lace-up oxfords or brogues) for a female dandy look, 

or with heels for downplayed glamour.

Concerned that ankle socks don’t afford you the most amount of warmth? Don’t worry – they don’t necessitate bare legs. In 2010 you can wear your socks on top of stockings or tights to create an interesting layered look.

How to wear it: socks and shoes

Having socks bunched up at the ankles can appear to shorten one’s legs. It’ll come as no surprise to you that this looks best on longer legs and those with defined ankles.

There are, of course, ways around that conundrum for those not blessed with models’ legs: try mid-calf versions, finer fabrics that don’t bunch too much, or very low-sitting ankle socks that just show a peep above your shoes.

Styling ideas: socks and shoes

  • Use a pair of socks to add a pop of colour to an outfit. The same goes for patterns.
  • Bring a pair of brown leather sandals or wedges into the now by slipping on a pair of grey socks underneath. As a general rule pair marl grey with lighter browns and tans, and charcoal grey with dark and chocolate browns.
  • Remember those little sparkly ankle socks Dior sent down the runway for Spring? No reason those can’t work in the cold weather – especially for hitting the town come night time.
  • Try your socks over the bottom of pants, a la Rag & Bone. Stick to sophisticated casual though – pants should be slim cut or tapered at the ankles, not too baggy.
  • Experiment with different colours. Cosy wool knit socks in earthy tones, cream or forest green are so perfect for creating a country ‘I’m just heading out for a spot of hunting’ look. On the other hand delicate pastels can have a subtle, feminine feel. Simple black, grey or white can be perfect for sleek, sophisticated minimalism.

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Abbey Lee: The sheer skirt

Posted in Uncategorized by maddaATU on September 25, 2010

It’s no wonder the guy in the background is smiling. Abbey Lee Kershaw not only looks amazing with her bob hairstyle dyed an on-trend shade of bottle blonde, but she’s also wearing something of a daring sheer skirt.

The overtly sheer look can be tough if you’re not a model. Fortunately for Abbey she more than has the figure and confidence to pull off the skirt; but what’s even better is the new polish and heightened sense of refinement she’s carrying off with this outfit.

Stripes for Summer: women’s fashion trend

Posted in Uncategorized by maddaATU on July 11, 2010

Amongst the plethora of fashion trends for Summer 2010  you’ll find the season’s new take on military fashion. While heavily influenced by 20th Century army and air force styling, nautical influenced pieces have hardly got a look in. And I’m afraid I’m not here to change that. But for those fashioniser who are nautically inclined, this Summer still has something in store. Don’t think of it as a nautical military trend, however. Rather, it’s the navy and white colour palette, worn as dominant stripes.

The Style

Note that I didn’t say bold stripes, but dominant stripes. While navy and white stripes are a must for the look, the real key to Summer’s take on nautical stripes is that they dominate the outfit. While they do so in the above look easily (though the plum Doc Martens still seem somewhat heavy), in other outfits it’s about drawing attention to the stripes above all else in the outfit.

The Pieces To Wear

Don’t think of this Summer stripes just as a clothing trend: you can work them into any part of an outfit (just not all at once, please).

To Nautical Or Not To Nautical?

While Summer’s navy and white striped fashion trend isn’t a true take on navy inspired fashion, it’s likely to appeal to those who are in to the nautical aesthetic. If that’s you and you’re after some inspiration look to Anja Rubik’s sailor  inspiration from the June 2010 issue of Vogue Korea. The shoot utilises the season’s stripe trend in the form of a dominant blazer, but takes the nautical motifs to far less subtle proportions.


The natural inclination for layering nautical pieces in an outfit is to do so with complimentary colours (read ‘navy and white’). And I can’t fault that logic. It’s the easy option. But may I offer up one piece of inspiration that differs from the safe? Nataliya Piro in Cosmopolitan magazine mixing (admittedly non-dominant) stripes with floral prints. The stripes don’t dominate, but in a crowded room the look certainly will.

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Trend Report: Sexy Alpine Style

Posted in Uncategorized by maddaATU on March 14, 2010

Dress for a roll in the hay and sport fetching Alpine classics injected with a hint of ’70s sex appeal.

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Trend Report: Southern Belle Fashion

Posted in Uncategorized by maddaATU on March 14, 2010

Look good enough to eat in homegrown Louisiana sundresses, denim, and sweet accessories inspired by True Blood’s Sookie Stackhouse.

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Boyfriend blazer fashion trend: how to wear it

Posted in Uncategorized by maddaATU on March 14, 2010

The boyfriend blazer has yet to reach the same levels of popularity as the two fashion trends which influenced it: boyfriend jeans and the boyfriend shirt.  Which, for it, is a good thing. While the boyfriend shirt and denim trends have reached commonality and, thus, aren’t considered trends anymore, the boyfriend blazer has found new sophistication and will be with us as a part of 2010 fashion trends  In particular, we’ll see it amongst spring 2010 fashion trends.

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Hot pants & boy shorts: women’s fashion trend

Posted in Uncategorized by maddaATU on February 27, 2010

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Trend Report: Graphic Black and White

Posted in Uncategorized by maddaATU on February 27, 2010

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Statement Jewelry: Spring/Summer 2010 Trend

Posted in Uncategorized by maddaATU on February 20, 2010

Big, bold jewerly was a trend in 2009 that we recommended investing in early; and true to our prediction, statement jewellery has arisen to a new level of significance for 2010.

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Patterned / printed pants: women’s fashion trend

Posted in Uncategorized by maddaATU on February 20, 2010

From tailored trousers to skinny cigarette pants, to ripped jeans and leather leggings; over the past years pants have predominantly been worn in block colours. What’s more, they’d become something of a basic: frequently worn as a subtle item, while attention was focussed on increasingly-detailed tops, jackets, dresses, and skirts.

In 2010, pants are getting their own back.

As one of the spring 2010 fashion trends, printed and patterned pants are bringing us a whole range of new wardrobe options.

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