Monday, April 8, 2013

Spring 2013 Fashion Trends Part 2: FAB or FAIL?




And now for the second installment of Spring 2013 Fashion Trends!
Some are fabulous and some fell flat...

TANGERINE: FAB with caution
This hot orangy color is definitely that pop of color that will set an outfit off.
It looks great with neutrals like beige and navy .
*Pairing with black can look too Halloween-ish sometimes, so be careful of that.
*As always with colors that aren't neutrals , don't do it more than 2 ways, heavily, in an ensemble.

Hijabi? Yes!



HI-LOW: Slightly FAB
This popular fashion forward trend is a tricky one because it can look really great when done well or really weird when not, it is really a case-by-case basis.
*DO pair the long hi low garments like long dresses and long skirts with long skirts in complimentary or matching volumes, colors and prints.
We want to look like elegant ladies,not men from the 18th century.
Pants just don't look right and bare legs just look peekaboo scandalous.

Hijabi? Sure, with a long skirt layered under as stated above.

** Contact EBC for advice about specific hi low garments because not all hi low are wearable.



CROP TOPS and BRA TOPS: FAIL
Crop tops should have stayed in the past .
They look distasteful, like you ran out of fabric for your shirt or you flew into a rage and cut up a t shirt.
Layering a shirt under makes it even more tacky too.

I don't know who started the bra top trend, but they should stop.
It looks like you put your Demi bra on and didn't finish getting dressed.
Walk around in your bra at home, not in public.

Baring midriff isn't cute and less is not always more in this case.
Stop the madness.

Hijabi? We won't even go there....




WEDGE SNEAKERS: FAB
This genius invention is great because you can get your sporty/casual/comfortable look with a little fabulous thrown in.
They come in a variety of colors so have fun with it but be sure to wear them with the appropriate outfit.
* No fancy attire with wedge sneakers please.

Hijabi? Go for it!




BLOUSES: FAB with caution
Blouses that are in this spring are made of flowy, lightweight materials and are in beautiful colors.
Rock them tucked into pants and skirts for a classic feminine look.
*Be sure to layer if they are transparent though, because visible bra straps aren't cute.

Hijabi? Absolutely...
If you tuck the blouse into a skirt with a fitted waist,( or if you are tucking into pants/jeans) put on a jacket or cardigan over the blouse (worn open or closed) to cover a snug bottom.



...And that's a wrap!


Want to rock Spring 2013 trends but not sure how? 
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Monday, April 1, 2013

Spring 2013 Fashion Trends Part 1: FAB or FAIL?



Every season there are some fabulous to-die-for trends that have the potential to become staples and then there are the fails, the temporary tragedies that make fashion consultants like me cringe.

This spring we have plenty of color, flashbacks to the 60's and 90's and a dash of elegance...

BLUE: FAB with caution
Blue is all the rage this spring in hues like Cobalt, Sea Blue and Nautical Navy.
Rocking some gorgeous color is always in so break out the blue!
*As always tho, don't do one color more than 2 ways, heavily, in an ensemble.
A ring , shoes and scarf is fine but a scarf, shoes and purse is too much.

Hijabi? Yes! Especially around your face in a scarf . Lovely.



PRINTED PANTS: FAB with caution
Print is always cool, even on pants.
*However, not all prints were created equal .
Proportion is key when it comes to this trend.
Large prints on short ladies is overwhelming and will swallow us.
Please, no pajama prints outside.

Hijabi? Sure, provided the pants are loose and pair with long top of course.





PRINTED LEGGINGS: FAB with extreme caution
As stated in a previous blog post, leggings are NOT pants and cannot be worn like them.
Long tops/dresses have to be worn with them to keep from looking undesirable.
Printed ones are fine, same rules apply about proportion of print and no pajama prints.

Hijabi? Absolutely not.
At private events or at home worn with above rules? Sure.




TURBAN KNOT STYLE SCARF: FAB, with caution
This style scarf is very fashion forward and can be rocked with different style outfits.
*Be sure that your knot is at a modest size . It shouldn't be as big as your head or face or look like it could be used as a weapon.

Hijabi? Sure, just be sure to add neck coverage with a tneck, scarf etc.



MINT GREEN: FAB with caution
Mint green is one of those pretty pastels that can be rocked beautifully alongside neutrals like black ,navy and white.
*Same rules as blue apply about the amount of ways it can be worn in an outfit. No more than 2, heavily.

Hijabi? Yes!




LONG SKIRTS/DRESSES: SIMPLY FAB
We've got long flowy feminine dresses and skirts in this season.
From Valentino on the runway to Forever 21 in the mall, anyone can rock this elegant trend.
*As previously stated in other posts, slips are a must.

Hijabi? Definitely!
Stick to non clingy fabrics .



Up Next: "Spring 2013 Fashion Trends Part 2: FAB or FAIL?"!

Want to rock Spring 2013 trends but not sure how? 
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Need help with your outfits?
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Contact Hanifah Abdul-Baqi @emeraldbrocadeconsulting@gmail.com for an online wardrobe consultation. 

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