New Season, New Start? Get Our Fashion Advice

As the relentless grey months seem to be passing and the bright blue sky making a more than welcome appearance, it can be tempting to think about blowing off the cobwebs and making a fresh start in time for spring. To help you on your way, we’ve compiled a review of winter fashion 2010/11 hits and misses and a preview of what’s in store for the new season.

In tune with the more than usually icy climate in December, warm fur boots remained a firm favourite and long-laced biker boots make an appearance – a welcome alternative to high heels when it cam to trekking to work in sub-zero temperatures or standing in long snaking queues waiting for cancelled flights. 1950s schoolboy satchels made a comeback and are set to last well into the new season thanks to their versatility as gender neutral and large enough to carry your files and lunch without the need for a trolley! The so-called man-bag briefly set the fashion world against one another – trendy chic or last-year’s fad? David Cameron’s media man may have received mixed reviews but it looks like it’s here to stay thanks to a number of celebrity and high-fashion outings for the man bag including James Long’s fabulous collection at London fashion week.

The London Fashion Week was mired in controversy after Galliano’s unexpected racist outburst but this didn’t detract from the diverse high fashions on offer. From the dark, goth-like dresses of Craig Lawrence to the suave style of Alfred Dunhill, the week showed the panelled dress and fur to be this winter’s winners.

Heading into spring, we can expect to see a lot more colour. Bright block primary colours are making a splash, particularly when it comes to accessories – check out MyWalit’s range of rainbow purses, spot on trend! A bit of patriotic colour won’t go amiss either, leading up to the royal wedding in April. Kate Middleton’s style is certainly one to watch as well – check out her penchant for Australian hats. Harem trousers seem to be making an unfortunate comeback – perfect for those size zero models but less appealing for us mere mortals. Gypsy skirts are also a fashion to keep on top off – floaty, feminine and easy to pull off, no matter what your shape, this is one fashion that it’s worth investing in. (No need to shave your legs too!)

For men, matching leather is the way to go – check out Kenneth Brownne’s elegant range of leather accessories and gift sets, many matching in colour and style. Men’s fashions are set to get increasingly casual but make sure you team this with elegant and well-chosen practical accessories like leather wallets and matching belts.

Get Some Fashionable Advice

How should you proceed if you want tips, hints and advice on improving your fashion sense? Well, the traditional source of information has always been fashion magazines. People are even used to newspapers which often follow fashion trends. However, you will always get general information and will find it very difficult to get specific information suited to your requirements.

Of course, it is unreasonable to blame fashion magazines because they have to cater to a wide range of customers. In such a scenario, you would do well to log on to the internet and make use of the web and its fantastic resources.

You can use forums and get in touch with other individuals who are as keen on improving their fashion sense as you are. You can convert your individual attempt into a group attempt and learn jointly. Not only will this help you pool your resources, it will also help you learn faster.

Secondly, you can get in touch with different experts by contacting them through their blogs. Experts often provide latest tips, hints and other information and details relating to fashion. You just have to follow the same and enjoy the benefits. This information is available for free but would be directly from the experts.

Thirdly, you can make use of news and other websites that provide up to date information about fashion trends on a constant basis. This will definitely make it easier for you to get all the information you need. What is more, you can verify each and every point you find so that you are confident of taking the right fashion decision.

You can contribute your views and help other persons learn the same way you have learned. This simple resource is available for free and can be utilized without even stepping out of your house.

Three Good Reasons NOT to Follow Fashion Advice

You can’t always trust fashion advice, so be careful when considering the source. Here’s why:

1) You think “It looks good on the mannequin. I’ll buy it!”

But, just because it looks good on the mannequin doesn’t mean it’s a winner for you. The retailers are enticing you to buy, by dressing up the mannequin, BUT you probably don’t look like that mannequin! Not many of us do. We have to take into account our own body type, coloring, face shape, facial features skin and hair qualities.

2) “My friend thinks it looks good on me.”

If she can see beyond her own style, coloring and body type, she may be right. Otherwise she could just be imposing her tastes and preferences onto you. Or maybe even unconsciously cloning you into a copy of herself. This is a hard one because, if you can’t see it for yourself, you’ll probably be tempted to follow her blindly. After all, she always looks great, doesn’t she? But you need an objective eye for this. If your own eyes aren’t objective and you don’t know for sure if your friend’s eyes are either, you might want to consider working with a professional who’s been trained to see objectively.

3)It’s in the fashion magazines.” Fashion magazines have two big limitations. They are:

a) Too generic. They can’t possibly cover all of the variables that make up your unique style or look. General guidelines can be somewhat helpful, but they don’t go far enough. Compare that to understanding exactly why something looks great on you, or not.

b) Too limited. They can only show what’s going to be available for that season which has been dictated by the designers. The designers don’t’ know YOU. They’re just playing out their own fantasies and preferences that don’t have anything to do with you. Well, unless you happen to get lucky on occasion!

Sometimes, it all feels too complicated. You may be tempted to just play it safe. So you stick with basics. You don’t know how to accessorize, so you don’t. But playing it safe often translates into boring.

On the other hand, you may throw caution to the winds and buy your clothes on the whim of the moment. You choose a passing fad, a trend that may be on its way out, a cute little something that doesn’t go with anything else in your closet. But, when you do that, too often you end up with a mishmash in your closet and never know what to wear.

Either way you never feel great in your clothes, and that’s a problem!

What to do?

1) Take the time to understand your style, your personal coloring, and your body type.

2) Learn what works best on you, and don’t buy anything unless you know it’s right.

3) If you feel overwhelmed at the thought of taking on that task and don’t feel you can do it successfully, consider getting professional help. Advice from an expert can keep you on the right track, stop you from making mistakes, and save you money in the long run.