Meet Durban’s Brett Robson, a junior ladieswear designer by day and fashion blogger (all the time) in between. Brett is a self confessed online shopping addict and Youtube tutorial fanatic who loves everything about the fashion industry. As today’s guest blogger, Brett shares her favourite fashion trends with us. Take a look…
My favourite thing about blogging is sharing my outfit posts. I love getting feedback & hearing what others think. I wouldn’t say that I have a specific style, I do tend to wear black a lot but other than that I experiment with different looks & styles from time to time – although, being a Durban girl, I am most comfortable in denim shorts, a t-shirt & my Havaiana’s.
When it comes to trends, personally I don’t like to invest too much in them, as most trends come & go very quickly. I would rather buy one or two pieces and work them into my current wardrobe. I think that’s a cool way staying trendy on a budget. Invest in the pieces that you will have or rather wear for a long time. My biggest purchase this winter has been my black over-the-knee leather riding boots. Worth every cent!!!
There are so many things that are on trend right now, but here’s a few that I think are best:
Pastels, mint in particular
I love pastels & have been seeing them all over the online shops I like for so long that I almost feel like it should be over by now – but really it’s only just started for us in South Africa. Pastels make me think of candy floss & fluffy clouds – it’s so feminine.
How I wear the trend: I wear a lot of black so wearing pastels from head to toe is something I’d never do. So naturally, when I decided to put this mint/seafoam look together (skirt – Miss Selfridge & Shirt – Blanco), black seemed like an obvious addition. Besides, I had been dying to wear my cool suspender stockings (Motel Rocks). I think my look is feminine but has an edge with the addition of the kind of suggestive suspender stockings. I think it’s important to add your own twist in every look.
Geek Chic & Thick Heels
Nerdy glasses have been around for a few years now, but I only recently adopted the trend. I think they add a certain amount of quirky-ness to any look & it can really take a look from dull to that much more interesting.
Another trend I am loving right now is the thick heel trend. I love this trend for 2 reasons: thick heels are super comfortable; & it’s about time we have more fun with our shoes – gone are the days of just stilettos and wedges!!! Jeffrey Campbell is great brand that has many thick heel styles to choose from – I just bought a pair – they’re to die for!!!
Yet another trend I am crazy about! The thing about metallic jeans is that most people think that you can only wear them at night – they’re wrong.
Here, I have dressed my gold jeans (from Woolworth’s) down by wearing an over-the-knee leather riding boot (from Luella) & a slouchy, high-low shirt (Mr Price). But at the same time, I could throw on a pair of heels and be ready to go out to dinner. Really great trend, get yourself a pair!
Black & White
For me, black & white are always on trend, it’s just the way we wear it that changes. Being that I love wearing black, I embrace wearing black & white together. I even have a project on my blog called Monochrome Monday, where I only wear black & white on Mondays! I love the use of geometric shapes & patterns, especially when you’re not adding any colour to your look.
This zig-zag patterned dress is a favourite of mine – it POPs & always has people staring! If you’re not a pattern person, then you can always colour block. And what’s great about colourblocking is that you probably have items in your wardrobe right now that you can do it with.
This trend has been seen on the runways of top designers, Jason Wu & Marc Jacobs to name a few. Dresses, skirts, tops & jackets have been undergone a makeover and it looks like this trend is going to stick around for a while. In case you didn’t know what peplum is, it refers to a ruffle around the waist, hip area which adds volume, while creating a flattering hourglass shape.
The pink skirt I am wearing is the Mr Price version of the peplum trend – not that dramatic in terms of volume, but I think it a cool way for the everyday fashionista to wear it. I also colour-blocked here by adding a jade top & lots of accessories.
This trend has been seen in various shapes & sizes on the heads of many famous faces, like Nicole Richie & Kim Kardashian. I love how fun this trend is. The addition of a head chain to almost any look can really take it from drab to fab. I always wear my head chains in hippie / gypsy inspired looks. I think its very earth-child.
All images via Fashion by Brett Robson