Monthly Archives: February 2012

Neon

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Spring may be approaching, but don’t bother pulling out the pastels and paisley prints- neon will be a bold way to “amp up” the season this year. Found on shirts, shoes, pants, socksdresses and more, neon clothes are already taking over the stores. Not only will the trend be found in a variety of clothing articles, Marie Claire says that it’ll be available in a variety of colors from bright white to electric blue.

A 2010 article titled “Top 10 Fashion Trends Men Hate too See on Women” on Yahoo! Shine listed neon with 73% of men polled disapproving of the trend. (No statistic was found on the female opinion towards men wearing neon.) Before brushing off the “neon” trend due to this statistic, consider that the opinion towards neon has every possibility to change now that two years have passed and now that men are also given the chance to actively participate in the trend this time around.

For those of you who are still iffy about the screaming colors, try pairing a neon item with a neutral item to achieve balance. Also, neon can be worn in accesories, such as a belt or a bracelet, yet it can still make a strong impact. As I always say, dress as if 2012 really is our last year…make a statement!

Examples of this trend can be found all over the stores and the internet. If you’ve already gotten in on the trend, please share a photo of how you work the neon trend as a response to this post. Share your style ideas!

For any questions regarding this post, contact me at courtney.cheatwood353@topper.wku.edu.

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Afrocentric Prints

This summer will be hotter than the African safari. I’m not just referring to the weather, I’m referring to the Afrocentric prints trend. Afrocentric prints are any type of animal, ethnic, tribal and raffia designs.

United Kingdom’s Vogue says that this trend will be popularly worn on gowns, party dresses, suits, jackets, shirts and skirts. Some designers, such as Balenicaga, are even throwing a modern twist on the trend by incorporating shiny material.

PETA.com says that “every year, millions of animals are killed for the clothing industry.” This may turn many people away from the animal print aspect of the Afrocentric trend, but there are countless options for the trend to be worn with faux fur or animal-inspired print patterns. Some people may also be hesitant to experiment with such bold prints. Don’t worry, though. Afrocentric prints are meant to make a bold statement. Therefore, if you stand out from the crowd, you’re wearing it correctly.

For those of you who like shopping on a budget, Forever 21 has great options at great prices for guys and girls. For girls, a flowing maxi-dress gives the trend volume and movement, and a dressy pencil-skirt will look hot on a summer night out. For guys, a lightweight cardigan would be perfect if there’s a chill in the air.

If this trend is hot enough for you to splurge on, girls can get hot yet sophisticated animal print dresses by Michael Kors and guys can dress down the trend by wearing a tribal print shirt by Armani Exchange.

Examples of this trend can be found all over the internet. If you’ve already gotten in on the trend, please share a photo of how you work your Afrocentric print as a response to this post. Share your style ideas!

For any questions regarding this post, contact me at courtney.cheatwood353@topper.wku.edu.

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Exotic Skin Handbags

United Kingdom’s Vogue declares colorful animal skin handbags as hand-candy for the upcoming spring and summer seasons.

Bags in all shapes and sizes will be seen draped over shoulders and forearms.

Both neutral and brightly colored handbags are must haves. Neutral bags can be paired with outfits of bold colors and bright handbags can be paired with neutrally colored outfits.

Designers such as Bottega Veneta, Loewe, and Roberto Callavi have a variety of bags for those of you willing to invest in a higher priced bag.

Forever 21, Buckle, and Target have stylish handbags for those of you on a budget.

Examples of this trend can be found all over the internet. If you’ve already gotten in on the trend, please share a photo of you and your exotic handbag as a response to this post. Share your style ideas!

For any questions regarding this post, contact me at courtney.cheatwood353@topper.wku.edu.

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