Category Archives: Vogue

Plaid

With a touch of intelligence and a hint of spunk, the plaid trend will help give you a “smart and tough” look this spring and summer. As many of the other trends, plaid comes around nearly every year. Vogue reported a statistic that if you’re standing in a crowd, you will always be no less than ten feet away from someone wearing plaid. The pattern itself is timeless but how to wear it varies year to year. Plaid can be a trend for just about anyone because depending on which way you choose to wear it, it can have a preppy, rocker, or country feel.

Guys can casually sport the trend by pairing a plaid button-up shirt with jeans. Pairing a plaid shirt with light jeans will appear more casual than pairing it with dark jeans. A plaid shirt paired with dark jeans would be a nice look for going out on the town. Girls can casually wear plaid by also pairing it with jeans, but also by wearing an oversized plaid shirt with a belt to accentuate the waist and some boots or ballerina flats. Guys can wear the trend in a dressy way by wearing a plaid dress shirt, pants, tie or bowtie. Girls can wear the trend in a dressy way by wearing a plaid skirt, dress or blazer.

Plaid can be found for reasonable prices at Forever 21 for women and men. They carry a variety of items, including a casual shirt and a dressy blazer for women, and a casual button-up and plaid dress pants for men. Pricier items, such as a dressy skirt and a casual top can be found for women at J. Crew. Express carries pricier plaid in both casual and dressy button-up shirts for men.

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 plaid 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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Animal Print

While others will be looking sweet in their flowers and pastels, you can turn heads with fierce animal print. This trend is similar to Afrocentric prints because animal prints can sometimes be considered Afrocentric, but Afrocentric prints aren’t always considered animal print. This trend has been popular since the 1980s, and it continues to be just as popular today. Animal print has continued to be so timeless because it is such a diverse and versatile trend. While an article on Enzine Articles states that zebra print is currently the most popular, leopard, cheetah, and snakeskin prints are also heavily worn.

Different animal prints look best when worn different ways and at different occasions. Black and white zebra print looks great when paired with almost any bold color, leopard and cheetah prints are pleasing when paired with red and/or gold, and snake print is often worn with black and leather. For brunch-type events, animal print is appropriate when it is subtle and soft. Animal print can be worn in the workplace, but keep the color schemes simple and professional. Lastly, animal print is ideal for a night out because the nightlife gives you the opportunity to  go “wild” with your print.

For those of you who like to be frugal, animal print can be found all over Forever 21. This store has a wide variety of zebra, leopard and cheetah print tops and dresses. If you like to splurge, check out Express for zebra, leopard, and snakeskin print skirts, dresses and tops.

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 fierce you look in your animal prints as a response to this post. Share your style ideas!

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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!

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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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