TREND: Fall Leather
INSPIRATION: Miranda Cosgrove and Emma Stone
While the summer months have been heating up, your favourite celebrities having been donning leather dresses and skirts. While leather feels impractical in the hot summer sun, the cooling weather makes it the perfect time to try your hand at this trend. For example, put a badass twist on your favourite preppy shirt and skirt combo with a leather skirt. If not a skirt, join the badass leather jacket club. If you aren’t into the neutrals, a number of outlets have leather jackets in a number of different colours, including reds and blues. Also, keep an eye out for the next trend to adorn your new leather….
TREND: Spikes on spikes on spikes
INSPIRATION: Kim Kardashian (because Kanye and his stylist is helping her out style-wise)
To continue with a badass trend, watch out for spikes on just about everything: the shoulders of blazers, bottoms of bags and shirt collars. Even shoes are getting the tough love treatment as more stores are carrying their own spiked shoe line. For example, Aldo’s has heels and flats covered in spikes. Just be careful walking through those metal detectors, ladies.
WTF: Grass Sandals
Groundwalk Sandals should be included on the long list of odd things funded on Kickstarter. The sandals are supposed to “bring you closer to nature wherever you go.” The synthetic grass is supposed to feel like the real thing, kind of like you’re running through a field at all times. I mean, I get it. They’re supposed to provide comfort, especially when you can’t go barefoot in the concrete city. Are they stylish, though? I think not.
TREND: One-Piece Swim Suits
There may be a month left of summer (@shitgirlssay: “This summer’s going by so fast!”), but you’ll probably spend it at the beach, right? Just in case you’re getting tired of your bikinis or realized you spent all summer eating delicious food instead of working on your beach bod (GPOY), one piece suits are the solution. They are a far cry from the old boring suits as cut outs and deep v’s add some sexy details. One piece suits also give designers room for more interesting prints, so keep a look out for great graphics. Better yet, they’re probably on sale right now as the “50 per cent off” signs go up while the summer winds down.
TREND: Denim shirts
It’s a trend that’s been quietly growing for a while, but one I’ve been hesitant about. I kept flashing back to photos of myself from the nineties where I’m rocking pretty awful Canadian tuxedos. Now, I become jealous instead of embarrassed as I see more and more bloggers (both men and women) looking dapper as they rock the American classic. Thankfully, the cuts on both denim shirts and jeans are more flattering, and the fabric supple and soft. The denim shirt’s soft blue hue makes it easy to pair with a nice pair of dark-wash jeans or skirt which can create a more dressed-down, but not sloppy, look. You could also try pairing it with those coloured jeans you invested in back in spring to help build on that wardrobe of yours.
INSPIRATION: Selena Gomez on the cover of Teen Vogue
WTF: Griz Coats
I always appreciate design created with humour and these Griz Coats are no exception. I’ve categorized this Kickstarter project under the WTF? section because it’s what I’d be thinking if I ever saw someone wearing this on the streets. On their Kickerstarter page, the company Buffoonery Factory claims the coat is “highly appropriate for: Halloween, Bay to Breakers, Monday morning meetings, most weddings, Tuesday morning meetings, high school reunions, and first dates.” Halloween, yes, but the rest, not so much. I’d still buy one but save it for the house on cold, Canadian mornings.