Galway Advertiser 2005/2005_06_26/GA_2606_E1_008.pdf
June 30 2005
Soft focus in Fashion
pleats. Boho look is dominant. According to Elle underlays,and magazine the must-haves Worn right, the big skirt Walk into any shop and all this summer are madras covers a multitude of you'll see are bright (plaid material used in golf lower-body sins. It brings a flowing tops reminiscent shorts!), patchwork (like new sense of proportion of the flower-power era. Hippie prints, paisley, the quilt?), and an elegant, and excitement to fashion. off-the -shoulder patterned But mostly, it's fun and florals all come in dress for those summer evening cocktail parties ... While we would not dare to argue with the powers that be, here are a few, and perhaps more practical, suggestions to spice up your summer wardrobe. Banish hard edges this summer and break out your prettiest looks. Skirts, ruffles, pretty colours, it's all about being girlie this summer. Think colours like coral and turquoise for accessories and white for clothes or chunky necklaces. Go for metallic bags, strappy shoes, and wedge heels. White is the latest redcarpet colour, so why not follow the stars when you go out at night. Choose a long but tight-to-the-skin white dress to dazzle on a dark evening. Another hot celebrity trend is dressing down for the occasion, but still managing to look sexy and stylish. A jeans and top combo may sound boring but with strappy sandals, a flashy bag, and the colourful Get into the grove with this funky bohemian look, beaded jewellery you will because it's something gauzy or silk fabrics and in look a million dollars. Knee-length or a bit most of us don't already free-flowing shapes. It's a nice alternative to a longer, the full skirt makes own. Shrugs, fitted cardigans, ladylike looks. the biggest impact this The key to getting the season. The big skirt and boxy jackets are also comes in many new this summer and look right look is by mixing and incarnations: circle, good with a long, full skirt. matching properly. While bubble, bustled, tiered, And of course it's not only the Boho look can translate layered with tulle in accessories that the into any colour, shape, or size, if you're not careful you could end up looking like a new-age circus performer. Choose the looser shapes in solids (white or bright silks) and pair with structured bottoms (a tunic with straight jeans). Or anchor a floaty dress with a big leather belt and chunky necklace. Keep the volume under control because rather than hiding problem areas, loads of extra fabric just tends to make it look larger. Try to keep a certain theme or style in mind when getting your outfit together, then you won't go too far wrong. Turquoise is the "It" colour of the season as both an accessory (necklaces, earrings) and head-to-toe hue. Coral, lime, and lemon are citrusy hits that add tons of punch to warm weather clothing. At the other end of the (SELECTED ITEMS) spectrum dungarees, believe it or not, are back. So you can be a slob, but a An Fuaran fashionable one Moycullen nonetheless. Converse are Tel 091 556552 all the rage for fashion slobs as are faded tight Tshirts. Other styles for the summer include: Three quarter length sun dresses; patterned, halterneck, dropwaist,or boob tube style; Indian skirts; Chinese tops; turn ups, and wrap around skirts.
So set your new summer wardrobe a-sizzle with some hot new accessories. From multi-coloured Boho glass or shell beaded necklaces to eighties style thick plastic bangles and chunky leather handbags, more is the new less. Arm yourself with beautiful African style bangles, wooden, flat, thick ribbed, hand-painted, or carved, anything goes. And although they may sound tacky, shells, beads, baubles, jewelled charms, and brooches are all in: The more colourful the better. Be the envy of all your friends by spicing up the plainest of tops with coloured beaded chains. Turquoise blue or deep purple look great, as do turquoise and burnt orange together, and lime green is still a big hit. Tribal beads are trendy, whether wooden, bone, or plastic.The look is chunky crafts inspired, ethnic arts and crafts, and almost what one might imagine a fierce tribal leader might don!!! Ethnic inspired accessories will brighten up the plainest outfit. In addition to tribal beads look out for Middle to introduce white into crocodile skin, or leather Eastern and Indian art and your wardrobe. with big jewelled buckles crafts inspired coin will dress up a plain outfit jewellery where strings of no end. coins create an ethnic Boho look. Snake Brash and bold with a bracelets, gladiator cuffs, big buckle is what your and narrow wrist bangles belt should be this Thankfully this season worn by the dozen are all summer. easy to walk in shoes are fashions you can wear now Matching narrow fabric all the rage. Flat pump and keep covered skinny tailored style shoes come in all wearing belts and buckles are colours and designs and t h i s used to emphasize are suitable for work and s u m m e r. the play... ballerina shapes and One of the moccasins are cute and best takes practical for spring! And on this the wedge heel is much tribal/ethnic easier to manage jewellery than the stiletto. look is of These shoes c h u n k y that can have turquoise bead f u n k y rope necklaces touches, wrapped around wild colours and around the and sheer The wedge heel for comfort and neck. Ropes of wearability style this summer. pearls worn (great with twenties style jeans, crops, are also in vogue. fifties feel to clothes, while skirts) make the wedge the In general bright deep wide belts in soft must-have shoe shape. accessories are the easiest leathers, Flats and wedges are sometimes way to add a pretty splash jewelled, studded, woven more comfortable to wear of colour to your or ethnic coined will be than strappy sandals. Flats wardrobe. Chunky worn set mostly at hip go well with cropped pants necklaces, funky flats, level and make the body or the new big skirt, while even a brightly colored appear longer. wedges look funky with mock croc handbag are all Alternatives include obis, jeans and tiered skirts. great new accents. The sash belts, cord belts, and But remember just white bag, oversized and purses that dangle off because it's `in' doesn't complete with big gold belts. mean it nice, with such a hardware, is an easy way And scarf belts, fake wide variety of colour and
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shape in vogue there is a lot of room for error. We're not too sure about the shrug, could it be a passing wonder like the sad old poncho? Perhaps, so if one does take your fancy, make sure it's not too expensive, you might not get to wear it past August, and not because of the weather. Also there are some scary, larger than life, handbags floating around out there at the moment. Steer clear of large gold rucked leather bags, think Charlie's Angels or worse again Dallas, but if you do want to look like something out of a cheesy eighties US show then more power to you, go for it. And be careful when, or if, you are buying dungarees: just keep it plain and simple, no strings attached! Some love it, others loathe it, but either way it's back too, yes it's the dreaded snakeskin look or mockcroc as it's now being dubbed. Again the decision is yours, just remember how we laughed at all those ridiculous eighties styles, and now here we are re-creating them. The things we do for our vanity.....