I did one of these last year and I find it so nice to reminisce on the trends of the past summer. I feel as though it’d so cute to look back at my blog, especially at posts like these to show my children what was cool back in my day (lol) and to compare trends because I always say fashion trends always come back so are this years summer trends going to come back and haunt us in 30 years time? That is why this year I won’t only be doing fashion trends but over the next 3 weeks I will also be doing bag trends and shoe trends that dominated the summer of this year.
Is anyone else super upset that summer 19 is already over? This year has honestly been the fastest year of my life so far, I feel like everything happened so fast, like how am starting university in two weeks???? Do you know how crazy that is to me!!! Anyway, back to fashion, last year we saw co-ords, bum bags, cycling shorts, cargo pants, cropped denim jackets, bandeaus, etc dominate summer 18 and not much has really changed, I think these trends hit their peak this year – especially co -ords and cycling shorts.
Clueless vibes or what??? This will forever be one of my fave trends whether or not it’s fashion. Leopard wasn’t the only popular print for the Spring/Summer ’19 show season. Tartan also appeared on the streets of New York, London, Paris and Milan and in all of our favourite high street shops. Pick up a tartan suit, jacket or pair of pants that features the classic pattern in unique and bold colours, such as red, blue, green and yellow.
This was more of an Instagram trend but the high street did pick up on it, it was all over PLT and Topshop as they tried to compete with the rising It brands like Dôen, LoveShackFancy, and Reformation, the ultra-feminine, ultra-soft look is replacing the menswear-inspired trends of seasons past. Now, it’s all about looking like you just stumbled in from an afternoon of milking cows in the fields.
CYCLING SHORTS AGAIN!
Is this trend ever going to die down? Well, not any time soon because the trend the no one ever asked for is still here two years later, and it’s bolder than ever. Simple, shiny shorts were found at Chanel, but Stella McCartney’s reinvention for 2019 involved florals – and lots of them. This summer we saw the high street even doing denim cycling shorts, a trend that hasn’t been popular since the 80’s!
I feel like this entire summer was a ’70s, California Dreamin’ craft-work. Crochet was spotted at Oscar de la Renta, Victoria Beckham and JW Anderson – all in monochrome, although it was completely mainstream this year, I feel as though crochet will most definitely dominate our Instagram feeds next year.
Prabal Gurung was the king of colour blocking on last years ss19 runway shows! I mean look at that dress ughhhhh!!!!!!! So much colour was smacking us in the face this summer and I was LIVING for it. People were still getting used to the idea that anything goes with colour and that you can go WILD when it comes to colour blocking so I think that this is another trend that we will see thrive in 2020.
As an African woman animal print will forever be fashionable in my eyes! Just like cycling shorts, this continues to be the trend that keeps on giving meaning that if you bought a leopard print item last season/ year, you’ll still be able to wear it probably until the end of time!
Utilitarian designs have been haunting us for a good year now, last year we saw cargo pants literally EVERYWHERE in every colour, fit and material! Although boiler suits didn’t appear on this year’s runways they appeared in all the major fashion cities throughout fashion month. Originally designed as a one-piece protective garment for manual labour, boiler suits are now as fashionable as they are functional but for us short girls it’s hard to find a suit that fits us perfectly 🙁 .
THIS IS THE TREND THAT DOMINATED SUMMER 2019 WITHOUT A DOUBT! This is not one for the faint-hearted that is for sure. if there was one way to describe this trend it would have to be vibrant! Neon made its way to our high street shelves and never left! But the question is, is that it for this highlighter trend? will fashion go back to its beiges and pastels? Reflective of both the 1980s comeback and a growing interest in cyberpunk I really hope it’s here to stay.
Last year it was dramatic sleeves this year it’s bold shoulders with a twist rather than padded, boxy numbers, this season’s take was a whole lot puffier proving once and for all that the minimal trend is over! We just have to thank god that the British weather was good enough this year that we could all make a puffy statement without the need for a jacket dimming our fashion!
Is just me or does this give you major flashbacks to your childhood when you used to watch those films/ tv series of kids going to summer camp? For me, Tie Die is the definition of hipster and it’s pretty evident that fashion atm is in a phase of nostalgia so it’s not really much of a surprise that tie-die was all over ss19 runways but the question is when will the high street pick up on it because I only saw it once in Topshop this summer?
I don’t really know if they do women’s sizes for these, so I guess this is kind of a men’s fashion post. I feel like I neglect you guys on my blog and instagram but do not worry, I will start doing more posts for men on here! You have my word.
So you may wonder why do I have a pair of trainers on this segment? Well back in July Farfetch reported that a pair of Kanye West x Louis Vuitton trainers are the most valuable in the world going for £22,763 a pair! The trainers in question are a collaborative design with Louis Vuitton from 2009. The Jasper sneaker, originally available in three colour palettes, was on sale ten years ago for only £864 meaning that they have increased by 2,532% in value👏🏾
Mathieu Le Maux, trainer expert and author of 1000 Sneakers: A Guide To The World’s Greatest Kicks, From Sport To Street, explains what determines a rise in value: “A model in men’s size 42 to 44 (UK8 to UK10) will be way more popular, because a majority of men are wearing shoes in this range. It will probably be more expensive to find sneakers in these sizes than for bigger or smaller ones. Rarity, condition, the prestige of the designers at that time, and the quality of the material used to create it determine value too.”
if you’re lucky to have a pair at the back of your wardrobe, cling on to them – they’re only going to increase in value. So I guess we can kind of call these the Hermes birkins of the trainer Industry?
Where to buy them; https://stockx.com/louis-vuitton-jaspers-kanye-grey-pink?currencyCode=GBP&size=12&gclid=CjwKCAjwzdLrBRBiEiwAEHrAYtnDzqaU_PztC7YZSX8NF99gSfnTASe7i06n_g-tEMc6R_n1kgdAUhoCxuQQAvD_BwE
Meet my new shoe obsession! Flat mules, heeled mules, there is a mule for every occasion; work, uni, dinner, shopping! if it’s a mule best believe will buy it. They’re just so easy to slip on, hassle-free and not as restricting as your average heel or shoe, and like I mentioned before, they are suitable for any occasion and they go with absolutely EVERYTHING. If you ask me they are a staple piece that you need in your wardrobe! Does anyone else feel that the older they get the more they fall in love with the more classical pieces and the more they stay away from buying things like trainers (which I am sure my mother would be more than happy to hear)! It is actually so insane how my style has evolved just over the short space of two years!
A brief history of the mule courtesy of Another magazine
The origins of the word mule lie in Ancient Rome, where it was mulleus calceus (a red or purple shoe worn by the three highest magistrates), but the contemporary appropriation refers to a shoe that is backless and usually closed-toed. Originally worn within the bedroom, this style of shoe has a storied history and when Comtesse d’Olonne, the risqué society beauty, wore a soft red pair of mules to church in 1694 – daringly peeping from beneath her richly-embellished skirt – it paved the way for the style. They went on to become popular within the French Court, both Madame de Pompadour and Marie Antoinette donning variations throughout the eighteenth century, inspiring Manolo Blahnik to ask “When you walk in mules, you walk a bit differently. It’s very sexy to me; you have to get your balance… Madame de Pompadour in her mules, walking around Versailles, click click click… Can you think of anything more exquisite?” Here, we chart the shoe’s journey from the boudoir to the runway…
They were all over the streets during fashion month 2015 and 2016 so the question is will they be every fashion influencers favourite shoe again this year? The mule was a staple on the Spring/Summer 2016 catwalk and we really have to thank Gucci and chanel for bringing them back in all their power and glory; a controversial style loved by some aka moi, and hated by others with no sense of style (lol joking fashion is subjective). I think these are the perfect transitional shoes for autumn, mules offer a covered-up yet more liberating option ideal for the transitional period before winter hits us hard and I know for a fact after the hot summer we have had winter is going to be horrendous 🙁
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If you don’t own a denim jacket what are you doing with your life???? This is the one staple that EVERYONE needs in their wardrobe. Along with the leather jacket, this is one thing that will never go out of fashion. PERIOD! Buy just one denim jacket and you will have a suitable outer layer for the vast majority of wardrobe for the rest of your life. If you know how to wear it right, it’s literally the only jacket you’ll ever need. With its versatility and ultimate cool-girl style, you’ll have no problem wearing it 7 days in a row, this denim MVP is an all-year-round wardrobe staple.
So I think it’s been just over a week now since Rhianna launched her luxury brand FENTY with LVMH. Since then all I have been seeing is backlash for the brand. Everyone is free to have their own opinions but I have seen multiple people commenting on how we have seen this done before but since when did fashion has rules? Last time I checked designers have full creative control, they take inspiration from other designers, from other eras and from different moments in time so can somebody please explain to me as to why people are so concerned over the fact that we have seen similar designs before because in my opinion fashion is an art and designers are allowed to do whatever the hell they want to do. You don’t see people complaining over the fact that they have brought back flared jeans even though they were done before and were extremely popular in the 70s. You don’t see people complaining when High Street brands copy the likes of Chanel, Hermes and jacquemus. Somebody, please help this make sense to me.
Then we have people complaining about the price. When will people understand that LVMH is a luxury institution that houses brands such as Dior, Louis Vuitton And Chanel. They house the most luxurious brands of our time so you cannot expect the prices of FENTY to be High Street, darling this is not Topshop or Zara this is luxury with a capital L. And I think that people are forgetting about Rhianna’s collaboration with Puma which I can tell you now, the prices are extremely affordable and accessible to normal people like you and I. Not to mention the fact that nobody ever complained about her puma collaboration. If you can’t afford luxury that is your problem but do not come and criticise what somebody else has built and spent so long trying to perfect just because you hate the price tag because I know for a fact that if FENTY was the same price mark as ZARA people would not be complaining and that’s FACTS. Please learn to understand the difference between constructive criticism and hate.
How Fenty has changed luxury fashion
First, she changed the beauty industry forever by bringing more attention for the need of diversity in the range of products that were on offer for POC and now she’s helping to rewrite luxury fashion. I was not joking when I said everything that this woman touches turns to gold!
N01. Fenty represents the first major fashion brand that LVMH has founded from scratch and to add to that it is the first luxury fashion brand helmed by a black woman #blackgirlmagic!
No2. Rihanna has changed up the fashion production schedule by offering this collection as a direct-to-consumer retail model with new pieces arriving on a 6-8 week basis. The first instalments went on sale on Fenty.com on May 29; the next instalment launches at the end of June. With most luxury collections we usually see them presented at fashion week then have to wait months until we can actually purchase the goods.
No3. She never likes to define who wears what from her collection, so can we consider this as LVMHs first gender-neutral designer? I saw the press pictures and most of these pieces look AMAZING on both men and women.
No4. It’s built for the modern woman. Most of the brands at LVMH have been established for hundreds of years so they have a particular image they need to convey and keep up with so not all of them cater to the NOW. Which is why I believe most people only invest in designer accessories (bags, shoes, jewellery etc.) rather than luxury clothing.
No5. The brand caters to women with curves. Although most pieces in the collection are oversized, they details of every item help to bring out your curves, whether that be making your waist appear smaller or making your hips look bigger. This is a luxury brand that will compliment you in every way!
So in case, you haven’t realised I am obsessed with everything Luxury and I have always wanted to own a luxury watch, they are the most timeless of pieces. This has never been more evident in a world of smartphones and smartwatches where people are still opting for the simple classical watch. It is the one staple every man and woman need in their lives.
Mark my words when I say that almost every luxury item is an Investment piece, therefore these decisions cannot be too rash, especially when it comes to watches. Too many sites sell fake watches so you need to be careful where you put your money because these are not cheap, that is not the only thing you have to consider. There are so many aspects to luxury watch buying including; Am I going to purchase a new one or look for a pre-owned one? How much am I willing to spend? What material am I going for? What year is going to be from? How thick do I want it to be? and so much more!
My number one go-to site is Chronoexpert.co.uk for me it’s like the Vestaire collective but for watches. This is the true definition of a niche brand that is catering to the specific needs and wants of consumers. Just like Vestaire Chronoexpert.co.uk has a strict policy against counterfeits and copies and only sells AUTHENTIC watches. Each watch is put through a complex verification process, where a team of experts follows a multi-layered verification process to ensure that each piece is genuine. So you don’t have to worry about buying any fakes! My favourites on the site are the three holy grails; Cartier, Rolex and Omega! These are like the Chanel boy bag, Lady Dior and Hermes Birkin of the watch industry.
The company’s CEO, Pablo Martín said in a statement: “Our goal is to shift from the more traditional buying experience to the online world while maintaining the customer’s trust throughout the entire process. Therefore, along with other benefits, the platform offers a 14-day return policy and 12 months of additional warranty.”
This is definitely the companies USP as I have never heard of a luxury marketplace that offers returns. I think that this is something they should all have as I’m sure I’m not the only one who has ever ordered something online and changed my mind once it got here or it wasn’t exactly what I had in mind. Considering how expensive the watch you buy may be, this is essential!
I don’t think anyone understands how excited I am for summer! This is the season that I shine most, my outfits are always on point, my skin is popping 24/7and It is the time where I am least stressed and at my happiest. I feel like the older I become the more I appreciate summer because I know that the closer I get to adulthood the less time I’ll have to enjoy it. Do you know how sad that is, the real world is honestly a trap.
This summer is going to be so different from the last, don’t get me wrong I had fun last year, but I spent most of it working in a place that I hated. Retail is not all that it seems to be, working in Topshop last year really made me realise that working for someone else that is not me is not for me! As soon as I finish my exams I am off on a road trip across Europe, then I am off to afronation in Portugal two weeks after. This is literally going to bet the best summer of my life and I cannot wait, the only thing that could top it off is if I could go back to Zim for a few weeks too to see my family! It’s only been two years but it honestly feels like a lifetime since I last saw them.
As Victoria Beckham once tweeted, the airport is her runway (an amazing pun if you ask me), so every airport I hit this year has to see me looking stylish AF. Thinking about it I don’t there has ever been a time where I looked “rough” at the airport whilst travelling. When I was younger I remember my mum would always ensure that I looked my absolute best whenever we were travelling to SA/ Zim to see family so she’d dress me in the cutest dresses or co-ords which I would carry with my new shoulder bag (she always bought me one every single year without year before we travelled, she’s the reason for my obsession with bags) and pair with some cute sandals or even heels. Litlle Ivis was ahead with her airport fashion thanks to mama Ngwenya. As I have gotten older and developed my own style, comfort is key to me when it comes to an airport outfit so I opt for things that look stylish but that I can still breathe in, especially if it’s a long haul flight, it also depends on the destination which is why dressing to the airport will always be a struggle, there are way too many factors that come into play.
If you don’t quite know what to wear to the airport this summer, here are some ideas;
Airport outfit inspiration
In case you didn’t get the memo, satin is no longer just something to wear in the bedroom, underwear is officially the new outerwear and has been for a while now, I mean look at how mainstream the lace bodysuit has become. Fashion is as free and expressive as it has ever been.
I think satin has been around since 2015/16 but I’m not 100% sure because it has only been super popular maybe for the last year and a half, max. By popular I mean it has been all over instagram, our favourite celebrities have been sporting it and of course, our high street stores like Topshop, PLT and River Island have been jumping onto the hype. I remember I bought my first satin top in 2015 (talk about being fashion forward), I bought a pyjama style top from misguided and to this day my mum takes the piss out of me every time I wear it, she literally says are you going to bed every time I wear it but I still love it!
Satin, is the fabric that is dominating 2019 and I am LIVING for it. What I love most about this fabric is how effortless it is, this is the one fabric that you can literally just dash on with a simple casual T-shirt underneath (if you’re wearing a satin top) and a nice pair of mom jeans and it would look like you made an effort when in reality you didn’t. You can either dress it up or dress it down, it is so versatile! It is also extremely comfortable and just overall amazing. From skirts to tops, shorts, dresses (my favourite) and how can I forget, pants however I’m talking wide leg because skinny satin/silk pants in the summer is not a good combo, especially if you sweat a lot like me, that fabric will be stuck to you like glue the entire time. And I am not joking, so please don’t try it, plus I highly doubt anyone could ever create a cute pair of skinny satin pants that I would see myself purchasing, to me that is not a vibe, it’s a fashion disaster.
Flowy midi skirts and midi dresses are not my style. If I wear a midi skirt or dress it has to be tight, that’s what works best for me and my body type and also my height, I’m 5’2 so it gives the illusion that I’m taller than I really am in photos. I think this is what has stopped me from buying satin dresses and skirts in the past because I didn’t think they’d look good on me but boy was I wrong! I purchased the cutest leopard satin slip dress from Topshop in January and I have been obsessed ever since. Everyone needs a satin slip dress in their lives, it fits perfectly in all of the right places, it makes your body look BOMB AF and it suits all body types. A little tip; if you can’t find anything nice in Satin try the underwear section of your favourite clothing store, never fails me.
I have loved seeing the way people have been styling satin on Instagram and Pinterest, satin dress or skirt with a pair of Doc Martens and chunky trainers that is a vibe and so much more, here are my favourite satin piece ATM.
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I have always been a person to say wear whatever the hell you want because as I always say fashion is an art and should be expressed however you please, however, over the years I have come to learn that wearing the right colours helps massively in bringing out your complexion, eye colour and just overall making you look x10 better! For example, I am a dark skinned girl and most bright colours look AMAZING on us, think neon pink, orange, green and bright yellows etc. The way they bring out my complexion is unmatched!
You’re warm if …
Your hair colour: Ranges from dark brown to dark blonde hair. Your skin tone: Has a greenish or a yellowish (golden) undertone. Olive complexions also fall in the warm category. Your go-to colours in the warm colour family: Oranges, reds, golden yellow, amber, honey gold. Your go-to colours in the cool colour family: Warmer greens and blues, like olive, deeper turquoise, green moss, fern, pesto, red purples (think: magenta and orchid shades).Your neutrals: Taupe, hot chocolate, creamy whites, winter wheat, latte. Colours that are tough for you: Icy shades, jewelled tones (amethyst, sapphire, ruby).Celebrity doppelgangers: Jessica Alba and Jennifer Lopez.
You’re cool if …
Your hair colour: It can range from very dark (blue black or very dark brown) to light blonde. Your skin tone: Has a bluish undertone. It can also range from very fair to very dark. Your go-to colours in the cool colour family: Bright blue, royal blue, sapphire, emerald, amethyst, deep purples, lavender, lilac snow. Your go-to colours in the warm colour family: Shocking pick (versus hot pink, which is warm), cerise, ruby, bright rose. Your neutrals: Gray, navy, pristine white. Colours that are tough for you: Oranges and yellows. Celebrity doppelgangers: Cate Blanchett and Viola Davis.
You’re neutral if …
Your hair colour: Is a combination of colours—blonde with ashy streaks or brown with warmer tones. Your eye colour: Is hazel (most neutrals have hazel eyes because it changes depending on what colour they wear).Your skin tone: Hard to determine—you can’t tell if you’re warm or cool. Your go-to colours: Neutral colours that fall in the middle of the colour spectrum. Look for light peach, dusty pinks, soft rose, peony pink (blush-toned pinks look best for neutrals), placid blue, jade green, cameo green. Colours that are tough for you: Anything too bright or vibrant that can overwhelm, reds and yellows (if you do a yellow, try a soft version, like cornsilk or buff). Your neutrals: Taupes, greys, off-whites (like vanilla). Celebrity doppelgangers: Angelina Jolie and Rachel McAdams.