COSMO reveals what’s in and what’s out this season…
Q: Are leggings so last year?
A: If they’re plain and mid-calf, yes. But fancy, ruched, sequined or slick and shiny styles are seriously trendy for 2009. Dress them down with a cool pair of high-top sneakers or go glam with a pair of ornately carved high heels. They absolutely must be teamed with a top that covers the bum, such as a very long cotton T-shirt, as well as a boyfriend blazer.
Q: What’s up with heels?
A: Chunky and spiky heels are both hot right now but what’s different about them this season is that they have a platform. Shoe trends are moving to the extreme – footwear is embellished, encrusted with jewels and superhigh, and comes in head-turning colours. Banish those boring mid-heeled courts to the back of your wardrobe now!
Q: What trouser styles are in and what shoes go with them?
A: There are four main trouser shapes to look out for – skinny, boot-cut, wide-leg and peg-style trousers.
• Skinny pants work well with flat, pointy lace-ups. Team with a slick, fitted jacket or trendy blazer for a sexy rock-chic look. Skinny pants are figure-hugging and suit slim, petite shapes. They accentuate curves, so not everybody can wear them.
• Boot-cut pants look best with peep-toe platforms. Team them with a tunic and voilà – your office uniform will be sorted. Boot-cut trousers are slim-fitting down to the knees and then they flare out so that the bottoms are wide enough to accommodate boots. This style is flattering on any body type but is best suited for pear-shaped bodies.
• Peg-style trousers make a fashion-forward statement worn with extreme platforms. Last season’s shoe-boot (the shoet) also works well with this style. Peg-style trousers are pleated and billowing at the top with volume at the thigh and are slim and tapered or cropped at the ankle. This edgy cut flatters taller women but will drown those with a small frame. If you are short, heels are essential. Remember to keep your upper half looking slim by wearing a fitted top or a structured jacket to balance the volume below.
• Wide-leg trousers will give the illusion of superlong legs (make sure the hem brushes the ground so that only the toes of the shoes show) when worn with a pair of high heels. If you are tall, a flat pair of loafers or men’s-style brogues look fabulous with this style. The bottom of the leg is usually one-and-a-half times the width of the top. Wear a slim-fitting top with this style to give your upper body a defined shape, otherwise you may end up looking too wide all over.
Q: Are last winter’s over-the-knee boots still a good buy or should I say bye-bye?
A: These long, sexy boots are superhot this season but just be careful how you wear them – looking like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman is not the look you’re after. Wear them with thick tights and a jersey dress (just make sure your hemline is less than 7,5cm above the top of the boot) or over skinny jeans. NB: Don’t wear over-the-knee boots if you are short!
Q: Cocoon shapes? What is the fashion world on about?
A: Cocoon is what we call clothes with a curve, for instance balloon sleeves on tops, or egg-shaped coats and dresses, or this season’s peg-style trousers. When wearing garments with this shape it’s important to be aware of proportion. If you have volume on top, wear slim-fitting garments below, and vice versa, to balance out the bubble-like shape.
Q: Should I shelve my big slouchy bag?
A: Although big slouchy bags are useful, the bag you want to be seen toting for 2009 is very structured and grown-up. This structured style will either have an extra-long strap for across-the-body-style wear or ornate, glam handles that should sit in the crook of the elbow. These bags should not be worn over the shoulder.