Looking through the majority of the collections this season, it seems like many designers are making sure their attires are youthful, cool and sexy. Are these elements required for a brand to be relevant? It really bothers me because I am starting to feel fashion may have lost it. What happened to elegance and power dressing? Clothes should make a woman to feel empowered and not an object of sexuality and lust?
Why is "cool" so hyped? Why do clothes have to be young and sexy to be smiled upon?
I think too much focus on the red carpet and celeb styleand not enough focus on real womenand real life cause this. And that the looks girls and young women favor are awful and elegance is the furthest trait from their goals. But, when you're young, you're very much influenced by what you see in the media, and sadly, there aren't any elegant young ladies as inspirations for these girls.
Few also think the sense of youth and sexiness will always be a dominating feeling in high fashion. It’s just easier to market. It's much easier to style a young girl to look older, more mature, even matronly and still look acceptable than to style an older model to look like she's sixteen. And older women and men know this.
I keep in mind wanting to be elegant when I was young. There are a number of famous examples of elegant young women, but in general I think it's difficult to be both quite young and elegant. I find elegance to be one of the rewards of age.
I'm all for being young at heart, but let's be real.....!
Ladies, when it comes to stylish, sexy footwear for summer, you've got a lot of choices. And as the great and glam Carrie Bradshaw of 'Sex and the City' once said, "We're talking about a woman's right to shoes."
There's no excuse to be stuck wearing yesterday's clunky disasters. It's time to clean out the closet and go shopping. And if you think you're boxed in with only selections of boring flats and wedges, think again.
Footwear for summer 2012 is sizzling hot. Look for shoe/sandal trends that pop in bright colors, like vivid yellows and oranges, hot pink, electric blue, etc. Nine West is offering up the 'Krysten' in their own yummy shades of Turquoise or Flamingo on a criss-cross platform with buckle closure, as featured in OK! magazine.
Or slip into a pair of sky high platforms if you dare. Jessica Simpson has never met a platform sole she didn't like, and this season she's designed a bunch of them, including the 'Barbara,' a sexy platform cage sandal that features a strappy stiletto design.
The 'Cordelia' Espadrille Wedge by Bandolino is adorably suede with a layered flower detail at the toe, braided espadrille heel, and a slingback strap. A smart choice that spells comfort and style, 24/7.
Maybe shining shoes are more your style. Gold or silver are classics that are on trend for summer 2012. It's metallic mania, if you will. 'Ariel' from BCBGeneration is the perfect pump for a glamorous night out on the town. It's a peep toe pump in a shiny gold, metallic leather upper.
Pastel-colored footwear is also very appealing for the summer. Try on any style in aqua, light yellow, or pale green. Nude is extra hot at the moment, too. Just look at the Royals' Kate Middleton in nude shoes again and again. Coach has a sophisticated pair in wheat, called the 'Sue Heel.' It features a rounded toe in nude leather with a straight, stacked heel.
Coach also offers up the 'Gwynn Wedge,'with a nautical blue striped canvas and leather strap on a 4 1/2" wedge heel. Stripes are the hottest accessory going at the moment, and these classic sandals have a modern edge that looks so right this summer.
If you've been wishing for the braided sandal to return, then summer 2012 is your time. Braiding on footwear is quite elegant, especially when the details are so intricate. You could never go wrong selecting the 'Tahira Black Braid' by Naturalizer. This is a lovely casual sandal thong in a 1 1/4" heel. The braiding in black, twists and loops, and fastens with a heel sling strap and buckle.
Summer footwear doesn't have to be dull or look typical. Look around, and you will see runway trends that maybe you thought you could never wear, like sexy transparent shoes, laced up sandals, metallic toes, sandals loaded with buckles, rivets, and the return of always chic, pointed toe shoes.
Remember: Fashion doesn't end at the hem of your dress or pants. Your covered feet complete the look. And when your summer footwear is right on trend, so are you.
As always there are two sides to a coin and the same holds true when it comes to fashionable dresses. While some prefers branded and original designs, few prefer to go with latest and popular trends or styles predominant in the fashion industry at present.
What you wear eventually makes you who you are. People dress according to their likes and personality and this has stood to be true for several generations now. A recent survey that was taken suggested diversified results in this context. Originality vs. Popularity has proven to be a tight battle.
And majority of people who were interviewed feels that more than looking good as per what the society thinks in a particular era, feeling comfortable and confident in what they wear is more important. Most people apparently wear a style that they like and something that makes them feel comfortable while wearing them.
Some people suggested that eventually what you wear according to your likes makes the style all the more original. Of course, popular designs are prevalent in every era or decade, but that doesn’t necessarily mean your personality would suit that featured design. You might also feel uncomfortable while wearing it and compromise just to stand out in the crowd. Fitting of the dress is also very important. It should neither be too loose nor too tight.
"The only real elegance is in the mind; if you’ve got that, the rest really comes from it."
Looking good and stylish depends upon self confidence and right attitude. It has nothing to do with popularity of the style or the originality of the style. The best thing you can ever do is experiment with your fashion sense which projects a very daring and bold image on your part. And when you carry your style around with the right attitude, you can pull that desired outlook brilliantly.
One can conclude by stating that majority of people haven’t lost their senses and blindly followed things as per market trends. They believe ultimately, it all comes down to what you like and what makes you comfortable.