STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Colour Block Crop Top Tale

Be loud and be proud is the moral of today’s piece. Follow this week’s Fashionista and colour block to add that pop to your outfit. The brighter, the better. This coloured craze is seen here in a deep yellow shade — rich and adding vibrancy, savouring every last drop of sunshine left in Edinburgh. This shade against her noir bottom option really cuts the mustard.

Perhaps the colour block could be taken further? Not quite as far as the rubix cube, however. This trend is here to stay for the autumn season, as seen on the runway of Narciso Rodriguez A/W 2011. This artsy Fashionista cleverly uses black to obtain the classic edge, but a stand out block bag would not go wrong. Many A/W 11 collections feature the return of the '60s and '70s with looser fitting shapes and cropped tops being at the top of the trends. This week’s Fashionista’s is on the top with the crop, along with its eye-catching shade. Plus, it has a knot tie detail that accentuates the waist.

Blasted against her black silhouette, she keeps the rest of her outfit plain and simple with a colour trend that shall never ever date. These staple high-waisted shorts are a go-to — the fitted cut balances out her baggy top and leave a lovely long legged silhouette. These bottoms teamed with patterned tights and little booties would look oh so divine. Henry Holland and White Stuff currently stock on-trend stars and spots.

Another trend rocked by this funky Fashionista is her homespun glory. Her knitted accessories have that homely handmade authentic feel, which works well with her mix and match of trends. Her wintery woolen mittens are from Accessorise and her cosy cashmere tartan scarf is vintage, so a little bit harder to find. Her brooch beneath her windswept scarf is also on trend, with a twist. We have seen the bulky bangle rise and now the brooch bites back, giving her top added glitz. This chunky gem was created by the Fashionista herself.

Her beautiful buckled booties were a Topshop hit last year. The suede ankles with a furry edge sold out and were spotted all over the Edinburgh campus. Perfect for scurrying to lectures, down to Princes street for a cuppa and a couple of shops, or simply for giving your UGGS a rest, those boots were made for walking and are a practical purchase. Encourage winter wonderland with White Stuff’s option; they have a similar style that are lined with shearling, which have kept my proud feet snug so far this season, so I suggest you go get yours!

This week’s advice is, you could say short, sweet and simple: give our long wintery season a blast of colour or two. Any or every shade will do.


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