TREND: All Laced Up

This week, taking the street stage are two terrific trends that look ultra-chic when worn well together. Coffee colours and lace are the twin trends we’re talking and high street being inspired by such fashion houses as Dinnigan and Alberta Ferretti.

This Fashionista's smart and sophisticated indulgence in beige and nude turned heads; her traditional palette combined with trendy pieces prove perfection. Nudes are a firm favourite this season and, this outfit, too, does not disappoint. Notorious for being summer’s black, these muted shades are classic and can be worn with most other shades — not to mention sun kissed skin!

Her city chic high-waisted loose tailored shorts from River Island flatter the figure, and suit the tucked-in slouchy blouse. Suitable for the summer months, yet still can be dressed up or down for any occasion, whether it be Princes Street shopping or George Street for evening cocktails! These desert colours are easy to wear and mix magnificently with other shades and patterns as we see here. On the catwalk, Valentino and John Paul Gaultier’s A/W 2010/11 paved the way and established once more that these warm melting tones are here to stay. If you do not desire desert colours, River Island have alternative tailored shorts in a radical radiant red.

Her River Island top acts as a plain basic, allowing detail to wrap around her printed pins. It is also a loose cut with slight bell sleeves. Lace emerges once more here, embellishing the neck of her smock style blouse.

This Fashionista has used loved up lace as her statement piece showing it is romance to dominate this season. Her neutral top half tones allow her to go wild with her pretty pins. This fancy fabric exudes innocence and femininity, wrapped around her legs. Fine textures and neat lined patterns make her lace-iced legs look mesmerising! A lightweight layer for the summer months (or a clever cover-up if cooler), this pair of tights from New Look give her outfit grace and elegance, emulating the romantic theme. Her bargain buy are long gone from the shelves, but other options are available on high street and online.

Her outfit — a tale of delicate, intricate detailed pattern against block nude colours — strikes a perfect balance with texture against her smooth melting caramel shorts. This caramel sweetie is wrapped with a chocolate leather belt, golden aviators and pretty pumps, completing her cool ensemble.

Hint: The colour brown had been tipped to be a top trend this autumn, replacing our beloved nudes and beige from the summer, featuring heavily on the catwalk in both DKNY A/W 2011 and Max Azria’s shows. As fashion is always that one step ahead, you can be too, now that I’ve told you. H&M seem to be following this trend closely, so pick out those classic staple pieces in darker coffees and caramels to prepare for your full fall wardrobe.

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TREND: All Laced Up

Lace is one of those things that will always be around. This trend has transcended time and will continue to do so. Just as anything that has passed the test of time, there is always multiple ways to use this trend in daily life. The more traditional way may seem more appropriate sitting next to your grandmother’s doily collection, but the modern take on the trend can be super sexy, even for daywear! The newly revamped popularity of the lace trend is so fun to wear and is a great way to add some serious style and interest to basics.

This Fashionista has taken the lace trend and made it really modern and edgy by showing a little skin in a discreet way. She manages to show off some skin, while still being appropriate for day by making all other parts of the outfit very conservative. The skinny black pants tucked under cute cowboy boots makes the look much less serious and great for a day out with friends. Another interesting thing that this Fashionista does to make her outfit modern is cuffing the sleeves. This adds another dimension to the shirt and a cuff makes the sleeves have a cleaner edge. The accessories are also kept to a minimum which is best when trying out the lace trend.

Hint: Black lace is not only the easiest to take care of, but also looks the most modern. It can be taken from day to night by switching out the black pants and boots to a high-waisted skirt and heels. For a little more of a glamorous touch, add a leather jacket and some cool and chunky jewelry!
 

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TREND: All Laced Up

Right now in Durham, we’re riding a weather roller coaster. The constant switch from 80 degrees and sunny to 60s and rainy has all Duke students stuck in a rut over our wardrobes. As a result, the question of shoe choice seems common across campus. Neither flip-flops nor boots seem appropriate and it’s not quite time to switch from our summer to winter shoe collections, so what do we do?

This Fashionista has removed herself from the seasonal slump by investing in a pair of lace-up booties. Not only do they look great with both shorts and jeans but they also provide a comfortable yet fashionable alternative to ballet flats or sneakers. To top it off, her oversized sweater and cuffed jean shorts give off an effortless look that’s perfect for everyday. Plus the beige leather belt adds interesting detail to break up the blues.

Laces are much more versatile than you think. Lace-up ankle boots now come in heeled styles, as well as flat, wedged, and platform varieties. Furthermore, these booties extend across all styles, making a huge impact on campus footwear.

Hint: Socks are everywhere now, as they are being paired with anything from heels to boots to even sandals. Scrunch a thick pair underneath your lace-up booties, and you’ll keep your feet warm far past these mid-season months.
 

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