How to: Studded and Zipper Fashion

If you are looking for great ways to include bold details into your wardrobe you will likely see lots of sparkle.  Whether it be sequins which are so popular this season or other trends like metallic stripes or fabrics, you will see a variety of great styles that feature bold accents to help make that statement piece.  One possible accent that we have grown to love which is becoming a bit more prevalent in the latest styles and fashions are bold accents such as zippers or even studded with metal grommets or other elements on the piece.  While it may sound unconventional, you have most likely seen some of it on certain designer fashions and can be  a creative and stylish way to add to the distinctiveness of the piece.

Consider a well known designer, Ella Moss that incorporates studded grommets into the neckline and sleeves of its Sonia Ruffle Sleeve Studded Short Sleeve Top. This modern styled top features a series of accenting metal grommets around the sleeves and prominently in the back of the top.  A great style of top with a fitted waistband the style of the top on its own is worth considering, but with the added studded grommet detail it makes it even more unique and it really does turn an otherwise elegant but simple top into a statement piece.  To utilize the studded trend, you don’t necessarily need to have metal grommets, but instead it could be accented with other pieces that will similarly elevate it into a great statement piece.

Another way to make a statement is accents such as zippers.  We absolutely adore the Burca Scoopneck Dress by Velvet by Graham and Spencer that features a wide zipper that is prominently displayed in the back of this dress.  The zipper is a great way to add some shine and also give the piece an edgier feel.  Consider also the Aspen Motorcycle Sweater also by Velvet as another example of a great use of zippers to really elevate a piece from ordinary to extraordinary with a few simple touches such as zippers and metal grommets.   Zippers are actually becoming more and more popular this season, but yet thankfully are not overdone which makes them still a great statement detail.

Overall, when you are looking for creative ways to incorporate additional style into your wardrobe consider adding subtle statements such as the zippers and studded elements rather than going too far.  It is possible to ruin the statement of such pieces with too much detail or too much distraction.  We suggest that you judiciously find statement pieces for your wardrobe that include subtle touches that are not so subtle to get lost.  No matter what we suggest, you ultimately need to find a piece that fits in with your own individual style and that takes priority over our own suggestions, but we would warn that you be careful not to overdo it with the zippers or metal accents.  It is possible to have the overuse of great trends such as zippers ruin a piece because it becomes too busy or distracting.  Keep that in mind when you are looking for ways to incorporate such trends into you own wardrobe.

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New Fashion Trends for 2011

When you are shopping this year you will want to be mindful of the latest new fashion trends for 2011 and be on the lookout for great ways to incorporate them into your wardrobe and individual style.  Today we’re going to highlight a new trend in style of tops, trends in lengths and trends in color and patterns.

As for style trends for tops you will see looser fits.  Lots of wide, long tops ranging from the retro Flashdance inspired baggy sweatshirt top that you can rock with leggings or jeans or jeggings as they will still be popular.  You will see tops that are tunic length and many that are wider in the waist and shoulders giving you a distinctive look from the short fitted tops of seasons past.  You will also find peasant blouses back in full steam this year.  Frilly lightweight, sheer fabrics with solid colors or patterns with ruffles and/or ties at the waist will be big this upcoming season.

Another trend that you will continue to see this season is the popularity of cropped jackets.  This trend is working its way into sweaters with lots of cropped sweaters and cardigans for your more casual attire.   Cropped jackets or blazers adorned with epaulets, buttons, zippers and many more accent details will be all the rage this season.  You’ll see the magazines showcase these jackets with long tops underneath and often over leggings or skinny jeans.  Of course, you will want to work these into your wardrobe as you like to fit your own individual style, but this short cropped length is a big trend this season.

In 2011 you are sure to see lots of great patterns ranging from python prints or floral patterns all the way to more subtle infusions of tie dye.  You’ll most definitely want to look for great tops with the patterns that suit your individual style.   This season bright colors will be popular. Be on the lookout for coral colors, blues and purples.  You will also see lots of clothing utilizing shimmer and shine with the use of fabrics instead of more matte fabrics and colors.  Satins, sequins and sheer are our rule of thumb this season.  Patterns will range from distinctive animal prints like python to bold floral patterns, lots of elements of tie dye patterns and of course stripes in a host of great fabrics and distinctive style tops.

Of course how you choose to utilize these trends is completely up to you, but we think you’ll find having a piece or two that fit these trends will help spruce up your wardrobe for 2011.  Also don’t think that you will have to spend a small fortune on these fashion trends.  In keeping with the prior year trends you’ll see these trends implemented in the high end lines as well as in the more economical lines so it won’t simply be a trend you see on the runway.   We recommend investing in a few great pieces with these trends that you can wear for years to come.

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