one to blindly follow every trend that blows
onto the scene? Fine! Think of these looks
not as dicta, but as subtle prods in a direction
that you might normally overlook. This season's
trends need not be as daunting and as over-the-top
as mentioned in my last article (Oct. 2003).
Whether a biker kick for those steamy dance
nights or a 1920s lingerie touch for dress-up,
here are some tips on how to wear this season's
This chicky retro is all about the mini, whether
you pick a sleeveless A-line dress worn with
a basic black polo neck, or a wisp of a skirt
worn with a spicy inspired jacket. Colors are
bright and mod and prints are graphic. But,
to keep things slightly more mellow, mix some
black or cream into graphic patterns. To complete
the look, opaque tights and either pumps or
flat boots make this look just right. Straight,
sleek hair is a must!
Think of the dandy and Charlie Chaplin to get
this look. This is a fun, playful version of
his clothes that translates perfectly for work.
The shapes are what you'd normally call classic.
Example: cigarette pants; the man-styled baggy
pants and fitted tailored jacket are a must.
But, the layering of the appropriate details
adds the twist. Crisp striped shirts or white
shirts with oversized cuffs, whimsical neck
scarves, velvet jackets, two-toned golfing
shoes, bracers and caps, or even just a man-styled
watch will get you "in vogue." And
rev it up with a spot of color--lipstick. Red?
This 1920s-inspired speakeasy look is not about
running around in your undies. This look is
less about skin and more about subtly combining
a variety of feminine fabrics and forming enhancing
shapes, creating a sensually alluring feel.
For the feminine approach, slip on lots of
sequins, a soft silky, drapy skirt with a corset-like
top under a biker-styled fitted leather jacket.
Or try a fitted satin corset dress (for the
more formal event), with a subtle touch of
fur around your neck, matched with slick stillettos.
For the more sophisticated approach, try the
must-have pencil skirt with a fur-trimmed matching
jacket and stillettos. The French beret and
sequined hand bag are perfect accessories to
complete the look.
The Biker Look
This tough chic, 1980s-inspired look (chain
gang hitting the town) is definitely glam and
super sexy. To start, toughen up with snaps,
studs and zippas, but keep it sleek. Example:
the biker jacket, paired with fitted, tailored,
stretch, straight-legged white, black or shiny
pants, or a matching pencil skirt and turtleneck.
Now all you need is a metal belt or purse teamed
with stilletto boots. For the more adventurous
vampy approach, try the always-sexy fitted,
black number thigh-high boots, a long French
coat and, of course, a metal layer of sorts.
Have fun playing, ladies! Until next time!