Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Trend watch #1 - Dresses/Tunics

(note: all pieces featured in this entry is from topshop)

The truth is – we’re stuck in a fashion rut. Unless a genius is born and starts a new era of fashion; we’d be stuck in this constant repetition of old is good, vintage is cool, time travel is the now. The last originals were probably the 80s. Hmm…maybe that’s why people are keeping to the tried and tested creations. It seems that we never recovered from the shock of bad fashion sense/style from the 80s that since then we’ve been trying to stick to having re-runs of the fashion that was – from the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s. Occasionally, moving even backwards beyond those years – think corsets and court shoes.

So here in this entry, I’m going to reveal (ta-daa) what we have in store in this upcoming spring/summer. This doesn’t mean you have to ignore all the previous entries that I’ve written. You can say that this entry is more the trend that’s coming in, while the others were “my pick” of what I think is beautiful from the pile of fashion trends today. I will in this entry dish out some picks of the obvious trends and share my comments of what I think is hot and worth investing and what’s not. Of course, the wallet is yours and you should always express yourself and not some other person’s opinion.

The first pick for the day is Tunic Dresses, because I llluuurrrvvveeee dresses and these tunic dresses are rather cute.

Though shapeless they lend a rather girlie touch to the wearer, especially with those puffy or cap sleeves that they tend to come with. Usually made in soft or stretchable fabric, these dresses falls nicely on any body shapes. Though I will be honest and disclose to you that if you can see your tummy below your breasts, you should avoid these pieces. (A) You will look pregnant or (B) people congratulate you on your pregnancy or (C) it will emphasize that your tummy is protruding. Unless that’s the effect that you want (then congrats on your pregnancy), then do remember this note.







High neck backless dress with long cuffed sleeves. Conservative in front and naughty behind – always a sure win.

















Plain blue dress with cotehardie like sleeves.

















This season will be a play of colour. Green dress with ribbed waist; does not completely disregard the waist line, which is good, adding some shape to the body.

















Dresses with 60s inspired prints are also hot off the rack.















Ahh…a shocking yellow sun dress to ward off all evil and stay cheery and beautiful.

6 comments:

shannonteoh said...

60s inspired nice. but could do with diff colour scheme.

meow said...

yeah, i agree. in fact, i believe i did mention something about "colour play". there are some strong colours in this season (refer to Satin entry & yellow dress)and they should definitely be explored. i never believed in "black is the now colour" - black is just another colour that should be wore just like others. and yes, earth tone can tend to get boring or bland(ed).

woof said...

The "High neck backless dress with long cuffed sleeves. Conservative in front and naughty behind – always a sure win" dress was absolutely fabulicious.

went to TopShop to look for it after reading this entry, but the stock hasn't arrived in KL yet at that time. but i still managed to get it a month later. one of my better investments, i would say.

thank you oh great wise fashion guru.

now, can u recommend something for a bridemaids dress?? has to be fabulous but not as eye catching as the bride's.

meow said...

you're welcome O loyal follower. fashion, i always like to think, is about smart investment, which is also what this blog is about. what to invest in and what not.

bridemaids dresses huh...

try and listen to what the bride likes. definitely something that complements her gown. so if her gown is simple and straight forward, so should yours. if she's going with traditional white, you can try something off white or cream. play around with a bit of colour that's either very rich or rich. stay away from pastels and sweet. they're out of fashion at the moment.

try using colours to draw important lines like your waist or just below the bustline to create a fuller bossom.

if it's a summer wedding, go with something knee length or slightly below. absolutely not above the knee and not longer than your calves.

you should also consider something that you're likely to wear again so that it's a worthwhile investment ;-)

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