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Le 19 avril 2017, 12:06 dans Humeurs 0

For many brides, the wedding day is all about the dress (after marrying the love of your life, of course).

But what a bride-to-be wants and what she can afford are often two very different things.

With the average cost of weddings now standing at £27,000 in the UK – and more than £38,000 in London – it has become seemingly normal to blow your life savings when it comes to saying “I do” - a large proportion of which frequently goes on the gown. 

However, a new generation of penny-pinching women are now prioritising other things such as housing, and choosing to spend less on their wedding dresses as a result. 

“My dress was from Vivien of Holloway and it cost around £250,” Gemma, 31 from Kent told The Independent.

“At the time there were very little options from wedding boutiques if you wanted a teal length, 50s style dress and if they did have them, they were outrageous prices.

“I wouldn’t ever part with thousands of pounds for a dress that would be worn for a day. It’s such a bad investment.”

According to new research by online fashion marketplace Lyst, the average cost of a wedding dress is now just £832, a 20 per cent drop from last year when the average spend surpassed £1112. That’s an impressive saving of nearly £300. 

A trend encouraged by the rise of high-street bridal collections, the pressure on women to spend eye-watering amounts of money on something they will only wear once is finally dwindling.

From brands like Self Portrait and Whisltes, to Topshop, Asos and Dorothy Perkins the trend towards affordable bridal wear is on the up and so it should be.

After all, every woman should be able to walk down the aisle in the dress of her dreams, regardless of her budget.

Dog chains and suspenders: Vogue’s wardrobe essentials for 2017 are seriously bizarre

Le 16 janvier 2017, 09:54 dans Mode 0

As the undisputed bible of all things fashion, style-conscious women all over the globe look to Vogue for guidance on what to wear, but its latest counsel is more than a little baffling.

Declaring its ‘new basics of 2017’, Vogue is insisting we ditch the building blocks of a perfect wardrobe for alternative, timeless essentials. That sounds reasonable. 

While trends may come and go the basics – that perfect white tee, jeans and your got-to flats – are forever, right? Well, not according to Vogue.

Instead, we should be trading them in for statement socks, khaki pants, dog chains and braces. Sorry - what?

The writer asserts that nowadays, “most of us are investing in timeless essentials we can wear nonstop, all year round”, and she’s right. But, since when did a pair of suspenders – and we don’t mean the racy kind - count as a mainstay for day-to-dressing?

Not since the mid-nineteenth century we believe but, perhaps we’re missing something.

The same goes for khaki pants. While we’re all for a more lax approach to the lower half – think straight leg denim and wide, tailored strides – this style saw its heyday back in 1998 with Gap’s iconic Khaki Swing commercial. 

 They might be making a comeback in the fashion world but, does that really make them a wardrobe essential, an item you can buy now and wear forever? We think not.

Statement socks and dog chains also made the bible’s top ten; the latter being an item we can kind of see the thought process behind. Chunky chains have been all over the runway this season – think Alexander Wang’s alt-culture chokers – but this is a trend, not a well-seasoned essential. 

To top it off, the particular item Vogue suggested for this recommendation turns out to be a real, authentic chain control collar for dogs.

Forgive me if I’m wrong but, isn’t the whole point of a wardrobe essential that it should stand the test of time, never got out of style or lose its street-chic appeal? I hate to disagree with the sacred word of Vogue’s sartorial elite but, if these really are the new basics of 2017, I’m out. 

Google Shares the Most-Searched Fashion Questions of 2016

Le 16 décembre 2016, 10:29 dans Beauté 0

Have you been Googling fashion how-tos this year? Well, if you have, you're not alone. As part of Google's end-of-year trend report, we've been searching everything from DIY projects to modeling, fashion terms and retro trends alike. In short, we want to be more knowledgeable about the buzz-worthy style that everyone is talking about.

First on the list is "how to cut sleeves off of a shirt," followed by "how do I start modeling." Our personal favorite is "what did people wear in the '90s," which comes in at number eight. Check out the full list here.

1.How to cut sleeves off a shirt?

2.How do I start modeling?

3.What is haute couture?

4.How to wear booties with skinny jeans?

5.When can you start wearing white?

6.How to become a fitness model?

7.What is boho?

8.What did people wear in the '90s?

9.How to dress like a hippie?

10.How to become a fashion designer?

While Pinterest predicts that the '80s is the next decade on the rise, it's interesting to note the '70s and '90s searches that have been prominent over the last 12 months. Furthermore, it seems that people are looking to the likes of Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid more than ever, with two separate queries reflecting the desire to become a model. And we can't deny that Kendall Jenner made cut-off sleeves one of the coolest (and DIY-friendly) looks of the year.

If these questions are any indication, retro fashion trends — and models — had the best year ever.

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