That floral dress reminds you of blissful walks in the park with your ex, but its hemline is totally wrong. He’s history- it should be too.
Maybe those skinny leg jeans fit you circa ’99- but you have to admit they haven’t zipped up in years.
That fluoro top was so cute a few seasons ago- but now the trend is done and dusted and it just looks tacky.
So why are they all still in your wardrobe?
It’s time to cast sentiment aside and cull, cull, cull!
Carrie Bradshaw's Closet
- De-cluttering gives you a cleaner aesthetic to work with- no more dud duds stopping you from seeing the true winners in your wardrobe.
- An opportunity to make some money- if the pieces are in good condition or a designer brand you should try luck selling them on eBay.
- Exchange- one woman’s ‘fat jeans’ is another woman’s fabulous. Get your friends to do a ruthless wardrobe attack then gather together- you’ll be amazed your friend is throwing out that bag you’ve been jealous of for so long, and baffled by someone’s unprecedented eagerness at your discarded dress.
- Up your karma- donate unwanted items to charity stores and feel good that your clothes will be going to people who will actually wear them.
- All that empty wardrobe space means that there’s no better excuse to do some shopping! Need I say more..?
- Top: Chanel Fall 2010. Bottom: Chloe Fall 2010
Chanel‘s otherworldly look was exquisite: think intergalactic Eskimo princess. A gravity-defying bouffant was offset by icy winged eye makeup and nude lips.
Chloe was for the sophisticated lady who is always effortlessly immaculate. A flawlessly smooth blow-dry, neutral brown makeup, and glossed lips made for a look perfect for winter lounging or high luncheons.
- Top: Emanuel Ungaro Fall 2010. Bottom: Givenchy Fall 2010
Emanuel Ungaro was the epitome of pretty-sexy: imagine Sexy’s blossoming little sister. Seductive tousled waves were teamed with the purest of petal pink lips.
Twilight fans will love this vampire chic look. Blood red lips, a deathly pallor and side fringes for brooding eyes to peer through made for a look not for the faint-hearted.
Being on a tight budget might mean you have to work a little harder for awesome style- but it’s likely to pay off and your results can outshine a top-to-toe designer ensemble. Think: eclectic, creative, innovative.
- Get thrifty- trawl op shops, vintage boutiques and markets for one-off finds. Not only will you save money, you can guarantee that you won’t be mincing in the corner when two other girls at the party have your same handbag.
- Customize- everyone’s got a needle and thread! It’s easy to update old pieces with a few quick snips, a bit of hemming or by adding embellishments such as sequins or tassels. This is also good to do with op-shop finds that may have amazing patterns or detailing but an out-dated cut.
- Be inspired- if you are not confident in pulling together an outfit by yourself, look to some photos of celebrities or street style blogs such as The Sartorialist or Facehunter. You can get a good idea of what proportions work and which garments look good together, then go searching for inexpensive replicas.
- Rattle your chains - Even women who can afford unlimited designer clothes are shopping at chain stores nowadays (Kate Moss and her undying devotion to TopShop is the perfect example). The quality and style-quotient of many chains have skyrocketed lately while the affordable prices have stayed the same. It is a good idea to buy all the current- but-unlikely-to-endure trends from les chains.
- Invest in classics- by the same token, if you want to buy designer, buy items that won’t date. Cashmere sweaters, black shoulder bags, trenches, the fabled LBT, black Mercedes sedans to match … you know the usual.
- Dress for your body and yourself- at the end of the day, if you’re wearing something that fits you and that you love, you’re always going to look beautiful. OK, almost always.
The poster girl for budget fashion: Kate Moss in her TopShop campaign
The rounded collar is a big trend to watch out for in Fall 2010. Seen at Celine, YSL and Miu Miu, the look is prim and pretty. Wear with a low ponytail and natural makeup for true schoolgirl style.
Miu Miu Fall 2010 RTW
Big bold leopard spots were featured heavily in the Emanuel Ungaro, Balmain, Rochas and Dries van Voten shows; think 70s glamazon. Pile on the gold for a big kick of kitsch-worthy extravagance.
Balmain Fall 2010 RTW
Fur Stole the Show
PETA activists, be warned, fur will be everywhere this Fall. The big news wasn’t which designers showcased this look; it was which didn’t. Don’t think of fur as formal or heaven help us fusty anymore. This is not your great-grandmothers mothball-scented fox stole. Today’s fur doesn’t sit home waiting for an event to happen – wear it any time, for any occasion.
Chloe Fall 2010 RTW
Christopher Kane worked the sense of irony and revelation he is famous for in his Fall collection, juxtaposing elements of naughty and nice.
Black lace, patent leather and dominatrix-style lace up shoes were teamed with girlish silhouettes and quaint floral embroidery for a quirky look: think Gothic schoolgirl with tongue firmly in cheek.
Capped sleeves, collars and shift dresses informed the main silhouettes while texture was key with peek-a-boo lace panels, embroidery and crystal embellishments.
At Michael Kors, comfort and sophistication reigned, with relaxed pieces that could take you from the woods to Manhattan.
A restrained palette of olive, khaki, taupe and charcoal complemented the relaxed draping and knitted layers. Extreme cowl neck sweaters and fur coats and clutches lent a touch of Dr. Zhivago while military influence was noted with khaki and gunmental shades.
Winter accessories were layered with zeal but the neutral palette kept them from being overbearing.
The show took a futuristic turn with gravity-defying silver puff jackets, metallic and sparkles for nighttime wear.
It was bohemian rhapsody at Anna Sui, with a playful mish-mash of prints, colors and textures.
Think eccentric art student who eschews the rules in favor of her own kooky style; she’ll throw a leopard fur capelet over her ethnic multiprinted dress, slide on some bejeweled mukluks and don a jaunty crocheted beret. Yes, all at once!
This boho-luxe look is typified by its lavish embellishments, clashing patterns and textures, and quirky accessories- loving the fur gilets.