Everyone has a bit of a dark side, and in fashion this seems to be epitomised in the ever evolving rock chick trend. Good girls go bad with dark colours and studded details, sweet dresses get a sexy kick with studded belts and shoes.
If you need some celebrity inspiration, think Kate Moss, or The Twilight star, Kristen Stewart.
We have seen this look before, but this time it’s got a lot more studded detail, and more added sparkle. The focus is on “edging” up a classic girly look. Are pink high heels rock n roll? With studs on they are!
The rock chick look requires only one or two pieces to give your outfit an edge and it works really well with other big trends this year such as lace and floral’s. This season, why not combine a studded belt or scarf with a sweet floral dress? Or team up some lace leggings with some studded shoe boots? We have some great rock chick pieces to slot into your everyday wardrobe online, so have a browse.
And remember, however you choose to express your inner rock chick, there is only one accessory you will always need…attitude!
If you’re in need of some stylish inspiration, look no further than London’s Portobello Road. Not only are there amazing vintage finds and jewellery stalls every few steps, but the fashion parade of stylish Londoners makes for a fabulous afternoon of people-watching and trend-spotting.
The cute girls shopping and browsing this afternoon had on lots of spring’s key trends like floral prints, lace and rock-chick style, seen on everything from studded accessories to tough-looking boots and jackets. We love how these girls put their individual spin on the trends – adding a burst of colour to an all-black outfit with a scarf or toughening up funky florals with a leather bomber (or giving them a preppy edge with a hunting jacket). Not even the occasional drizzle of rain could stand in their way!
Maybe we’ll snap a shot of you next time we’re in the neighbourhood…until then, happy shopping!
This Winter has lasted an eternity, hasn’t it? I feel like I’ve been wearing heavy fabrics and black forever. With the sun making a long overdue return, I’m ready to shed the layers and swathes of black in favour of brights, pastels, florals and lace. Here are my top five picks to help you make the seamless transition to Spring:
F&F Floral Sundress
This is one of the cutest sundresses I’ve seen! It’s absolutely adorable and would look equally good with some pretty ballerina flats or heels.
Liquorish Sequin Shoulder Dress
This gorgeous little dress ticks three style boxes in one, talk about multi-tasking! Sparkles, hot pink and shoulders are three trends worth working this Spring and this dress incorporates all of them effortlessly.
F&F Lace crop top
I’m loving lace at the moment. Lace in pastel shades can sometimes look a little saccharine and sweet, I much prefer black. Team it with something colourful to keep it fresh.
F&F Crochet vest top
I love a simple shape with a twist, the crochet gives this top a twist and the nude peach colour was seen all over catwalks for Spring.
Mischa Barton Doctor’s Bag
Don’t forget to invest in a new bag to welcome in the new season. This little bag by Mischa Barton is absolutely perfect for Spring, large enough for your daytime essentials but uber-chic.
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So what were the major trends I spotted as I dashed around LFW with my camera? For the girls it would appear that long, skinny skirts and narrow dresses are making a welcome return to the street (after seasons of short, shorter and shortest) worn with the essential shoe of the season: the laced-up boot, with or without a wedged heel.
Judging by some of the looks which floated down the catwalk at Aquascutum and Richard Nicoll, this might be a trend which will carry right through summer and into A/W 2010. Fur, both fake and real, new and vintage, was seemingly everywhere from fur-trimmed parkas and gloves to huge, enveloping three-quarter length coats. Leather (trousers, skirts, tiny shorty shorts, leggings and jackets) was another huge trend which will definitely carry over to next winter.
The Paris collections for spring/summer were bursting with leather pieces and the Burberry, Christopher Kane, and Unique shows all featured leather heavily. I spotted a number of girls already sporting the shearling lined leather jacket which will be a must-have (and sound investment) item for next winter. Other looks I spied: Sheer lace skirts (worn over leggings), and lace bodysuits and trousers; the urban utility look (anoraks and parkas in khaki and sand hues, skinny cargo pants, flat lace-up boots); high-heeled clogs (a nightmare to navigate the cobblestones in especially when worn with slippery tights!); denim overalls; hats of all types; hooded capes and coats (perfect for keeping the rain out); studded and riveted shoes, bags (Alexander Wang’s handbags are still deeply covetable), jackets and jeans: the rock/soft-punk trend is still clearly with us.
For more womenswear check out our F&F range online.
LifeStyled would like to say a huge thank you to Vanessa for her post and street style shots, check out her blog Vanessa Jackman
Lace is not just for your underwear! This season we’ll be seeing more and more lace incorporated in to your daywear. Celebrities have been loving the black lace trend for a while now, and so this Spring/Summer we’ll be seeing gothic-like black to fairy tale white and lots of colours in between making a big impact.
This look has already been gracing the catwalks of Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel and Dior and is a great airy, and comfortable, fabric for summer.
This lingerie inspired look has been reflected in the F&F range and can easily be created by using some of our key pieces; including a blazer, blouse and panelled lace leggings. My personal favourite is a grey bodycon dress that mixes lace with a close fitting jersey material.
Lace can be a tricky trend to pull off but don’t be worried, use statement pieces for example a lace jacket with a black dress, or swap your plain leggings for a lacey version. Try mixing a lace top with your favourite skinny jeans or keep things simple by wearing it to accessorize an outfit. Remember you don’t need to wear head to toe lace!
For ideas and inspiration take a look at our lace trend online and send us some pics – we’d love to know how you wear it?
Pictured products: F+F Black lace jacket £28, Mischa Barton ladybug bag £42, F+F grey lace dress £14, F+F black lace dress £14, black lace bodysuit £12, super skinny black jeans £15