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Flashback Fashion Trends Taking Over 2018

Posted on January 12, 2018 By In Colleges , fashion , Michigan State , Uncategorized With no comments


Thank your lucky stars this year if your parents have that old box of clothes from high school they never pitched, because you’re about to be starting 2018 on the right foot. This past year was all about tip toeing through the decades with chokers, hoop earrings, leather skirts, and mom jeans. But get ready for 2018 to make the dive into the decades. Designers are bringing back all the fashion staples from the 60’s to the 90’s into the new year.

Starting with the swinging 60’s where boho styles met animal prints and neon colors. What to look for this 2018: animal prints, bell bottomed jeans, neon colors, chunky heels, fringe,  sheer, and color block. If you’re more of a tip toe-er than a diver when it comes to new trends no worries. Add a Leopard print jacket, skirt, top or purse to your every day look. Neon shoes or bags are another way to vamp up any neutral outfit. For the diver: tinsel fringe dresses, fringe leather jackets with flare pants, sheer tulle skirts, sheer sets, anything ultraviolet (Pantone announced this as the color of 2018), and a mixed print pant and jacket with chunky heels.

Moving into the Disco Era of the 70’s we see a lot of the trends we saw in the 60’s but think Studio 54. Trends from the 70’s you can see coming into 2018 will be: platform boots, sequins, studs, military jackets and tailored suits. For the tip toe-er: Studded belts/wide belts, platform boots, vintage band T’s, glitter scarves. For the diver: sequin jackets/dresses/skirts, the tunic and skirt combo (see Gilda Midani for this look), and Palazzo pants will be very popular in 2018.

Now we make our way to the decade of decadence. Everything about the 80’s was bigger and better. Things to look for in 2018 from the 80’s: fur/faux fur, shoulder pads, and jumpsuits. For the tip toe-er try a shoulder padded blazer with a pair of jeans and studded heels, ripped or monogrammed denim jackets are coming in, teddy coats (faux fur coats), and mirrored sunglasses. For the diver: power suits, colorful fur coats, gold lamina dresses or giant jackets with black patent knee high  go go boots.

And last but not least we have the grunge 90’s. Urban 90’s vibes are taking storm in 2018. Things you’ll be seeing this coming year include: brand logos, windbreakers and anoraks, “athleisure” featuring track pants and bike shorts, berets, menswear inspired suits, Dr. Martens, plaid, and silk. For the tip toe-er: a plaid top and leather skirt statement skirt, a goth inspired silk slip dress with a denim jacket or leather jacket with Dr. Martens, denim jumper with a a turtleneck, oversized brand logo sweatshirts, and a beret to accessorize any look. For the diver: biker shorts (seen on Kim Kardashian and Bella Hadid pairing them with blazers and heels), patterned suits with a turtleneck and heels for day time or a bodysuit for nighttime, checkered pants, and track pants with heels.

If you’re looking for the year to experiment with your wardrobe 2018 is going to be the year to do it. Designers are throwing fashion faux pas out the window and bringing a twist to the game, everything goes. This year is going to be all about who can break the rules the best, going from tip toeing to diving into the decades.





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Make use of the clothes in your closet!

Posted on December 20, 2017 By In Colleges , Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg With no comments

Photographer: Michelle Salgado

Deciding what to wear for work, school, family gatherings, the gym… Do you feel like every time you look in your closet you can’t find anything to wear?

Every day, I hear people saying I didn’t have anything to wear so I just wore this… or I don’t know what to wear… or I have this event and I’m not sure how to dress… or I went to the mall to get some clothes and I can’t find anything to wear… I have heard it all. To be honest I used to be that person too. However, after going to school for fashion design, I have grasped a better sense of style and understanding of what goes with what and what’s appropriate for just about every occasion. In reality, it’s not that we don’t have anything to wear in our closet, it’s how to wear what’s in our closet. We all have clothes and we bought those clothes because there was something special about it that we liked. Whether, it made us look tall and slender, or it was a big comfy sweater that could be worn on a cold winter day or maybe it was just the design on it that we liked. We do own a closet full of stuff. Now, when we shop, most of the time, we buy one top from one store, a pair of pants from a different store and some shoes from another store. We typically don’t buy all of our outfits at the same time from the same store. Therefore, we need to figure out how to pair each individual article of clothing with each other. It’s like going to an art store and buying a paint brush and some paint. We have the proper tools to paint a beautiful picture however, we aren’t all going to magically be Leonardo de Vinci. We need practice and guidance on how we can get there.

Now, when it comes to clothes I for one know you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on every outfit you wear. The most important thing is to have some basic essentials that you can constantly mix and match with each other. Even adding a scarf or a necklace to a basic outfit can really add to your look.

Photographer: Sandy Zmuda

The last aspect of figuring out what to wear is how you feel in it? Every day when I get ready I think to myself, do I look good? One of the most important things to an outfit is how it makes you feel about yourself? When you look good, you will feel good. So, stopping wondering what other people think of you. I promise you, if you feel good it will show and when it shows, everyone around you will notice.

If this is something you’re constantly struggling with, then stay connected to my blog for more posts on what I wear for different occasions and how you can use your own clothes to do the same!