Traveling Down 2016’s Fashion Memory Lane

Written by Salina Jivani

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It’s the month of snow, chilly weather and holiday cheer. It’s also the last month of 2016—a year, just like any other, that will never return. But, luckily, that fate may not apply to every style that made it big this year’s fashion books.

As we inch forward into the last days of December, we thought we’d be remiss if we didn’t at least take a moment to reflect back on the most smashing trends of the year. Ones that may see the light of 2017 and still some that may be left behind only to be picked up in the future, like so many others trends of times past.

So without further adieu, here we go:

Chokers: Oh boy, did chokers make their presence known or what this year? And isn’t it amazing how incredibly stylish and sexy they make your neck look, whether you have one like a swan’s or a tree stump’s? This is one look we definitely still see around as the year comes to a close…and seems like this is one that might actually stick it through the new year.

Leopard print: Leopards, leopards everywhere. There was a time when animal print was so faux pas, style icons anywhere wouldn’t touch it with a ten-foot pole. Yet this year carried forward a trend from 2015 where leopard print tops, skirts, shoes, socks, even undergarments were snatched up like trees in a wildfire. We’ve got to admit after having had this print completely out-of-sight, out-of-mind for so long, it was a welcome treat to our eyes and a special addition to our wardrobes.

One-arm tops: We’ve seen them everywhere this year, yet they’ve never failed to look utterly exquisite, sexy and chic all at once. One-arm tops made a reappearance this year and—dare we say—they’ve never looked better. The trend surfaced in the warm summer months with one-arm shoulder straps and asymmetrical dresses, only to be carried forward into the chillier season in the form of one-arm blouses and sweaters.

We’re excited to see what exciting vogue and fashion statements are yet to be made in 2017. Thankfully, we won’t have to wait long to find out, with the new year eagerly awaiting just around the corner. Or perhaps Santa will lend a helping hand and seek the aid of his fashion elves to deliver us the perfect outfits for the new year…a girl can always hope!

(Pictured chokers from CreationZ From A Dove  available online at www.creationzfromadove.com)

3 Ways to Brave the Cold Stylishly This Winter

Written by Salina Jivani

imageWith cold weather comes the overwhelming urge to cuddle up under the covers and hibernate till warmer weather resurfaces, bringing with it the sunny days of bikinis and halter tops. Unfortunately, most of us work, which means hiding under the covers for the next five months is simply out of the question.

But don’t worry. Even though the sexy season of summer is now behind us, you can still make the most of winter fashion by flaunting some happening styles that will keep you both toasty and en vogue.

This winter’s fashion won’t disappoint you. Here are three must-haves that’ll keep you styling and comfy all at once.

Turtlenecks: They’re around pretty much every winter season, but this year turtlenecks are sporting a new style. Throw them on under one of your summer dresses and you’ll be in sync with this year’s winter trend. What better way to save on a winter wardrobe, cling on to the not-too-distant memory of summer and stay warm and snuggly throughout the winter months?

Leggings: These stretchy pants initially made their reappearance two seasons ago by Phoebe Philo, and it seems like they’re here to stay for a while. To the glee of many women who love the comfort and allure of these trendsetters, leggings are back again in the fashion books this winter. Throw them on under a dress or a long, baggy top and you’ve got a good mixture of comfort and style—a dream come true for any fashionista who wants to look amazing without freezing in the name of fashion.

Boots: We can’t forget the most important accessory of them all, right? And let’s just be honest, we all look forward to winter because of one reason and one reason only…boots! The highlight of winter, boots can transform even the sloppiest of outfits from an utter fail to a complete traffic stopper. There’s something completely sexy about strutting around in something that modestly covers the curves and contours of your feet while still managing to make your legs utterly irresistible, lean and taut. This winter season in particular, platform boots are all the rave…so don’t miss out!

Bonus: We couldn’t stop at three, so we thought we’d throw in number four—for fashion’s sake. A quick peek at fashion sites, and you’ll see that trench coats are a big must-have this winter. Stylish and most effective at keeping you warm all around, trench coats are most definitely a great investment, if not for the sake of style then certainly for the total warmth they’ll embody you in—from head to toe!

We don’t know about you, but we’re definitely rejoicing that the most popular fashion choices this season are all about making you look your best while keeping the frost bite at bay! Cheers to looking great and staying healthy this winter.