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11 Fashion Fads From The 2000’s That We Should Forget

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Tracksuits!

At the end of 2009 we thought that we could wave goodbye to some fashion trends and never see them again. While some trends from the noughties are starting to rear their heads again other trends (we hope) have been long forgotten. Here are a few we are wishing never find their way into our wardrobes again.

 1. Crocs

Do we need to say more? These plastic shoes with holes in took off to great heights in 2006 –originally designed to be spa shoes, they became the next comfortable footwear trend. It’s still uncertain how this trend caught on – all we know is that we are glad the rose tinted glasses have been taken off.  Though there are still a number of comfort loving die hard Crocs fans out there!

2. The WAG look
Taking shape around the shopping habits of the “wives and girlfriends” of the England football team, this look started to take on a life of its own in 2006. Not only did the look take into account the high price tags of the clothes the ladies were wearing but included hair extensions, fake tans, fake eyelashes and fake nails. Although some of these have not fallen out of favor (think TOWIE), WAG appeal has definitely waned.

3. Velour Tracksuits

We can blame Juicy Couture the clothing line of Missy Elliot, and Jay-Zs fashion label, Rocawear, for introducing tracksuits that should have stayed off the market. If you ever owned one of these you’ll remember how every time you touched it- you had to smooth the rest of it over.

4. Hipster Jeans (aka Low Rise)

These Jeans were great if you had an excellent mid-rift to show off, if you didn’t they would leave you with the dreaded “Muffin Top”. Often these Jeans were worn with crop tops (an item of clothing which is still packing the rails at the moment) to showcase a toned and very slender figure underneath. We are just glad that these jeans managed to find their way to the back of the wardrobe.

5. Trucker Hats

As the name suggests, these hats were more common place among truckers than the fashion conscious. However during 2003 -2004 these hats graced some high profile heads such as Naomi Campbell and Gewn Stefani. We are glad that these hats have been hung, for now at least.

6. When Underwear Became Outerwear

This male fashion faux pas was introduced by the Ghetto fabulous hip-hop stars of the day who wore their jeans a little bit below the old belt line. It meant that for a few years we got a sneak peak of every 16 year old boys boxers –not cool.

7. What’s The Point?

Really pointy high heels that looked like they could be used as a weapon for self-defence also caught on in the noughties. This was in stark contrast to comfortable crocs, the other shoe choice of the decade. Pointy shoes squashed all your toes together and made that “take-your-shoes-off” moment when you got home from work exhilarating. We are glad we don’t have to go through the pain of that again.

8. The Short Shorts

Remember Jessica Simpson in Dukes of Hazzard? These shorter than short shorts where made popular after the singing star wore them as part of her role in the movie and hence they  got given the name ‘Daisy Duke’s’. Unfortunately for most, unless you had a bod like the blonde bombshell the look was incredibly hard to pull off! I think it’s safe to say that these shorts were not made for wearing – and that’s exactly what we will do.

9. Heels and Combats
This trend surfaced from the band All Saints, yeah remember them? They started to wear the comfy combat with a pair of heels. The trend may well have been part of an on-going battle between two trends of the time, Boho Chic and Ghetto Fabulous.  Many big stars feel victim to this one – even the lovely Kylie.

10. Uggly

Although these shoes were all the trend at the time, and I have to admit I do still wear my “fuggs” (Fake Uggs before a Mean Girls reference springs to mind) from time to time, they were lined with sheepskin and were designed to keep your tippy toes warm in the winter. This trend stuck around for a long time, but has slowly started to decline. They weren’t the prettiest of shoes – but they were definitely built for purpose and kept you really warm when you needed to be.

11. Skinny Jeans … For Men

 We had to add this one in. As well as women swapping their bootleg and flare jeans for this figure hugging style, men joined in on the fun. The majority of men who wore these were trying to imitate an indie or rock look, a style popular with the bands of the decade.

We are sure you will have fallen victim to at least one of the trends above – Although there are plenty more fashion slip-ups of the noughties, these are the ones we are happiest to see the back of!

Anisha works with topwristbands.co.uk, and loves to read the lasts fashion blogs and magazines. Her style icons include Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Kardashian. 

 

The Best Looks In Shorts

With spring finally showing its sunnier side and the glorious weather of summer (finger’s crossed!) not far behind, it’s time to start planning your summer wardrobe. Whether you’re heading off on holiday or staying at home to enjoy the UK summer, there are certain styles and pieces that your wardrobe simply can’t do without.

Shorts are a summer staple that every girl should have in their wardrobe, but there isn’t just one style to go for. This year, shorts as you know them have had a bit of a makeover, with everything from shimmery disco styles to bold graphic prints being hugely fashionable throughout the spring/summer 2013 season.

If you fancy updating your look for summer and are ready to show off those pins, here are the latest looks in shorts that you need to know about:

Patterned and printed shorts

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Patterned and printed shorts are going to be all the rage this summer, and they may even challenge the tried-and-tested denim cut-offs to be this season’s hottest look. They’ve already been embraced by Whitney Port, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Diane Kruger and Rihanna, and they have been spotted in every design from floral patterns and graphic prints to black and white stripes.

Leather shorts

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Leather is no longer confined to shoes, jackets and trousers – there is a really big trend at the moment for more unusual pieces made out of leather. Leather dresses are still going strong, but the newest look is leather shorts. They can be dressed up for an evening out, but leather shorts also look great worn with grungy ankle boots and a vintage band tee for a cool festival look.

Bermuda shorts

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Bermuda shorts were all over the spring/summer 2013 catwalks, making them one of the hottest shorts looks for the season. These slouchy shorts ooze New York cool and they are also perfect for those not wanting to bare all in the teensy, cheek-baring shorts that also happen to be everywhere at the moment.

Disco shorts

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Last year, it was all about disco pants, worn by everyone from Jessie J to Gwen Stefani. Well, as the weather becomes warmer, the clothes become smaller, making summer 2013 the season of the disco short. Disco shorts are tight, high-waisted, bum-baring and super-shimmery, so only the very confident will be able to pull them off. If you can get it right, disco shorts are the perfect clubwear, especially when worn with a ripped or cut-off white band tee.

Christine Felton is a writer at Fashion Union provider of on trend women’s clothing in the UK.

 

DIY Fashion: Studs and Spikes

Thanks to sites like Pinterest.com and Etsy.com do it yourself fashion and beauty is taking on the world. Amazing looks hit the runway one day, and the next day creative people around the globe are posting ways to have the new hottest looks for an affordable price.

This being said, the newest hot trend is studding, on everything from accessories to jean shorts and sneakers. Items that have any type of studs is going to be expensive, so of course there is a DIY way!

DIY Studding

  • Items Needed:
  • Studs or spikes (it doesn’t matter what style you get, get the style you like)
    • *side note* Purchase studs that can pierce fabric and be bent
  • Small pliers
  • Your item of choice to stud

Directions:

  1. Decide where you are going to place your studs/spikes on your item of clothing/accessory. Will you be creating a pattern, will the spikes/studs be comfortable in a specific spot; these are questions to pose before starting.
  2. Push the studs into place, letting the bottom prongs pierce through the inside sides of the fabric.
  3. Take your pliers and bend the prongs inwards, flat onto themselves. This way your studs will not fall out and will keep themselves in place.
  4. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Repeat this process till you have your desired look completed.

Really, that’s all there is to it! Depending on the amount of studs/spikes you use and the surface area you are covering it could take a lot longer than it did to read the instructions, however it will look awesome.

Washing

If you apply your studs correctly, and securely, you should have no trouble throwing your chic-rocker items into the washer machine. However, if you sharp pointed spikes or studs this could tear other clothes or make marks inside of the machines. The best option, though requires a little more effort, is to hand wash all of your studded garments and air dry them on a rack. You could also get your items dry cleaned, but that is going to cost a pretty penny.

Studded Ideas

If DIY studding sounds like something you’d like to try, but you don’t know what to try it on, or the pattern to use, continue reading these ideas.

Shorts with pyramid shaped studs are going to be a summer favorite. Block off one of the front short legs, or back pockets, and apply the studs in a uniformed amount to create a perfect square.

Toms are cute shoes, but spice them up with studs. Using a spikey stud, decorate the back heels or adorn the sides or just the tops where the laces are.

You can pick up a cheap plain colored bathing suit on eBay for less than $10.00, but spruce it up with some studded detail on the straps, or to outline the shape!

You can also stud headbands, wristlets, old outdated watches or leather cuff bracelets. Your options are really endless! Have fun and personalize this look as much as you want!

Citations:

Have your friends asking, “Where did you get that from?” by studding out a tankini from www.swimwearplace.com

Women’s History Month Spotlight: Ka Rae’ N. Carey

Name and occupation:

My name is Ka Rae’ N. Carey. My occupations are wife, daughter, friend, stepmother, licensed professional counselor and clinical addictions specialist

What do you love most about being a woman?

I love the flexibility and freedom being a woman affords me to be creative on a daily basis with my appearance. I can choose long pants, short pants, long skirts, short skirts, make up, no make up, and the hair possibilities are endless!

Have you had to deal with much sexism in your industry?

The helping profession is female  dominated so there is not much sexism to encounter in the profession.

Do you belong to any organizations catered to women business owners?

I am a member of the National Association of Professional Women, and the Women’s Business Center in Durham, NC.

Who or what inspires you most?

I am inspired most by my mother and husband. My mother inspires me with her  remarkable ability to make miracles with minimal resources, and never ending confidence in me. My husband inspires me with his awesome gift of calm in any storm, and the ability to help people see the positive side in the most dire of circumstances.

Something about you that would surprise us:

At Work: In my clinical practice I have three “co-therapists”, two turtles and a hamster! They do a great job in helping my younger clients talk about “tough stuff”.

When I am not at Work: I have endless energy when I am dancing. I am an avid dancer with talent in many varying styles including latin, ballroom, and urban styles. 

Advice for women entrepreneurs:  

I would advise them to not be afraid to follow their dreams and to surround themselves with people who will support their dreams.

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