Fashion: The latest style statements for Gen Y
Here's the lowdown on the hottest, most glamorous style trends that are doing the rounds of the fashion circuit. Make sure to stock up on them if you want to look 'with it' -- the great part is they're all so popular you'll find them everywhere, from streetside stalls to designer boutiques!
If there is any one garment that's a must-have this season, it's the jumpsuit. Short or long, volumious or clingy, sequin-spangled or cotton, there's one to suit every body type and occasion. You can go classic in a halter-necked, high-waisted number or then funky and boho in riotous colours that end in harem pants.
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Fringed boots, tasselled purses and edgy dresses -- that's where it's at right now. Of course, don't team all three together or it'll be massive overkill! Stick to one fringed accessory or garment and work it with everything else minimalist.
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Strut around with attitude in the hottest footwear of 2009. Gladiator sandals -- mid-calf or knee high, flat or heeled, chocolate suede or blingy gold crocodile leather -- are the absolute 'it' item at the moment.
Make sure to invest in at least one pair. They're available at practically every street corner and come in a host of colours and criss-crossing patterns.
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Chances are you're seeing more of the pretty winged creatures in stores than outdoors! Butterfly tops, dresses, charms, bracelets, shoes, bags -- it's the season of the butterfly. They're girly and gorgeous, so you can't go wrong with this motif for sure. Just don't take things over the top and ruin it!
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What's old is new. Vintage, frayed jeans with a tear here and a scrape there are just what you need. But be sensible and don't shell out princely sums for designer denims, please -- once the trend is over and done with, you'll just have wound up with a dozen distressed pairs that cost three times the usual price!
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More feminine airs. Hairbands, so horribly 'out' until a short while ago, are now a smokin' hot accessory. Satin, sequins, bows and ruffles are where it's at.
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Play peek-a-boo with sensual transparent fabrics and cutting-edge designs. Bits of sheer on an outfit will seal your reputation as a sexy fashionista.
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Metal necklaces, wooden bangles, ethnic and tribal earrings -- go the heavy duty route but with any one accessory, not all of them. A statement piece should be distinguishable and funky by itself.
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Single shouldered garments
And finally, we have asymmetrical sleeves. A one-shouldered dress or top will clinch a formal outfit for you. A hint of skin without going the whole way is sometimes a better idea. And right now, it's the trendier idea.
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