Four Reasons to Love the Sneaker Trend

For anybody who loves to be stylish and comfortable at the same time, the latest trend of pairing sneakers with everything has to have come as a breath of fresh air. No longer do you need to worry about aching feet after a long day of wearing heels or tight-fitting boots; simply stick on your favorite sneakers and you’re good to go and will look bang on trend too!

Sneakers are comfortable, practical, and now they’re one of the leading styles in everyday footwear that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Here are just some of the best reasons to love the sneaker craze!

Reason #1. Comfort:

Sneakers are the most comfortable type of footwear that you’ll own, maybe aside from your slippers. They’re designed to support and cushion your feet, which is why they’re generally worn for going to the gym and taking part in other athletic activities. The good news here is that when you’re wearing sneakers for fashion too, it’s not just everyday comfort that you can enjoy – you’ll be less likely to suffer foot-related problems such as bunions or crooked toes later down the line, since you’ll be wearing a pair of comfortable, sensible, and fashionable shoes – finally, they exist!

 

Reason #2. Choice:

With celebrities everywhere endorsing the sneaker trend – think Kanye West and Yeezy sneakers – tons of other popular footwear brands have followed suit. Of course, there are the long-standing sneaker leaders in the industry, such as New Balance, Converse and Vans – and many other footwear brands are now branching out to include sneakers in their range too, making sure that they get their place on the bandwagon.

So, if you’re looking for a new pair of sneakers to add to your collection, you will be absolutely spoilt for choice. Do you want dark, light, or pastel colours? Plain or patterned? Hi-tops or low? Leather, canvas, or even suede? The choice is all yours.

Reason #3. Versatility:

Thanks to the latest fashion trends that combine style with comfort and practicality, the good news is that sneakers will go with just about anything. Pair them with your jeans for your morning class, wear them to work, or even with a dress for a more comfortable night out – fashion dictates that almost anything goes when it comes to wearing sneakers these days, which is great news for anybody who enjoys wearing them. Along with that, the fact that sneakers are so versatile means that you can effortlessly swap between outfits without worrying about your shoes – heading to the gym? No need to worry, the sneakers you wore for class today will do just fine.

Reason #4. Affordability:

As with all popular fashion trends, brands cater for all different price ranges so there’s no need to worry when it comes to buying sneakers, as it doesn’t matter whether you have a little or a lot to spend – there’s sure to be a fashionable choice available for you. You can even find some seriously stylish unbranded sneakers that nobody will ever know you didn’t spend much on.

Why do you love wearing sneakers? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.

A Mini Christmas Wishlist

Christmas is now a little over two months away, and for me, this means I can begin my wish list and my shopping list. Due to it also being my little boy’s birthday on the 17th December, I have to start a little earlier now than I did pre-Joe, but it also leaves a lot to look forward to in December so I am not complaining too much.

That said, the birthday and Christmas scenario does mean that the next couple of months are a pretty expensive time. I have been looking into installment loans online in a bid to spread the cost a little and give me an extra financial hand, and I have also been looking at selling some unwanted clothes and toys so that I can make some spare cash, as well as making some much needed room for new items. Ebay used to be the best way to sell unwanted items, but I now find Facebook selling pages are good too, as you can then sell your items local and they can be picked up, a great help if you are selling larger, bulkier items.

With many towns and cities already putting their decorations up, and light switch ons planned for November, now is certainly the time to make your Christmas wish list, so that you don’t miss out on what you really want.

Here are my top five items on my wish list this Christmas.

A red Coat

Not just for Santa you know! A red coat is this year’s hottest trend in this year’s hottest hue. I love this long, tailored version from Topshop, but Primark has a fabulous buy for just £25.

EDITORS Style Coat £95.00 Click to visit Topshop

 Velvet Shoes

If red is the hottest shade this season, the velvet is the leading fabric, especially when it comes to shoes. I’m in love with these gorgeous hot pink heels from Dorothy Perkins.

Magenta Velvet ‘EVIE’ Court Shoes £25.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Pearl Jumper

Saw this on a recent trip to M&S and totally fell in love with it. I mean, just look at those sleeves. I always feel attracted to anything with pearls and this is just a brilliant combination of glam and cosy.

Textured Round Neck Pearl Sleeve Jumper £35.00
Click to visit M&S

Leather Skirt

When it comes to Winter, I tend to spend a lot of time in pleather skirts, so I think an investment in a real leather skirt could prove to be a gift that would keep on giving.

La Redoute Collections Leather Pencil Skirt £99 Click to visit La Redoute

A very special bag

Diane Von Furstenberg is one of my favourite designers, and her new handbag range, covered with sequins is just so pretty. Very disco diva and super glamorous.


DIANE VON FURSTENBERG
Sequin Soirée shoulder bag
£200.00 Click to visit Selfridges

Comeback Fashion Trends

If you don’t think your mother is the trendiest person you know, then we have bigger problems on the horizon than you might think, or you might be under a bewitching spell in which the women who gave you life isn’t cooler than millennial pink – Which she is.

But maybe you’re not looking at it right, right? You know those old photographs of your mom, the ones hidden in a box full of nostalgic trinkets and love notes that she keeps hoarded under the stairs. The picture’s featuring her audacious 18-year-old self-frozen forever in time, in her seemingly dorky outfits, in which she sports too many ruffles, a pair of sneaker and show-stopping earrings. Literally encapsulating what can only be seen as a mix of poor decisions and ravishing youth. Everything about this photo makes your mom feel bad, regrets about her hairstyle and the passing of time. However, as you look at this slightly saturated photograph of your young mother, you can’t help but think of only two things. Damn. My mom was fine and second, god, she was trendy, where are those clothes now?

These thought always come with a sense of surprise as you question the style of a woman who is obsessed with Tupperware and the presenter of strictly come dancing. But fashion just like history repeats itself. With the looks, your mother still questions today quietly returning to the catwalks all over the world. Although fashion has come a long way, a cycle of repeated nostalgia still runs through the trends of today, making a massive reference to the era’s of the past mainly the 1970’s & 1990’s. The beauty of fashion in that it’s not an exact science and it is more about creative expression and feeling than it is about accuracy, so it can often be difficult to pinpoint why these trends keep repeating themselves. We’ve seemed to have unanimously come to agree that fashion has a 20-year trend cycle, and with culture evolving faster each year what was cool in the 70’s became hot in the 90’s and is now being reimagined 20 decades later yet again.

What does this exactly tell us about the fashion of the near future? Is it our inner millennial nostalgia holding on to the simplicity of the past? How many throwback Thursdays and flashback Fridays do we need to punctuate the language of our generation and curate a retrospective of our greatest hits? Do we forever keep raiding the cupboard of our mother’s past to stay on trend? What in the good name of innovation is going on? Is it time to take off our retro rose-tinted glasses and become true innovators of style or are we entangled in a complex behavior wherein we are continually cribbing from someone else and where no original idea is possible. No need for department stores when you have thrift stores right?

With so many unanswered questions posed and not nearly enough answers, where do we turn or is having no answers the point, with no definite idea to box us in one direction, one look? Should we continue to be magpies, picking things, we like from different generations only to construct them together into one mixed polygamous marriage of the noughties, bohemian rock & roll, and modern minimalism. The answer is as simple as this; fashion lets you be the most-in-your-dreams version of yourself, leading you down different rabbit holes. Each one offering a wonderland in which we get to assign our self-roles and become the characters we choose – even if it is temporary. With an elaborate fashionista riding inside our brain that demands the most over-the-moon make-believe extra wardrobe. The choice of what makes up that closet is entirely yours, with no right or wrong choices only fabulous ones. Whether you choose to channel the audition 18-year-old who gave your life, celebrities that grace the covers of fashion magazines, Kim Kardashian or all three, the seam of the fashion industry is forever evolving, with different eras and culture woven together, remixed and reimagined. It’s not what you have that important but how you choose to wear it.

Now if you’re looking for inspiration or just curious to see what my mother once thought was cool, here are five trends from 2017 that we have seen before, trends reimagined and making waves across the globe once again.

Fanny Pack/Bum Bag

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It’s been more than twenty years, and the name still hasn’t settled comfortably, yet the trend is back and way chicer than that of its original 1990’s counterpart. With the fashion industry revival of the ‘fashion pack.’ Once again opting for a hand’s free bag this time taking a more luxurious approach, the new luxury bag seems to have shed its dorky reputation and adopted a somewhat cooler one that oozes style and convenience. This year it has ignited billboards and runways across the world featuring on campaigns of Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Armani. No longer the practical tourist-like accessory the Fashion Packs are now worn with a fresh over the shoulder styling trend that has been worn by some of Hollywood’s most prominent young style icons. If you’re not planning your outfit around your recently unarchived fanny pack, then you’re doing it all wrong. And although being a Hollywood style icon may be a far cry from the wardrobe I currently possess but I know my mom would definitely approve of a safe, convenient way to keep my things and they say a mother is always right. Fanny pack/bum bag (still weird) for the win.

Merch Tees

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The Merch Tee is the new bell of the ball, the longtime wardrobe staple of the openly cheeky while the shirts themselves may not be anything new, it a trend that is adaptable, versatile and current. Trends like this aren’t easy to come by and thus we hope this is a trend that never leaves us. While Merch Tees have spent most of their existence relegated to the bottom drawer used for lazy girl sleepwear, and gym and laundry day’s only it’s nice to see our off-duty favourite get a makeover – really it’s about time too. Their birth of this revitalised trend started during the political sloganeering of the American election cycle and suddenly the runway featured an array of political wordy tee’s and slogans. Fashion took wearing your heart on your sleeve to new heights letting their opinions and concerns be heard through their clothing adopting a social and political conscious that is just as catchy as it is cool. Although the The Merch Tee have come along way from days of being souvenirs, and keepsake from your favourite band but with brands, designers and stores all jumping on the Merch Tee bandwagon we’ve seen our favourite staple remixed into our favourite fashion statement.

Military

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Military is one of those trends that has been relieved time and time again, experiencing a dizzy evolution in this past half century, from the likes of Jane Fonda and John and Yoko in their matching military surplus military wear has always been a part of the fashion vernacular. As we welcomed the digital age, we thought t the military era would soon be a thing of the past. With the takeover of tech and nuclear weapons filling the interest of the army the military no longer battles it out on the field. Today instead they sit in a room waiting to push a button that will see to the end of their enemies. This change has had an impact on what military uniforms requirements are as well as how we and the fashion industry see military wear.

However, thanks to combat simulations games like paintball and Esports we can relive our nostalgia of Military and the new impact that these simulation games have on the uniform of combat wear. The tech influence has seen the modernization of military wear through the evolution of these combat games, with the ability to play online, place bets on your Esports game or meet new allies from around the world. Military is no longer a nostalgic uniform of the past, but rather a fashion statement of the future, more of a philosophy than a passing trend, military intertwines and reinterprets a rebellious and sophisticated style, one of control and determination. The trend sparked revival during the American electoral process in which designers embodies the ideologies of ‘soldiering through’ times that are tough by creating an exterior feeling of strength and security.

Gen Z Yellow

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Colour & light have been the watchwords for the 2017 fashion season. For most of 2017 scrolling through social media platforms was like a constant blur of pink, featuring, pink walls, falls, shoes, interior exterior, accessories, filters, you name it, we saw it in pink. The color is known as ‘millennial pink’ has muted and expanded to include a variety of different shades and hues through the year. The paradox which made pink so great is the ‘girly, girl baggage that it’s associated with was reimagined as a symbol of feminism and resistance. Just like millennial pink before it Gen Z yellow has slowly infiltrated our subconscious, reinforcing its subtle charm as the trend suddenly sneaks up on us and suddenly we’re obsessed, and our social media platforms blur into the sun, becoming one melting hot pot of different shades of yellow. Gen Z yellow is the natural evolution of millennial pink; it maintains the same eye-pleasing softness and sweet tones of millennial pink had but without the childlike sentimentality. It speaks to the 1950 lemon meringue aesthetic; the color is both ironic and consent. Gen Z yellow is both modern and nostalgic, bring about a zesty energy and optimism. Yellow is known to be one of the least flattering colors out there to wear; this adds to its desirability as 2017 has been the year of both trying and caring but entirely for your agenda.

Cyborg Chic

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It’s been a long time since the sunglasses well was reinvented or even remixed. You know what your mom always says “If it’s not broken don’t fix it” and for so long the world listened until now. Sunglass have the potential to completely transform an outfit, often losing credit for making an outfit feel super chic and cool. 2017 saw a collaboration that evolved the sunglasses wheel, with a collection by Adam Selman and Le Specs. The collection featured a marriage of the retro cat eye silhouette with a cyborg inspired futuristic chic, so contrast they work. Projecting a kitschy-colourful but glamours and graphic look all at the same time, a trend that is both edgy and understated. There newness was quick to be gobbled up by bloggers and celebrity’s a like. This trend once again place homage to the past, staring at envious at my mother’s wardrobe at sixteen and swearing that I’ll keep all my clothes and accessories for my someday child. This trend is one that lets your drugstore glasses look like they’ve come straight from the runway and anything from a vintage shop suddenly become better than anything you can buy in a store.