Friday, June 5, 2009

Update Your Look: Resort Redux

With resort collections starting to come in, I started thinking about what a task it is to keep abreast of trends, what with designers producing up to four collections a year. Even though resort is probably the most staid time of year, during which the most wearable (-slash-boring) items are shown, sans the fanfare of regular fashion weeks, there's no reason to be behind the times, especially when it's so easy to update your look. Resort shows have only just begun, so there will be plenty more looks to come, but here are some examples.

Instead of: Minimalism
Try: Brights

With the '80s coming back at us with a vengeance, your simple monochrome ensembles will have to go away this summer, but not the items that make them up. Sheer, Jil-Sander-esque tops (or even dresses) are the perfect complement to bright neons and summer corals. Oscar de la Renta pairs the oversized men's shirt with look-at-me red trousers, while Rachel Roy goes for tangerine sherbet along with a sheer black top, or last winter's leather skirt. 

Instead of: The LBD
Try: The LBD with a twist

Want to update your LBD? If your classic is lacking in lustre, there are simple ways you can tailor the dress to bring it up to date. Another great little idea from Rachel Roy -- add super structured statement pockets. Or, a la Prada, simply take a few (or more than a few) inches off the bottom for a summery look that's still chic and slimming.

Instead of: Florals
Try: More florals!

We all loved the Luella ditzy print, but it's long overdue for an overhaul. The newest, craziest thing in fashion? Clashing florals. Zac Posen did a great rendition of this, joining a fine blue print with a larger floral down below. And if the photo below doesn't convince you (fashion is so often made up of fantasy, after all), this Chictopian does it with flair. 

Instead of: Fitted blazers
Try: Layering or chopping

Now that everyone and they momma are rocking oversized blazers, you can either shelve your fitted versions for another season (what goes around comes around, and the suit jacket will be around forever in some incarnation or other), or work around them. If you're adventurous, take a cue from Rag & Bone and get the sleeves shortened by a tailor, then work it with an oversized tee. Otherwise, there's nothing a little layering won't take care of. Pull on a vest of some sort, and voila, a casual-cool city-girl look is all yours.

Instead of: Flared jeans
Try: Cropped boyfriend jeans

This should be fairly obvious, but your flared denim is a close cousin of the cropped boyfriend jean. Cut and hem, or just roll 'em up for an easy update. The Rag & Bone versions above and below give you an example of the result.

Images: and Chictopia

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