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Festival Fashion for an Epic Summer

The summer festival season is upon us, bringing new levels and additions to your wardrobe. Festival fashion is really the brain child of many existing styles, you’ve got hits of sci-fi peaking underneath sleek 70s silhouettes, bodycon, faded denim, bold prints, bohemian maxis, crotched crop tops…. The list really is endless. Mix and mingle with the aforementioned styles and you have yourself the ultimate festival get-up. But with so many choices it is hard to know where to start, luckily we have a combo of super cute outfits to inspire your enviable festival #ootd. Handy hint: layer up and experiment with hybrid styles to really let your personality shine.

Outfit #1: Country girl meets city chic Country Meets City Chic Look

The feel: Casual, trendy, approachable, easy-going and naturally gorgeous without the effort

Hair: Tousled softly and kept out or loosely braided

Makeup: Fresh and natural. Defined brows but not too arched, a little bronzer, neutral lippy with a touch of gloss and warm eyeshadow

Accessories: Wide-brimmed straw hat, minimal jewellery such as charmed wrap-around bracelets or dangly earrings

Tops: flannelette or denim overshirt, body-hugging t-shirt or above-knee dress

Bottoms: high-waisted denim shorts, boyfriend jeans, any faded/torn denim bottoms

Shoes: converse, boots, high-tops or sandals

bohemian styled festival lookOutfit #2: Bohemian Goddess

The feel: free-spirited, unique, charming, magical

Hair: crown braids, messy buns, free-flowing hair with natural waves

Makeup: Natural, dewy foundation with a gentle honey-glow-bronzer, earthy toned eye shadows, accentuated brows, nude matte lips.

Accessories: Wrap-arounds, head bands, anklets, chunky rings, natural materials such as wood, metal, beads, cotton, feather, leather etc. The more the merrier. Try hand making some accessories for a fun hobby activity and unique get-up

Tops: Loose blouses, crop tops, crotched, patterned, beaded, neutral colours and splashes of bolder colours. Flowing top-layers and customised embroidered jackets are other elements you can consider

Bottoms: Patterned maxi-skirts, hippy pants, denim or crotched shorts

Shoes: sandals, worn boots

cute vintage doll lookOutfit #3: Vintage Doll

The feel: Classy, classic, feminine, nostalgic

Hair: Voluminous bobs, victory-rolls, smooth curls…. lift that hair and bring it to life!

Makeup: Matte finishes, winged liner, soft or bold plump lips, pink cheeks

Accessories: cat-eye sunnies, pearls, fine silver and gold jewellery, hair bows and ribbons, flowers

Tops: Play suits, jumpsuits, sweet-heart tops, high-neck tops with polka dots, floral prints, lace edged, frills, collars, buttons, stripes and checkers

Bottoms: High-waisted skirts/shorts/pants and flare skirts/pants

Shoes: rounded or pointy ballet flats, oxford shoes

alt modern geekOutfit #4: Alternative modern

The feel: Quirky, sci-fi, modern, different

Hair: sleek high ponies, teased, wild locks with crazy colours

Makeup: pale foundation, arched brows, bold lips/eye makeup, experiment and play around with colours, shapes, combinations etc.

Accessories: bright-rimmed sunglasses, chokers, hair accessories, rings, layers

Tops: tight crops, loose jackets, bright, bold, unusual prints

Bottoms: torn, ripped skinny jeans, frayed shorts, plaid skirts

Shoes: boots, converse, unmatched socks, high-knee socks

retro styling queenOufit #5: Retro Queen

The feel: Classy, quirky, trendy, reminiscent of fashion icons like twiggy and Elizabeth Taylor

Hair: sleek hair, puffy fringes, high buns, tight ponies

Makeup: glowy foundation, red lips, cat-eye winged liners, heavy mascara, arched brows

Accessories: bright-rimmed curved sunglasses,head scarves, stockings, belts, thick bangles, and chunky statement jewellery, odd-shaped hand bags,

Tops: high-neck blouses, buttons, polka dots, suede, velvet, silk, block colours, contrasting colours

Bottoms: High waisted skirts/shorts/pants, flare pants, flare dresses that are fitted to the waist

Shoes: ballet flats, boots, oxford shoes, high-tops, lace-edged socks

Ageless and Age-Appropriate For the more Mature Ladies

No matter your age, dressing stylishly, elegantly and attractively is not only easy to accomplish but incredibly beneficial for boosting self-confidence and improving relationships and social life. fashion for over 50 doesn’t have to be boring and women’s clothing is an area that continues to develop and evolve, and now, in an era of much diversity and acceptance, fashion is really limitless and few can dictate its rules. The oft heard “but there are never any nice clothes for the older ladies!” is now dead and completely untrue.

Looks, outfits and personal styles can be played around with to suit certain circumstances. If you’re short on money, invest in items with the utmost versatility so over-wearing is not an issue. Important staple items include a white blouse, a jacket and black pants. Now, some handy tips on how to continue looking fabulous as you age:

colourful flower lace jacket

GO BOLD WITH COLOURS

Michele Obama has shown us all that bold colours really differentiate one amongst the crows. It is not uncommon for the more mature lady to stick to black, but as trendy as it can be, it can also be draining. The suitable bright colours really add life, vitality and youth to the wearer, making one seem more energised and approachable than a dull black or grey may. When choosing a colour, select one that can complement your natural complexion to give off a ‘glowing-skin’ appearance. We found these beautiful chiffon jackets from Just4You to be the perfect splash of colour.

If you’re an all-black kinda gal, try changing things up a bit with neutral tones like ivory, sand and beige colours which go with practically everything. You can add colour through your makeup by donning a bright lippy, coral/scarlet/magenta or adding brightly coloured accessories. Go for colours you feel confident in.

LONGER and LEANER

flower pattern chiffon top

Items which reveal your neck and legs are great ways to add length and lean out your silhouette. We don’t mean deep-plunges, but rather, boat/v-necks tops or a few buttons undone from the top of your blouse. Such tops are well partnered with knee-length pencil skirts and nude heels that can blend in with your skin to give the appearance of added leg length. The illusion created by stretching the opposite ends of the body is one of lean length.

ADD LAYERS

Layering clothing when done correctly can add a thought-out chicness to your outfit. Keep an eye on not getting too carried away and ending up looking sloppy instead. Balance out the fabric according to weight, length, colour and textures. For the upper half of your body, wear the the thinnest fabric which has the most length inside and get thicker as you move out. For example, a long tank top beneath a v-neck with a vest/cardi/jacket on the outside revealing the variations in length. This look is well balanced with a fitted bottom half, so try tight jeans or leggings.

THE TRUSTY DRESS

Dresses are go-to outfits, there is no need to put items together or worry about separate pieces. Dresses can be easily played up or toned down to suit a particular situation with variation in shoes, accessories and/or had & makeup. Resurrect those dresses hidden within your wardrobe and get them taken in/out to really flatter your current figure.

monochrome mature lady fashion

MONOCHROME

Contrary to common believe, breaking the line of your body at either the hips or waist with contrasting colours (e.g. black/white) is not the best slimming option. Remaining within the same colour scheme actually creates a vertical line which is sleeker and more aesthetically appealing. Items do not necessarily have to be the exact shade to pull off this illusion, just within that group, e.g. dark and darks.

SKINNY BELTS FOR DEFINITION

Belts add just the right amount of definition to enhance the bodies natural curves in the most appealing way. Skinner belts actually produce a better effect than their larger counterparts as the space between busts and hips is increased, maintaining the length of the torso and preventing it from looking squashed. Always make sure your belt is worn on the narrowest area of your waist for the best effect.

Snow Beauty

Forget dry, flaky skin and blotchy red patches… Forget about staticky frizzy hair and untameable manes… This snow season, we have you covered with these amazingly handy tips to really become that snow beauty!

Hairlooking good at the snow

Cold, dry winter conditions do wonders for your hair. (Note sarcasm..)  Limp, lifeless, frizzy hair caused by static… Forget about summer humidity, winter is coming.. Luckily, we know how to handle you mane this snow season!

Use a moisturising shampoo followed by a rich conditioner and aim to use a hair mask once a week. Kukui/macadamia/argan oils are great for smoothing out your hair and giving it that silky touch.

If you suffer from limp hair, you/re probably looking at overactive oil glands, which draw your hair down from the roots. Usually, people with this issue experience an all-year-round nuisance, however, it is particularly noticeable during the winter conditions where humid air is unavailable to add volume to your mane. To avoid this, apply conditioner starting at your ears to your tips… Do not massage it into your scalp .. adding oil to oil is not the best option… Dry shampoo is going to be your best friend. Adding layers to your hair style can also help prevent that limp mop of a head.

Static be gone! If you aren’t prone to static then.. You probably haven’t got hair? To avoid this fuzz monster, try using a silk pillowcase and a natural bristle brush (hint: adding a little hair spray to your natural bristle hair brush can help flatten the fuzz).

Hold the hat…. At least until your hair is cool. Putting a hat on straight after blowdrying will cause your hair to take its form! A looser hat is always better as the shape is more fluid; again, something silk-lined is the way to go.

Makeup

fresh lips snowWhen it’s cold, our showers get hotter, our skin gets drier and our complexions begin to adopt a blotchy uneven tone… For that perfect complexion we all want it is vital that you cater to the needs of your current climate. Deeper moisturises, gentler washes etc… For foundation, for skin that NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser is an awesome combo of skincare, sunscreen, and colour in one. If you suffer from uneven texture or oiliness, the Sheer Matte Foundation with medium coverage is great for those who seek extra more coverage and prefer typical liquid make-ups. As it has build-able coverage it is perfectly suited for winter month for immaculate and flawless kin. But don’t forget to set with a loose powder. Priming beforehand is another important element…. helping to refine the skin’s surface for more even application and absorption of the makeup. Deep, dark cherry lips, raisin and plum tones,  or any other bold lips compliment the chilly weather beautifully. Winged, cat-eye looks or smudged smokey eyes are amazing with the aforementioned lip tones.

For pale complexions, a little pink/red tones go along way. Cream blushes which melt into the skin are perfect snow buddies. G-Spot or Malibu Mulitples are awesome three-in-one cream products that can be used on eyes, lips, and cheeks. With a translucent coverage, it looks super natural and realistic. Apply just below cheekbone point and blend slightly downwards near the jaw and outwards to the ear. Keep in mind where the natural flush of your skin occurs after a brisk walk or jog in cooler climates.

….Don’t forget the nails!
Choose a nail polish the same way you would any other accessory – go with what you’re drawn to and what makes you feel confidant! Bold lip and bold contrasting nails are wonderful statement accessories.