Wave goodbye to the old and head into 2015 with a brand new fashion attitude. Here are Penny Fray’s top trends for the New Year
This year, you’ll definitely want to get the blues with denim. Fashion’s fail-safe fabric was all over the 2015 catwalks in a variety of guises – from boxy chambray tunics to belted dresses. To be bang on trend though, try a retro silhouette like the 70s dungarees from Marks & Spencer featured in our main image.
If you’re still wearing delicate diamond studs, then you need a serious caution from the style police. Why? Well earrings have recently been elevated to extreme designs. From double studs to decorative cuffs, 2014 may have been the year of the statement earpiece, but the latest trend in town is the ear jacket. Best worn with the embellished backing sitting underneath the lobe, early adopters include Rihanna and Charlize Theron. The other big trend for 2015 is the mismatched look – ideal for those who are a little careless with their bling. Alternatively, try a trendy “talking” piece like this Anita Ko earring, encrusted with 0.20-carats of miniature pavé diamonds. Y loves how it creates the illusion of an arrow piercing through the lobe. From RO815, but you can find similar affordable pieces from Splash, H&M and various market stalls.
THE RETURN OF THE “IT”
It’s official – the designer bag is back. Nicolas Ghesquière’s initial offering at Louis Vuitton of the Petite Malle started it in 2014. The mini trunk was seen on the arm of every celebrity and fashion fiend worth their weight in publicity gold. This year, however, it’s all about Loewe’s Puzzle Bag. Big and bold, it comes in all the right colours and textures, making it a sure-fire investment piece. Get your name on the waiting list now if you have a few thousand rials to spare.
Sheer, feather-light layers of chiffon and lace in barely-there hues are guaranteed to bring some ethereal elegance to your 2015 wardrobe. Everyone from Elie Saab to Rochas embraced the feminine trend with broderie anglaise, diaphanous silks and prairie-style gowns. Of course, if you don’t want to look like a blushing bride skipping through Oman’s sand dunes, try the quiet allure of this DAY Birger et Mikkelsen top. This sheer style is cut for a loose fit and is detailed with subtle ruching at the shoulders. Team it with the new style jean, adding a camisole underneath for coverage. From RO65 at Net-A-Porter.
Effortless, elegant and endlessly practical, cargo-inspired shirts, jackets and pants have been reworked with a feminine twist this season. Think waist-defining belts and soft, slim-fit cuts in a palette of sand, tan and khaki green. We particularly liked Michael Kors’ trench and shorts combo. For those of you on a budget, try this Zara trench, now on sale online for RO30.
If you don’t have the legs for this spring’s nouveau gladiator, try the mule instead. This nude pair from H&M are versatile enough for work or evening. We’ll be keeping ours in focus with a midi-skirt or a pair of pale culottes.
Dip your toe into 2015’s statement pieces the painless way:
1. Temper the double denim look with ultra modern tan or nude accessories
2. If you’re afraid of this year’s bold print and retro detailing, try layering natural textiles such as linen and jute. They’re back on the fashion radar as designers take a softer, more relaxed approach to modern dressing.
3. Broke? Try adapting the latest catwalk looks with old wardrobe stalwarts like a LWD teamed with leather sandals. Easy.