Tried and tested trends: the hard work done for you

Fashion is forever changing. With constant new trends and daunting styles at first glance, it can be scary taking the plunge trying them out.

However, to make things easier for you, we’ll do the hard work and report back. From the reactions we receive, we’ll hope to aid you in your fashion decisions, so you know what trends are worth investing in.

This week we tackle playsuits, military boots, and a messy side plait.

The Messy Side Plait

The messy side plait has been cropping up everywhere ever since it was featured at Alexander Wang for Spring/Summer 2010. Also going down a storm in the world of celebrity, the look has been spotted on Jessica Alba and Rachel McAdams.

With details on how to perfect the look in Company and Glamour magazine, you can’t go wrong.

It can be achieved on either washed or unwashed hair, but is said to work better with two day unwashed hair, to add to the deliberate mess and grunge of the hairstyle.

To get the desired textured element that is key to the look, I sprayed ‘Garnier Fructis Surfer Spray Beach Look Spray’ over my hair and messed it up.  I brushed all of my hair to one side and gathered it together by my ear.

You should be left with a chunky plait, depending on your hair thickness. If you need more volume and texture, try some volumising mouse and blow dry upside down. Secure the plait at the end, with a thin hair band, and finish with a spritz of hairspray.

I spent the day feeling like I’d just rolled out of bed, but this look would work great at the beach or when you’re running late and in need of a quick hairstyle.

The messy plait is an easy alternative for those stuck in a hairstyle rut, so for those of you who routinely scrape your hair into a ponytail every day, it’s worth trying it out. It’s a great way to keep cool this summer, and as for feedback, I recieved some good reviews.

The Playsuit


Topshop 'Alfred' Military Boots, £70. Photo: Stacey Cosens

As summer returns, so does the playsuit. They’re all over the high street in stores such as Topshop, Miss Selfridge and New Look. Playsuits were seen in many Spring/Summer 2010 shows, including Karl Lagerfeld who used them frequently in his catwalk show.

My playsuit of choice was a casual floral playsuit from Primark at the bargain price of £5.

Wearing a playsuit felt strange. But it was extremely windy and I didn’t have to worry about anything blowing up and any embarrassing reveals.

Come summer, this playsuit will be perfect as a quick, low-maintenance outfit for sunny days out, holiday adventures and by the beach.

However, there is one major flaw with the playsuit, it’s all in one. Firstly, you can’t help but feel that you’re wearing a baby-grow. Secondly, going to the toilet becomes an issue. You can’t drink a lot when wearing a playsuit, not unless you want a series of complicated trips to the toilet — you have to get almost completely undressed.

Military Boots

Military was seen all over the spring 2010 catwalks, at Alexander Wang, Balmain, Burberry Prorsum and Chloe, to name but a few. With the theme taking over the high street, it was inevitable that the trend would trickle through to shoes as well.

Military boots can seem a daunting style to try. After searching high and low for the perfect pair, I eventually found the perfect pair and spent a small fortune at Topshop.

I felt super stylish wearing them, and they are extremely comfortable and easy to walk in. I was slightly worried they wouldn’t go with much, but they go with almost everything. They bring a tough girl touch to girlie outfits, and the compliments from my friends are another plus side.

Even though summer is coming, knowing Britain, you’ll get plenty of use out of them. I couldn’t find any flaws with them, except that in the unlikely event we have a hot summer, they may be thrown to the back of the wardrobe for a while.

If you’re unsure about a new trend, let us know and we’ll test it for you. Email jessica.brown@thelinc.co.uk or stacey.cosens@thelinc.co.uk with your questions and we’ll address them in the next story.

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