Different Ways to Wear the Off-Shoulder Look

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A shoulder-baring top is a feminine style that never gets old, and is back in full force for this summer. For those of you who need some inspiration for new ways to style an off-shoulder look, here are some ideas to consider.

Wear it to Work
While an off-shoulder top is not usually something that would be deemed appropriate for the office, there are ways in which you can style it to make it completely work-friendly. A buttoned-down off-shoulder top still gives off that professional edge, especially when paired with tailored black trousers and heels. Throw a blazer over the top if you need some extra coverage, but keep your accessories to a minimum.

Play with Proportions
Voluminous off-shoulder tops are always fun to wear, as they create such interesting silhouettes. However, in order to ensure that your figure does not get drowned out, you need to ensure that you pair a voluminous top with fitted bottoms, as this will also really enhance your bare shoulders.

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The Bohemian Look
Off-shoulder tops lend themselves perfectly to a bohemian vibe, and this can be really played up depending on what you style your top with. If you have an off-shoulder crop top, try wearing this with some high-waisted shorts, as well as a floppy hat and a choker. Keep your hair loose and wavy, completing the look with a pair of retro sunglasses.

Chilly Days
The off-shoulder style is not something that you need to only save for warm weather days, as it works well when it is layered with other clothing too. If you are experiencing quite a chilly summer’s day, try wearing an off-shoulder top with some high-waisted jeans and boots, throwing a cardigan or light jacket over the top.

Transform a Regular Tee
If you would like to try out the off-shoulder look without having to make a significant investment in your wardrobe, there are ways in which you can transform a regular t-shirt into a stylish off-shoulder top. Simply tie it at the hem on one side, so that the other side ends up gently falling off your shoulder. This can be paired with a high-waisted skirt or just a pair of jeans, for a casual, carefree look.

Tuck It In
When off-shoulder tops are tucked in, this creates a beautifully streamlined silhouette. Whether you tuck it into a skirt, shorts or jeans, this really modernizes just about any off-shoulder top, while giving your outfit a smarter appeal.

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Don’t Forget About Accessories
With your shoulders being left bare, do not forget to add in a few accessories, as off-shoulder garments are perfect for this. Whether you opt for long, shoulder-grazing earrings, or multiple necklaces, this is a great opportunity to showcase your favorite items of jewelry.

Off-shoulder styles are so on trend for this season, and are actually extremely versatile. Whether you wear it to work or save it for casual weekends, try experimenting with the off-shoulder clothes that you already own, as you are likely to be able to create multiple new looks from this.

Two Fun Styles for Women Over 50

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Once women reach the age of 50, many of them feel as though they have to be so much more conservative with their clothing choices, but this is not necessarily the case. For those who are looking to inject some fun into their look, here are two new styles to try.

Distressed Jeans
Distressed jeans are extremely on trend at the moment, but many women over the age of 50 tend to leave this style for the younger generation, believing that it will not suit them. However, this is such a fun style, and if you have never worn distressed jeans before, you can begin by creating a really simple look that does not overpower. Pair your jeans with a simple top, some fun shoes, and a couple of statement accessories, rolling up the hems of your jeans if you want to give the look an added twist.

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Choosing Distressed Jeans
When it comes to purchasing your very first pair of distressed jeans, there are a number of factors that you will want to keep in mind. The holes that make up the distressed look should not be wider than the leg of the jeans, and should also not be more than an inch high, otherwise you will end up baring too much leg when you sit down. While horizontal tears will make you look wider, vertical tears can make you look leaner, so pick the one that best flatters your body shape. Alternatively, if you have the right tools at home, you can create distressed jeans yourself, and there is plenty of inspiration for this to be found online.

A Dress Over Pants
Wearing a dress over a pair of pants is a great idea for women over 50, as this gives them the opportunity to try shorter dresses that they would not have otherwise opted to wear. For a simple version of this look, opt for a long tunic top instead of a dress, as this will keep everything looking much more subtle and toned down. A flowing top with fitted pants is the best way to go, as this will balance out your silhouette in the best way possible. When choosing your pants, make sure that they are a relatively streamlined design, meaning that they do not contain too many pockets, belt loops or pleats, as you do not want any bumps showing up underneath your dress. If you are still not convinced about this style, give it a go with thin leggings instead of pants, as this will still give you a similar overall look.

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Just because you have reached the age of 50 does not mean that you have to shun all future fashion trends. Instead, whether it may be distressed jeans or wearing a dress over pants, find a way to make each trend work for you and your body in the best way possible. Do not be afraid to experiment, as this is really the only way in which your own personal style is going to develop and improve.

Keep These Fruits in Your Closet

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In terms of keeping your body healthy, fruits are vital, but, this season, they are key to your fashion looks too. From tropical fruit earrings to fruity printed dresses, these are the fruits that you should be adding to your closet.

Tropical Earrings by Noir Jewelry
Noir Jewelry has a range of tropical-inspired earrings, and there are quite a few that feature fruit. Their Tropical Linear Drop Earrings are guaranteed to bring a tropical flair to your outfit, with parrots, leaves, and watermelons, while their Strawberry Hoop Earrings boast cubic zirconia accents.

Watermelon Basket Bag by Charlotte Olympia
Charlotte Olympia’s Watermelon Basket Bag was inspired by Carmen Miranda’s fruit headdress, and it is easy to see this when you look at the bag. Shaped to resemble a wedge of watermelon, complete with black seeds, this pink, white and green bag will look stunning against a chic white summer dress.

Cherry Denim Strappy Sandals by Gianvito Rossi
Gianvito Rossi showed his first footwear collection at Milan Fashion Week in 2007 and received plenty of praise for it, which is no surprise considering he learned his skills from his father, Sergio Rossi, a legendary shoe designer. Gianvito Rossi’s Cherry Denim Strappy Sandals are chic but fun at the same time, with the denim stonewashed sandals featuring a crystal cherry, and cherry leaf, appliqué. Made in Italy, these shoes have an adjustable ankle strap and a four-inch block heel, making them elegant but so comfortable at the same time.

Hammond Printed Silk Top by Altuzarra
The Hammond top by Altuzarra is another item that features cherries and has been seen being worn by Jennifer Lawrence on numerous occasions. This plunging top is in a sky blue shade of silk and features a print of navy and red cherries, a kitsch but chic motif that has been seen throughout Altuzarra’s latest collection. While this may be quite a standout piece, it is surprisingly versatile, and can be worn on its own with a ruffled skirt, or layered over a t-shirt and worn with jeans.

Tie Banana Top by MSGM
The MSGM Tie Banana Top is so fun and playful, and will definitely be the focal point of your outfit. The banana print on this top is in a watercolor style, adding a softness and feminine quality, while the sleeves are accentuated with knotted ties, which really enhances the fruity aspect of this top.

The Geli by Katy Perry Collections
Jelly sandals were once loved by just about everybody, and Katy Perry Collections have given this classic style a modern makeover. The Geli comes in either lemon, peach or watermelon, each style in the color of their respective fruit, as well as featuring a small print of that fruit at the top of the shoe.

While you are likely adding a number of summer fruits to your kitchen, think about incorporating some fruit into your outfits too. Whether this may be a fruity printed top of a fruit-shaped bag, these items are guaranteed to brighten up your look and provide any outfit with a one-of-a-kind flair.

Smart Street Styles for the Savvy Woman

Street style fashion always has a fresh and edgy feel to it, but when a smarter dress code is required, many of these looks are simply not suitable. For all of you savvy women out there who want to incorporate some street style into your look, while still keeping it smart, here are a few ideas to inspire you.

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A Voluminous Midi Skirt
A voluminous midi skirt will never fail to add some drama to your silhouette, and are always a popular street style look during major fashion weeks. The added benefit of a voluminous midi skirt is that it can be dressed both up or down depending on what you wear it with, and can even be styled to make it suitable for a day at the office.

A Cropped Leather Jacket
Leather jackets are an investment piece that will end up being a go-to item in your wardrobe, as they are so incredibly versatile and will work with such a wide range of outfits. When paired with a feminine dress, a cropped leather jacket gives the look so much attitude, while pairing it with skinny pants and a tailored shirt will always be chic. If you are struggling to choose a color, black is always the safest bet, as this gives you the most choice when it comes to styling it with other garments.

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A Pencil Skirt and a Fuzzy Sweater
Pencil skirts are beautifully classy, and they are also the perfect canvas onto which designers can add statement details, which is why they are constantly being photographed by street style photographers. When a pencil skirt is paired with a fuzzy sweater, this creates a look of contrasts, but, when worn with some chic heels, the look is toned down quite a bit, and becomes much more wearable.

On-Trend Jeans
Jean trends are constantly changing, and street style fashion is often the best place to look when seeking out the hottest new jean styles. While jeans may not be that smart on their own, you can most definitely dress them up by picking the right elements for the rest of your outfit. From a tailored shirt and jacket to simple accessories to enhance the clean lines in your look, there is no denying just how versatile jeans are.

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Play with Silhouettes and Colors
Street style is all about taking chances and trying something new, so even if you do not own many specific street style pieces, it is still easy to incorporate the concept into your look. The majority of successful street style outfits tend to play with silhouettes quite a bit, creating dramatic and unusual shapes, and this is something that you can try with whatever you may already have in your wardrobe. You should also be brave when it comes to colorful clothing, making sure that at least some part of your outfit contains a striking, vibrant shade that really stands out.

Smart street style is all about having fun with your outfit, but refining it down at the same time. From pencil skirts to trendy jeans, these are all ideas that you can easily incorporate into your own style.

Fashion After 50

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Around the age of 50, a woman’s body will usually begin to really change, which can make the idea of dressing fashionably seem like quite the challenge. If you have been finding it difficult to navigate the world of fashion in order to find looks that are both stylish and comfortable, here are some tips to take along with you on your next shopping trip.

Show Off Those Arms
The arms can be an area of the body that are a giveaway when it comes to age, and can sometimes even make you appear older than you really are. However, more often than not, they are not as aging as you may think, and there is no reason why you should not show them off in a sleeveless top once in a while. However, if you would prefer to keep a small part of your arm hidden, opt for cap sleeves, or try draping a scarf over a sleeveless top for some extra coverage.

Wedges for Some Height
Heel height can be a tricky area for women over 50, but wearing flat shoes all the time will only end up making you look drab. To counter this, invest in a pair of timeless wedges, as these will not only give you height, but also lengthen your leg and work with a wide range of outfits. To top it all off, just about every designer out there has a pair of wedges under their name, from Christian Louboutin to Prada, meaning that you are guaranteed to find something that works for you.

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Slim and Tailored
It can be easy to fall into the trap of wearing oversized, baggy clothing in order to cover up any unwanted lumps or bumps, but this is definitely not going to be flattering. A slim and tailored look is always going to be the better option, as this will be cut close enough to the body to flatter your figure, but with enough room to cover up any problem areas. If you already own several oversized garments, find an experienced tailor and take these in, as they may be able to transform them into beautifully flattering outfits.

A Trendy Handbag
Once you have reached the age of 50, it can sometimes be best to simply opt for timeless, classic looks that flatter your body and reflect your personal style, rather than following the latest trends and fads. However, there is no denying the excitement that comes from owning a just-off-the-runway piece, or from experimenting with bold and unusual trends, so rather than shying away from these completely, incorporate the trends that appeal to you into your handbag. Whether this may be metallic shades or embroidered details, your handbag is the perfect accessory to embody your favorite seasonal trends.

When it comes to fashion after 50, you need to remember that you can still have plenty of freedom when it comes to your outfit choices. Rather than being weighed down by the thought of needing age-appropriate garments, simply seek out what works best for you as an individual, and allow your personal style to continue blossoming and thriving.

Denim Style for Spring

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Denim is classic, and just about everyone has a denim item of clothing in their wardrobe. While denim may have certainly had its high and low points over the years, this spring it is making quite the comeback in so many different versatile ways.

White, Ivory and Sand
When it comes to denim, blue is usually the color that dominates, but, this spring, white, ivory and sand shades of denim are set to be the hottest colors. Being such neutral colors, a pair of jeans in one of these shades will work with just about every piece of clothing you own, and will really bring your whole outfit together in a new and interesting way.

Denim Accessories
Denim accessories are often overlooked, but this spring you can expect to see them everywhere. While many designers have their take on denim accessories, some of the highlights include the sophisticated clutch from Baraboux, as well as the studded denim heels from Sam Edelman. The denim choker from Migonne Gavigan is also a great piece to add to your collection, as it is quite a contemporary take on a retro item.

Set Your Ankles Free
While tight-legged skinny jeans may have dominated the runways in recent years, this spring is all about wider hems. Although slim-cut shapes will never really be out of style, the silhouettes for this spring are everything but. Whether you opt for ultra wide legs or 70s-inspired bell bottoms, give those restricted jeans a miss this spring.

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Customized Jean Shorts
In recent seasons, jeans are an item of clothing that have definitely undergone the customization trend, and jean shorts are now following suit. Whether they are ripped, bleached, raw hemmed, or patched, the key to this look is individuality, and allowing your jeans to be an extension of your personal style and personality.

Embellished
As mentioned above, customization has been a huge trend recently, especially when it come to distressed jeans. This spring, distressed jeans are being taken to the next level with embellishments. These are not in-your-face add-ons, but rather subtle embellished patches that give your jeans, or jacket, a unique twist. In addition to embellishments, hand embroidery is another way to go, as this adds a beautifully delicate touch to the structured nature of denim.

A Pop of Color
While neutral shades of denim may be popular this season, spring is all about color, and cheerful, vibrant shades of denim will never go amiss. When paired with down-to-earth neutrals, the result is always chic and elegant, elevating the denim within your outfit.

A Feminine Touch
Denim can often seem quite masculine, but there is no reason why you cannot sport denim that has its own special feminine touch. Whether lace, pearls or hints of pink, denim will be taking on a soft, feminine quality this spring.

Denim is such a versatile fabric, and can be worn in so many different ways. Whether you are dressing up or dressing down, these denim looks are wonderfully diverse, and will work no matter your personal style.

Minimalist Yet Fashionable

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It is all too easy to end up with a closet overflowing with items that you hardly wear, and this clutter is never going to be helpful in life. The best way to counter this is to try dressing in more of a minimalist style, playing with color, texture and design to put together looks that are still chic and sophisticated.

Classic Staples Rather Than Trends
Fashion trends come and go, and are likely to be the main reason as to why your wardrobe contains so many unworn items. Rather than falling whim to the tempting new trends that make an appearance each season, invest in six to ten classic staple pieces, in neutral shades, that will be able to form the base of your looks. Items such as a white cotton shirt, a black dress, some classic jeans and a black jacket are all ideal, and, if you do still want to partake in the latest trends, you can still do this with your accessories instead.

Trendy Accessories
As mentioned above, dressing in a minimalist style does not mean that you have to completely forgo the season’s trends. Accessories are a great way to give an outfit a different look, whether this may be with a scarf, a bag, or jewelry.

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Experiment with Silhouettes
Having fewer clothes in your wardrobe to choose from, with the clothes that you do have being quite cohesive, means that you can really experiment when it comes to creating new silhouettes. If you usually opt for tight fitting outfits, try incorporating a draped and artfully oversized piece into your look, and vice versa.

Choose a Focal Point
Some minimalist outfits can seem quite boring, and this is because they do not have a clear focal point. Choosing a focal point will go a long way in making your outfit seem compelling and intriguing, and will add a layer of much-needed complexity. In addition to doing this with accessories, you can also pick garments that have special design details, such as a full pleated skirt paired with a basic fitted t-shirt, or a statement jacket paired with a simple dress.

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Pay Attention to Fit
Many people find that their weight fluctuates over time, and the best way to ensure that your minimalist wardrobe will contain enough clothes that fit you at one time is by investing in a number of pieces made from jersey or other forgiving fabrics. When purchasing dresses or other garments for special occasions, try to opt for styles that will fit you if you lose or gain a small amount of weight, so that you need not worry about splurging on a new dress if your weight changes.

Many people tend to worry that they would get bored with a minimalist wardrobe, but, if you appreciate fine fabrics, intriguing silhouettes and proportions, and classic clothes, minimalism is something that you should try. While it may take some dedication to cut your wardrobe down, opting for quality over quantity, and versatility over trends, will serve you well in the long run.

Beauty Trends to Look Forward to This Fall

While it is usually the clothes that primarily dominate the fashion week runways, this is also where you can find plenty of beauty inspiration. From bold lip colors to fat lashes, these are the beauty trends that you can look forward to this fall.

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Bold Lips
Bold lips are a trend that frequently comes and goes, and while it is usually the reds and pinks that are emphasized, this fall sees lip colors that are even more daring. From shades of black burgundy to bright grape to pale peach, these are not colors that you may be able to wear on a daily basis, but you can expect to see much more of them this fall.

Fat Lashes
For those who have been using mascara for years, it is likely that you take great efforts to avoid any clumps. However, you can do away with that this fall, as one of the beauty trends, which was seen in full force on the Dior runway, was thick, fat lashes, achieved with a heavy-handed swipe of mascara. If this is the look that you are going for, keep the rest of your makeup simple, but do opt for a dash of bold lipstick to help your eyes really stand out.

Bold lips and glittery makeup

Sprinkles of Glitter
It can sometimes take quite a bit of practice to master glitter makeup, and, if you have not yet managed to do so, this season is a great time to try again. From a shimmery dust running across the cheekbones at Burberry to a sprinkling of glitter around the eyes at Jenny Packham, this fall will be bringing with it plenty of sparkle.

A Natural Glow
While contouring and highlighting may have been all the rage this year, these trends will be taking a step back this fall in favor of a look that is much more natural. From Gucci to Stella McCartney to Valentino, healthy and fresh skin was seen across so many runways, so try to keep your skin natural this fall. While there are iridescent powders that you can purchase to emphasize this glow, there is nothing quite like the radiance that comes from a healthy complexion, so give your skin some extra care this fall.

Graphic Eyeliner
The graphic eyeliner trend has gotten even more creative this season, giving you the opportunity to really use your imagination when it comes to your makeup. Rather than simply drawing on a couple of cat eyes, be more adventurous and add in some graphic shapes. When it comes to the eyeliner that you use, black is always going to be the classic choice, but, if you are feeling bold, reach for a few brighter colors so that you can truly express yourself, whether this be blue, green, yellow or pink.

Beauty trends are always fun to experiment with, and there are a few this fall that really give you the chance to be creative. From a dusting of glitter around your eyes to graphic shapes drawn with eyeliner to lip colors that are darker or brighter than you have ever worn before, take the time to really express yourself through your makeup this season.

Most Wearable Trends for Fall 16

Each season brings with it a dazzling array of new fashion trends, but many of them end up being completely unsuitable for the demands of daily life. For those looking to update their wardrobe for the upcoming season, take a look at these ultra-stylish, yet totally wearable, trends for fall 2016.

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Sweetheart Necklines
Sweetheart necklines are a classic style, and are set to make a huge comeback this fall. From Kenzo to Dior to Miu Miu, sweetheart necklines were seen all over major runways, and were styled in many interesting ways. Whether you decide to bare some skin or layer it over another garment, this is an extremely wearable style to add to your wardrobe this season.

Statement Chokers
Statement accessories have been in trend all this year, and chokers have come into their own over the summer. This fall combines both of these trends, making statement chokers the hottest accessory to have this season. Rather than opting for the thinner, velvet styles of the 90’s, look for chunkier pieces that fully cover your neck.

Dresses Layered Over Turtlenecks
Layers are vital during the unpredictable weather of fall, but, if you do not want to put away your summer dresses quite just yet, then this is the perfect trend for you. Whether you opt for a low-cut cocktail dress or a long and flowing summer dress, this trend is easy to put together using items that you already own.

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Animal Print
Animal prints frequently come and go, and, this fall, they will be back once again. From leopard spots to tiger stripes, designers such as Givenchy and Calvin Klein have some fantastic examples of sophisticated animal prints for this season.

Tan Shades
When it comes to neutral colors for fall, tan is one of the chicest, and can be worn in so many different ways. This fall, try to incorporate multiple shades of tan into your outfit, whether this be with your pants, skirt, top, knits and more, going with everything from a sandy khaki to a muted camel.

Metallic Gold
Gold is another fantastic shade to wear in the fall, and while designers such as Rachel Zoe and Suno may have used metallic gold in a way that makes it difficult to wear on a daily basis, you can still easily incorporate the color into your look yourself. Whether you opt for a metallic gold top that is paired with flats to dress it down, or metallic gold detailing on a classic black dress, this is a great way to add some bling to your look.

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Off-Shoulder
Off-shoulder tops and dresses were a huge trend this past spring and summer, and will be continuing on well into the months of fall. The main difference this season is in the silhouette of the looks that they should be styled in, opting for a subtle but sexy silhouette rather than the boho-inspired summer silhouette.

While avant-garde fashion is always inspiring to look at, many pieces are often impractical when it comes to wearing them on a daily basis. From pops of metallic gold to subtle off-shoulder silhouettes, these trends are all easy to adopt, and will keep you looking stylish throughout the fall.

Styles from Berlin Fashion Week

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From the 27th of June to the 1st of July, Fashion Week Berlin transformed the city, its streets filled with an abundance of style, creativity and personality. As always, this was an exciting time for the city, with industry experts flocking to Berlin to enjoy a first look of the latest creations from these talented German and international designers. From fashion presentations to runway shows to fashion talks and lectures, this twice-yearly event is one that is always highly anticipated.

Mexico Fashion Design Presentation
The Mexico Fashion Design Presentation was one of the events that kicked off this year’s Berlin Fashion Week, and featured a number of emerging Mexican designers. Kris Goyri is a designer that really stood out here, with his dresses falling beautifully around the female body. His designs make use of delicate fabrics, but embolden them with ruffles or pleats, perfectly positioned to enhance the female form.

Marc Cain
Marc Cain showcased his Spring/Summer 2017 collection at Berlin Fashion Week, and it was not just it’s “Happy Hour” title that put the audience into a holiday frame of mind. Cain’s collection seemed to be inspired by a tropical Caribbean island and featured palm tree prints, decorative design details, and vibrant, summery colors.

Umasan
Fashion Week Berlin places a strong emphasis on sustainability and green fashion, and Umasan is a brand whose ethics fall perfectly in line with this. One of the brand’s founders studied under Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto, and has taken elements of this minimalist, Japanese aesthetic and brought it into their own brand. Umasan only makes use of high-tech, natural and completely vegan materials, and this was evident in the innovative fabrics used in their collection seen at Berlin Fashion Week, showcasing never-seen-before materials such as Japanese paper and eucalyptus.

Noteworthy Trends
It is always worth taking note of the key colors that were seen on the runways at any major fashion week, as these are likely to have a global influence in time, and there were a few standout shades seen at the recent Fashion Week Berlin. In addition to the dusty rose and gray shades that were seen, there were some bold colors too, that really promise to brighten up a wardrobe, from bright reds and yellows to true pinks to contrasting stripes. Another trend that was seen in an abundance was the concept of upcycling, with a number of different designers making use of recycled clothing or reusing certain materials. When it comes to footwear, platform slippers were quite prominent on the runways, and this is reminiscent of the many other slipper styles that have recently been seen on catwalks around the world.

Every fashion week around the world lets loose a stream of creativity into the fashion industry, influencing style habits all over the world. From the tropical collection of Marc Cain to the minimalism of Umasan, these were some of the hottest styles seen at Berlin Fashion Week, and it likely will not be long before you begin to see them at stores near you.