Key Looks of Woman’s Spring 2011 Fashion Trends

'70s glamour

70’s Glamour

Just as the ’50s and ’60s are back, so too are particular elements of the ’70s. There are two main aesthetics: ’70s bohemian, and ’70s sophisticated glamour. When it comes to the latter, think dresses that fall like shimmering water in the evening and high-waist pants with elegant blouses by day.

We all want that vintage vibe in our wardrobe. That essence of an era gone by. And we want to cherry pick the sleekest, sexiest, and most stylish looks from it. In recent years we’ve worn the best of the 20s and 30s, seen the rebirth and fading of an 80s come back, and we’re just about to do it all again. But this time, its the 1970s that are due for a reinterpretation.

While ’70s fashion is making waves and sure to continue on as a fashion trend in 2011, let’s not forget that there are several variants. And you know what that means; all the more ways to get lots of wear out of your key seventies pieces, by taking them from ’70s boho to a more sophisticated ’70s look.

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’70s styling at Elie Tahari A/W 2010

’70s sophisticate: the look

There’s an underlying confidence to this trend that’s key. Even the more demure looks need to be carried off with an air of sexuality and a sort of defiant independence. There’s a boldness. It’s in the addition of that floppy felt hat, those exotic jewels, that super-high pair of platforms. At night time the hint can snowball into a statement: think Bianca Jagger at Studio 54 in a slinky gown, ivory cigarette holder in hand, and you’ve got the picture. Read on for tips for both day and night time looks.

Bianca Jagger
70s style icon Bianca Jagger

’70s sophistication by dayBy day it’s all about clean yet voluminous silhouettes, and earthy ’70s colour palettes. Look for:

  • High waisted wide-leg pants or flares, smartly belted in.
  • Neat bow-blouses, especially ones with billowing or bishop sleeves. Particularly great are fabrics like silk and satin.
  • Roll neck sweaters tucked into pants or skirts. Add to the ’70s effect by layering over beaded necklaces or a vest.
  • For those more daring, a pair of hot pants are the ultimate ’70s item.
  • A smart printed jumpsuit is another great alternative.

70s daytime glamour
Daytime ’70s styling at Chloe A/W 2010

’70s sophistication by night

By night the ’70s sophisticate turns into the ultimate socialite, with look-at-me shimmering fabrics and cuts that either tightly hug or sensually drape over the body.

  • Choose high sheen fabrics with a ’70s disco-inspired edge, like lurex or silk; anything with a metallic thread.
  • Add a ruffled neckline under a brocade blazer or tuxedo jacket, paired with a sharp pair of pants.
  • Long, slinky gowns with draping, low necklines or dress slits are the ultimate in ’70s night time glamour.

70s nighttime glamour
’70s evening glamour at Ferragamo A/W 2010

Accessorising a sophisticated ’70s look

Accessories are key when it comes to creating a ’70s look. Some things to keep in mind:

  • The right handbag completes a look. Try for smart, high quality bags like a leather satchel for day, and a small bag with a long strap for night.
  • Big, statement leather belts slung over mini skirts or maxi dresses add impact and fair to a seventies-inspired outfit.
  • A pair of on-trend thigh high boots are probably already be in your wardrobe by now – pair them with hot pants or a skirt for a decidedly sexed-up yet sophisticated ’70s look.
  • Wear lots of jewellery – but keep it a little cleaner than for a boho look. Try lots of rings with bold stones, neat piles of bangles, and long pendant necklaces and strings of beads.
  • Look to complimentary hairstyles like a sleek longer bob, masses of bouncy curls, or long, flowing hair.

Freja Beha Erichsen 70s shoot
Freja Beha Erichsen in Vogue Nippon, August 2010

bike fashion

Biker Clothing

As of spring 2011 the military fashion trend will have been with us for over a decade. And for that decade it’s been great, we’ve loved it, but 10 years later we have to admit: spring 2011 is the time to move on. The question is: what do we move on to? The answer: the trend that’s been living in its shadow, waiting for its moment of glory. And for spring / summer 2011 it’s going to get just that because here comes the biker trend.
Biker Fashion: Motorcycle Chic Trend

Written by Daniel P Dykes

Trends begin, they evolve, and then they fade or simply become a standard. Skinny jeans became a standard, the military fashion trend cannot. So as 2011’s fashion trends come to fruition, as we move fully into a new decade, and as military chic becomes as drawn out as the war that inspired it, what becomes of the military influences that have helped keep the likes of Balmain and Burberry in fashionisers’ conscience? What replaces it?

The answer may lie in a trend that has been around for some time, but a trend that hasn’t been able to be much more than a blip on the radar while in the shadow of military fashion. The trend?Biker chic.

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And we’re not the only ones to think so. Take Burberry who, with little ceremony, dwindled the military motifs that they’ve been known for of late down to a few select elements in their S/S 2011 collection. Much of the rest of the collection was biker inspired and infused, so much so that the collection is named Heritage Biker. So with biker fashion elements not exactly being something new for 2011, it leaves to be discovered what elements will help take the style to a new level.

Biker Fashion: Key Elements

Motorcycle jacket

Can you imagine the military trend without a military jacket? Not possible. And so it goes without saying that the motorcycle jacket is the key statement piece for the motorcyclebiker fashiontrend. Naturally, not any motorcycle jacket will do. While we undoubtedly will see fast fashion stores give us motorcycle jackets in the now-subdued vein of the ‘Brando jacket’, the motorcycle jacket in 2011 needs to be much more of a statement piece.

And so it goes that it’s not merely about an overused cut and simple black colour. In fact, many a colour will suit. You can take the lead from Burberry’s colour offerings (above in a traditional Burberry colour, immediately below in silver, and further below in two-tone leather), or you can look to spring 2010’s colour trends, specifically those for leather, for inspiration.

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Silver motorcycle jacket from Burberry

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Two-toned leather motorcycle jacket from Burberry

Of course, just because the biker chic trend is about more than Brando jackets and black motorcycle jackets doesn’t mean to say that the trend is completely devoid of both styles. Take Balmain’s, pre-spring 2011 offering for instance: it’s a motorcycle jacket that is somewhat military-cum-Brando.

balmain motorcycle jacket
Balmain motorcycle jacket

So with everything from boring blacks to statement silvers having been designed, what key elements should a fashioniser be looking for in a statement military jacket for 2011?The answer is two in particular.

Zipped sleeves

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Zipped motorcycle jacket sleeves from Burberry

Quilting

quilted motorcycle jacket
Quilted motorcycle jacket from Burberry

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Trench coat with subtle quilting and motorcycle jacket zips from Burberry

Leather pants

You may think of biker pants as anything skin tight and black. But again, that’s not necessarily so in 2011. Christopher Bailey’s leather motorcycle pants for Burberry can grab attention just as well in neutral tones, with mesh side-panels and an exposed, feature zip. As with other elements of the bike chic trend it’s all about the detail, and last season’s plain leather leggings won’t quite cut it. Panels, quilting and padding, and zips all add to the tough yet ultra-slick and modern feel of the neo biker pant, while other thick, skin-hugging materials like neoprene can also work as an alternative to leather.

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Leather motorcycle pants from Burberry

The skirted alternative

As it is with other elements of the biker chic trend, there’s also an alternative to biker pants. Drawing on the quilted motifs of their motorcycle jackets, Burberry have produced a neo-mod leather skirt with quilting detailing that not only sits perfectly with the bike fashion trend, but also acts as the perfect alternative statement piece to the motorcycle jacket.

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Leather skirt with bike chic detailing from Burberry

Motorcycle boots

And last but not least, motorcycle boots round out the key elements of the biker fashion trend – hardly a surprise given no trend is complete without a tie-in shoe trend. Biker boots, having been in fashion for some time now, won’t be hard to come by. You could consider that a plus, but don’t rest on your laurels: mass marketing of biker boots means that a lot of very average styles are going to be seen on the streets already, so in order to get motorcycle boots right in 2011 look for a statement pair; something that exudes quality and style – a pair such as the Chanel biker boots.

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Chanel biker boots

spring 2011 jacket

Punk Fashion

Another of the thematic trends for spring / summer 2011, punk carries on from last year to become less of a full blown trend and more one of influence – you’ll see its elements impact upon a number of other spring 2011 trends. Which can be a danger: punk fashion is one trend you can’t afford to get wrong. Read our guide to punk fashion for spring / summer 2011 to find out what it entails, what elements you should wear, and the looks you should avoid.
Punk Fashion: Elements of Influence

Written by Daniel P Dykes

We like to write about certain kinds of fashion trends at Fashionising.com. Trends that marry all the qualities of an appealing lifestyle, that marry together quality craftsmanship, elegance and an an attitude towards a life that indulges the senses and you know roughly where our tastes lie. Hence there is many a trend we opt to simply not push – stand for everything and you stand for nothing. Despite this there are some fashion trends in 2011 which, despite being unlikely to indulge in ourselves, we simply can’t ignore. And that’s because they have an impact on other trends that are important to us.

One such trend is punk – a trend that last emerged in 2010 and one that will continue to influence the fashion aesthetic of 2011 and potentially beyond. Partially filling the vacuum left behind by done and dusted trends, such as the likes of military, gothic and grunge, it’s punk’s ability to impact on other trends, such as 2011’s motorcycle chic trend (the stronger and more versatile of the two trends), that makes it worth watching and noting.

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Balmain SS11

Read on to find out more about the trend, what it entails, and what elements you can wear.

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Punk Fashion: The Full Blown Trend

Punk over the years has incorporated many subcultures and substyles. Regardless of these, the core is always a sense of rebellion and controversy; something meant to shock. In today’s fast world, sock is something that is much harder to do.

Which is one of the things that weakens punk fashion as a full blown fashion trend. Wear punk in the same way that Sid Vicious did and you risk looking like you’re playing dress ups as opposed to being something of a rebel.

That’s the first problem with punk fashion as a full blown fashion trend. The second is that many of the common elements of punk have already had plenty of exposure over recent seasons as a part of other trends: leather, military / combat, bondage / fetish, ripped stockings, and tattoos (which are now completely commonplace) are some examples. There’s so much cross over that, while punk certainly warrants a mention for spring / summer 2011, it by no means stands in isolation.

Hence for 2011, no matter what you read, the punk fashion trend should be less about an overall theme and more about mixing punk elements with other seasonal trends. For example, something ultra-feminine with a punk-rock edge.

balenciaga punk
Modern / neo punk from Balenciaga SS11

Punk Details: What to Wear

If dressing akin to the Sex Pistols doesn’t quite appeal then there are still punk details that you can indulge in.

Studs

Wear as a dominant, though not over the top detail.

There is, of course, a danger with studs that involves more than accidentally inflicting their piercing potential upon others – it’s very easy for them to be worn in an over-the-top way. There is a fine line between fashion forward details and chav-like overindulgence.

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Studded leather jacket at Balmain SS11

Heavy boots

Combat boots (dovetailing with the military fashion trend), Doc Martens, or biker boots can punk up an outfit – particularly when paired with skinny jeans or skinny leather pants.

balenciaga punk
Balenciaga SS11

Safely pins

More than just a handy gem for getting you out of a fashion disaster, the safety pin is iconic to punk. That doesn’t mean you need to wear one as a nose piercing; but do look at safety pins and indeed kilt pins as an accessory that can work in dozens of different ways. Think brooches and other bits of makeshift jewellery, or to haphazardly pin scarves, cardigans or other bits of clothing.

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Safety pins at Balmain SS11

60s ladylike

60s Ladylike

The silhouettes of the 1950s and 1960s make a strong return, with shapes that accentuate curves and foster femininity. A hip-hugging sheath dress with a below-the-knee hem is the ultimate in hourglass dressing, while the full circle skirt and dress remain at the core of the trend. For Spring 2011 introduce fresh colours, prints and light summery fabrics. Click to read about the ’60s dress trend.
60s Dress / Full Skirt
Written by Tania BraukamperIt’s no great accident that the popularity of Mad Men has coincided with a resurgence in early ’60s fashion. A sartorial inspiration to men and women alike, we’ve seen an avalanche of elements from the era spill over into fashion’s impressionable mind; and the bulk of the torrent is yet to come. 

So say bonjour to fuller figures and longer hemlines as the skirt and dress silhouettes of the late ’50s / early ’60s swing their way back onto the scene as a 20102011 fashion trend.

60s full skirt
Full ’60s dress at Louis Vuitton A/W 2010

’60s dress trend: what is it?

When we talk about the ’60s dress or skirt in this context, we’re not talking about the later, mod ’60s movement of miniskirts and teeny shift dresses. We’re talking about early ’60s ladylike dressing that flowed on from the late 1950s.

Dress Styles

Full skirts: the ’60s housewife

Think Betty Draper: the overflow of ’50s prom style dresses into ’60s day wear. Full, below-the-knee circle skirts, cinched in waists, and prim, proper styling.

  • Look to Louis Vuitton and Prada who both put ladylike full skirts on their runways for theFall 2010 season, particularly in heavier fabrics like wool blends.
  • For Spring 2011 look to bright, fresh colours and pastels, and prints like florals or stripes (seeJayson Brunsdon Spring 2010 for some great examples).

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Full dress at Jayson Brunsdon, S/S 2010

The granny skirt

Don’t panic about the name of this one; this look actually was commonly known as the granny skirt back in the ’60s.

Longer, usually gathered or pleated, often with a ruffled hem, the granny skirt is as it sounds: a young take on grandma dressing. It falls rather than puffs out too much and is more understated – think sixties office girl. If I’m to stick with the Mad Men analogy, this is the style you’d more likely spot on Peggy Olsen. The key to pulling off this look today is to either make it completely effortless, or surprisingly sexy.

  • Avoid looking dowdy by pairing with a fitted top; or sex it up with a sheer blouse.
  • For an authentic look pair with flats or dainty kitten heels. To modernise, stick with a pair of high heels.
  • Sweeten it up with a pair of little bobby socks under shoes a la Marc Jacobs (see theinspiration gallery).

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Full skirt at Louis Vuitton, A/W 2010

The bombshell: sheath skirts and dresses

There’s no doubt that, as the trend stands to date, the full skirt is the silhouette du jour. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other options for a sensual, early ’60s look. A straight cut sheath orpencil skirt is the ultimate in creating a 1960s hourglass shape – not only cinching in the waist, but clinging to the hips as well. Think Man Men bombshell Joan Holloway (yes I know – anotherMad Men allusion. The characters just fit so perfectly.)

  • Look for skirts that are straight, high waisted, below knee with a kick pleat or slit at the back.
  • You can also look for fitted sheath dresses. These are great sleeveless or with classic three-quarter sleeves.
  • The peg-top skirt is another alternative – full at the waist with small darts or pleats, and tapering narrowly to the hem.

60s sheath dress
Sheath dress at L’Wren Scott, S/S 2010

Accessorising a ’60s ladylike look

If you want to stick with the theme, here are a few traditional ways of accessorising a ’60s look that can still work today:

  • Ladylike kitten heels.
  • Bold red lipstick for a bombshell look or soft pink for a vintage belle.
  • Cats-eye glasses.
  • ’60s accessories: a wide, waist-cinching belt; a leather clutch in candy-store pastels; gloves; a classic headscarf.
  • Hair worn sultry and ’60s sex kitten, or swept up into a beehive.

See the inspiration gallery for more styling ideas.

Prada ladylike 60s dress
Ladylike full dress at Prada, A/W 2010

Modernising the ’60s look

As well as the points already mentioned, there are plenty of other ways to bring the late ’50s / early ’60s silhouettes into the now. Here are just a few.

  • Follow Dries Van Noten’s lead for the ultimate in effortless modernising of the ’60s full skirt. Throw over a boyfriend blazer with a turned up collar, or a souchy sporty sweat top, and slip on a pair of on-trend sunglasses.
  • Try the same silhouettes but with a shorter hemline, such as above the knee or shorter.
  • Add a pair of knee high socks that can just be seen below the hemline.
  • Look for pieces in fabrics like leather or sheer tulle for an edgy update on the look.
  • Pair a full ’60s skirt or sheath skirt with a cropped top, exposing a little midriff.
  • Wear with one of the more modern 2010 hair trends like a messy topknot or effortless side braid.

Dries Van Noten casual 60s

Modern take on the full skirt at Dries van Noten, A/W 2010

 

Source: Fashionising.com

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