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  • Style Tips: 5 Ways to Wear a Maxi Skirt

     

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    Bohemian Fashion Goddess soaking up the sun!

    Maxi skirts are one of the comfiest and most versatile wardrobe staples any girl can pull off. You can wear almost anything with them and still look fabulous. It allows you to move freely with just the right length and it gives an instant statement to any outfit. Not sure how to style your maxi skirt? Here are some of our favourite ways!

    Go Boho!

    Going to a festival? Off on a roadtrip? Boho fashion is the way to go! You can never go wrong with colourful pieces and beautiful patterns that instantly make your day a lot brighter. Pair your patterned skirt with a plain tank or cropped top and throw on a cotton, crochet or denim vest. Bohemian clothing is some of the easiest to mix with so you won’t have any trouble mixing your maxi skirts and boho chic blouses with other items in your wardrobe!

    Don’t forget to accessorize! Sometimes these little accents will do the trick for an effortless boho look. Wear a beaded or layered necklace over your plain top and add that extra edge to your look. When choosing a bag, go for sling bags with a little fringe or beads and other bohemian accents to compliment your maxi. Slip on a simple pair of sandals and you’re good to go!

    Oh, and don’t forget your hippie band and round sunnies!

    Summer Lovin’

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    Atlantis Maxi Dress Wrap – Lokoa

    A maxi skirt is a perfect cover up when you’re at the beach. You can wear it over your bikini bottom when you just want to walk along the shore or lie down under a beach hut. For accessories, just grab your shades and beach hat and enjoy the summer scenery.

    A maxi skirt or dress is also perfect when going on a romantic dinner by the beach. It gives a simply elegant vibe to a tropical setting.

    You can also experiment with your maxi. Try tying a knot to the side, front or back to give it a layered asymmetrical look which is super perfect for summer!

     

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    Beautiful Suede Poncho – Lokoa Windswept Collection.

    Cool Layers

    Girls usually save their maxis for summer and spring, but it actually works great for fall and winter as well. Just add the right layers and you’ll stay warm and cozy. You can wear a plain sweater and tuck it under your patterned maxi and layer in a thick scarf. Wear heeled ankle boots with socks or tights to keep your feet warm. You can also layer in a long cardigan over a blouse that’s tucked in your skirt. Add a thin leather belt and a beanie for a super cool and comfy look. Alternatively, we love the new suede ponchos that have emerged with Lokoa’s new windswept line – absolute stunner and perfect for early spring weather.

    Doll Up!

    A baby pink pleated maxi skirt is perfect for an all-dolled up girly look. Pair it with a lacy top and add in some gold or silver accessories, a cute purse, and heels. Doing an up do will also work nicely, perfect for a lunch date!

    A flouncy floral maxi with a plain fitted off-shoulder top would also be a lovely look. You can accessorize with a nice headband and a long necklace, then slip on a cute pair of sandals or flats to finish the look.

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    Badass Boho Jacket in Black

    From Girly to Grunge

    You can also go grunge with that girly pink maxi skirt you have lying around. Throw on a printed white t-shirt or tank top and layer in a black leather jacket to give off a cool and edgy vibe. Finish your look with high-heeled ankle boots, a belt, and a black bag.

  • Autumn Fashion Trends 2015

    Autumn brings with it, a change in weather and an even more dramatic change in fashion styles. Some you’ll love, others might be a bit too boring, but the good news is that there is plenty to try!

    The colour schemes for this season are the neutral shades like beige and stone, or your contrast colours like black, charcoal, and winter white. These neutral colours would easily match the strong structure and textured designs that are trending today.

    If you prefer items that have a bit more colour, the new strong colour trends are navy, magenta, maroon and burgundy. If you’re one of those adventurous or artsy types you can add a splash of pastels, vivid red, khaki, emerald green, sapphire blue and bright orange.

    trendy autumn outfit 2015Aside from these wonderful colour trends, animal print and stripes are also making a comeback as a perennial classic fashion buy.

    Once you have chosen the colours, that you like, it’s time to check out the fashion trends. The top five fashion trends for this season are mostly pre-loved and well-established trends that suit the season and make a sound claim for function as well as style.

    Let’s start with the relatively new fad in sportswear. I think we are all familiar with this trend. All social networking sites are flooded with people posting their workout selfies (#neversaynever #spinlove #challangeyourself #fitness #fitgoals)

    But nowadays, big name brands are also offering a line of fancy track pants and sweats that can be used outside of the gym. The look presents a very casual chic, perfect for those windy afternoon walks around the park or early morning coffee dates.

    A more formal style that is also making waves this season is the Fine Form style. These are your sleek & form fitting dresses, block patterned blouses, fancy origami style folds & fluid trenches. The kind outfit that can be used for fancy dinner parties & girls night out.

    Bandana Boyfriend JumperSomething just as feminine as the Fine Form Style, but less formal, would be the floral prints. Who says that flowers can only be worn in Spring? Pastels, lace and floral prints are just as much a trend during Autumn as they are in any month of the year. They add a very welcome splash of colour to the neutral autumn tones.

    If you’d like to use a different design, prints are also a great way to add some contrast. The “in” thing when it comes to prints in clothing for this season are your geometric patterns, bold colour splashes, monochromatic mixes and oriental-prints. The self appointed Queen of boho Australia; The Freedom State is one of our favourite women’s fashion locations for delivering bold prints from brands like Spell Designs, adorable dresses from Free People and to-die-for tops from Bird + Kite.

    Last, but certainly not least, are the boyfriend clothes. This style seems to be a permanent fixture in any closet. Not to be confused with the sporty look, the boyfriend clothes style is basically a woman wearing clothes that are tailored for men. The femininity is enhanced by the stark contrast it presents.

    After having read all of these tips on trends, let me leave you with one parting message – Do you.

    Pick a style or set of clothes that fit you, ones that you feel comfortable in, feel confident and beautiful in. Once you achieve that, then, you aren’t just trendy or stylish! You are fabulous!

  • The Ugly Side of Fashion

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    Toxic Waste From Tanneries in Bangladesh

    Even though fashion is seen as a glamorous and lucrative industry, few people are aware that the workers involved in the garment sector are laboring under conditions that are borderline slavery and dangerous to their health.

    The salaries that these people receive are still considered poverty wages and working conditions are so horrendous they’re making their workers sick. Undoubtedly, this is one fashion issue that has remained unaddressed for the longest time, at the will of your favourite brands.

    This does not mean that nothing is being done to help out underpaid garment workers. Efforts are actually being made but according to several concerned groups, these are hardly sufficient. As such, many high-end fashion brands have come to be tagged as exploiters especially given the lingering issue about poor wages.

    An interesting aspect about this particular problem is the fact that a number of garment workers involved in the manufacture of branded clothing are based in third-world or developing countries. This tends to further worsen the problem as labor costs in these places are quite low and is the number one reason garment production is often outsourced to these parts of the world. Vice News recently went to Bangladesh where they reported that more than 200 tanneries in Dhaka are spewing toxic waste and causing workers to suffer severe health problems.

    There is a serious need for more socially-conscious people and enterprises to come forward and offer solutions. From this perspective, the concept of ethical fashion is often brought to light, but the question of what ethical fashion is all about is something that can be unclear at times.

    This is understandable since the term covers a rather wide range of areas. For instance, from the trading point of view, ethical fashion involves the practice of ensuring that garment workers stationed in various factories are compensated fairly, while those who supply the raw materials are given fair rates for their products. From a long-term perspective, ethical fashion can also involve the establishment of a strong and equal relationship between garment manufacturers and fashion designers with a view to complying with existing labor laws and safe working environments.

    Ethical fashion, however, is a fashion issue not entirely limited to the protection of the rights of workers to decent wages. Even animal rights are covered by this important fashion term. In this case, when observing ethical fashion, the goal is to ensure that in the production of clothing items like leather and fur, no mistreatment of animals took place and that the production was not done under excessive terms.

    From an environmental standpoint, observing good fashion ethics is also expected. During the clothing production process, chemically-treated dyes are hardly recommended but commonly used even as natural fabrics are given preference. Ostensibly, the goal here is to minimize the impact of chemicals on the environment and workers.

    Needless to say, ethical fashion is one fashion issue that covers a lot of important aspects. Meeting its basic requirements should effectively address all the major problems confronting the fashion industry. Sadly, this is hardly the case. The business of fashion is clothed in glamour and style that the typical woman on the street is often unaware of what actually goes on behind the trend-setting designs.

    Specialized groups like cooperatives, labor unions, and cause-oriented organizations should seek to play a more active role. The emphasis is not necessarily to dress down the fashion world to its bare necessities but to address one fashion issue at a time in order to help make the industry stand for something more than just style and sophistication.

  • Designing For Celebrities Is A Celebrated Opportunity

    The opportunity of getting to design for celebrities undoubtedly has its perks. For established designers, creating celebrity wardrobes is always an opportunity to further push them into the limelight of fashion. Emerging designers, however, will normally benefit more when given the chance to create clothes for popular personalities.giorgio armani

    In a way, getting to design for celebrities is a media event itself. Focus may appear to be on the celebrities wearing the dresses especially when these are donned during special events. Still, in the subconscious minds of the public, the concentration is on the dress being worn and how good or elegant it would feel to wear something similar if and when the opportunity presents itself.

    In other words, there is a lot of psychology at work whenever celebrity dresses are made. On one end, there is the celebrity set to attract public attention not only because of his or her popularity, but also because of the uniqueness of his or her attire.

    At the other end of the issue, there is the designer waiting in anticipation of what the public and the fashion world will think of his latest creation. In this case, getting to design for celebrities could go either way. For many successful designers, celebrities are effective vehicles for them to further grow their unique brand of clothing.

    Meanwhile, for those who are still struggling in the fashion industry, the opportunity to complete a dress for an important person can prove to be more of a challenge than anything else. This could lead them to unrivalled popularity or leave them in a dark and unnoticed fashion corner depending on how their creations are received.

    In other words, celebrity dressing is a two-edged sword particularly among unknown but emerging fashion designers. It could make or break them and their budding career, and a lot will depend on the kind of relationship that they will eventually establish with their celebrity client.

    In this regard, the interesting aspect of the relationship is that both the stylist and the celebrity benefit from the set-up. The designer obviously needs the help of the celebrity to market his brand of clothing. The latter, on the other hand, is in need of exciting dresses as a way of getting more public exposure and keeping him or her in the minds of film and TV producers.

    Valentino red carpetThis unique but special relationship becomes significantly crucial when special occasions like awards nights come around the corner. During this time, getting to design for celebrities can become a highly viable and lucrative option for both established and budding designers.

    For the latter, it is often important to keep a healthy and working connection with different types of people. As design work opportunities become abundant, the need to have an open line of communication could determine future success in the fashion world.

    Indeed, while the prospects of getting to design for celebrities will initially require tons of hard work, the benefits that await the persevering designer should be worth it all. Branded clothing can get to be established with the accompanying increase in sales. Eventually, various product lines in the form of accessories can be introduced which should result in even more success. The spoils will come thick and fast, if you are only bold enough to claim them!