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Phuket Lifestyle: This year’s top trends



PHUKET: The transformation of the tuxedo into women’s apparel is a bold new take on a classic look.

Fortunately, you don’t actually have to wear a tuxedo just because you’re inspired by its sophistication.

Instead, try taking bits and pieces of it to establish your own style. A structured jacket or waistcoat in black velvet or cream satin can add instant luxury to even casual shorts.

A mod black and white body-hugging dress is also a chic approach to the penguin suit. Small details can help seal the deal with this trend – suspenders with a pencil skirt and a neat bun work wonders. An ascot or skinny, sleek necktie suggests just enough hint of the tux for a classy evening in Phuket.

Doctor’s bag – Gladstone bags.
Every woman knows we could supply a small army out of our handbags. Complete with cosmetics, gadgets and total preparation for the unexpected, it’s no wonder this trend has embraced the mantra of ‘the bigger the better’.

Instead of the slouchy boho bag of past years, 2012 is witnessing a more polished approach to the carryall. Stiff briefcase-style bags are currently a must-have, offering a smart, cultivated look that you can take to the office, on errands, or for a formal lunch date.

And don’t worry – there’s still plenty of space to accommodate the diversity of your day, and chances are this sturdy hand-held will keep you a bit more organized.

Color blocking.
This is a trend we last saw transition from the late eighties into the 90’s. It’s back in a big way now, keeping our wardrobes functioning even on those “I have nothing to wear!” days. It can be achieved by incorporating go-to separates or one frock with large, contrasting accessories. The idea is to wear solid jewel colors in tailored silhouettes.

Try a pair of high-waisted navy pants together with a few layers of solids on top. This trend works best with smooth textures and no extra details – think minimalist, clean lines. Monochrome cuff bracelets ensure the style is well executed and pearl accents play up this preppy style.

Capes and ponchos.
We’re not talking about superheroes or a shield from the rain here, ladies! Think of a thin wrap or shawl that lightly takes the chill off those cooler evenings.

It is important to retain some sense of shape on your lower half to avoid looking dowdy.

Opt for skinny jeans or a fitted skirt to pull off this trend. A simple scarf draped over the shoulders or connected with a broach is the perfect way to don this look in the tropics.¡¡

There’s no need for a cape or poncho to be thick or woolly – keep it simple and earthy by adding sandals and a leather satchel.

Wide-leg trousers return.
The skinny pant has ruled the scene for years, but more and more fashionistas are now rediscovering the benefits of a wide-leg pant.

Flattering for every figure, this look can easily transition from work to an evening event. It also tends to let the air circulate better, keeping you cooler and more comfortable. To balance these large bottoms, keep your top simple.

Go for something sleeveless and take this opportunity to don an oversized accessory. Play upon the 70’s inspiration with hoops and a peasant top or go modern with a cropped blazer.

— Abbey McMillen


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