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Fashion forecast

Lynda Moyo sifts out the new year trends and finds some bows, bare bellies and open chests

Written by . Published on January 12th 2009.

Fashion forecast

Bring those colours out of hibernation
Colours for 2009 are bold and daring. Think fruit pastilles. Be colour confident and you can't go wrong.

Sick of skinnies?
She looked like she was about to go wading, but somehow last year Katie Holmes managed to cause a style stir by wearing what has now been labelled 'the boyfriend jean'. Whilst you may feel too slobbish in over-sized, figure-hiding baggies, they're a darn sight more comfortable than the 2008 skinnies. Wear them with a feminine, fitted top and a decent vintage-style belt like Jennifer Aniston does. Other jeans trends for this year will include white-wash ripped denim circa 1983.

Dressing up
Grecian is back...again. Like Groundhog Day, this trend is destined to return year after year. You should know the drill by now. It's flowing, it's one shouldered, it's draping and it will be the desired dress for summer 2009 if the catwalks are anything to go by. And for those who prefer something more structured, eighties cocktail dresses will replace last year's prom dresses. Make sure they're fitted and strapless. You can always throw in a bow for good fashion measure (see 'Attention to detail').

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Bare bellies
Thanks to catwalk shows from fashion industry heavy weights such as Cacharel, 2009 is the year of the exposed midriff. Before you choke on your Millie's cookie, we're fully aware that following fashion down to a cropped tee is not only unnecessary, it can also be expensive and unflattering. Worryingly there's always a handful of trendies willing to sacrifice their self-respect to fulfill some sort of fashion cult order. In other words, if you're a size 8 and do a thousand sit-ups a day with ease, this could be a good look for you. Everyone else, forget it.

Attention to detail
Accessorising is as cheap or expensive as you want it to be and can make a dress you've had since 2002 look 'en vogue'. Bows are the biggie for this year. The more over-sized, the better. Basically if you look like a belated Christmas gift, then you've got it just right. Big earrings and short chunky necklaces will also be popular so get your 'Pat Butcher' on.

What about men?
The key colour for men this year is all shades of royal blue, but overall any bright, bold flashes of colour are set to brighten up any boring suit or trench coat. It's easy guys, just throw on something like a bright red scarf or some polka dot socks. Yes socks do matter, as this year trousers are turned up or cropped. Deep V-necks are set to see a rise in chest waxing as most male models wore this look open-chested. As with the bare midriffs, bare chests don't suit everyone and besides which we don't really have the weather for it. Instead, combine this trend with another look of this season: layering. Put a shirt under a deep V-neck cardi or a vest under a deep V-neck thin knit.

Anything else we should know about?
Jumpsuits are making a comeback for 2009 along with plenty more eighties memorabilia, you'll be pleased to know. Shoulder pads and those harem pants are set to place MC Hammer as the fashion inspiration for this year. The look works best with six inch heels and plenty of confidence. Last year's plaid trend will also be around for much of this year so don't send it to Oxfam just yet. Festival fashion is something we look forward to every year, and this year is set to be no exception. Check out wellington boots company Hunters collaboration with shoe designer Jimmy Choo. A pair of Hunter Choos are priced at £250 and if you want a pair you can join the waiting list via the Jimmy Choo website.

Photo source: Style.com

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