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The Trend Trap

Kathryn Harrison on how to avoid a celebrity fashion faux pas this spring

Published on April 14th 2009.

The Trend Trap

Celebrities from Posh to Coleen have been stepping out in the latest looks this spring, some of them successfully, some not so. This week, here is my guide to how to wear this year's more extreme trends.

Bright Colours:

This summer there are two distinct colour palettes, nude, flesh tones and bright bold shades. I know the first would seem easier and make you ‘blend’ in a bit more causing less of a commotion, but I urge you ladies as the weather heats up be bold and show us your true colours. You could go for an all over statement like Sienna did last week at the premiere of her new movie in NYC. She turned up in a scarlet red shift dress by Marios Schwab. There are some fab block bright dresses littering the high street too. Try Urban Outfitters an H&M for some of the best. Or, if you fancy a nod to colour without going the whole hog, ditch the French manicure as both Barry M cosmetics and Rimmel have some amazing bright nail colours. Slap them on for a bang on trend look. My favourite is coral.

Shoulder pads and stonewash jeans:

Ah, the two S’s. My tip- not together, Posh.

Victoria Beckham has been seen cheering on David in this look. If you split this look it’s a lot more wearable. Let’s start with the top half. Now, believe it or not, shoulder pads could actually be your saviour this summer if you, like 80% of British women, are pear shaped (smaller up top and curvy on the bottom). Yep, they balance you out a treat so actually you look a lot more in proportion rather than an American footballer a la Posh. Topshop and Zara have some gorgeous fitted jackets that rock this look at the moment, go for classic white or contrasting lining with rolled up sleeves to top it off.

Now, stonewash jeans- God it takes me back, but unlike last time round the matching jacket and bottle tops on your doc martin laces is not obligatory. There are some fab lighter denims around. Opt for wide flares in Dorothy Perkins with fitted tops or try the sassy stonewash jean effect leggings in Topshop under a cute summer dress for a less bulky look.

Bare midriff:
Cheryl Cole tried it, but let's face it, the lass can do no wrong. If you are blessed enough to have a marvellous midriff then dive right into this hot trend. The trick is to not flash the flesh too much, this is NOT a Britney-esqe crop top, just an inch or so shorter than your average shirt. Wear it with high waisted bottoms, be it wide leg trousers or a cute tulip skirt, this minimises the gap, low slung bum skimming combats make this look trashy rather than classy. Try Mango and Miss Selfridge for some cute tops and accessorise with a long necklace from the great selection at Debenhams.

Armed with the info, pick your trend and have a riot. Hit the High Street and have fun creating your own signature style this Spring.

Wet look leggings:

Blimey Coleen Nolan- we love ya but wet look leggings wasn't your best fashion move. Be they Katona silver, black, red, gold, whatever, these leggings should be treated with extreme caution. But they can look fab teamed with skyscraper heels and a just above the knee smock dress. Any shorter and it all looks a bit cat woman gone wrong, so if in doubt, just leave it and move onto one of the more wearable trends of the summer. Get this look from ASOS

Kathryn Harrison
Code Style & Image Ltd

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