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Monday, 22 February 2016

Spring Trends for Real Life | Casual Metallics & Multi Colours.

Fake fabulous | Casual daywear. Metallics & multi colours

I love the "New season" magazine supplements, and really enjoy flicking through the latest designer offerings.

The Vogue supplement was making me swoon over the stunning clothes, at eye-watering prices.
£5000 for a dress? Yikes!

If, like me, you do not have a spare £10,000+ to re-stock your spring wardrobe, don't despair!
It is time to get inventive.
Just because I can't afford the designer pieces does not mean that I should not enjoy experimenting with the new trends.
Sometimes we can even re-create the latest looks from items we already have in our wardrobes.
Or, with the addition of a few well chosen pieces.
{Brands such a ASOS and Topshop tend to have their own versions in the shops quite quickly}

Celebrating Individuality

This SS16 season, the fashion houses were all about celebrating individuality and uniqueness.
I am all for that!
Using our clothes, and the way we dress, to reflect our personality or mood.
Today a woman at work asked me...
"So, what are the new trends for my age then, Sam?"
For my age??
I had to tell her off for that!
Modern clothing is meant to be fun, regardless of age.
Trends are for everyone.
We just have to dress to suit our body shape (and the occasion).
Age has nothing to do with it.
Mood and personality is everything!

Fake fabulous | Casual daywear. Metallics & Rainbow colours

Nod to the trends

Unless you are a model (and even then) head to toe trends can look a little silly in real life!
Those amazing, structured and enormous sleeves are totally impractical when making the dinner or doing the washing up.
But, we can easily give a subtle "nod" to what is in style, without looking (or feeling) like we are dressing up.

Today, I wanted to give that subtle nod to two trends that caught my eye.
Modern Alchemy: aka, metallics (or more specifically silver) and the Rainbow (multi) colours trends.
Both are easy to translate into real life.

Fake fabulous | Casual daywear.  Multi colours

Multi (rainbow) Colours

Rainbow colours (or my version, at least!) were easy to incorporate into a casual daytime look.
A floral blouse (last seen here, in summer) a multicoloured belt and designer-inspired necklace.
This is my cheap and cheerful version...

Fake fabulous | Casual daywear. Metallics & Multi colours

And this is the Marie-Helene De Tallac version, at £14,000....yep, you read that right!

Of course the designer version is far more beautiful than mine BUT 14,000 worth of beautiful??
Maybe not.

A bright green, cashmere, cardigan provided more colour and that all important warmth.

Skinny jeans are supposed to be on their way out (although I am not ready to give them up yet) so I gave my girlfriend-fit pair a spin.

My trusty silver and white metallic brogues were the perfect choice for a touch of the metallic, without being too shiny.
Comfortable and on trend.
What more could you want from a shoe?

Pop socks!?!


I have to admit to a couple of "cheats" in order to wear this outfit on such a cold day.
None of them are very glamourous or typically blogger-esque!

You will not be surprised to hear that I am wearing a long sleeved thermal top and matching leggings. (this top and these leggings)

I am also wearing sheepskin shoe liners.
They are soooooo cosy and well worth a try if you suffer from cold feet.
However, my biggest confession is that I am wearing...{gulp}.....pop socks!
Honestly.

Okay, Pop socks are certainly NOT classy or sexy.
I know they are not in any way chic.
BUT, if you avoid the cheap and nasty multipacks (they never, ever look good), they can look just like skin. (Try these).
No one would know.
They gave me just enough warmth to enable me to bare an ankle, with the added bonus of taking the edge off my blue (and slightly veiny) skin.

Spring is on it's way!

Fake fabulous | Casual daywear. Metallic brogues.
Do you have any secret "cheats' that allow you to wear what you want?
Do you ever wear uncool items...like pop socks!?
Please share in the comments....if you dare!
Or, if you prefer...message me on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.
I love hearing from you!


Jeans: GAP
Shoes: Aldo (these monks are cool)
Cardigan: Boden 
Watch: Swatch (this one is fun)
Blouse: Asda (this one is pretty)
Necklace: Asda (this one is lovely, this one is fun!)
Belt: Boden (similar)
Pop socks!: Wolford




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18 comments

  1. Oh but you do look springy here Samantha (especially for someone your age---ha ha---I just had to throw that in!!)
    Those brogues are fabulouso!! And you're necklace is just as good as the totally expensive, out of my league one (I mean, I could almost buy a car with that kind of money).
    As for your "bare" ankles, I'm in shock you'd wear knee highs---not that there's anything wrong with it, but since you boycott hosiery, I thought these would be on your list too! I like my half socks (I got this idea from Greetje and I make my own: just cut off the heel portion)---especially with those shoes. I also wear my no-show socks! jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. I know Jodie! Wierd, right.
      It is true that certain hosiery makes me break out in a cold sweat...barely blacks are top of the list!
      Any cheap sheer stockings....nasty "tan" tights....eeeek (I will have nightmares!!) :oP
      BUT, in this case a good quality pop sock (or knee high) has allowed me to wear what I want without freezing. Saving my ankles from snapping off!
      These wolford pop socks are gorgeous....okay, not as gorgeous as a sexy stocking BUT they feel and look great. Just like skin.
      A wrinkly pop sock from the supermarket is a definite no-no. Hahaha
      As for no-shows....I am not sure if it is my feet or what but they always either twirl round and pop out OR bunch up at my toes. We all have our own way of doing things, and I love that! Thank you for your comment. XXX

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    2. I know Jodie! Wierd, right.
      It is true that certain hosiery makes me break out in a cold sweat...barely blacks are top of the list!
      Any cheap sheer stockings....nasty "tan" tights....eeeek (I will have nightmares!!) :oP
      BUT, in this case a good quality pop sock (or knee high) has allowed me to wear what I want without freezing. Saving my ankles from snapping off!
      These wolford pop socks are gorgeous....okay, not as gorgeous as a sexy stocking BUT they feel and look great. Just like skin.
      A wrinkly pop sock from the supermarket is a definite no-no. Hahaha
      As for no-shows....I am not sure if it is my feet or what but they always either twirl round and pop out OR bunch up at my toes. We all have our own way of doing things, and I love that! Thank you for your comment. XXX

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  2. Oh heavens, yes - lots of secret cheats. The other day I wore a long sleeve top under a embroidery anglaise short sleeve top and popped a cardie over both, so I was warm and no one would've know I was wearing 3 layers!
    £14,000??? Yikes! I love your necklace - it's fun, colourful and you won't have to worry about losing it!
    I'm all for using what's in your wardrobe and often there is more than we think to make a nod to the trends. I love the colour of your cardie - brings out the beautiful colours in your shirt. And of course the fabulous brogues!

    http://petitesilvervixen.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you Jacqueline! I had a sneaky feeling you would approve of my footwear. I am all for those layers! They may not be the sexiest, although my husband thinks that my legging/top combo makes me look like I should be in a bond movie, which is good enough for me!
      Anything that makes dressing more comfortable gets a big thumbs up! XXX

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  3. I love everything about this post Samantha. My entire style is built around individuality and the idea that fashion is for everyone. The blouse and necklace are stunning together; beautiful colors! My favorite cheat is subbing leggings for tights, which I utterly despise.
    Debbie
    www.fashionfairydust.com

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    1. Great idea Debbie. Whatever works for you has got to be a good thing. I do have two pairs of fleece lined tights that I cut the feet off to wear under trousers or with a skirt and boots. They work really well and nobody would know! Unless of course I blab all over the internet!! LOL XXX

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  4. Oh Samantha, I cannot tell you how much I love this outfit. The color, the sweet floral blouse, the slouchy beanie, those metallic oxfords, sigh... And, the trick about the socks....I'll have to try that one. Great look!
    xo
    n

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    1. Thank you so much. The pop socks always remind me of my Nan and it makes me smile whenever I wear them. Ugly but useful :oD XXX

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  5. I must admit I had to look up "pop socks" LOL. Never heard that term before.

    I have some textured knee highs where I tried to create one of those trendy looks showing off that you're wearing knee highs but it never looked right on me.

    It is a good sneaky trick for added layering though. I find wearing any kind of nylon stocking gives me blisters though.

    Love those brogues and the colour mix here.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. I too tried the colourful and patterned knee highs with heels....it did not look cool and ironic , as I intended. I looked like I was having some kind of fashion meltdown.
      BUT, little sheer ruffled ankle socks are something I love the look of, especially with sandals or peep toed slingbacks. I get where you are coming from with the blisters, too. Ouch. Blisters are the pits! XXX

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  6. I love that shirt. I really need to update my wardrobe... just hate spending money! Great look #brillblogposts

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    1. I like spending money Amanda! Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of it so I love sniffing out a bargain. Thank you for popping over and leaving a comment. XXX

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  7. This outfit definitely makes you look even younger. Such a happy spring outfit. The shoes are definitely fantastic.
    Greetje

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    1. Aww, thank you Greetje! I feel young, until I look in the mirror :oP Luckily, my eyesight is going, so I am in a nice soft focus. Great until I try to put on eyeliner! XXX

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    2. I have a magnifying mirror.. 7 or 10 times.. A bit of a confrontation in the morning when I put on my make-up.

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  8. So, you know I'm a librarian and all, and so research is just what I do. I love how with every post I read of yours I am learning something new. This post it was pop socks. I had an inkling it might be nylon knee highs (that's what I'd call them;), but yours are so good I wasn't sure that you even had socks on. I thought maybe it was those low ankle socks. Anyway, it's always such a joy to read Fake Fabulous! And I love all the rainbow colors here!!

    Thanks for linking up to the Kremb de la Kremb Style Stories No. 12 Link Up.

    Love, Annie

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    1. Thank you Annie. Pop socks are great, but only if you buy the good ones. Cheap ones are NASTY! :oP XXX

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