I recently came across a
about the top fashion questions/topics googled within the last year. Inspired by what I read, I thought I would provide my own personal thoughts, anecdotes, and initial reactions. So without further ado, here are Google’s top fashion topics decoded through a Stylebymalvika lens. TIME article
1980’s fashion – Everything about this decade still excites me (emblem active wear, sequins, crop sweaters etc.) except for shoulder pads; I was never a fan of those. Once, my mother bought me a shoulder-padded tee and I looked like a case of weight lifting gone wrong. Shoes: Reebok Classics Outfit Set: Femme Luxe Sunglasses: LoomRack Blazer: Nordstrom
Grunge Style – The first thing that comes to mind when hearing the term ‘grunge’ is the split debate on the attractiveness of choker necklaces. Chokers were typically worn with rocker/grunge looks in the 1990’s, but in the recent past, they came back in a very BIG way. I have fallen victim to blindly following the trend, which is why, through trial and error, I can say this: there certainly is an ART to wearing chokers. You’ve got to understand how to wear the right one with the right outfit. And please, don’t make it your every day accessory. Top: Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Bag: (via Givenchy ) Nordstrom
1990’s fashion – I really enjoyed the classic and minimalist aspects of style from this era. I looked back at my mother’s pictures both just before and when she was pregnant with me, and it became clear that 90’s style was about carrying off your most classic pieces with extremely subtle flair, if any at all. One specific aspect I would fashion to continue to imbibe from this era is the focus on feminine cuts. Blouse: Free People Jeans/Overalls: Zara Boots: (via Cristian Daniel ) YOOX Bag: Chanel Sunglasses: (via Balenciaga ) Saks
2000’s fashion – If we’re going to be bringing back styles from Gossip Girl, I’M ALL HERE FOR IT! Recently, I’ve been channeling major Blair Waldorf vibes by wearing headbands, which I haven’t really worn since I was in kindergarten. If anyone asked me my favorite part of the 2000’s, it would undoubtedly be Gossip Girl. That’s all that really resonated with me in that decade—at least where style and lifestyle were concerned. Bag: (via Alaia ) Barney’s Sunglasses: (via Balenciaga ) Saks Crop Top: Free People Pants: Uniqlo
Meghan Markle – Because her shift from Hollywood celebrity to a royal has been chronicled on all media, it’s safe to say that her style has had to shift significantly. While I am a fan of almost all that she wears and has worn, I’d definitely say her outfits during her actress days represented her as an individual, while her current style is curated to craft her image as one of the world’s most elite women. I would speculate that this is largely due to pressure from stylists and other advisors, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this—her stylist is doing a great job! Though, I wish the image of perfection wasn’t what they’d constantly strive for–it’s sometimes nice to see a respected figure dress casually, in jeans, or in a laid back sense. I do miss that of Markle–the relatable aspect of her style.
Hipster Style – Hipster is such a loosely used term nowadays, so I think I’ll just focus on speaking about my favorite hipster inspired piece— the Doc Marten boot. A few years back when they started to really come back in trend, I purchased a pair in maroon, and I still go back to them today because not only do they elevate a skinny jeans look, but add a good amount of height! Boots: (via Dr. Martens ) Nordstrom Bag: (via Prada ) Saks
Men’s Fashion – The line between men’s and women’s fashion continues to blur and for the best reasons—society has become more accepting of gender fluidity, a progression that I am proud of. I, personally, have been loving shopping in the men’s section for three reasons 1) it’ll be much more unlikely that another girlfriend will be wearing the same piece, 2) the fit is so so comfortable, and 3) it’s so much cheaper! Recently, I wore this bright orange men’s Versace tee that I don’t think I’ll ever be able to let go of! Tee: (via Versace Men’s ) Saks Jeans: Hollister Bag: (via Givenchy ) Nordstrom Shoes: Miu Miu Coat/Open Dress: (via Ganni ) The Outnet
Harajuku Fashion – Is this still a thing? I remember being in the fifth grade and saving up a good $30 from doing chores around the house to buy a Harajuku Lovers shirt (a brand by Gwen Stefani) on sale, just so I could be “on trend.” The reality is—it’s tight fit didn’t suit me at all, and the daring 11 year old me purchased the loudest yellow color I could find, which proved completely unflattering to my skin tone. I appreciate the artistic value in Harajuku fashion and the culture that it represents, but personally, it’s not something that blends so seamlessly with my personal sense of style. If it is indeed coming back in trend, I’m not sure I’ll be able to embrace it—at least in totality.
Kate Middleton – The woman is a natural beauty. When it comes to fashion, she doesn’t have to try all too hard because her perfect features and constantly glossy hair is what the eyes feast on first. Style-wise, however, I think her most iconic and flattering looks have been in body-fitted knee length dresses and skirt-blouse sets.
1980s Men’s Fashion – I recently got a DM on my Instagram from a male identifying individual asking when I would be incorporating men’s fashion into my platform. Here it is, sir! I think across the board, men’s fashion in the 1980’s was defined by the jackets/outerwear: from denim jackets, to leather jackets, and even windbreakers. They’ve certainly sustained and are worn by all genders even today; myself included! I wore a men’s Levi’s denim jacket for a denim on denim look recently, and felt like the only thing missing was a good old shark tooth necklace. Jacket: (via Levi’s Men’s ) Nordstrom Jeans: (via Paige Denim ) Nordstrom Bag: Tod’s
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