Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Prepare To Trend

Spring! The first day of September brought the return of summer time on our watches and clocks, my one year wedding anniversary and a brand new fashion season - all wonderful reasons for joyous celebration. There’s nothing better than that ‘newness’ feeling in the air. And of course with the new season comes New York Fashion Week, new runway trends and, the piece de resistance of glossy fashion magazines- THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE. 

As temperatures begin to rise more flesh goes on display - an unsettling thought for winter fitness slackers and pale un-tanned bodies. But not to worry, your friendly fashion advisor at The Style Element is to the rescue. This week I give you my three favourite Spring/Summer trends, and accompanying fitness tips to help you look good enough to rock them.  (You’re welcome)

Vintage-Inspired Swimwear

There’s a scene in 1956′s High Society where Grace Kelly kneels poolside and pushes a model boat, the True Love, across the still water. She’s wearing a white halter neck swimsuit that ends in a small, ruffled skirt; her chin-length hair is neatly curled, her feet are bare. Never has a swimsuit looked so elegant.

Of course it’s the bombshells - the pin-ups, of the same era we’re more inclined to think of when it comes to 1950s swimsuits, in particular – Marilyn Monroe. The 50s was the highlight of her playful, curvaceous, steeped in sex appeal persona.

These two women underline the fact that vintage-style swimwear has a place amongst 2013 swimwear trends.  The modern twist is a subtle infusion of vintage cuts and prints – and can be as bombshell as Monroe or as sophisticated as Kelly. This season it’s all about high waisted bikini bottoms as a way to inject a slight vintage feel into otherwise modern swimwear.

How to prepare: Tony Greco (also known as the Bikini Whisperer) created the Ultimate Best Bikini Workout for Glamour Magazine, that will help tone up abs, thighs, and butt—the areas on full display in your average two-piece.

Bodycon Dress

Bodycon dresses first came to prominence in the nineties, rising in popularity for the sleek lines they created on the female figure. The term refers to, and is an abbreviation of, body conscious - as this is definitely a dress worn to highlight the body.

A bodycon dress is essentially a tight fitting, figure hugging dress, made from elasticized material or composite material such as spandex or lycra. They tend to be short in length, usually falling to about mid-thigh level, with the occasional longer styles.

Due to its tightness, this style of dress certainly isn't flattering for all figures. Ideally this dress works best on a woman with an hourglass shape. Women with an athletic build, or small hips and bust will find that the bodycon does nothing for them. Similarly a pear shape figure, that is hips that are much larger than the bust, will want to steer clear of this dress. Remember, the bodycon will only highlight your ‘problem’ areas and will fail to capitalise on your other natural assets.

How to prepare: Follow the ‘Eat to Lose Pounds’ eating plan created by Women’s Health to lose weight fast and safely within seven days.

Bermuda Shorts

The slouchy, cool-girl shorts that were all over the New York runways this season are perfect for every girl who never felt like she could pull off those cheek-baring cutoffs so beloved on Instagram (i.e. most of us). Done properly, they’re ultra chic, fam-friendly, and flattering on anyone.

If the idea of short shorts fills you with dread, but you still want to partake in summer's favoured pant, seek comfort in the Bermuda. While in the past you might have been reluctant to wear these knee-length shorts, this season's rendition is anything but frumpy. Imitate the spring runway and style with feminine or edgy accents. While solid colors, preferably in darker tones, work best for the office, playful prints and denim-styled shorts are great options for more casual settings. As for the most flattering pairs, look for a slim-cut design that tapers down your leg that you can pair with feminine tops like a peplum and high heels. 

How to prepare: Get lean legs by starting this workout, created by Marcela Ceselka, a personal trainer at Club H Fitness in New York City, targets every inch of your lower body—glutes, quads, hamstrings, hips, inner thighs, and calves.

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