Month: September 2019

WINGING IT Neymar fashion: How to dress like PSG’s slick Brazil star without selling your house

Steal Neymar’s style – our fashion expert takes a close look at which designers he likes to wear, and how you can copy the look without breaking the bank

NEYMAR JR. puts as much flare into his fashion choices as he does his fancy footwork on the pitch.

PSG’s Brazilian forward, 26, is the world’s most expensive player and he’s certainly got a wardrobe to match. But you can easily steal his style by shopping on the high street.


 Neymar looked slick at a fashion week party in a Balmain snakeskin biker jacket and leather trousers

Neymar looked slick at a fashion week party in a Balmain snakeskin biker jacket and leather trousers

Just like teammate Dani Alves, Neymar is a loyal fan of French fashion house Balmain.

He was spotted back in September at the label’s after-show party during Paris Fashion Week dressed entirely in its costly clothes.

Looking just as slick as he does on the pitch, he wore head-to-toe black and glossy animal skins.

The winger paired his snakeskin biker jacket with skintight leather trousers complete with racy lace-up sides.


These sold-out items amount to a whopping £5888 but shop around on the high street and you can grab something similar.

Boohoo Man’s real leather biker jacket is a total bargain at £48 and H&M’s immitation leather trousers have the same spray-on fit as Neymar’s Balmain ones.

And they are £1688 less!

Logo Man

 Neymar partied at the Miu Miu X LOVE event wearing this rare Supreme X Louis Vuitton bomber jacket

Neymar partied at the Miu Miu X LOVE event wearing this rare Supreme X Louis Vuitton bomber jacket

Just as popular in fashion as he is in football, you can always spot Neymar at the hottest fashion parties.

During London Fashion Week he popped into the Miu Miu X LOVE party wearing a jacket that everyone there would have instantly recognised.

It’s from the collaboration with streetwear brand Supreme and luxury leather goods mogul Louis Vuitton.


This limited edition collection sold out from the moment it dropped into stores.

But Neymar managed to nab himself one of these £3147 babies that’s printed all-over with the iconic LV monogram logo.

For all of the fashion heads out there Supreme is like gold dust, but mix it with Louis Vuitton and it’ll cost you your left hand.

This exact jacket now sells for up to £16,695 on eBay.

A bit out your budget?

Copy his look with this cool jacket from Carharrt that has the same varsity-inspired striped webbing and pair it with shredded white skinny jeans for a relaxed look.

Neymar parties and kisses his girlfriend Bruna Marquezine during 26th birthday celebrations

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 Neymar outside Balmain's Spring/Summer 18 show at Paris Fashion week

Neymar outside Balmain’s Spring/Summer 18 show at Paris Fashion week

Staying true to Balmain once again – here’s Neymar before the party at Creative Director Oliver Rousteing’s Spring/Summer 2018 Womenswear show.

Looking effortlessly handsome in all-black, he mixed tailoring with a casual T-shirt for a smart look laced with nonchalance.

Neymar wore the brand’s signature double-breasted blazer with military-inspired gold buttons running through it.

This glamorous blazer will set you back £2350 but we’ve found an almost identical version from Pegasus Menswear for a mere £45.



Get his high-low look by pairing this formal blazer with a longline T-shirt and baggy straight jeans. These bargain looks on the high street will do just the trick.

Accessorise with Neymar’s favourite rosary bead-inspired cross necklace.

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 Neymar and pal Lewis Hamilton looked flashy at Tommy Hilfiger's fashion week show in New York

Neymar and pal Lewis Hamilton looked flashy at Tommy Hilfiger’s fashion week show in New York

Hanging out at fashion week once again, Neymar was snapped out on the town with his equally as trendy pal Lewis Hamilton.

Women, Fashion Has You Covered

It is a truism of the history of dress that decade-defining looks generally don’t congeal until quite late in the period they eventually come to represent. The miniskirts and Crayola colors of the 1960s, the power shoulders of the ’80s, the minimalism of the ’90s — all reached critical mass well into the midpoint of those eras, when whatever had been bubbling up in wardrobes and on sidewalks found its reflection in the wider world.

Well, we have finally reached that stage in the 2010s. The tectonic plates of fashion have shifted. Look around. What do you see?

Look to the runway: During the recent round of fashion shows, suits — and sleeves and long skirts — dominated. Look to the street, and the stores.

“Women who once bought strapless dresses with a little skirt are now buying evening gowns with sleeves and high necks,” said Claire Distenfeld, the owner of Fivestory, the destination boutique on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. “Four seasons ago we couldn’t sell a blouse, and now everyone wants a blouse. Young women who used to come in and buy Balmain’s nonexistent dresses are leaving with knee-length skirts with a sweater or blouse by Emilia Wickstead.”

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And speaking of Balmain — even that label offered long knits, long sleeves and long crocodile skins among the short-’n’-fringed styles in its last collection.

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Look to the red carpet: There was Ruth Negga owning the last awards season in a series of generously sleeved frocks, and then showing up at the Oscars almost entirely covered in red Valentino — long sleeves, high neck, long skirt — and making pretty much every top 10 best-dressed list of the night. Ditto Jessica Biel (in long-sleeved, high-necked, floor-length gold KaufmanFranco) and Isabelle Huppert (in long-sleeved, crew-necked, floor-length white Armani Privé).

Look to your own closet.

ImageRuth Negga at the 89th Academy Awards.
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I did. And I discovered that after over four decades of believing long skirts represented women’s antiliberation, acres of material that impeded progress, of choosing to get married in a short dress and wearing short dresses to the Met Gala (twice) and cheering whenever celebrities wore miniskirts to awards shows as a declaration of independence, I had acquired over the past six months not just one ankle-length skirt, but two dresses with handkerchief hems that likewise reach my feet. Also long sleeves and round necks.

“It’s a macrotrend,” said Ghizlan Guenez, founder of The Modist, a new fashion site. Which is to say, a trend that goes beyond fashion. But what exactly is it?

The end of the naked look. The beginning of a new age of female “pluri-empowerment” (as Iza Dezon, a trend forecaster, told CNN), as expressed through the kind of dress that prioritizes the individual and her needs over the clichés of female role play. Arguably it began, as these things do, at least two years ago — The New York Times began chronicling young women on the streets of Brooklyn layering clothes in creative ways that shielded or swaddled their bodies back in 2015. But it is only now reaching critical mass, thanks to a convergence of social, political and cultural factors as reflected in clothing.

Consider it this way: In 2014, Rihanna accepted the Fashion Icon Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America in a sheer rhinestone-spangled scrim of a dress by Adam Selman; last November, she accepted the Shoe of the Year award at the Footwear News Achievement Awards in a long black Vetements X Juicy Couture velvet skirt, a long-sleeved shirt draped at the waist and long gloves, with almost no skin showing at all. In 2015, Beyoncé channeled Venus on the half shell in sheer Givenchy at the Met Gala, with only bits of strategically placed floral embroidery to keep her from arrest; this year, the Met Gala celebrates a designer — Rei Kawakubo — whose last show encased the female body in oversize armless carapaces that swallowed the Betty Boop and Botero silhouettes whole.

“We live in an age of reality TV and transparency, where everything is out there,” said Lucie Greene, worldwide director of the innovation group at J. Walter Thompson.

Technology has made us comfortable with sharing everything, from late-night parties to relationship status; with tweeting thoughts in the middle of the night (if you are President Trump) or snaps of yourself in your lingerie (if you are Kim Kardashian)

The official portrait of First Lady Melania Trump.
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It is a sign of the times, though one with a touch of irony, that for Melania Trump’s official portrait, the first lady chose a black tuxedo jacket complete with black tie at the neck, a formal, almost military, and very covered-up look — as was the Ralph Lauren dress-and-bolero she chose for the inauguration, with its high neck and matching gloves.

“Images of women being intensely beautified, sexualized and shown like dolls over many years has had an impact on me, as I believe it has on us all,” Phoebe Philo, the creative director of Céline, wrote in an email. As an alternative, Ms. Philo has focused her work at Céline on designing clothes — often oversize, soft, enveloping — that act almost as a chrysalis from within which the woman can emerge.

This is one kind of aesthetic reaction, but not the only one. It is not only about hemlines, for example, at least not in the vein of Newtonian fashion physics (everything that goes up must come down). It’s not about power dressing in the old, battering-ram-shoulder sense, but in the sense that when you feel secure and comfortable and protected, you feel stronger. It is reflected in both the hip historiana of Giambattista Valli’s floral silk chiffons with their long sleeves, sweeping skirts and chaste necks, and the head-to-toe character-actor dressing at Gucci. In the boho Puritan lines of Pierpaolo Piccioli’s Valentino and the slouchy tailoring of Stella McCartney, the elegant rock-star suiting of Haider Ackermann and the wind-swept Victorian romance of Erdem. Also the swaddling chic of Michael Kors.

Since When Did a Waitlist Become Beauty’s New Normal?

Summer after summer, I have put myself on the waitlist for New York City’s Shakespeare in the Park (I still haven’t nabbed tickets). I have waited for Rubirosa’s pizza (yes, it’s as good as they say) and Mansur Gavriel’s ballerinas (the new collection is coming soon). But most recently, I played the waiting game for Biologique Recherche’s Masque Vivant, a complexion purifying and stabilizing mask so good, it garnered a three-month waitlist earlier this year when a fraction of the expected import arrived in the U.S. from France.

Having worked in the beauty department at a magazine for five years, it had been ages since I’d hit the “add-to-cart” button on anything beauty-related. But the family-owned French line had me ready to invest, and ready to pay up for its Masque Vivant magic—until I couldn’t.

“They’re sold out everywhere,” Danuta Mieloch, founder of Rescue Spa, tells me over a facial. Mieloch, who sells Biologique Recherche, was instrumental in putting the wunder-mask on the map. There was once a time when she had to convince clients to use this “brown, stinky” treatment. Now that it’s a cult-favorite, she urges clients to explore other options while they wait, like Masque Biomagic. Without fail, a stash of Lotion P50 is always on hand because “we never want to run out!”

Mieloch clues me in on the scale of the company’s shortage, adding that because “they’re a small company, and it’s a natural product—sometimes they can’t make enough.”

“Can’t,” for this established independent operation, boils down to the very admirable notion of “won’t”—quality control. The formulation requires a special fermentation process, and that process takes time.

As it turns out, this once-incomprehensible notion of a beauty waitlist is becoming more commonplace thanks, in part, to word of mouth.

The Active Botanical Serum by Vintner’s Daughter requires a waitlist, too. “People are buying two and three bottles at a time,” says founder April Gargiulo. Customers, she says, tend to re-up every eight weeks via subscription. “They’re using it on their bodies, they’re using it all over.”

Three years into the company’s run, the serum has sold out six times. And when its much-anticipated second product, Active Treatment Essence, launched this year, the projected three months’ stock sold out in three days. After subsequently being back on shelves for three weeks, it’s now sold out again until September.

“It’s a joyful problem to have, but one that we’re trying very hard to correct,” says Gargiulo. “At some point, because we’re not willing to compromise on quality, there may be a limit to what we can produce.”

“If you run out of a product it can be a real catastrophe,” says Cassandra Grey, founder of Violet Grey, but “it’s definitely much harder on the small brands than the customers that are trying to get their cream.”

Ingestible powders are also shepherding in a queue, like Agent Nateur Holi’s (Youth) The Oceanic Adaptogen and Sakara’s Metabolism Powder. Ditto at-home facial offerings like the ZIIP, a nanocurrent and microcurrent device, and Hanacure, a brush-on treatment. Mascaras, blushes, and foundations from Kjaer Weis, and deodorants from Corpus can be unavailable at times too.MOST POPULAR

“Beauty, the product, is a material thing, but it really creates an experience,” Grey adds. “If you feel better in your skin, you’re going to have a better quality of life.” You might even enjoy that Rubirosa pizza more, those ballerina flats, and eventually—maybe next summer—Shakespeare In the Park.

Times Lifetime’s Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance lied to you

Obsessed with Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance? Who isn’t a fan of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s love story — even a fictionalized version! On May 13, 2018 — just days before Harry and Meghan walked down the aisle — Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance premiered on Lifetime. As the film’s IMDb page highlights, A Royal Romance details the “meeting and courtship of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle” — and all that entails.

Although the film is based on the real Harry and Meghan, it’s not exactly a biopic. Many liberties were taken to transform the couple’s romance into a Lifetime-worthy film. “We tried to be really truthful,” co-screenwriter Scarlett Lacey explained in an interview with Elle. “We used our imaginations in places, but there was so much available, from Meghan’s own words [via her interviews and blog] … There were so many things we knew to be true, if not in words, then in spirit.” Despite trying their best to retell true events, here are all the things in A Royal Romance that didn’t actually happen.

Note: this article contains spoilers.

Harry probably wasn’t late to the couple’s first date like he was in Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance
When Prince Harry arrives to meet Meghan Markle on their blind date, he’s 40 minutes late (via Time). He may be a prince, but Meghan can still be peeved at his tardiness, right? In Lifetime’s Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance, Meghan ribs him for not being on time and jokingly shows him how to use his watch. While it’s technically possible that the real prince could’ve shown up late to the couple’s first date, it’s not likely.

“As they say in the movies, they had each other at ‘hello,'” royal biographer Andrew Morton detailed in his book Meghan: A Hollywood Princess. “[Meghan] was immediately sensitive to [Harry], aware that this was a man who, beneath the banter and the surface chatter, was looking for a safe harbor.” Morton further described their first date as “intoxicating” and revealed that Harry and Meghan were “mesmerized by one another.” There’s no indication that their date initially got off to a rocky start.

Harry wasn’t still a party boy, unlike what Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance showed
In the first ten minutes of Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance, Meghan is depicted as a hardworking actress and Harry is seen as a party boy. The film even includes a date and time — London in 2016 — for reference. It’s true that Harry had a reputation for partying during his bachelor years. In 2012, Harry “was photographed gallivanting naked in Las Vegas after a rollicking game of strip billiards” with similarly naked guys and gals, revealed. But Harry’s party boy days were long behind him by 2016. 

As The List previously reported, Harry transformed after joining the military and serving two tours in Afghanistan. In 2014, he became a staff officer in London and began aligning himself with charities. By the time Harry was set up on a blind date with Meghan, he was no longer a party animal, but a charitable and responsible member of the royal family.

Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance presents Kate Middleton as unsupportive
When fictional Prince Harry tells Prince William and Kate Middleton all about Meghan Markle in Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance, Kate reminds her brother-in-law, “She’s American. She’s divorced. Her mum is black.” She continues, saying, “She makes Wallis Simpson look like Dame Judi Dench.” Kate explains all of the backlash she and William received because of the prince’s decision to marry a “commoner.” Her intentions are pure — she wants to make sure her brother-in-law is ready for what the world may throw at him — but there’s no evidence that this conversation, or any other like it, actually happened.

We don’t know what conversations took place behind closed doors, that is true, but Kate has always been publicly supportive of the couple. When asked about Harry and Meghan’s engagement back in November 2017, Kate told the Associated Press that she and William were “absolutely thrilled” upon hearing the news and “wish them all the best.”

No, Meghan and Harry didn’t break up like they did in Lifetime’s A Royal Romance
Before the breakup scene in Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance, the fictionalized Meghan Markle attempted to break up with Prince Harry — via FaceTime! — only to have him show up on the Suits set where she was currently working. Meghan thought it best to view her Botswana trip with Harry as a fling because she and Harry lived so far apart. In the Lifetime movie, Harry’s surprise appearance apparently convinces Meghan to immediately change her mind. According to Hello! magazine, the real Harry did end up visiting Meghan on set before their relationship went public. Being a prince and all though, it’s hard to imagine Harry pulling this visit off as a surprise. It’s even more farfetched for his visit to have coincided with an almost breakup.

Later in the film, Meghan breaks up with Harry after he issues a statement about their relationship. In true Lifetime fashion, she runs to his plane to stop him from leaving and they, of course, get back together. This dramatic made-for-TV moment was likely just that: made for TV. There’s no record of Harry and Meghan ever breaking up.

Only some parts surrounding Harry’s statement in Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance were real
As previously highlighted, the breakup in Lifetime’s Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance all came down to Prince Harry’s statement, which addressed his and Meghan’s relationship and essentially demanded people — especially the media — leave Meghan alone. The statement in question is 100 percent real and it can be found on the royal family’s official site. As in the film, Harry did, in fact, call out “social media trolls” for their “outright sexism and racism.” Nevertheless, it’s very unlikely that Meghan would’ve been kept out of the loop regarding the statement. After all, it directly concerns her. Since she probably knew about the statement, this breakup wouldn’t have happened in real life.

In reality, William was also briefed of Harry’s statement. At the time, it had been reported that William didn’t approve of Harry’s decision to issue it, but Kensington Palace put that to rest. In a statement provided to Express, Kensington Palace said, “The Duke of Cambridge absolutely understands the situation concerning privacy and supports the need for Prince Harry to support those closest to him.” This is fairly close to how William reacted in the film.

What about the Hillary Clinton and frog masks in Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance?
You might think Prince Harry’s time in Toronto — and those Halloween party scenes — were totally fabricated for Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance, but, for the most part, they weren’t. “It was definitely a cloak and dagger visit,” royal expert Omid Scobie told Good Morning America (via ABC News). “Harry had been planning this for some time and made sure it was done totally undercover arriving at the airport with one security guard and going straight to her apartment.” Scobie continued, saying, “He got to meet her friends, spend time at her house, bond with her dogs. It was just like a couple just hanging out at home.” According to Scobie, that included walking Meghan’s dogs, buying Halloween decorations, and cooking together.

Though Toronto’s The Star revealed that the two attended a Halloween party together, there’s no proof that Meghan rocked a Hillary Clinton mask and that Harry was spotted in that embarrassing frog costume. And, uh, you can bet we would’ve heard all about that.

Meghan wasn’t “benched,” as Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance said
After Lifetime’s Harry and Meghan break up and get back together, a downtrodden Harry attends the wedding of Kate’s sister, Pippa Middleton. In an exchange between Harry and Kate, the prince explains, “Meghan took a redeye from Toronto so she could be my date to this wedding. Suddenly, she was benched.” Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance’s Kate responds, “It’s no ring, no bring. That’s all.” She further explains that Meghan’s appearance would’ve “totally eclipsed” her sister’s big day.

In reality, Meghan wasn’t suddenly barred from attending the wedding. She just simply wasn’t invited from the get-go. The “no ring, no bring” bit is mostly true, however. Although Myka Meier, etiquette expert and founder of Beaumont Etiquette, told People ahead of the wedding that it’s not an official royal rule, she added, “Pending how intimate Pippa wants to keep her wedding, she may very well follow the ‘no ring, no bring’ rule.” In lieu of the wedding ceremony invitation, Meghan was invited to attend the reception — and that’s just what she did.

The story behind the blackamoor brooch in Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance
We wish this part weren’t real, but the blackamoor brooch does exist. BBC News reported that many view Blackamoor figures, which were popular in the 1800s and 1900s, as racist. As Harry explained in Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance, it is a symbol of European “imperialist domination in Africa.” Unlike what took place in the Lifetime movie, a Blackamoor brooch wasn’t worn to Pippa’s wedding and it wasn’t worn by a “Lady Victoria” as she is a fictional character.

In late 2017, Princess Michael of Kent was photographed wearing a blackamoor brooch ahead of her visit to Buckingham Palace. Although wearing the brooch would’ve been seen as inappropriate no matter when it was worn, the princess donned the brooch to a Christmas banquet — where she would be meeting Harry’s then-fiancée Meghan. As such, many thought it was worn as a personal affront. Spokesman Simon Astaire insisted that “the brooch was a gift and has been worn many times before.” The princess’ spokesman also told BBC News that the royal was “very sorry and distressed that it has caused offence.”

Meghan had already met Prince Charles before the wedding
After Prince Harry confronts Lady Victoria in Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance, Prince Charles tells his son to go ahead and invite Meghan Markle. “Bring her here. I want to meet her. We both do,” Charles says, speaking for himself and his wife, Camilla. As previously stated, Meghan was already invited to the reception, so this already isn’t in line with true events. Charles continues, telling his son, “And If anyone has a problem with that, they can talk to the first in line.” This may make for a touching moment in the film, but, um, what about Pippa? You know, the bride? Charles is indeed the first in line to the throne, but we’d hope the bride would have a say in who was invited to her reception.

It’s also inaccurate that Charles and Meghan meet at Pippa’s reception. Us Weekly reported that Meghan actually met Charles much earlier at Harry’s 32nd birthday event in 2016. By Pippa’s wedding in May 2017, Meghan and her future father-in-law would’ve been pretty familiar with each other.

Kate wasn’t pregnant at Pippa’s wedding like she was in Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance
When Kate orders a virgin drink at Pippa’s wedding in Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance, she admits to Meghan that she’s pregnant with baby no. 3. She confesses that her ladies-in-waiting don’t even know yet, which makes Meghan among the first to be informed of the pregnancy. This scene worked well in the Lifetime movie, but it would’ve been physically impossible in real life.

Let’s do the math. Pippa’s wedding took place on May 20, 2017. Kate’s third child, Prince Louis, was born on April 23, 2018. Even if Kate became pregnant on the day of her sister’s wedding and somehow knew and told Meghan about it, that would’ve made her over 11 months pregnant by the time Louis was born. Had she waited a month to break the news to her future sister-in-law, that would’ve made for a year-long pregnancy. Either Kate is superhuman or this scene didn’t actually take place in real life. We’re going to go with the latter.

About those lions in Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance…
Lions play a bigger role in Lifetime’s Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance than you probably would’ve expected going in. In the film, Harry’s first experience with a lion is in Africa after the death of his mother, Princess Diana. Harry did really go to Africa at that time. “I first came in 1997, straight after my mum died,” the prince said in an interview with Town & Country in 2017. “My dad told my brother and me to pack our bags — we were going to Africa to get away from it all.”

Among the many things Harry told the publication about his love for the continent, he revealed, “This is where I feel more like myself than anywhere else in the world.” However, Harry never mentioned preventing his father from shooting a lion like he does in the film. This more than likely would’ve come up in his interview with Town & Country as he helped replace two lions’ tracking collars during his time with the interviewer. In the film, Harry believes lions embody his mother’s spirit, but there’s no evidence to support that Harry actually feels this way IRL.

Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance said Harry’s been to Disneyland
In a bit of a throwaway conversation in Lifetime’s Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance, Meghan tells Harry that their trip to Botswana has so far been better than the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland. Harry reveals to Meghan that he went to Disneyland when he was 8 years old. “[I] rode Splash Mountain like 14 times. Bloody love that place,” he says. He also tells Meghan that it was his mother’s idea to take him and William there.

There’s no record of Prince Harry having ever been to Disneyland, but this conversation is adapted nearly word for word from an interview Harry gave to Good Morning America. “It’s one of my very, very happy memories, of going to Disney World with my mum,” Harry revealed. “I went on ‘Space Mountain’ 14 times. I was like, ‘This is absolutely fantastic. This is the best thing ever.'” It’s a relatively minor change — Disney World to Disneyland and Space Mountain to Splash Mountain — but it does make you wonder why the change was made. 

Is Queen Elizabeth II really “of mixed-race” like Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance claimed?
When Meghan Markle meets Queen Elizabeth II in Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance, she immediately bonds with the queen’s corgis, which is completely true, and the meet-and-greet as a whole goes off without a hitch. We have no reason to doubt that, either. However, the next scene is what gives us pause.

The Queen says she wants to show Meghan something down the hall. Revealing a painting, Queen Elizabeth tells Meghan and Harry, “I’ve always loved this portrait of our ancestor Queen Charlotte because the painter, Ramsey, didn’t try to hide her African heritage.” With confused expressions, Harry and Meghan look over at the queen. “Oh, yes. You’re of mixed-race, Harry. So am I,” she says. “Many of her portraits tried to hide that fact, but this one is most authentic.” She adds, telling Meghan, “Much like you.”

It’s a touching moment, but not all of it is true. Or, at least it hasn’t been confirmed. Queen Charlotte was the great great-great grandmother of Queen Elizabeth. And Ramsey — that is, Sir Allen Ramsey — did indeed paint the most realistic portraits of Queen Charlotte, but the late queen’s heritage isn’t fully known. As Time reported, “historians aren’t really sure.”

The truth about the first proposal in Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance
In Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance, we get not one but two proposals. Harry first proposes to Meghan in bed while in Botswana (via Time). Meghan immediately says yes, but, as the proposal was a spur-of-the-moment thing, Harry doesn’t present her with a ring. 

Harry’s second proposal is still informal, but official. This time around, the movie repeats events as they happened in real life. There’s a chicken dinner, a beautiful ring, and a happy couple. During the couple’s first official interview with BBC News (via Today), Harry said he proposed at his apartment in Kensington Palace while the couple was preparing dinner. “It was just an amazing surprise,” Meghan explained. “It was so sweet and natural and very romantic. He got on one knee.” She added, “As a matter of fact, I could barely let you finish proposing. I said, ‘Can I say yes now?'”

While the second proposal is depicted accurately in the Lifetime movie, there’s really no reason to believe that Harry proposed to Meghan twice. As far as the public knows, the London proposal is the only time Harry asked Meghan to marry him. Plus, it likely wouldn’t have been a “surprise” if he’d already proposed.

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Fall Looks That Can Be Worn By Anyone

Clothing trends can often feel discriminatory against women, as many styles and fits only seem to work for women of a select size. In this article we’ll show you some fall looks that anyone can shop for and look good in!

1. Wine/Burgundy Colors

This deep, rich color that falls somewhere between red and purple has been a huge hit these last few years, which is great because it compliments a wider array of skin tones than bright reds. What’s even better is that because burgundy or wine is a color, it comes in an endless parade of options from cardigans to pants to boots to lipstick to hair color. So find your favorite and rock it this fall. Try these burgundy colored jeans for that extra pop of color.

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2. Florals

Florals are like burgundy in that they’re super versatile and can be found in a variety of clothing options. Florals are a unique pattern because there are so many variations in this flowery design. Larger floral designs would suit plus-size women more ideally, while subtle floral designs best compliment petite women. Florals can be worn as dresses, blouses, sweaters, leggings, shoes or hair accessories. Try a cute floral dress with tights, boots, and a jacket this fall for a fun day look.

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3. Velvet

Velvet is such a timeless fabric and works beautifully for fall looks. It also looks great on anyone because there are so many ways it can be worn. Just find your favorite velvet item and you can’t go wrong. Velvet can be found in an assortment of colors, and can be worn as a  vest, trousers, blouses, dresses, hats or kimonos. It will definitely show off your personality, with its soft beautiful texture.

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4. Flair Jeans

While we all love the skinny jeans, flair jeans are a more flattering silhouette for any shape or size. They hug the curves in all the right places, making any woman feeling curvy and sexy, while adding length and width to the lower half of the leg, creating the illusion of extra height. While this style of jean can be pretty long on women with shorter legs, pairing with the right heels should solve that issue. Jeans are also one of those garments that need to be shopped around for until you find the perfect pair, and the flair style is great silhouette to start with.

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5. Plaid

Plaid is a fall staple that will probably never go away, but that’s good to know, because with a pattern it comes in so many clothing options that anyone can find something they like. While plaid flannel shirts are super common in the fall, and those work for anyone, try a blanket scarf cardigan. These usually come in a one-size and work for women who are both petite or plus-size. And they keep you cozy on those chilly fall days. Plaid can also be worn as pants, a hat, a regular scarf, or shoes, and they come in so many colors and variety of pattern (bold to small), so they work for everyone.

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6. All Black Everything

While some of us wear black year round (not recommended during the heat of the summer), black is most ideal for fall and winter. Black is a neutral and seriously looks great on anyone, no matter their age, body type or skin tone. Wearing all black outfits takes the guess work out of getting dressed in the mornings and keeps thing simple, classy and sophisticated. Not to mention black is great a shaping and hiding any areas that some may wish to draw attention away from.

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The truth about blue eyes

“Pale Blue Eyes” by the Velvet Underground. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses. “I Still Miss Someone” by Johnny Cash. Those are just a few of the utterly ubiquitous amounts of songs out there about blue eyes, usually about someone yearning or pining for a lover with eyes the color of the sky. So there’s definitely a cultural obsession with those of the blue-eyed persuasion, whether it’s celebrating their unique beauty or expressing fear about their alleged icy cold-hearts.

All emotions and broken hearts aside, there’s a lot to learn about not just blue eyes themselves, but also the people who peer out at the world through them. Whether it’s due to weird scientific facts, related health conditions, or just plain genetics, those with baby blues are just a little bit different than their brown-eyed counterparts. So without further ado, read on to learn the truth about blue eyes and the population of people who have them.

There’s no blue pigment in blue eyes
Even though blue eyes appear to be, well, blue, they’re actually not blue at all. It sounds crazy, but here’s no such thing as blue pigment when it comes to our peepers — you’re either melanated or not very melanated at all. And if you’re melanated in each layer of the iris like the majority of the human race, then you would have brown eyes that are actually brown (via Gizmodo) — no optical illusions there!

So if there’s no pigment in the front layers of the iris of blue eyed-people (there is some melanin in the back layer), what mechanism is at work that makes them look blue?  According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, blue eyes look blue for the same reason that both the ocean and the sky appear to be blue: it’s simply a trick of the light. This is called the Tyndall Effect, which is the way that light scatters in blue eyes, giving rise to the blue appearance. Fascinating, no?

Only a small percentage of people have blue eyes
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Although there are a ton of actors, models, and other celebs who have blue eyes, which can make these colored eyes seem like a common asset (at least on television), not all that many people are lucky enough to boast baby blues. In fact, the most common eye color throughout the entire world is brown, according to an article in World Atlas. Specifically, 79 percent of human beings have eyes the color of coffee and chocolate, dwarfing every other eye color as the dominant phenotype. 

So just how many people have blue eyes around the world? World Atlas estimates that approximately 8 to 10 percent of human beings are blessed with cerulean peepers. Of course, plenty of folks who don’t have blue eyes can fake it with contacts, as celebs like Selena Gomez and Nicki Minaj have done on occasion. But you can always tell the difference between a natural blue and an artificial blue — it’s a pretty hard color to fake.

But blue eyes are not the rarest eye color
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Although the odds of having blue eyes are markedly lower than having brown eyes, blue isn’t the rarest of all eye colors. In fact, it’s actually the second most common eye color out there, according to an article in World Atlas, which is a little surprising given that 8 to 10 percent isn’t exactly a huge swath of the population.

But it turns out that having hazel eyes is less common than having either blue or brown eyes, as only 5 percent of people have that color in their irises. Additionally, approximately 5 percent of the world’s population have amber-colored eyes, although sometimes this is confused with the hazel pattern. Less common than either of those shades is green, as only 2 percent of the world’s population is blessed with that phenotype.

The most rare eye colors in the world are gray eyes, red/violet eyes (which are often in people with severe forms of albinism), and eyes with heterochromia (different colored eyes), all clocking in at less than one percent of all people worldwide. They’re the real unicorns here!

This is where blue eyes are the most common
Blue eyes can appear to be more or less common depending where in the world you are, as the phenotype is much more common in some places. In fact, sometimes the majority of people in an area have blue eyes. For example, if you were strolling through Estonia or taking a vacation in Finland, not having blue eyes would be rare, as 89 percent of the populations of those countries have azure irises, according to World Atlas. That’s a lot!

After that, there’s a significant drop, although blue eyes are still the majority in Ireland and Scotland, at 57 percent and 50 percent, respectively. England is next on the list with 48 percent, while 45 percent of people in Wales have baby blues. Belgium and France clock in at seventh and eighth on the list, with 28.9 percent of people in the former having blue eyes and 20.2 percent having blue eyes in the latter. Finally, at places nine and ten are the United States and Spain, both with just over 16 percent of the population possessing cerulean eyes.

Everyone with blue eyes has a common ancestor
Plenty of people have blue eyes today, and there have been people with blue eyes for thousands of years. But believe it or not, that wasn’t always the case. Thanks to the scientists at Copenhagen University, we now know that somewhere between 6,000 to 10,000 years ago, everyone had brown eyes, according to Science Daily. But at some point during that time, a mutation occurred on the OCA2 gene, which controls how much melanin we produce. Specifically, this mutation essentially acted like a “switch” and “turned off” people’s ability to produce brown eyes. Thus blue eyes were born!

Not only did the team at the university identify the mutation that created blue eyes, but they also discovered that everyone with blue eyes has something in common. “From this we can conclude that all blue-eyed individuals are linked to the same ancestor,” said Professor Hans Eiberg. “They have all inherited the same switch at exactly the same spot in their DNA.” That’s unlike brown-eyed folks, who have significant differences in their DNA related to melanin production.

This is why it looks like blue eyes change color
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If you are the lucky owner of a set of cobalt peepers, chances are you’ve noticed that your eyes appear to change color, sometimes looking bluer or grayer — or even lighter or darker. That was certainly the case with the famous movie actress Elizabeth Taylor, whose bright blue eyes could look violet when the light hit them just right.

There’s a reason blue eyes appear to change color, which is related to why they look blue in the first place. You guessed it: It all depends on how much light is both coming into and reflecting out of the eye, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Additionally, the color of the eye can look different depending on the color of clothing that a person wears, as well as the color and style of makeup that’s applied around the eye.

To be fair, people with green and hazel eyes are also prone to seemingly color-changing irises as well, so this isn’t unique to blue-eyed folks. But it’s notable nonetheless.

Why do some babies’ blue eyes turn brown?
If you’re a parent, or are close to someone who’s had a baby, you might have had the experience of watching the eyes of an infant change color from bright blue to green or brown. That’s why you can’t know what someone’s eye color will be when they grow up until about the six-month mark, according to an article published by McGill University. 

The reason that many babies are born with blue eyes that can later change to brown is, once again, due to the way melanin functions in the human body. When a baby is born, melanin hasn’t yet been fully deposited into the iris of the child’s eye, which results in the iris being blue. But after a certain period, the genetics kick in and melanin production either ramps up, changing the color of the baby’s eye, or doesn’t, rendering the color of the iris blue for life. It’s just one more way that the human body is truly a mystery.

Brown-eyed parents can have a child with blue eyes
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“You have your parent’s eyes.” So goes the old adage, which celebrates the notion that children will always resemble at least one of their biological parents. So if you happen to be the bearer of big blue eyes, shouldn’t your wee one also inherit them? Conversely, if both you and your partner are of the brown-eyed persuasion, wouldn’t it logically follow that your children will be too?

Of course, given the complexity of genetics, it’s not that simple. Surprisingly, two brown-eyed parents can have a child with blue eyes, according to an article published by the University of Delaware. Additionally, two blue-eyed parents can give birth to a brown-eyed baby. 

So what’s the reasoning? In a nutshell, eye color is not determined by one single allele or recessive gene. Rather, it’s determined by several different genes, as well as the interplay between them. So don’t be surprised if your child has eyes that don’t resemble either parent — it’s just how genetics work.

Are blue eyes more sensitive to light than others?
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Everyone needs vitamin D in their bodies, according to a journal article in Environmental Health Perspectives, so it’s important to get a little sunlight on a regular basis. But depending on the color of your skin, you have to be varying degrees of careful when you step outside, lest you wind up with a sunburn, according to the American Cancer Society. So if you’re light-skinned, you’re more at risk, though everyone should take precautions when they go out, regardless of skin color. 

Just as you have to be careful with your skin when you’re outside, you also have to protect your eyes accordingly, especially if they’re light-colored. “Clinically speaking, people with blue or light-colored irises do tend to be more light-sensitive,” ophthalmologist Ruth Williams explained in an interview with Everyday Health. “This is likely due to the sparsity of light-absorbing pigment in the eye.” That means you should never leave your sunglasses at home, especially if you have blue eyes.

People with blue eyes may have an increased risk of cancer
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Although having blue eyes (or light-colored eyes) is considered quite beautiful, there is one disadvantage that comes along with this phenotype. Unfortunately, those pretty eyes mean you’re more susceptible to cancer, according to an article in Everyday Health. Specifically, fair-eyed folks are more at risk of developing melanoma of the uvea (that’s the middle layer of your eye) than their brown-eyed counterparts. Yikes!

Fortunately, there’s a pretty simple way to protect your precious peepers from harmful UV rays, according to ophthalmologist Dr. Ruth Williams. “People with light iris color need to be diligent in wearing UV-protected sunglasses,” she advised. The other good news is that melanoma of the uvea is pretty rare, and only six out of one million people are diagnosed with it annually. Phew!

Once again, taking precautions with your skin in the sunlight is also important, as fair-eyed people are also more prone to getting skin cancer. Be careful out there!

Blue eye color can impact your vision
It might sound a little bit crazy to some, but your eye color can have an impact on the quality of your vision, according to optometrist Richard L. Ison. “Because of the lack of pigment in lighter color eyes — like blue or green eyes as opposed to brown — you get a lot more unwanted light and that can create glare problems,” he shared in an article in ESPN. Who knew?

That’s why baseball player Josh Hamilton decided to don a pair of colored contact lenses during the day to reduce the glare and improve his vision. “I’ve never worn contact lenses in my life and I really would like to see the ball in the daytime,” he revealed. “So therefore I’m trying any means possible to do that.” Given that his stats were better at night, he wanted to see if this approach would help him improve in the daytime. Fortunately for Hamilton, he said it did. 

Do people with blue eyes handle pain better than others?
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Although our blue-eyed brethren are indeed at a greater risk of cancer, the news isn’t all bad, as there’s also a bit of a super power that comes with having blue eyes. As it turns out, blue- and green-eyed ladies have a higher pain tolerance than people with brown or hazel eyes, according to an article in Medical Daily.

This information came to light thanks to a study conducted by Dr. Inna Belfer, a geneticist at the University of Pittsburgh. She surveyed 58 expectant mothers as they went through the birthing process and found that light-eyed women experienced less pain and discomfort while in labor. She also found that light-eyed women were less likely to develop anxiety or depression once the baby had arrived than dark-eyed women were, all thanks to having less melanin.

Belfer also shared that she plans on continuing research in this area. “We are going to see if there is a link between eye color and clinical pain… in men and in women, and in different pain models other than the labor pain model,” she shared in an article in Medscape Medical News. Fascinating!

Do people with blue eyes really drink more?
Another strange thing that comes with having blue eyes has to do with alcohol consumption, according to an article published in ResearchGate. In the study, scientists relied on archival data to determine how eye color has an impact on how much individuals drink and how well they can tolerate alcohol.

Specifically, there were two samples of people that they studied: one group of 10,860 white men (who were prison inmates) and one group of 1,862 white women who responded to a nationwide survey. What they found was that in both groups, individuals with dark eyes drank a notably smaller amount of alcohol than their light-eyed counterparts. This conclusion was consistent with prior findings that brown-eyed people are more susceptible to the effects of some medications as well.

Additionally, the researchers concluded that dark-eyed folks are less likely to become dependent on alcohol, as their heightened sensitivity prevents them from drinking the quantity that would make them physically dependent in the first place. What a weird fact!

Blue-eyed men prefer women with blue eyes
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Another fun fact about blue eyes has to do with men and their dating and relationship preferences. According to a study published in the journal Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, blue-eyed men find blue-eyed women more attractive than women with any other eye color. That wasn’t the case for blue-eyed women, who didn’t demonstrate a specific preference for blue-eyed men. Additionally, the brown-eyed men and women also didn’t show a proclivity for members of the opposite sex with any one eye color, making the blue-eyed men the outlier.

What’s the theory as to why this is the case? The researchers attribute this preference to what they call paternity uncertainty, which is an anxiety that can cause men to question if the child is biologically theirs. Given that blue eyes are considered to be a clear genetic mechanism of inheritance, it makes sense that men would be assured by seeing himself in his progeny. That would give him the confidence that the child is truly his. 

The 10 things we’ll all be wearing this season now that summer has *finally* arrived (touch wood)

We don’t want to tempt fate, but it seems as though the weather may have finally caught up with the seasonal calendar.

After a month of no sun at all followed by several weeks spent sheltering in a shop doorway from torrential rain one minute, and from our sweaty tube neighbour’s dripping forehead the next, we’d like to tentatively declare this week the official (whisper it) start of summer.

And, as we always say, an official change in season welcomes requires a fresh new wardrobe.


And, thankfully, this summer is a sartorial scorcher.

Wave goodbye to your little black dress! These influencers are dubbing the LWD the new staple piece


Wave goodbye to your little black dress! These influencers are dubbing the LWD the new staple piece
If this weather continues, we may have to wait for our summer hols before we can truly indulge, but before we step foot on that plane we can have a lot of fun conjuring up visions of our new season aesthetic.

So which #lewks are going to prevail?

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    If you so much as glanced at your Instagram feed last summer, you no doubt spotted a Jacquemus La Bomba hat. Now entirely synonymous with SS18, it seems brands are vying for similar cult status next season by producing their own delicious incarnations that we already can’t get enough of.
    Spotted at: Rejina Pyo (left), Xiao Li (centre), Yuhan Wang/Fashion East (right), Ryan Lo and Simone Rocha
    Cycling shorts may have stolen the show last year, but – and thank the Lord – next season things are looking a little looser. Tailored, micro, knee-length… skirts may be given a few months off as we all look to the more boyish alternative for our new summer go-to.
    Spotted at: Alexa Chung (left), Margaret Howell (centre), Rejina Pyo (right) and Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
    Having had a successful run last year, pleats are back for SS19 but this time they’re a whole lot more intricate. Tighter than before, the micro pleat provides maximum impact as it generates not only more movement but also a more fluctuating silhouette as it expands and contracts. Science-y, eh?
    Spotted at: Givenchy (left), Preen by Thornton Bregazzi (centre), Balmain (right), Pringle and Roland Mouret
  7. TIE-DYE
  8. TIE-DYE
    I know. We were all surprised at the recurrence of this 60s print, but alas it seems tie-dye truly is back in fash. Admittedly, 2019’s take on the trend is a hell of a lot chicer. Make like Stella with a no-holds-barred approach and opt for a bold matching two-piece, or – if you’re anything like us – you’ll likely favour a more subtle beach maxi.
    Spotted at: Stella McCartney (left), Prabal Gurung (centre) and R13 (right)
    While models over at Halpern, Ashish and David Koma were teetering precariously atop stiletto heels, things at Valentino and Simone Rocha were a whole lot more down to earth. About six inches closer to said earth, to be precise. And boy are we looking forward to spending next season in comfy, fancy flats for the sake of #fashun.
    Spotted at: Valentino (left), Simone Rocha (centre), Temperley London (right) and Burberry
    If last summer’s unpredictable weather taught us anything, it’s that you can never be too prepared. So providing you also carry a bikini, sunglasses and knee-high wellington boots with you at all times, these fair-weather waterproofs should serve you well.
    Spotted at: Max Mara (left), Marc Jacobs (centre), Jil Sander (right), Sportmax and Etro
    With last autumn’s obsession with the cowboy boot, it was almost inevitable that there would be another Western-inspired trend infiltrating our wardrobes next season. Adorning everything from jackets to skirts via handbags and everything in-between, who knows… maybe we’ll be cutting our hair to fit too.
    Spotted at: Coach (left), Tom Ford (centre) and Cushnie
  15. NEON
  16. NEON
    Not one for the faint-hearted, vibrant zesty hues are back with a bang this year after endless seasons of the fashion pack drooling over all things pastel. If you’re feeling extra brave opt for a double-dose à la Jasper Conran.
    Spotted at: Natasha Zinko (left), Jasper Conran (centre), Roksanda (right), Rejina Pyo, House of Holland and Ashish
    Bold shoulders are no new thing, but rather than padded, boxy numbers, next season’s take is a whole lot puffier. Often gathered at the shoulder with pleats of elastic, they work particularly well with square necklines on feminine dresses. Here’s hoping the weather allows us to forgo a jacket, or that volume could provide a stumbling block.
    Spotted at: Brock Collection (left), Rodarte (centre), Saint Laurent (right), Mara Hoffman and Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
    Have sequins ever not been on trend? Perhaps not, but they were so prevalent at this month’s shows that we can’t ignore them. Offered up in endless incarnations, opt for a more gently beaded style – like Ashish’s mint green jumpsuit – for a friend’s birthday dinner, before swapping into blindingly glitzy Halpern-like number for your own.
    Spotted at: Ashish (left), Halpern (centre), House of Holland (right), David Koma and Roberta Einer

Plaid pants

Looking to style and accessorize your plaid pants? From crop tops to graphic tees to basic white sneaks and leather jackets, these plaid pants outfit looks coordinate well for any occasion. Whether you’re searching for classic, urban or a preppy feel, I’ve rounded up what’s trending this season and how to rock it.

Retro Matching Sets
Coachella anyone? Take a step back in time with the plaid pants matching sets. Nostalgic looks are always a good idea. Paired with a mini retro clutch, this ensemble is a fun and flirty option for festivals, concerts or even Sunday brunch.

Knotted White-T
Tight-fitted and high-waisted plaid pants go seamlessly with a graphic white t-shirt. Knotting it in the front or side gives it a self-made crop top vibe. With baggy short sleeves, a chained cross body clutch and strappy sandal pumps, this plaid pants outfit is both comfy and chic.
Urban rocker
Kat Von D reminiscing anyone? This basic black Chanel crop top adds a bit of high fashion to this laid back plaid pants outfit, but pairing any graphic tee with add that edgy vibe. With chunky heeled booties, silver buckled leather belt and dark circular frames, this ensemble shouts rocker.
The 90’s aethetic just keeps on keeping on. Classic red plaid pants and staple black Doc Martens would excite any 90’s kids out there. Matched with a spaghetti strap tank and topknot, you’re ready to go.

The 90’s aethetic just keeps on keeping on. Classic red plaid pants and staple black Doc Martens would excite any 90’s kids out there. Matched with a spaghetti strap tank and topknot, you’re ready to go.

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5) Cable Knit Cowlneck

Chunky cable knit cowlnecks are timelessly classic for any cool day. Throw in a leopard print bag and multi-strap caged pumps and you can take on the town.

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6) Sneaker Effect

Whether you go with high tops or tennis shoes, a basic white pair of sneakers gives a sporty yet athleisure look when paired with a classic sweater and preppy grey plaid pants.

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7) Cinched Waist

Highlight your waist with the cinched and tied plaid pants. Sport it with a loose graphic tee and dainty choker necklace for effortless style.

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8) Off-The-Shoulder

The high-waisted plaid pants pair well with an off-the-shoulder crop top. Styled with multi-layered necklaces and a cross body purse gets you ready for summer.

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9) Flowey Blouse

For the girl trying to incorporate plaid pants into her workday attire, usea flowey blouse in warm tones like mustard or burnt orange. Add on a patterned blazer to give this business appropriate style a differentiated look.

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10) Beanie and Bootie

Perhaps the most popular look to pair with plaid pants is the beanie and bootie combo. Whether they are chunky heeled, stilletto or flat-soled booties, choosing the right booties can add an edgy vibe. Put on a classic black beanie, graphic tee and circular frames to go along with the statement plaid pants. Adding a structured leather jacket gives a moto chic vibe to look extra.

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11) Pattern Mixing

The flared plaid pants exude a 60’s hippie vibe, but mixing it with an opposite patterned or textured jacket and pointed-toe pumps elevates the style to a modern feel.

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12) Conductor Cap

We all know and love the conductor cap right now. So tack that on to your plaid pants outfit with a fitted classic turtleneck for a refined style.

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13) Fire Engine Red

Red. Another major color scene across the runways this season. Incorporate this daring hue into your outfit with enlarged statement frames, a red lip, classic black beanie and bright red long coat. A varsity jacket-like stitching to a black tank adds tactility.

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14) City Fit Classic

This look is perfect for work or business settings. Mixed with traditional loafers and a fitted v-neck, this outfit is is a great way to ease into the plaid trend.

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15) Casual and Cool

If you are feeling like hopping into something cozy, yet chic then this look is for you. Choose simple black and white plaid pants paired with a loose-fitting caramel toned sweater. Matched with a classic leather clutch and metallic booties, you are ready for funday Sunday.

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Fashion is something that is in vogue. This particularly refers to clothing, hairstyle, footwear and various accessories. People these days are very particular about staying in style and thus follow the fashion trends religiously. Various kinds of fashions come in trend around the world every now and then. India is a land of varied culture and thus different fashion trends are followed in different parts of the country.

Indian fashion industry saw boon, post liberalization in the 1990’s. In the succeeding decades, fashion industry in India has progressed to becoming multimillion dollar industry which gives employment to thousands. Delhi, Mumbai and Calcutta act as the fashion hubs of India, while many other major cities like Bangalore and Hyderabad also have production and rental facilities.


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Fashion is anything that becomes a rage among the masses. We see different fashion trends pouring in and taking the market by storm. Clothing is especially one such arena that sees changing fashion trends that are followed by vast number of people.

People these days love to dress up well in order to look presentable in the society. To keep up with the changing times, people upgrade their style according to the latest trend in the market.

Women are particularly inclined towards following the fashion and thus keep a tab on the latest trends. A few years back long kurtis were in fashion. Almost every woman, especially those living in the urban areas, was seen wearing long kurtis in different designs, patterns and style. After a few years, the trend of wearing short kurtis came in and women instantly switched to short kurtis. Anyone wearing a long kurti while the shorter ones were in trend looked rather weird. In today’s times, people have become very particular about the fashion as it gives them a sense of belonging. It makes helps them be one with the society and not look the odd one out.

Fashion has thus become more than a style these days and almost has become a necessity of everyone.



Fashion has become extremely important among the students. Gone are the days when parents kept their kids away from the world of fashion and made them wear simple clothes so that their entire focus could be on their studies. These days, parents encourage their children to follow the latest fashion to look smart and presentable. They buy new clothes and accessories for their children and ensure they dress up smartly.

Parents Responsible for Fashion Craze among Students

Everyone wants to look good these days and it is not a bad thing. However, too much of it can have a negative impact especially on the students. In their age when they should be encouraged to study and participate in extra-curricular activities to explore their interest, parents often grow concerned about their looks.

Our society is becoming a place where everyone wants to show off. People want to show of how well-off they are, how good they look, how they have all the knowledge about the latest fashion trends and how they are equipped with the latest gadgets. They dress their kids in the best of clothes not only during social gatherings but even as they head to the nearby mall or park. They also buy the latest gadgets for their kids.

Fashion among College Students

Colleges have always been a place where students get the freedom to wear what they want. Everyone wants to look good and thus looks for the best clothes, footwear, accessories and bags which are in-line with the latest fashion. Both girls and boys are seen wearing beautiful fashionable clothes. They are also seen wearing smart watches and using latest mobiles that are in vogue.

Fashion trends keep changing frequently and the college students shop as frequently to change their wardrobe and flaunt the latest trend.


Students these days have grown very particular about fashion. They love flaunting the latest fashion trends and create a style statement of their own.



The youth of our country follows the fashion trends like no other generation. Unlike the elderly people, the young people love experimenting with their looks. They do not hesitate in trying new things and accepting change. Hence, they are always on the lookout for new fashion trends.

Fashion and Youth

The Corporate Culture

The youth in our country has never been as conscious about fashion as it has become in the current times. The culture in our country is changing by the day. People these days work in corporate offices that follow the culture of socialising. Corporate parties and social gatherings are thrown every now and then. People come dressed up in the best of their clothes in these parties in order to impress their colleagues and clients.

A person’s appearance goes a long way in making an impression and hence a lot of importance is given to dressing up well. Now, dressing-up well has become synonymous to dressing up as per the latest fashion, keeping in mind the place and occasion. The young lot especially takes out time to shop for fashionable outfits, watches, bags/ wallets and footwear to look their best not only during special events but even on a regular day.

The Role of Social Media

Social Media has also increased the fashion craze among the youth. People, especially the young lot, flaunt everything on the social media. They post their pictures wearing trendy clothes, using the latest gadgets and chilling out at the most happening pubs and restaurants. All this has become fashionable in today’s times. Posting pictures and viewing the pictures posted by others is the favourite past time of the youth today. They inspire each other to look fashionable by way of such pictures and posts. They purchase fashionable clothes and visit happening places in their town and show it off via social media platforms.

Feel Good Factor

In today’s times, when there is so much competition and stress all around, fashion offers a sense of release from all these things. It is rightly said, when you look good you feel good. The youth follows this mantra religiously. Following fashion and staying in style renders a feel good factor and the youth is thus inclined to take on this path.


For the youth, following fashion has become a way of life. They keep a tab on the latest fashion trends by way of the internet and incorporate them in their lives. They are highly inspired by the celebrities and try to imitate their style to look like them.



Fashion Trends change with every passing season. People who dress up according to the latest fashion trends are considered up to mark while those who stick to the old ones are called outdated. In today’s times our fashion and style reflects our personality to a large extent.

Fashion Trends among Young Girls

Young girls come on the top most position when it comes to following fashion trends. They are also the ones who have a plethora of choices when it comes to fashionable clothes, accessories, bags, footwear and hair styles.

While in the earlier times, young girls used to take a cue about the latest fashion trends from the fashion magazines, latest television shows and movies in today’s times it has become much easier to find out what’s in vogue. While the internet made it easy, the advent of the social media has made it easier. Young girls follow fashion forums and blogs to know what is trending in the world of fashion. They also follow their favourite celebrities on social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook to view their latest pictures. They are inspired by the beautiful dresses, hair styles and accessories of the celebrities and try to incorporate them.

Denim jeans have been in vogue for the young girls since decades and continue to be in fashion even today. However, a number of new western dresses are in fashion these days. Girls are seen wearing skirts, spaghetti tops, shorts, short dresses, ripped T-shirts, crop tops, off shoulders and a lot of other stuff. Different kinds of T-shirts and dresses with different cuts and designs come in fashion from time to time and the market is flooded with the same.

Fashion Trends among Young Men

Young men these days have also grown quite fashion conscious. They also follow their favourite celebrities on the social media and try to look as cool as them. These days, young boys have started going to the salons more than ever. They get their hair coloured and nails trimmed.

They also look for latest fashion clothing and dress up accordingly. Young men are especially fond of watches and shoes. They keep a track of the latest watches launched by different brands and flaunt them to amp their style. Likewise, they also keep a tab on the latest shoe trends and incorporate them. Many men look up to certain celebrities and dress up like them.

Fashion Trends among the Middle Aged People

Not just the youth of the country but the middle aged people are equally fashion conscious. They hate being called old and outdated and thus follow the latest fashion trends consistently. There are a whole lot of options when it comes to the middle aged men and women and these trends keep changing too.

While the clothes and accessories for the youth is more vibrant and loud, the fashion wear for the middle aged people is more subtle and renders them an elegant look.


Fashion trends are ever changing. While dressing up as per the latest fashion makes us look good however before following any trend blindly we must ensure that the particular style suits us.



Fashion has become an integral part of our society in the modern times. We belong to a society where people give importance to the look of a person more than anything else. A person’s social status and personality is judged looking at his outward appearance. People follow the latest fashion trends to look and feel good and impress others.

Fashion: To Keep Pace with the Society

People these days have become extremely judgemental and more than a person’s mannerism and character, they give importance to his/ her physical appearance. A person who dresses up according to the latest fashion and style is liked by everyone around. Everyone likes to befriend such a person. He/she becomes an inspiration for the others. People mistake this outward beauty for intelligence and seek opinion from such people and like to socialise with them.

It is as if following fashion has become essential to keep up with the pace of the society. A person who is well-dressed as per the latest fashion is looked upon by others.

Different Places; Different Fashion Trends

India is a land of varied cultures. The culture of a place plays an important role in setting the fashion trend of that place. While the Kanchivaram saree is in fashion in Tamil Nadu, short kurti and patiala salwar is in vogue in Punjab. Likewise, tunics, churidars and pherans are in fashion in Kashmir while lungi is in style in Kerela. The cuts and patterns of these attires keep changing with times and people follow these latest trends.

Fashion: Inspired by Celebrities

While the fashion trends in different regions of India are different, people living in the metropolitan cities in the country follow a rather common trend mostly inspired by Bollywood celebrities.

New fashion trends come to life with new movies and television shows. New look is rendered to the actors in every new release in order to make their characters look different. New kinds of attires, hair styles and accessories are introduced and they become a rage among the people.

The people in our country look up to the Bollywood celebrities as style icons. They keep a tab on every new trend followed by them and try to incorporate them. Many a times, the T-shirts, dresses, suits, shoes, belts and jewellery worn by the celebrities become extremely popular among the masses. Replicas of their designer wear are made available in the market and are sold like hot buns.

These trends stay for a few weeks or months and are replaced by new ones. People do not hesitate changing their wardrobe with the changing fashion.

Fashion: Inspired by the West

Today, most of the fashion trends in India have been inspired by the west. Gone are the days when people only wore sarees, salwar kameez and kurta pyjamas. The youth of the country is inspired by the western culture and this does not only reflect in their thinking but also in the fashion trends they follow.

The girls are seen wearing different types of western outfits including jeans, T-shirts, skirts, frocks and shorts among other clothing items. Boys also prefer wearing trousers, shorts, denim jeans and T-shirts rather than the Indian attires. The western clothes appear more liberating and comfortable and these have thus become a fashion here.

Indian Fashion Designers: Inspiring the West

We haven’t only drawn inspiration from the west but have also inspired them when it comes to fashion. The comfortable cotton kurtas and designer Indian sarees have become quite popular in the western countries. Flaunting a bindi has also become a fashion trend among the women in the west.


Thus, fashion holds an important place in the life of people today. It has become a way of expression. As Bill Cunningham puts it, “Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life”.

Hailey Baldwin adn Justin Bieber on a pre-weeding vacation

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Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber are on a pre-wedding vacation and documented it on Instagram last night. Bieber shared a photo of their feet (hmm) on the beach, writing, “Getaways with you are all I need.”
On Tuesday, the pop star shared that the couple took date night to the beach in a sweet post he shared on Instagram, his second since opening up to followers in an emotional letter he shared earlier this week.

“Getaways with you are all I need,” the singer-songwriter captioned a photo of their feet in the sand with a box of drinks on the side.

Baldwin also posted some photos from their date night, cuddling up to her husband in a sweet selfie as he wraps his arms around her and lovingly kisses her head.

“The most perfect day with my person :),” she wrote, also sharing photos of the beach and their drinks.

A Bieber source tells PEOPLE that the couple have had a busy summer together — between wedding planning and work — and confirms that the “Sorry” singer has been doing incredibly well with Baldwin by his side.

“Justin and Hailey are having a great summer. Between work and planning their wedding, they are also super busy,” the source tells PEOPLE. “Justin has been working in the studio. He really seems to be back feeling more like himself. And he seems very motivated to create new music.”

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