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5 Trends that Will Die in 2015

I’ve dedicated these past two weeks to blogging about trends that you will see this season. That is why I think it is important to also blog about trends that have reached the end of their time. So please, spare us, and don’t fall victim to one of these trends in 2015.


The Side Shave

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OUT: Shaving the side of your head or slicking back one part to give off the impression.

IN: Naturally pinning back your hair (both sides).


Contouring

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OUT: Kontouring was made famous by the Kardashians and was all the rage throughout 2014.

IN: Out with the old, and in with the new. A subtle glow is taking over the contouring trend. Focus on highlighting your cheek bones while keeping the rest of your face natural looking. It will result in an awesome glow.


Head-to-Toe Normcore

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OUT: As told by The New York Times, “Normcore” is a term derived from a fashion movement in 2014. It is when those utterly famous for their outfit choices, swear off street-style cliches in favor of a bland suburban anti-fashion attire. [ie. trading in your Miu Miu pumps for python sneakers, mom jeans, and over-sized sweatshirts.]

IN: We are tired of this bullsh*t!! We want you back, street style cliches!


Kardashian Basics
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OUT: This “new” Kardashian style has seamlessly taken over 2014. Enough, we get it, you like realllllly form fitting crop top that show your perfectly sculpted abs and that super tight pencil skirt that you probably own in every single color.

IN: Subtle sexiness. Sex appeal doesn’t have to be as obvious as people are making it. Take some hints from (my guess) 2015 Fashion’s It Girl, Gigi Hadid by being sexy without trying too hard.


Ombre

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OUT: Ombre, a trend that has resurrected and stayed with us for more than two years now is slowly but surely finding it’s way out.

IN: But what will replace it? A highlighting strategy called Baliage. It is the art of meticulously painting on your highlights in order for a more natural sun kissed look.


Which will you miss the most?

xoVS

2015 Style Forecasting: Spring Wardrobe

Each season we select the most recurring runway trends and stamp them to be the faces of the time to come. Spring 2015 is no different. We see and we choose and here are the 2015 Spring clothing trends.


Bell Bottoms

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They are flattering, they are stylish and they are totally making a comeback. Bell bottoms will be your jeans of choice this Spring as seen on Coach, Hellessy, and Derek Lam.

TIP: If the fit is not perfect they will not work. Keep the top portion slim while making sure the hem grazes the ground.


Fringe

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This trend borrowed from the 20’s was seen all over the runways this season. What’s not to love? It’s flirty while creating movement. [Seen on: Proenza Schouler, Creatures of Comfort, Tory Burch.] — Dress from Reformation.

TIP: It is easy to go over the top when dealing with such a playful trend. Just remember, if you have to question yourself on the amount of fringe you are wearing, it is probably too much.


Striped Parisian

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Take a cue from Wildfox’s Cruise 15 lookbook, and amp up your stripes. When reading about this trend I chuckled because of this similar blog post and then got super excited because of the new Free People catalog. Let’s just say I am pumped and may be donning one too many dresses.

TIP: HORIZONTAL STRIPES DO NOT MAKE YOU LOOK FAT but do play up your assets. Try using stripes as an accessory. Just remember, thicker stripes accentuate more.


Ruffles

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Feminine touches are big for spring. Ruffles being one, are exceptionally flattering. #Obsessed

TIP: Refer to the TIP for Fringe.


Cold Shoulder

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People might look at this trend and think “Really? It looks like she took scissors to her shoulders.” But this is the new shoulder pad baby and it can amp up a simple as shown above.

TIP: Don’t listen to the haters. If you like it, wear it!


Gingham Style

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BEWARE: following this trend we may see one too many DIY tutorials about how to turn your picnic blanket into a dress. But DVF says it is chic so I say it is chic.

TIP: Please just buy the dress and not be the person whose dress has grass stains on it!!!


Flower Bomb

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Add flowers to the list of things that makes a look feminine. Oh and then wear it because it was all over the 2015 Spring Runway shows.

TIP: Go big or go home.


White Out

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Throw out your LBD (well not literally) because sleek white dresses are all the rave this Spring.

TIP: The purest white is the way to go.


Robe Belt

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These thick Judo inspired belts are a must for Spring 2015. They are the perfect way to revamp the way you accentuate your waist.

TIP: Leave the belt loosely draped for an effortless look.

xoVS

2015 Style Forecasting: Makeup

Taking a cue from the models who have donned makeup free looks to match their effortless street style, 2015 is all about being natural. This is a look that I personally adore. A fresh face of makeup can soften up a look to no end. But if you do like a bold color, you are in luck because warm colors are coming back in a big way.


Strong Brows

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If you aren’t born with perfect brows already, trying to define them can be tricky. Often I see girls who color in their eyebrows with a color at least two shades too dark or start too far in.

TIP: I use this Sephora collection pencil which allows for a super easy application. I decided to go with the lighter color (02 Nutmeg Brown) because it looked the least force. I start from the middle filling in the base of the brow then fill in the rest by working in strokes with the natural hairs already. I usually stay away from the very front of my brows because mine are feathered and I want them to look as natural as possible.


Violet Chaos
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Green and hazel eyed girls rejoice! Purple, a hue taken from the previous color of the year, is the best color to make your (our) eyes pop. It might scare you to go with such a bold color but there are plenty of different ways to style it, including the way featured above which is barely noticeable.

TIP: Experiment from online tutorials from here, here, here, and here.


The Negative Space Mani

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Nail art is always in season. This year it is set with a minimalist affect. If portrayed right, the look can look very clean and creative.

TIP: Try using a  makeup applicator q-tip with a pointed edge if it requires nail polish removal.


Flaming Lips

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Lipstick is a constant every season. It is the type of thing that makes girls rejoice because by applying it we get that boost of confidence we seem to be missing. It also knocks us up a few points on the “feeling fabulous” scale. For 2015, we will see lots of warm colors such as red shades with hints of pink. So it is time to lock in a color that will be your staple for the season!

TIP: If you don’t believe that a lipstick can make your outfit fire then you need to check out Creme de la Claire because she’ll prove you wrong (especially here). She is the epitome of someone who can work a good shade. // My all time favorite is Rouge by  Make Up For Ever but has been sadly discontinued at Sephora 😦


Slick Lines

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Eyeliner has graciously returned. As a small flick of the wing in the Oscar de la Renta and Marchesa runway shows to a more dramatic look like in Saint Laurent and Cushnie et Ochs. But stay away from doing a very bold brow (as seen above) and a hefty amount of eyeliner.

TIP: Mastering the art of a perfect winged eye is pretty tricky and sometimes difficult to master on your first try. Lucky for us, there are plenty of tutorials with step by step tips and helpful hints.

xoVS

2015 Lifestyle Forecasting

As 2015 is coming in quickly, it is my job to make sure that you start it off looking (and feeling) your hottest. What better way to feel fabulous other than being ahead of your fashion and beauty game? Within the next few days we will discuss everything you need to be up-to-date on whether it is dealing with hair, makeup, accessories or 2015’s most anticipated releases. Trust me, you won’t want to miss it.

xoVS