A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION - TRAINERS BECOME SERIOUSLY FASHIONABLE!

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For their couture shows last season we were rather surprised to see the likes of Christian Dior and Chanel put trainers on the forefront of their collections. Since then, rocking a pair of trainers with your party dress has become uber cool and now trainers have been lifted in their style status.

Wear them on the streets, with your ball gown or even a pencil skirt, this footwear trend has many an appeal and is much welcomed by the work wear crowed who have longed for comfy shoes to acceptably wear to work!

There really is a style to satisfy even the most unwilling of trainer fashionistas!

By Molly Edwards - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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PRE SPRING/SUMMER 2015 COLLECTIONS AN OVERVIEW OF TRENDS TO COME

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The pre Spring/Summer 2015 collections are upon us so here’s a quick lowdown of the trends we’ll be seeing next year!

- Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Marni showcased bold floral designs. Mostly in primary colours but with un-conventional floral designs in more of a pop/retro design.

- Ordinary and everyday style is not necessarily a bad thing as see at Prada and JW Anderson whose catwalks displayed colours of navy blue, browns and caramel with a nod towards a Seventies colour palette. Items were very casual and unfitting.

- Seventies dress up was the theme from Lanvin, Chloe and Marc Jacobs with lashings of silk, a corsage, a chubby Chloé fur jacket and slouchy Marc Jacobs glitter boots. Awesome!

- Over-sized, effortless pieces were seen at Valentino, Adam Lippes and The Row. Simple style but oh-so sophisticated. Work wear fabrics and boyish shapes. Valentino also showcased fringing.

- Tie-dye has come a very long way since our plain old tie-dye t shirts. Take your pick with pieces such as trousers to evening gowns. Ombre print is also hot with designers such as Michael Kors, Bottega Veneta and Burberry showcasing their designs.

- Pretty, feminine pieces were seen all over Valentino, Chanel and Louis Vuitton. Romance in clothing to the max! Victorian style was seen at Valentino whist Chanel had original colours and shapes to create a pretty mix. Hipsters also have a place as seen at Louis Vuitton.

- Marni, Valentino and Alexander Lewis had cropped shift dresses to die for! Popping pastel colours, bold designs and abbreviated cuts make these dresses suited for day or evening wear. Sweet, sexy and neat; one of my favourite new trends to come!

By Molly Edwards – Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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PADDED WINTERWEAR GOING TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL FOR A/W 2014

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If thinking of this Winter gives you a chill then feat not as this trend is sure to keep you warm! We’ve all seen padded coats and jackets crop up over the last decade every time of the year when it starts to get chilly.

Well this A/W we’ll see a new take on this trend with quilting going beyond just a padded jacket but also on other clothing such as tops, trousers and even gowns!

Down proof clothing is expanding into other types of weatherproof dressing, with cover-ups now being pieces of fashion rather than just to keep off the cold chill.

Mui Mul for example has transformed old school cover-ups such as anoraks and parkas, making them over in glossy rubber, level Neoprene and lush silk.

By Molly Edwards – Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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SPARKLE AND STORM - SAY HELLO TO THE NEW GALAXY TREND FOR A/W 2014

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Space-age cocktail dressing just got hot! A stunning new trend to hit the catwalks for Autumn/Winter 2014 is the ‘Rocket’ trend - think an array of stars or a multi-colour glistening galaxy.

In terms of colour it will be everything imaginable from a rainbow of iridescent shades. A beautiful multitude of colours, rich fabrics, brocade and a lot of “wow’s”. Perfect for the month of December and the festive season we say!

Vogue Editor Dolly Jones describes the trend as “…the allure of shimmering fabrics never fades. At night they're so sophisticated, and so modern, they make for the kind of evening you never forget”.

On the catwalks, Marc Jacobs and Marco de Vincenzo went head-to-toe on the trend with lit up sparkles and synchronised pieces to create a dazzling effect.

By Molly Edwards - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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HOT NEW TREND: SLOGANS

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Slogans have popped up all over the catwalks from the likes of Louis Vuitton to Ashish and Kenzo to name but a few. We’re not surprised considering all the sportswear styling of recent seasons; it was inevitable that short crop tops and t-shirts would see slogans and mottos eventually plastered all over them.

Loud, shout-out slogans are hitting the mainstream. But in effect, we are not so convinced of the classiness of this trend. I, personally, think that the head-to-toe look should be left at home and instead a single, understated message is the look of great style. Or, if you insist on going all out, why not do it with one single item, for example a printed scarf

"Wear your thoughts on your sleeve," says Vogue contributing editor Calgary Avansino.

What are your thoughts?!

By Misha Brown - Fashion Blogger for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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COLOUR CLASH! THE PINK AND RED COMBO ARE GO!

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Pink and red colour combinations have been seen all over the Spring / Summer 2014 catwalks, not separately, but actually worn and accessorised together! We think it was love at first sight as it actually looks pretty awesome and the newly paired combination is perfectly in time for Valentines Day just around the corner!

Embrace the clash and glamour up with stripes, geometric prints or just good old colour blocking of both shades.

We think this is Spring/Summer’s perfect pairing!

By Misha Brown - Fashion Blogger for A-SHU.CO.UK.

 

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CHRISTIAN DIOR FOR SPRING / SUMMER 2014

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Since Raf Simons’s period of influence at Christian Dior, we are seeing a more fresh approach to tailoring like we have not seen before. Dior, typically known as the classic French brand, has moved away from this single idea, now opening up its door to the world.

In this new collection, Simons made the focus around a light and delicate collection but with a twist - trainers! Yes, trainers as in footwear style, onto a couture catwalk.

“I wanted to liberate couture, it has restrictions,” explained the designer backstage after the show when speaking with Vogue UK.

“I wanted it to be about intimacy, the relationship of the hands making the couture with the women who are wearing it”. This explains his thoughts behind the fabrics and styles used for the collection; think chiffon dresses, roomy flow jumpsuits.

The trousers were tailored and paired with bustier tops - which has become a signature item for Simons - whilst the skirts were swinging, freeing almost. Teamed with trainers everything looked so easy to wear and effortless, which is hardly associated with the nature of couture.

By Monica Day - Fashion Blogger for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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HOW TO WEAR WHITE IN WINTER

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White coloured clothing and accessories are usually hard to pull off during the Winter season. Unless they are done spectacularly well, you could end up looking two sizes bigger, or worse still, like Mr Snowman. At least he does it well with a colour block orange carrot. Just kidding..

White has actually been making its way across all the mainstream runways for a few seasons now so lets abolish the nations fear of wearing white and jump on board!

One of the easiest ways to incorporate this powerful colour - not to mention an easy dive in your purse - is with white denim, or white jeans. Skinny works best, as does bootleg which will elongate your legs and make you look slimmer. Graphic prints also work well, for example dog tooth, checks, or tweed in black and white prints.

However if you’re not feeling to work your lower half then a there is an item which will probably surprise you in its sheer simplicity but always looks great in Winter months - a plain white shirt. Go over-sized and team up with a waist belt or wear one fitted to the T, either will work the look great and be effortlessly stylish.

By Monica Day - Fashion Blogger for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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WHAT TO CHOOSE? MOST POPULAR CURRENT HANDBAG TRENDS

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If you’re looking for a quick update to your wardrobe then an instant fashion fix is without doubt getting yourself a new handbag. Satchel bags, large tote bags and over-sized clutch bags are our favourites. Not only have these bag styles strutted their stuff on the catwalks this season but they have also constantly been seen on so many celebrities over the past few months, and, considering they are mostly all practical and stylish who can blame them?!.

Take for example Selena Gomez. She is always papped seen with an oversized tote handbag; whether it’s her Michael Kors bag or a quilted Versace, the US teen star is always seen with a tote or a satchel bag - and she looks fab.

Aside from these styles, we also love the ‘bucket’ style handbag this season. Its easy-going shape gives a nod to Boho style and are great for a laid back look. These make for good weekend bags, but not necessarily the most practical for work or study during the week.

If you are after something more refined, a tote handbag is the way to go. Take your look from comfy to cookie with an over-sized tote. Look for colour if you need to inject something bold into your wardrobe; a royal blue or dark green looks great at this time of the year. Or be bold and opt for red - hey, its worked for Cheryl Cole who has been spotted several times with her large red over-sized tote bag this month.

If you want a city chic look then a satchel bag is a great option. They are everywhere right now and if you don’t own one then what are you doing! Celebs like Zoe Saldana, Gwen Stefani and Taylor Swift never seem to leave home without their satchel and it instantly gives off a pretty, polished vibe. This style of handbag is great because it is still pretty roomy and generally you will find it’s the perfect size of bag. Opt for a colour-block version for some uniqueness, or grab black which is still bang on trend.

Whatever your style we are sure we have the perfect arm candy for you. Take a peek at our collection of womens handbags - all, with mini price tags!

By Monica Day - Fashion Blogger for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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ITS COLD OUTSIDE! BEYONCE ROCKS THIGH-HIGH BOOTS FOR ALBUM RELEASE PARTY

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Never mind the freezing weather in NYC! When it comes to fashion, Beyonce sure knows how to rock it. Looking great celebrating the release of her self-entitled album, the songstress rocked over-the-knee leather boots and a short leopard printed jumpsuit. .

Knee-high boots have been seen across countless celebrities this month and we’re not surprised with the sudden turn of weather! Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez and Sarah Jessica Parker have been papped wearing theirs too and I for one don’t want to put mine away! Bring on the cold weather, I say!

By Monica Day - Fashion Blogger for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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GET THE LOOK FOR A SPARKLY NYE: KATE MIDDLETON WEARS DIAMOND TIARA IN HER HAIR

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It’s the last few days of sparkle and aside from Christmas Day we also have New Years Eve as an excuse to get some bling out! Not that we really need an excuse as a little can go a long way and Kate Middleton’s recent look is the perfect example of this type of sophisticated bling.  .

Arriving at the Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace in London a few weeks ago, Kate looked gorgeous as ever wearing an ultra glittery tiara in her hair.

The Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the event in a lavish Bentley with Prince William on her arm, wearing beautiful long diamond drop earrings and a diamante tiara in her hair. The Daily Mail is reporting that it’s on loan from the Queen of England.

Well, we can’t all be a princess but that should not stop us from rocking a little bling in our hair and if you don’t fancy a tiara then a diamante hair clip is the perfect alternative. The perfect amount of sparkle for NYE, our collection of diamante hair accessories has something for everyone. And lets not forget the diamante earrings as well! 

By Misha Brown - Fashion Blogger for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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FASHION: MILEY CYRUS TAKES NOTE FROM KATE MOSS

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Everyone’s talking about last nights X Factor performance where Miley Cyrus took over the stage. It’s a bit of a mixed conversation, some headlining her outfit whilst others remembering a similar ensemble worn some years back by Kate Moss!

A gold frock and turban combo shook bells, bringing back memories of when Kate Moss rocked a very similar look at the Met Ball - back in 2009!

Well, at least it’s a nod in the right direction!

By Misha Brown - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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A $115,000 ALLIGATOR HERMES BIRKIN HANDBAG...

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A $115,000 alligator hermes birkin handbag… how does one justify the price I hear you ask? Well there are a good few factors that contribute to this particular bags six figure price tag. Lets explore them below!

- First, the size of the bag. It’s a large 35cm alligator piece; alligators are smaller than crocodiles, so finding a skin large enough to make a handbag of this size is like finding a needle in a haystack. Oh and that’s not to forget a piece which also obeys the rules of Hermes’ meticulous quality standards.

- In general, anything made from alligator skin usually rockets the price, greater than that of the price of all other exotic skins. And the bigger the bag, the more sky high the price will be.

- Second, takes note to colour and condition. This particular arm candy is very pale in colour and in faultless condition. Only a handful of bags so light in colour in this finish are available at all - another needed in a haystack!

These two factors come together as an extremely rare handbag, resulting in this exotic piece being incredibly in demand and having a long, long waiting list.

By Misha Brown - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK

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HANDBAG TREND: ANIMAL IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES

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Animal prints always come and go in handbag trends year after year. But this year, we’re seeing a little something different. Not only are bags in an animal print, but they are ‘all animal shaped’… literally!

Owl shaped bags - with the pop out eyes, feathers and all - seem to be the most popular, with other animal shapes handbags such as hedgehogs with spikes coming close behind.

The finishing of these bags can end up with something quite different, unique is definitely the word!

By Lola James - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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THE IT BAG LADY: ALEXA CHUNG

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Over the years, Alexa Chung has quickly become the much loved ‘It Girl’ that she is today. Having started out as a model in London, her charm quickly made way for her on television where she became a TV presenter and host. Naturally, from there, the fashion pack started to notice her quirky take on style, which is a mix and match of either very feminine or very masculine pieces. To me that’s very odd, but hey it got her noticed!

As all Mulberry fans will know, her style even made way for the English handbag brand to make a tribute bag in her name – The Mulberry Alexa.

Alexa Chung is always spotted out with various designer bags alongside her strange casual style. We wonder which it will be next?

By Misha Brown - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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LOUIS VUITTON RESORT 2014 COLLECTION

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2014 I hear you utter… it seems to have come round so quickly! (well, almost anyway)… But there is most certainly something cheery about the bright colours of Louis Vuitton’s Resort 2014 collection that brings a smile to my face on a bleak Autumnal day.By Lola James - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

The collection is bright, chirpy, fresh and enlivening. So simple and yet so bold. I love the new colour combinations on the handbag designs which instantly creates a “pop” of colour. Paired with wooden jewellery such as necklaces and bangles, this collection is all about primary colours. The perfect pick-me-up I say!

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KATE MIDDLETON STYLE: LONGCHAMP LE PLIAGE TOTE

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Aww we do love our Kate, we do! Her style is a mix of high street and high end and one brand she’s been spotted in a lot lately is Longchamp.

The Duchess of Cambridge has been spotted wearing a host of affordable pieces and was seen carrying one of the most commonly favoured bags around: the Longchamp Le Pliage tote.

This practical handbag is best known for its ability to be folded, and folded, and folded once again (then neatly tucked away inside your larger tote!)

If your after a super affordable version of this style then look no further than our Lightweight Black Leather effect Tote with Real Leather Handles at just £11.99! Bag this bargain quick, before we beat you to it!

By Misha Brown - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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GROCERY SHOPPING IN STYLE WITH SAVAS

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Ever thought you could make a fashion statement whilst grocery shopping at your local Tesco’s? Well here’s some food for thought! Luxury designer Savas has created the definitive supermarket accessory - a handbag basket. Yes, it is a real basket that you can pull off as your handbag! (or the other way round).

Fab for the high-end shopper, this item is almost like a genius work of art! A designer shopping basket… why has no one thought of this before!

Comprising of a genuine Italian leather handbag inside a hard metal frame, it is made of premium materials and, naturally, also comes with a premium price tag of £884… We might need a few extra Tesco clubcard points to cover that! All jokes aside, its soft interior can be separated from the basket section and carried as a more useful, everyday accessory. Fab!

By Lola James - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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MATTHEW WILLIAMSON LAUNCHES CAPSULE HANDBAG COLLECTION

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The Matthew Williamson collections usually focus more on core clothing and the occasional clutch – until now! The Bristish designed has just recently launched an all-new collection of womens handbags, comprising of five handbag styles which will be part of the capsule collection for A/W 2013.

The usual brights and neons have been given a makeover and replaced with more boho style prints, embellishments and travel-inspired pieces. Styles such as duffle bags, large tote bags and across-the-body style bags are all very wearable designs in this collection.

The full collection will be in UK stores in September.

By Lola James - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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BRIGHT HANDBAGS FOR SUMMER

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Come Spring time we all think about ditching our dark coloured handbags and accessories from the previous season to move into Summer brights and pick-me-up colours. We all love to think about what we’ll be wearing for the weekend; mixing and matching new accessories with our favourite maxi dresses and sunglasses!

In terms of handbag styles, in seems that bright has only got brighter! Right now we have loads of lively colours around from translucent vinyl, cool stripes, loud tribal prints and pure, bright colours.

Take for example, Kenzo's assortment of gradient-pattern, bold vibrant satchel bags and flap over bags this season. But there are some amazing, more purse-friendly alternatives from the high street and at my favourite are our brightly coloured satchel bags at just £23.99. Bag these quick, as these are selling fast!

By Misha Brown - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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LANVIN RELEASES NEW HANDBAG FOR 2014 - BEYOND

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Hot off the press, Lanvin have just introduced one of their new handbag styles for 2014 called ‘Le Sac Beyond’ - and we think its going to be HUGE!

The French fashion house has just released its A/W 2013/2014 handbag and accessories collection earlier this week and this particular bag draws inspiration from the brands 1050’s heritage.

Based on a handbag design from a previous collection, the ‘Beyond’ has a modern twist and features curved lines and symmetrical embellishments. Available in 3 editions, we want them all!

It has yet to be released in the UK but is due for release in the UK Lanvin store very soon!

By Lola James - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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JIMMY CHOO A/W 2013 HANDBAG COLLECTION

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It may take you by surprise to hear that Jimmy Choo’s latest collection of handbags for their A/W 2013 launch have a somewhat sexy vibe to them - and I’m talking kinky!

Think handcuffs and shiny black leather - lots of it. But don’t let this fool you; as always this brand always manages to make its collections ladylike and stylish yet with a sense of playfulness and youth behind it all.

By Tatiana Dias - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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MARNIS CHECKED TOTE BAG

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Checks are back and having their moment this season thanks to the likes of Marni, Henry Holland and Louis Vuitton’s handbag collections. Going back in time to the trends of the 60’s, designs such as checkerboard, plaid and tartan have all inspired 2013 collections.

I’m not a fan of head to toe checks - to me, that’s very outdated - however take 1 item of check with an otherwise one colour ensemble and bang - it looks awesome.

I love Marni’s structured check tote bag with its simple monochrome design, priced at £1,040. Not quite within my budget, so check out our collection of fab tote bags here!

By Lola James - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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SPRING 2013 ACCESSORY REPORT

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Spring has finally set-in after a really long winter and trending this season are gorgeous accessories every girl must have.

Go transparent with clear, look through chunky bracelets. They look perfect with any colour, especially those light-coloured clothes, such as your whites and pastels. Go sexy and sleek with botanical jewels on your accessories. Flowers, leaves all twined up in jewellery form to create the perfect accessory you must own.

Black and white are usually the safest colours any girl goes with, so why not use that to your advantage? Carry around a white-clutch or handbag wherever you go. The good thing about this baby is that it can be matched with everything in your closet. Therefore it is a good investment, and won’t reduce the weight in your wallet. Clutch purses on an elegant night out would look really pretty if you take it to another level. Try purchasing tinier clutches with jewels, and shine that suit your outfit. They would make any simple outfit look sexy.

Don’t want to spend too much? Pick simple accessories such as bracelets, bangles and rings. Match them well and stack them up, transforming your accessories into stacked jewellery, which looks dazzling.

By Tatiana Dias - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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IRON WOMAN - METALLICS TRENDING THIS SPRING

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So this fashion trend has been repeating itself constantly over the past year. When fashion undergoes the circle of life, it is safe to say that you will not be burning a hole in your pocket. Just keep digging and picking the back of your closet, and you would probably find something apt to wear.

You don’t have to go all the way with being a complete metal-head. A simple bodycon skirt or a jazzed up blouse would do wonders for a clubbing night-out. If you are looking to wear something more sober, but still follow the metallic trend then buy yourself some accessories. Go for the accessories that are fresh silver, or gold, and not the rustic kind. The shinier silver or gold trinkets give it the metallic look.

Want to make a great fashion statement? Then wear your little black dress with a pair of black high-heeled pumps and minimal accessories, and jazz it up with a sequined clutch bag. Nothing looks as gorgeous as simplicity with a touch Tinkerbell’s shine.

Metallics have been trending this spring and they should be finding a special place in your closet soon.

By Tatiana Dias - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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