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By Savis Irandoost, Contributor, and Sophie Isbister, Life & Style Editor
This week on Style Roundup, Sophie and Savis look at fresh trends to keep you current this spring. Wear clean, retro makeup with monochromatic flowing clothes. Throw on some sailboat-inspired topsider flats and top it all off with a fun bun. Insta-style!
‘60s chicks be chic
This Kardashian-approved makeup look has been on the rise since Twiggy pioneered it in the ‘60s. We’re talking lots and lots of mascara (on the bottom lash line too), fake lashes, and tons of eyeliner, complete with wings. Also known as the baby doll look, this fad goes with bold, geometric shapes and possibly white eye shadow. The point here is to pop your eyes in an innocent way. Bat those butterfly lashes and pout those beautiful lips! It’s seduction in the most genius of ways. For lips, you can go all out and do bright pink, or keep them pale. Be generous or sparing with the blush. One thing stays the same: make those eyes pop. We’re not talking smudge that liner like a rock show, but rather experiment with all sorts of clean, winged eyeliner looks. You can also line under your eyes or on top of your eye shadow. There’s an element of softness to this look that, despite the massive amount of makeup involved, looks pretty and innocent like a porcelain doll. There’s not a gal around that this look doesn’t flatter.
Bun on the run
Any girl with waist-length hair will tell you that the key to abundant growth is to avoid washing your hair every day. Most how-to guides and YouTube tutorials on hair growth recommend washing every three-to-five days. But what do you do with your hair on day five when it’s hanging to your shoulders in weird, greasy ropes? Just take a look around the halls at what every girl seems to be rocking these days: the fun bun! This sassy bun is created in a whimsical, slap-dash fashion. First, you gather your hair as high on your head as you can and then create the messiest possible tower of tresses with a simple hair-tie. Pull at the bun to fan it out—experiment with different looks! The fun bun, also known as the top knot, is versatile and can look as chic as a sock bun without all the hassle. For advanced style, add a sparkly headband. This easy hairstyle can be dressed up or down, looks great for spring, and transitions well into summer—by which time, your hair should be even longer!
Shoe you later
One of the most eye-catching shoe trends on our radar are topsiders, or as I like to call them, grandpa slippers. You know the comfy-looking flats with stitching and laces, resembling your grandpa’s loafers? Now these fab flats are moving on outside! Not only are we huge fans of this fad but they’re perfect for spring too! You can’t really go wrong with flats in general; it’s not like they’re going to go out of style anytime soon. They’re perfect for virtually every outfit. I personally love these shoes because of their high preppy factor. And did I mention they’re comfy? Topsiders may as well be the Uggs of the flat world. I recently picked up a sparkly-brown pair from BOBS and the compliments just won’t quit. Watch out Toms, Keds, and Vans; there’s a new shoe in town!
Cast aside your colours and spandex, because monochromatic, billowing styles are making a forward move this spring. Look like you’re ready to hit the tennis courts in a crisp, white shirt-dress. Pair an oversized, black-and-white block-patterned sweater with some leggings (because those are never going out of style), or show off those bare legs under a belted tunic. Go for a pop of colour in a rich, gem-like hue such as royal purple or emerald green, which both look great in bags, belts, or big, retro earrings. The ‘60s mod look is back big time; runways across the world are showing vintage styles with an updated, edgy look. Androgyny is in, so dust off those blazers and boot-cut khakis. Hint: these spring clothing trends go great with our suggestions this week for makeup, hair, and shoes!