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Top 2011 Fashion Trend: Floral Print Dresses

In looking back at our readers favourite fashion trends of the year, we were delighted to see they were getting in touch with their feminine side with floral print dresses. Floral prints were a popular choice on the Spring and Summer runways as expected, but even more surprising was that they have stuck around to give us winter prints as well. See this post we did on our favourite florals.

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FASHION TREND: Little Red Dress

Of course everyone’s favourite go to – the LBD– is not going anywhere anytime soon, but it’s time to make way for a new kid in town: the little red dress. Equally as flattering as black, from crimson to poppy there is a shade of red out there for all complexions. Use your judgement when in the change room; the right red will add sparkle and radiance. The two biggest risks of wearing red is that it will wash you out or make a red complexion more so. For the former look for orange-reds, the latter, try a pale red with blue undertones.

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FASHION TREND: Cloche Hat

Taking a page out of a 1920s flapper style handbook cloche hats are just a fresh today as they were almost 100 years ago. Designers showed their 70s take on the cloche by pairing with brightly coloured and unexpected choices like tennis shoes and paper bag waist wide-legged pants. Whereas celeb spottings were more in keeping with the ladylike style of yesteryear. Stylish sun protection, this topper will look just as at home in the cooler fall months.

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RUNWAY VS. REAL WAY: Cate Blanchett In Armani Prive Couture Dress

It’s all in the details. Cate Blanchett was spotted in the front row at Armani Prive’s Fall show in a number from his Spring collection. Check out how she transformed this head-to-toe crimson outfit from Armani Prive’s Haute Couture S/S collection by losing some of the more severe elements. Cate is lauded in fashion circles, so it should come as no surprise that she is able to successfully put her own spin on a designer outfit.

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FASHION TREND: Floral Print Dresses

Like your favourite designers & celebs, look to the garden for inspiration when choosing a print this summer. From miniature buds to large and in-charge blossoms, floral prints are a fail safe option for summer. Even if gardens tend to wilt under your watch, these floral prints are guaranteed to bloom all season long. Edgy accessories keep the look current and steer away from the overly saccharine. A general rule of thumb to follow is that petite frames should steer clear of large prints that may overwhelm and plus size figures may want to choose prints that keep size in balance.

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FASHION TREND: Flat Sandals

This comfortable footwear trend is taking over the streets. Copy supermodel Heidi Klum and skip the heels on your next summer stroll.

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RUNWAY VS. REAL WAY: Balmain Fall Dress

See how Emma Watson completely transformed this Balmain Fall 2011 sequin dress. Which do you prefer the colourful runway or Emma’s classic real way style?

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FASHION TREND: Collared Dresses

Get an update on the Peter Pan dress with this traditional look this season. Brooklyn Decker and Natalie Portman bring this cute style to the red carpet with their own signature twists.

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FASHION TREND: Crochet Dresses

Take a cue from the runway and show some skin this summer with a crochet dress.

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RUNWAY VS. REAL WAY: Tibi Maxi Dress

Jessica Alba transformed this Tibi dress to suit her pregnancy. Which look is better?

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FASHION TRENDS: Southwestern Prints

We’re ready to ride off into the sunset with this trend inspired by Pueblo and Navajo textiles.

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FASHION TREND: Pleated Skirts

Pleats are back for summer, but this time in airy chiffon. From mid-length numbers to floor-grazing maxis, Spring/Summer runways and recent red carpets have been replete with flowing accordion skirts.

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RUNWAY VS REAL WAY: Salvatore Ferragamo Resort Dress

Eva Mendes gets her own custom cocktail version of this Resort gown fresh off the runway. Which one do you like best?

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FASHION TREND: Heeled Clogs

The clog officially made it’s comeback during the Spring/Summer 2010 runway shows, but this is one footwear trend that’s still going strong.

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FASHION TREND: Raffia and Straw Bags

Natural fibres have made a resurgence this summer — especially when it comes to handbags. From totes to clutches, we’re seeing all manner of carry-all crop up in straw and raffia.

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