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It's time to hit the stores and revamp your wardrobe and look this year, writes Zenoyise Madikwa

By unknown | Jan 03, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

With so many new styles out for the new year, it's hard to know what to buy and what to leave behind. Celebrity stylist Iko Mash helps us pick up a few key items.

With so many new styles out for the new year, it's hard to know what to buy and what to leave behind. Celebrity stylist Iko Mash helps us pick up a few key items.


Mash says though people do not forget to update their wardrobes, they forget the lingerie department. He says the baby doll is still in style for 2008 and the corsets are very hot and that flowers will be dominant and laces will rule.

"Some sexy lingerie will be in too but G-string is completely out. Full panties and the cut-under-the-bum panties are still hot."


After their uncontested dominance XXL bags are still prominently represented. More metallic handbags in patent leather, exotic skins and in shades like pewter, bronze and gunmetal are in.


Alongside bags, belts remain key accessories in order to give outfits the desired fashion statement but Mash says big belts are out.

"They feature extremely minimised designs and only make an impression with colour and shine. More strikingly designed clasps and work leathers are also on offer."

Mash says gloves are back and are setting highlights in summer and they feature decoration details.

Leather bracelets, thin belts, head scarves, big wooden bangles and metallic glass bangles are in.

"In the jewellery department, you're going to see a sea of silvers to match the grey trend. But don't do away with your gold bling just yet as it'll also come in handy. Oversized jewellery, chunky bangles and metallic bracelets are in. Metallic pearls and clip-on earrings are back and diamond rings will add a bling this year. As for sunglasses Jacky O and police-shape glasses are in.


Feminine dressing is in. Pencil skirts that are knee-length or longer, sequins, metallics, silk jersey and chiffon, hats, clutches and dressing up are in, says Mash.

"The baby doll dresses are out and trapeze tops and maternity-friendly silhouettes have been streamlined into waist-cinched styles. In stark contrast to last year's mini-dress, this season's maxi is likely to prove your new best friend. They can be accessorised with patent platforms, wedges or feminine toe-covered sling backs," he suggests.


2008 make-up is 1930s inspired with exotic touches. The trends include bright candy colours by day, and dark plum and purple for night. Smoky eye shadow continues to be a popular look in 2008. "Make-up trends include matted foundation for the face, and sultry reds for the lips. Clean look is the order of the day. Play around your lips, have fake lashes and heavy make-up. Black liner, heavy mascara, dark black liner in and of the eye will do the job."


He says D-Sharp point shoes are a no-no while round-nose ones and sandals are in.


Orange, rose, lavender, green and silver and metallics. Be it shoes, clutches or bracelets, Lucite is making a comeback.


"This spring promises to indulge in fairy-tale themes, so be prepared to spare no expense with nail decorations and creative styles.

French manicure still works but it can be stepped up with bold metallics and glitter for special events," he adds.

Mash says top colours for the season include red and black.


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