The Retro Sportswear trend

I’m not a fan of sportswear outside the gym unless it’s retro sportswear. These retro sports styles are back with a bang this summer.

All those brands which you thought you’d never see again are slowly sneaking back into fashion! Remember Kappa? Umbro?? Don’t believe me?…just watch!

These sports bra style tops from Bershka come in red, white, black and grey, My favourite is the grey with contrasting waistband.

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Cult 90’s sports brands like FILA and Ellesse are making a comeback on the high street.

This tracksuit top from JD sports is a gorgeous colour and super snug fit.

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Asos can always be relied on to spot a trend and have some great retro t-shirts, hoodies, crop-tops and polo shirts on their site at the moment.

They also even have Ellesse logo bodycon dresses but to be honest I think that’s a bit too much.

I particularly like this FILA t-shirt which looks great with denim shorts rather an all-over sporty look. They also stock Champion sportswear but it’s quite pricey.

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One of my favourite Instagram accounts is @croptopchannel. I’m in love with their reworked sportswear.

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Vintage polo shirts and roundneck t-shirts are great for casual wear. These are from Thrifty Store on Asos Marketplace.

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Reworked clothes with sports logo waistbands are really popular on Etsy and Instagram at the moment. From lingerie to bikinis to co-ords, the choices are endless.

This top works as a bralette or bikini from Etsy shop @Baewatch99.

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Img: Baewatch99 on Etsy.com

Also from Etsy are these reworked Tommy Hilfiger t-shirts and crossover bikini with high leg briefs. Visit the Weekendbout store for more.

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I absolutely love this bikini and the high leg briefs are really trendy this year. Probably thanks to Kylie Jenner. 😛

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Img: Weekendbout on Etsy.com

Do you like the retro sports trend? Leave me a comment below and let me know. I’m looking forward to doing a swimwear post soon, earlier than last year I promise!

I also hope to have an outfit post up again soon. Thanks for reading and check out my InstagramTwitter and Facebook page here.

Edel

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Gianni Versace: Paying homage to the legendary designer

Someone once asked me who my favourite designer was and I had to think.

I don’t believe in blindly buying designer items just because they’re expensive or being in head to toe in designer clothing.

Naturally, my bank balance doesn’t permit me to own any designer clothing anyway but I do have a fab DKNY rucksack which I got for €6!

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But back to my favourite designers: I have two.

Moschino is my current favourite but Gianni Versace has to be my all time favourite designer. I love his scarf prints and 90’s designs.

Versace is not everyone’s cup of tea, it’s garish (some would say tacky!), loud, colourful and in your face.

The jewellery is gold and ostentatious but that’s what makes it so great!

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I think the 80s and 90s supermodels were far edgier and I love shots like these.

Naomi, Kate, Christy, Claudia, Linda et al. have a lot more attitude than the doe-eyed blank faces of Gigi and Kendall and the attention-seeking Cara Delevinge.

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The most Versace-inspired item I own is this Topshop scarf print dress which everyone who saw it fell in love with!

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I also have this gorgeous green jacket which was about €6 from a charity shop and comes out every summer! (These photos are from the early days of the blog..)

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So, if you’re looking to get your paws on some Versace lookalikes, the best place to try is Etsy or Ebay.

Reworked sports bras are really popular right now such as this one from seller babydollcc.

Although if you have the sewing know-how something like this can easily be created at home!

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Versace was influenced by Greek mythology and that is why the Versace logo is the head of Medusa.

This Versace style t-shirt would look great with jeans and flats.

Available from flowertea65 on Etsy.

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If you are in search of a real Versace piece online be careful some shops may use the word “Versace” to describe a piece but their item is listed as “Versace-style” or “not associated with any brand name.”

Personally, I think buying second-hand designer online is risky and would try a high-end second-hand shop such as Siopaella or Portobello rather than an unknown.

Their sites are reliable and have genuine pre-owned designer items.

The shirts below are all vintage Versace style, available from SuccessDress on Etsy.

 

Genuine Versace jewellery can be found online! Bags and watches can fetch thousands.

Even Versace buttons can be found for sale on eBay.

These Greek god head earrings are only €9.90 from The Flea Style Market, I’m getting a pair as soon as payday arrives.

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Versace style earrings

Nine Crow St also have some jewellery in this style.

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Or this chunky gold chain from Bershka.

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I bought these stunning Versace style heels from Missguided but had to return them as the heel was really thin and I couldn’t walk in them!

They were from the premium Peace + Love collection but they weren’t better quality than any other shoes you’d buy online from a similar site.

Hope you all enjoyed this post, I updated it because I’ve been watching The Assassination of Gianni Versace and I’m obsessed!

I want to go to Miami and visit the mansion..maybe one day!

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Edel

Fashion Disasters

A while back I wrote a post on 90’s style which got me thinking how about a post on my fashion mistakes from the 90’s/early 00s? UNFORTUNATELY I don’t have pictures but lets face it we don’t need the pictures.

1996-1998-The Formative Years

A green fleece jacket with a black and white check skirt, red and white runners and orange cat print socks. This was paired with a too-short fringe and a menacing grin in my brother’s confirmation photos….

PS..nor did I learn from the too-short fringe and cut my own fringe at the more mature age of 25….here’s the damage!

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I also had a yellow fleece which I wore with beige combats…or navy track suit pants which buttoned at the side….

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The best accessories were friendship bracelets and friendship necklaces. These were a status symbol in primary school.

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Oh the ubiquitous Spice Girl necklace and mood rings. And hairbands with your name in luminous writing.

1998-1999 Hair Experiments

I think hair disasters are part of everyone’s pre-teen/teenage years. I had a camouflage scrunchie which I tied my hair up with and left two appealing tendrils down by my face.My hair was long and really fine, it looked horrendous like this!

1999-2000 Hair and Make-up Experiments.

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Hair mascara. BLUE HAIR MASCARA. Complete with more face glitter than Kesha and orangey red lipstick. Definitely a great look for the disco. Totally.

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I also really coveted cornrows and did two little braids each side of my head with beads at the end. I blame Alicia Keys/Christina Aguilera equally.

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2000- Over-Accessorising.

Bandana and butterfly hair clips…. together!

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CONFIRMATION

My confirmation outfit was actually quite cute. Purple velvet flared combats and a matching top with a white polo neck inside. (The polo neck was my mother’s idea). I had huge crimped hair with a straight fringe. Silver hair clips and massive clunky black shoes finished the look.

2001-Flares

Flares worn only with humongous clumpy heeled shoes (flares ended up being too short) or runners (flares dragged in the mud/rain). Oh and if I found jeans that weren’t wide enough to be flares no problem. Being the creative that I am, I simply cut open the seams slightly on each inside leg. TA-DA, FLARES!

2002 Goth Flirtation

Going to secondary school I wore the same denim jacket over my uniform for about two years. It was a long time before I could wear a denim jacket again. I also tried the Goth look (in private) wearing all black, chains on my jeans and purple eye shadow. Oh and I found a red and white studded leather jacket and wore it every single day. Musical influences included Good Charlotte and Avril Lavigne.

2003-2005-The Bling Years

I had LOTS of diamante jewellery and long dangly necklaces and earrings. I was trying to emulate my dubious idols…R’n’B singers and Footballers Wives……

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I still like these outfits! 😛

Also I used to buy “sets” with matching earrings and necklaces.Huge studded belts featured heavily also.

2005-2006 Sexy Outfits

Then when I reached “adulthood” (17/18), I had fitted white flared jeans which were paired with a green and white boob tube and a beige jacket. OH and they had diamante on the pockets. I looked so good drinking my Smirnoff Ice..

Or if I wanted to dress down this outfit, I wore the white jeans with a red zip-up tracksuit top. All other casual looks consisted of wide leg jeans and hoodies with slogans such as “Foxy.”

A denim skirt with huge rainbow coloured wedges. The shoes were a size too big also…Also the year of red highlights in brown hair 😥

So there you have the entire litany of disasters. It’s been fun looking back through my fashion disasters and hope it made you smile! Who knows I may find the photos one day yet!  Leave me a comment if you have some fashion disasters to share 😉 As always you can like my blog on Facebook here and follow me on Twitter here. Thanks for reading as always.

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The 90s style: Still preoccupied with 1995

While watching the video for “Hideaway” by the amazing Kiesza, I was struck by the 90s vibe.

90s and grunge fashion are really making a resurgence for better or worse. From the moment Miley Cyrus appeared with hair buns at the VMA’s last year, it was obvious the ’90s were back with a bang.

With that in mind, here’s a nostalgic 90’s post featuring the good, the bad and the ugly!

I’m 26 so I grew up in the ’90s and had a lot of fun with trends such as plastic chokers, bandanas, combat pants, dungarees, scrunchies, hair mascara, face glitter, etc.

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I love 90s style but I’d like to get the balance right between “90s” and “reverting to childhood.” When I noticed girls around town wearing plastic chokers I was like…

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I’d actually prefer these bad boys to make a comeback..here’s hoping!

These happened in the late '90s and sometimes offered magical healing properties. They totally worked.- 34 pieces of super 90's jewelry

Here are a few memories for you all and a guide to incorporating the 90s into your current wardrobes without making the mistakes you made the first time around. 😉

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90s fashion at its finest (33 photos) – theBERRY
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How the Spice Girls danced in these platform shoes without twisting their ankles. | 25 Things That '90s Kids Are Still Trying To Figure Out
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Stop right now. I am not ashamed to say that I attended many a Spice Girls themed party!
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Bright eyeshadow, big shoes and wacky outfits…I loved them soooo much 😥 It was never really about the music with the Spice Girls, it was all about the attitude!

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90s Gwen Stefani is so on trend for spring :: Fashion news - Cosmopolitan
Ultimate 90s girl.

Has anything ever looked bad on Gwen Stefani? (No.  The answer is no.)

Even in the ’90s, Gwen was still amazing!

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So now that we’ve all had a significant dose of nostalgia, what trends should be allowed to come back??

All hail the humble scrunchie, this much-maligned hair accessory is back. Scrunchies are on Instagram, Etsy and every cool girl you know.

Adorned make amazing scrunchies in all fabrics and patterns-check them out. Be warned you must have long and preferably thick hair to rock a scrunchie.

But you can always wear one on your wrist if you want, the ultimate primary school flex!

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Scrunchie from Adorned Vintage on Etsy. Pic: Adorned Vintage

Asos Marketplace is the perfect place to find 90’s clothes, it’s chock-a-block with independent retailers selling vintage and reworked clothing.

Dungarees and tie-dye can look really good if handled with caution. I’m a massive fan of grunge so big baggy denim jackets, oversized jumpers and ripped jeans are fine by me

Fresh in Temple Bar always have a great selection of grunge and tie-dye items.

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Big baggy jumpers with abstract patterns like this one from We Are Hairy People are fundamental in creating a 90s look.

The best thing about 90s clothing is it’s perfectly acceptable to wear clothing at least three sizes too big for you, comfort and nonchalance is key in pulling off this look. Wearing men’s jumpers works also. 😛

Sports slogans and sporty jackets are another easy way to inject some 90s style into your look.

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If you still need to be convinced and you think “I’d never wear a turtleneck”, take a look at 9 Crow Street’s amazing “94” lookbook.

This will not only make you want to wear 90s clothes, it will make you want to time travel back to the 90s! You’re welcome 😉

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So that’s my take on the great revival, I’d like to see the beanie hats, plastic chokers and butterfly clips remain in the past but there are so many other trends I’d really welcome back.

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90s style Vintage denim dress

I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know what you loved/hated about 90s fashion!

For more inspiration, check out my 90s and Clueless Pinterest boards.

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Edel