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All about that waist

Accentuating the waist is one of fashion’s most tried and tested formulas. But chunky waist belts went out in 2007 and no-one rational would entertain a waist trainer! Enter the corset belt, the sexy and not-so-subtle waist cincher.

Beloved by Bella Hadid, Rihanna and the Kardashian klan, the latest reincarnation of the corset belt has many celebrity fans.

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Bella Hadid doesn’t really need help accentuating her waist…Pic: Pinterest.com

Corset belts were last seen back when The Pussycat Dolls had a hit and the aforementioned group were probably responsible for their demise.

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The girls were known for their lingerie inspired outfits!

However, corset belts don’t have to be trashy. Back in 2011, Alexander McQueen created this beauty, the grandaddy of all corset belts.

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Alexander McQueen corset belt. Pic: Pinterest.com

Designers such as Manish Aurora and Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini have given the corset belt a 2017 twist with their own unique interpretations of the trend.

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Manish Aurora butterfly belt. Pic: Pinterest.com
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Philosophy denim belt. Pic: Pinterest.com

The corset belt can be worn multiple ways, over a over-sized t-shirt, a plain shirt, a jumper or a dress.

Although many celebrities have chosen to amp up the sex factor by wearing it with a long t-shirt and knee high boots, personally I prefer it with a casual outfit.

This blue denim corset belt from Bershka is ideal for layering over a jumper dress or t-shirt.

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Blue denim corset belt, Bershka. Pic: Bershka.com

This Rare London black belt has a corset detail in front but plain on the reverse, perfect for daywear.

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Rare London black corset belt. Pic: Rare London.com

Boohoo.com even have a two-in-one corset belt and t-shirt dress for only €20!

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Corset belt and t-shirt two in one. Pic: Boohoo.com

This black leather look belt is one of my favourite corset belts and is currently only €14 on Boohoo.com.

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Black leather look corset belt. Pic: Boohoo.com

If the Goth/vamp vibe isn’t your thing, try a white or cream belt and pair it with cotton or denim. The high street corset belts are usually about €15 but if you want to try a DIY one, here’s a simple tutorial.

I’ll definitely be trying out this trend, after all it beats going on a diet! Do you like corset belts or do you think they are overrated? Leave me a comment below and let me know.

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Edel

 

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Fishnet Frenzy

It may be one of the most bizarre trends of 2016 but fishnet tights underneath jeans are having a sartorial moment. And if someone told me that a year ago, I’d have thought they were certifiably insane!

When I bought a pair of fishnet tights for my Halloween outfit I didn’t think I’d ever be wearing them again. Little did I know…

But with this unseasonably warm weather, there’s never been a better time to try it out! Last week I decided to dig out mine and layer them under baggy Zara jeans with ripped knees.

Halfway to town I shed my coat and scarf, it was ROASTING but at least my legs were cool in the fishnet and rips combo! I may have gotten the odd strange look but not as many as I’d anticipated.

There are several ways to wear fishnets and jeans. They can be layered under loose ripped jeans or pulled up over the waistband of your jeans with a crop top or cropped hoody.

Blue or black jeans in a boyfriend or mom fit work best with this combination.

For a more daring look, jeans with cut-out panels will showcase your fishnets also.

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Fishnets and jeans. Pic: Pinterest.com

You can customise old jeans by ripping them up or chopping out a side panel if you want to experiment with this look.

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Fishnet socks with runners or loafers are really cute and don’t require you to freeze to death or flash flesh. They look especially good with raw hem or cropped jeans.White fishnet socks are also great with runners.

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Black fishnet socks with Gucci loafers. Pic: Pinterest.com

A white t-shirt, cropped hoody or long coat all compliment this look. Casual flats or runners are the best accompaniment.

Fishnet tights come in all sizes and colours so don’t feel you have to conform to the bog standard black ones. Red ones look great with blue jeans and white or nude fishnets are more subtle. You can even get embellished crystallized fishnets on Etsy.

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My fishnets were €7.99 from H & M but you can get them in most shops. If you’re having trouble finding some, then just hit up Ann Summers you’re bound to get them there!

You can buy fishnet socks and oversize fishnet tights on Asos.com. I really like these as they have a reinforced toe making them less likely to rip.

Fishnets are actually quite versatile and when it gets warmer I’ll be wearing mine with skirts and vintage Levis cut-offs. The downsides are they rip easily, are handwash only and can leave a diamond imprint on your legs and waist!

What do you guys make of this trend? Would you try it out? Leave me a comment below and let me know.

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Kim Kardashian Halloween Outfit

This year I decided to get a little more creative with my Halloween outfit and had a stroke of luck when I found popper tracksuit bottoms at home.

They may have been five sizes too big for me and covered in mud from my brother wearing them to work but all I could see was Kim Kardashian’s mental tracksuit bottom and lingerie get-up!

To transform my pale Irish self into something vaguely resembling Kim, I had to be very creative.

I tried on several black bodysuits before settling on one from H & M which was €25. H & M offer 25% off one item when you subscribe to their emails so I duly did so and only paid €18.74.

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The ensemble in all it’s glory!

I always try to use pieces that are already in my wardrobe for Halloween outfits where possible. For instance last year, I was a hippy and wore a bardot top with flares I bought in a charity shop.

Buying a wig however was crucial to the look and I got a long black one for €9.95 from Hairspray. It was fun to have long hair for one night and it made me feel super sassy!

The only issues I had with the wig was my natural hairline poked out a bit and it was also quite hot.

I layered fishnet tights also from H & M under the tracksuit bottoms with black peep-toe heels.

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I’m allergic to fake tan but it was crucial for this look so I slapped on the Cocoa Brown and bronzed myself with abandon.

Only for my housemate to say “Where’s your tan Edel? You look so pale!” The photos say otherwise…

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Kim K Kostume!

For jewellery, I added a simple black Penneys choker, Versace head earrings from Fleastyle.ie and a bling bracelet from Penneys.

Some eyeliner, black nail polish and individual fake lashes completed the look. A bronze or nude lippie is a Kim K beauty staple but I couldn’t find mine so went with a medium pink gloss.

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Versace head earrings from Fleastyle.ie

I got some VERY strange looks as I strode across Dame Street in my popper trackies but what the hell it’s Halloween! In the bathrooms a girl asked me “How’s Kanye keeping?!” and another girl screamed “Yass queen!” at me in the street.

Despite being too big for me, the tracksuit bottoms were so comfy and luckily stayed up all night. Maybe Kim is onto something here….

I decided not to incorporate any “robbery” elements into the costume as that would have just been bad taste! Some booty padding might’ve made it more authentic though…

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I wore a bomber jacket out for the night but if I’d had more time I would’ve gotten some white chalk to write Pablo on my denim jacket.

It was great fun to do a celebrity parody costume rather than my usual cartoon character/superheroine get-up and all I really needed was creativity!

Hope you all had a fun Halloween. Leave me a comment and let me know what you dressed up as this year.

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It’s me, Kim!

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Edel

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The Unwearables: Ski pants, puffer jackets and popper trackies!

I don’t know about you but I almost fell off my chair when I saw an article featuring ski pants on Vogue.com! This winter, prepare to see ski pants, puffer jackets and even button up tracksuit pants are making an appearance.

The ladies over at TownMouse CountryMouse Ireland forecasted the ski pants trend sometime ago by the way.

Now I love a good throwback so I’m doing my best to embrace this look.

Anywhere I’ve seen ski pants featured, they’re styled with a heel but I can’t help thinking the skinny styles are still unflattering….and don’t get me started on fashion editorials where the stirrup is wrapped around a heel!

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Black skinny ski pants. Pic: Mango.com

Personally I think they look good in a looser leg with a mule type shoe or with runners in traditional nineties style. They do compliment heeled loafers also.

If you really want to go for the Alps/Aspen look, then you’ll need a giant puffy jacket as well! Take Kenny from South Park as your inspo and you’re on the right track.

I’m normally not a fan of either of puffers or parkas but this season’s ones are cute and girly like this pink River Island one.

This is the ultimate winter jacket, it’s a gorgeous colour, super warm and a great length. I tried it on yesterday and was pleasantly surprised at how nice it was.

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Pink puffer jacket. Pic: River Island.com

It also looks very nice with a pop of pink lipstick! FYI, €120 but I would buy it if I could afford it! (I bought it in the end thanks to Asos’s Black Friday discount 😉

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I love the fluffy collar!

This Balenciaga ad manages to combine both puffer jacket and ski pants-impressed!

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Padded/Puffer jackets look best in a matte material, the shiny ones just look a bit cheap and tacky. Steer clear!

Slogans add some fun detail like this Topshop one. Oh and the bigger the better or otherwise it’s not a puffer jacket!

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We’ve all seen that photo of Kim in her Adidas trackies and bizarre as it is I have to say it’s one of her better outfits. She almost looks semi-comfortable unlike when she’s squeezed herself into nude cycling shorts and sock boots…shudder!

Can they actually make a comeback? Is this a throwback too far?! Where did Kim even find them…in a museum?!

To top off all this, the shoes of the season are clunky heeled loafers. Let that sink in.  Loafers aren’t the prettiest of shoes but they are damn smart! These classic black ones from Zara are one of my favourites this year. They are €49.95.

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Black loafer. Pic: Zara.com

Even if you’re not a massive fan, you have to admit they’re better than mules or flats with ballet laces…and those are your other two choices shoe lovers!

Backless styles are a nightmare, stick to a traditional black embellished loafer or mix it up with these colourful Topshop ones.

To be honest, there are ways to style even the most “unwearable” of trends! The only things I will say an emphatic no to are the aforementioned awful lace-up ballet shoes.

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Let’s all say it together: NO!

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of these trends. Thanks as always for reading my blog and don’t forget to check out my InstagramTwitter and Facebook page here.

Edel