In honour of the Fall and Winter 2012 collections being shown at Fashion Weeks in New York, London, Paris and Milan this time of year, I present to you my guide for all the big trends among young Chinese women in small-town Hebei (because I know that’s totally the look you’re itching to try!). From clothing to accessories to the trendiest hair colour, I’ve got you covered. Read on!
Oversized shirts: Embellishment is key – Chinglish sayings, cartoon characters, beads, sequins, feathers, buttons, and lace are all popular, preferably all of the above on a single shirt. Don’t think of these as statement pieces; think of them as basics or neutrals. The old adage, “The more the merrier” applies here too – the more embellished the shirt, the more versatile it will be as a piece in your closet, because some part of it will match any outfit you put together!
Skinny jeans, patterned tights and harem (MC Hammer) pants: All show no signs of slowing in popularity. Avoid solids at all costs – patterns and whiskering on denim are not just encouraged, but necessary . And whatever you do, do not coordinate the colours or patterns with the other items in your outfit. This is a major fashion ‘don’t.’
Uggs: More specifically, imitation Uggs. These not only keep your feet warm during hours spent in unheated buildings in the winter, but also help to make your legs appear slimmer by increasing the size of your feet. But, if Uggs aren’t your style, then the only acceptable option is…
Heels: whether they be boots with heels, sneakers with heels, bling-y sandals with heels, flip flops with heels…it doesn’t matter, as long as they have heels. Want to be a true member of the fashion elite? A pair of Uggs with heels will solidify your fashionista status.
Nylons: But not just any old pair of pantyhose will do. Nude-colour, ankle-high nylons with the bands showing should be a staple in your wardrobe. Everyone from young trendsetters to veteran style stars is rocking these this (and every) season, with any and every outfit imaginable – dresses, shorts, and pants can all be taken to the next level of fashion with these peeking out.
Designer handbags: To be truly on point, a big bag is a must – roughly half your body size is best. The designer label is also key, but knock-offs are obviously just as acceptable – the point is for it to appear as though you have a designer bag, not for you to actually have one. The devil is in the details; your bag should always appear to be nearly empty (to imply that you paid so much for your designer bag that you can’t afford anything else), so be sure to carry very little in it – fashion over function, of course! Tip: If you have items that you absolutely must carry with you, it is best to re-use a shopping bag for this purpose.
Plastic glasses with no lenses: Wear them large to best flatter your face by making it appear tiny. These will frame the eyes and give the impression of intelligence. Best if a knock-off of famous brands like LV, Gucci, or Chanel. Affordable, so stock up in a pair in every colour.
Hair: Simple updos , such as ponytails or buns, are the best crowns for your new and improved look. Colours trending these days obviously skew towards black or shades of brown, but preferably with the ends coloured a rich shade of burnt orange, having grown out after a failed attempt at going blonde. This is known as ombre hair, with Chinese characteristics. Slide in multiple rhinestone hair clips to draw attention.
Now, log into QQ messenger on your phone, turn the message alert volume up as high as possible, grab your friends’ hands, and head out on the town!