School’s out and there are a number of big events happening in the next few weeks, making fashion options really important.
Bang Bang Clothing’s Yosiaha Fletcher, known for having a great appreciation for style, gave the T&T Guardian a quick course in what’s trending. “For women there are four major trends,” he said, adding that although chiffon tops are trending, at his store denim is king. “We’re doing a lot of denim from acid wash to indigo blue denims, which is the darker denim.” Long, blousy denim shirts are must-haves, paired with itsy bitsy shorts. This, he said, is ideal for the Trini heat. “Another big look for the women this season is the preppy look. “It’s where the ladies wear their shirts buttoned all the way up to their necks. They can then wear short necklaces, like choker necklaces over the shirts,” he advised.
Fletcher says some other trends for the summer season abroad include pastel colours like tea green and jade. Dresses are definitely a must, especially those that are longer to the back. “Trinidadians buy clothes that become popular,” he said, noting that when this design first surfaced, many people wouldn’t be caught dead in it. Now, however, Fletcher says the style has become a big one. “When it comes to accessorising, messenger bags which sling over one shoulder and hang on the opposite waist, are big right now, as are day clutches for those who’re heading to the daytime events. “People should keep the day clutches neutral. They can use them in browns and darker colours,” he explained. Colour blocking is in right now and Fletcher says this particular trend will be going straight into the Fall season, and much like New York and other fashion capitals of the world, shoppers in T&T can expect to see colour blocking in more neutral tones when that season comes around.
Advising that mixing prints such as polka dots with stripes is also a hot trend at this time of year, Fletcher says fashion lovers should not be afraid to experiment with their clothing. While men’s fashion is usually simple enough, Fletcher says today’s men are definitely a bit more metrosexual and their style consciousness has increased to suit. Rolled up jeans with loafers are a big fad overseas, and much like every other style that we inherit locally, that too will more than likely be sported by our men in T&T during this holiday time. “Men are also wearing a lot of bold-coloured sneakers in reds, yellows and they’re coupling the coloured footwear with dark brown belts.” Fletcher says sunglasses are still a must, with aviators leading the way.
“He, however, warned that the trend of wearing sunglasses at night should be avoided, for while celebs can get away with it, regular club hoppers really won’t. “If your outfit is simple, be bold with your accessories whether it’s a bag or earrings, and ladies avoid showing off your bras,” he advised.