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Authenticity this Autumn

By Joseph A. Federico, 27 Sep, 2016
  • Authenticity this Autumn

Go big and be yourself this season…

 

The fall, beautiful fall. The world around you is getting a little cooler. Shorts, tank tops and surf boards are put away for the season, and you are preparing for the coming of a new you. A more authentic you, if you will.

Remember the 1990s? Just thinking of that decade should bring back such killer memories; how about the Spice Girls? Jelly pens? Oh, but what about the fashion? Break out the Doc Martens and oversized sweaters, because they are coming back in style. The decade that made you feel so alive and so YOU is back.

Ladies, as usual, you are up first. Remember those plastic rave dresses? Get ready to sport them again. This time, they are sexier. And well you are older, so it is time to make the younger you jealous. Opaque silvers, oranges and blues are top colours coming your way. Sport black undergarments underneath this dress, and wear a ballet flat in contrast. Put your hair up in a butterfly clip or two. No, really, do it.

 

If you aren’t feeling up to bearing it all, how about a lingerie dress? Calvin Klein was the king of these dresses back in the day, but Chloe and Parris Gordon of Beaufille are the queen bees now. The dynamic duo’s textiles are flirty and dirty, with a splash of elegance. Okay, think of Courtney Love in all of her music videos. With this garment, pair it up with a darker-coloured biker jacket and chunky, knee-high boots. You’re ready to pain the town red.

On your feet, wear a pair of Doc Martens or a juicy coloured wedge shoe. And on your pretty little face, wear dark and moody makeup. However, please do not overgrow your brow like you did in the 1990s; no one really liked that trend.

And last but not least, we discuss jewellery. Funky coloured chokers will don your ladylike necks, and tie dyed chunky rings will be sported on your fingers. Try a piece from David Webb; this brand implements gold hues and natural-looking stones into its jewellery-making. Really true perfection, if you ask me. 

Boys, you are next. Be prepared to step through the looking glass now. Kurt Cobain will have nothing on you.

On the weekends, try out a fitted pair of overalls. Instead of a screen printed undershirt, wear a solid colour shirt – black or white makes a bolder statement. On your feet, an un-socked boat shoe or lower shoe will do just fine.

If you get too chilly, invest in a funky jacket by Canada’s own Klaxon Howl. This men’s brand is known for animalistic outerwear. A camouflage or cheetah print jacket will be highly sought after. Are you ready to take the 1990s plunge?

Or, you could start off small and tamer, by buying a flannel shirt. Remember those – probably when you were in middle or high school – am I right? Blues, greys and reds will don your muscular body. On the bottom, wear a pair of fitted Tommy Hilfiger jeans; roll the cuffs up a bit if you dare.

To really make a statement from the past, grow your locks out a bit, too. Men in the 1990s had lustrous locks, namely in the earlier part of the decade. Try to grow your hair out a few months beforehand, and cut it back to the desired length and style. Look online for some inspiration, or invest in an app where you can play around with augmented reality…they didn’t have that kind of technology back then, just chat rooms in Internet cafes.

 

If you are seeking some cool jewellery, hemp is also back, fellas. Bracelets with beads, chokers with shells and even rings will hang over your appendages. This will be cool again, I promise.

And on your face, a round, small lensed and coloured sunglass will look just right to complete the decade look. Or, if you are still feeling somewhat shy of letting your grungy look go, try a pair of sunglasses by none other than Baume & Mercier.

Are you ready to head to the 1990s again? Let me know how you fare in the upcoming months.

Now vogue to your closet, and strike a pose to the new, looser you. 

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