July 24, 2021

Being fashion conscious this Christmas

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Just because we live in the hot tropics of the Cayman Islands it shouldn’t mean we can’t dress for Christmas and be fashionable.

True to the traditional season, soft white shades are a good choice for clothes that blend in with this theme. Another popular colour to produce a sharp contrast is black and various shades of bright black; while dull and muted greys give a nice warm and fuzzy touch and hues of rich red right through to mellow maroon are also reflective of the season.

For women, earthy colours ranging from the deep shades of olive, maroon, brown, deep blue’s to chocolate brown are colours set to keep to the traditional trend. While for men, muted shades of pink, lavender, brick red, grey, deep shades of purple and black will certainly turn a female head or two.

Choosing the right hairstyle to go with the fashion and season can be a daunting task. These are the ones in fashion now according to Lilith Moon: 1. The Elegant Updo, 2. French Fishtail Braid, 3. Dutch crown braid, 4. The Party Updo, 5. The celebrity Side Bun,  and 6. Greek Goddess Party.

I like HairGirl247’s Funky with steps and her Curly Flirty. Cinthia Truong is trending with her Elegant Hair Bow but the hottest one is Luxy Hair’s Kim Kardashian Inspired Boho-Chic Eibbon Braids.

Men on the other hand to make me look twice will have to aim to get their hair into the bushy straight, yet carefully dishevelled look, which gets tucked away into the tops of their high neck shirts.

Hats are not normally worn here but if you have a Christmas date at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Old House or even Papagallo, the large brim floppy hats are really in vogue. You will really make quite an entrance with every male diner giving you an admiring look and the women hating you for not wearing one themselves.

The prevailing tendencies for fabrics are ones that are over-worked with several different effects across their surfaces. The fabrics are very solid or concrete with a sort of untamed natural feel blended with soft lusters. Prints around the traditional Christmas theme are almost subtle while the focus is on the rich exterior of the fabric. Reworked light cottons are the best base for designs to be worn here.

Complementing the feel and textures of fabrics the designs around these effects range from long pleats, to subtle wrinkles and clearly visible overstitches, to the blistered and tangled effects.

Cashmere worked in with very light wool and mohair is blended to give the fabrics a light yet visibly textured look, whilst some of the other fabrics are roughly cut to give a thatched heavily threaded effect. Most knits are made with heavily emphasised gages to draw out the traditional Christmas feeling.

Denim is one of those fabrics that have been around forever, and this year the Christmas theme is a slight gleam in the denim with an oxidised look. In fact you are going to be seeing a lot of ultra ‘cool’ effects that will look absolutely stunning in our climate.

Your Christmas dresses can be long, short or anywhere in between. Most women here prefer to wear dresses and clothes that are loose and unrestrictive.

Short dresses: For a casual, everyday look, pair a short dress with comfortable sandals or flip flops. Add a coordinating bag and sandals with a heel for a dressier look.

Mid-length dresses: A dress that falls just below the knee makes for a feminine silhouette. Show off those calves by pairing a dress like this with espadrilles that tie around the ankle.

Long dresses: Maxi dresses or long dresses can be worn both day or night. For evening events, wear a long dress with high-heel cork espadrilles or high heel sandals. If you’re petite and concerned about how a long dress will fit on your smaller frame, opt for a petite sized maxi dress.

All your shoes should be in shades of silver and grey over Christmas. They shriek elegance and comfort in a very casual sort of way. For women transparent slippers laced with silver give an almost Cinderella effect.

Jewellery designs highlighting the Christmas season are marvellous add-ons: silver snowflake pendants and large broaches like a sprig of holly or mistletoe make some really eye-catching accessories. Chunky silver bracelets and large but light earrings that dangle add to the effect.

So, make sure you watch out for these lovely trends and you are bound to take the Cayman Islands by storm. And honestly, you really do not have to own expensive designer wear to make a statement. Our local stores will stock up on some of these new designs and most of our hair salons are able to imitate all the hairstyles I have mentioned. They can probably come up with their own creations.

This Christmas ensure you treat yourself to some of these trendy fashions and go paint our Islands red!

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