TREND: LOVE, FROM HAVANA
Cuba - it's the caribbean island nation majorly influencing the fashion world right now and has most likely been influencing your wardrobe without you even realising. But the reason we are crushing on Cuba is not just the authentic music, rum, cigars and incredible 16th century architecture - the laid-back street-style of the residents of Cuban capital Havana has had us all shopping for bardot tops, loafers and cuban-collared shirts.
We watched the Kardashians dominate the streets of Havana recently wearing seductive chokers and salsa skirts, and we had serious wanderlust for this beautiful historic city when Karl Lagerfeld held the Chanel cruise 2017 show there in May, after being inspired by the 'cultural richness and opening up of Cuba'. And for the past few months whilst we soak up as much sun as we possibly can, these trends have slowly made their way in to our shopping bags.
So for minimalists like myself who have a technicolor phobia, how do we rock a cuban look without fear of impulse buying colourful pieces that will hang with their tags still in tact until the season ends, only to end up at the local charity shop?
1. GO BARDOT - these off the shoulder tops are the obvious choice for any cuban inspired look, but this doesn't matter because of how timeless they are. This is always a trend that comes back around and you can be sure that a monochrome bardot will be a guaranteed investment.
2. BE INSPIRED BY OLD HAVANA - If you are struggling to find where to place the colour in your outfit, look to the architecture and old buildings of the city. Pick out a beige/stone cuban collared shirt and hat paired with cut off jeans, or a dusky pink flared sleeve top as opposed to your usual black staple.
3. EMBRACE YOUR FEMININITY - Cuban women are the epitome of sass and fun. They don't take their look too seriously and live a laid-back lifestyle. They can often be seen in clashing colours and embracing having cleavage and skin on show. Take a leaf out of their book and don't take your outfit too seriously!