Sunday, June 15, 2014


By Guest Contributor

5 Fashion Trends to Try Out with Mango

Photos courtesy of Mango

So I just heard that Miranda Kerr has been replaced by Canadian model Daria Werbowy as the face of Mango for spring/summer 2014. Ah, crud. Miranda looked totally gorgeous for Mango. Plus, her personal style is totally in line with the brand's aesthetics.

Personally, I love her downtime style: classic, clean cut, never flashy or revealing. I mean, look! This outfit is pretty much perfect: black sheer blouse, skinny jeans, and leopard-print shoes for a subtle oomph factor. Plus, she's totally rocking those shades and that top-knot.

Anyway, my point is: I'll miss seeing Miranda in those Mango ad campaigns. It's going to take me a little while to warm up to Werbowy, even though she comes with an impressive portfolio too: she modelled for big names like Diane von Furstenberg, Balenciaga, Valentino, and Dolce and Gabbana.

Daria for Balenciaga (Click to enlarge)

Daria for D & G (Photo by Terry Richardson / Courtesy of Vogue Russia)

Daria for Diane von Furstenberg

Daria for Valentino

But I will still love the brand regardless of whoever it is modelling for it. After all, there is little that can go wrong with Mango's designs. Sleek and understated, with a few statement pieces tossed in, and always, always feminine and classy.

And seeing as it's spring/summer now, I thought I'd pick out a few looks I've been going nuts over:

1. Pretty in pastels

They are ALL OVER the runways. Valentino, Jason Wu, Rebecca Taylor, Prabal Gurung, and more designers are all over cotton candy hues. Paired with flowy material, these soft tones are an absolute dream. 

But it's not all sweet and innocent either. When given structured lines like a pencil skirt or a blazer, pastels can work for the office too.

Just look at what Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, and Rebecca Taylor (in that order) did here at New York Fashion Week Spring 2014:

Dreamy shades of peach, blush, sky blue, coral and mint? Sign me up! And I found this maxi dress from Mango that totally satisfies my pastel fetish:

Swoon swoon love. This dress totally nails the spring goddess look, wouldn't you say? It would go perfectly with side-swept auburn waves and coral blusher.

2. Bird motifs

There was a period when everyone was all about owls. Owl necklaces, rings, earrings. And then of course the animal prints - leopard, zebra - that just won't go away. Bird motifs are much less in your face. They're whimsical, girly and totally adorable. Case in point: prints galore at Marc by Marc Jacobs, ZARA, Oasis and Dorothy Perkins!

And here Mango has the answer:

Plus, this one's also got a Peter Pan collar, another of my obsessions! This dress is perfect with that skinny red belt. Cute outfit for a date, I'd say.

3. Bowling bags

All that structure works really well for the office. To keep things interesting, though, I'd pick something in a striking colour. Like this: 

4. Houndstooth anything

The folks at Salvatore Ferragamo, Oscar de la Renta and Fendi are obviously still all about this seemingly conservative print, adding sexy details like a plunging neckline and a high slit. Houndstooth, boring? Never. It's all about how you wear it. 

With this houndstooth cigar pants from Mango, all I need is a pair of pointy pumps and a blouse for instant chicness. And then I'd take a leaf out of Miranda Kerr's book and add a red lippie and shades. Works like a charm.

5. Gold + white combo

See how Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev, Revenge star Ashley Madekwe and supermodel Elle McPherson do it? White and gold are a match made in heaven. 

And this dress: how very Grecian goddess-like.

So I intend to replicate this look with this metal cuff from Mango. 

I figure sleek, minimalist shapes will add a modern touch and keep the getup from looking too melodramatic.

All this talk about fashion obsessions is seriously not good for my wallet.

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