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6 Ways to Stamp your Look in 2021

Author By: Aisha Z Keeney

Last year, 2020, our sense of fashion and clothes hanging in our closets has changed irrevocably. The need to put together a proper outfit was no longer a necessity for our appearance. This year 2021, has started off to a similar beginning; the thought of fashion has no relevance during this strange and singular moment in time. To reduce the role and value of clothes to pure functionality is to miss the point entirely. An outfit doesn’t need to be over the top to make you feel polished, confident, and ready to take on the day – no matter the circumstances. An exceptional design is often the most understated.
While London is still amid a strict lockdown, having spent months stuck in the same routine, when shopping, I find myself looking for pieces that will elevate my day-to-day sense of fashion.


The New Jean shape
As the fashion faux between smart and casual dressing has blurred in recent seasons. The most timeless clothing piece is a pair of denim jeans with a neutral casual top or blouse. A pair of pants with a sweatshirt (cotton shirt) is a safe option for casual and neutral wear. After, what seems like a lifetime, skinny jeans are no longer a popular fashion piece in any casual capsule.
The most timeless clothing piece is a pair of denim jeans with a neutral casual top or blouse, considering a high-rise, distressed and straight-leg style paired as capsule collection is a classic. Retro-inspired jeans, paired with proportions by adding statement sleeves. Embracing a more relaxed look of unique jean shape and style. Minimal effort, maximum impact? It’s all down to good jeans.

New Shape Jeans

Soften up with Paisley
Flood your wardrobe with prints this year! From the classics to the most modern, give your outfits a trendy, artsy, or wild touch. Whichever suits your sense of style best. Did you know the bohemian-style print with a curved tear shape has been making its mark on catwalks? Many designers embrace Bohemian-style in 2021. Bring in two pieces with the same color or try mixing different colors. However, you blend it; paisley is set to make a fashion statement for you in 2021.

Do you go all-in on trends? Then this one’s for you. Dare to go bold with a whole paisley look. Bring in two pieces with the same color or try mixing different colors. However, you blend it; paisley is set to be trending for 2021.

Paisley

The New Clutch
Traditionally, the clutch has been considered an evening bag, comes in butter-soft styles designed to be tucked insouciantly under your arm or carried in the crook of your elbow. While these understated designs make the perfect addition to silk separates and all-black ensembles, their generous proportions mean they’re also an effortless way to add a fashion-forward edge to your everyday look and are a capsule wardrobe go-to. The size for this season’s essential clutch makes it a stalwart for night and day.
The size for this season’s essential clutch makes it a stalwart for night and day.

Clutch Bags

Penny Loafers
Penny loafers were originally designed for men, the style of shoe has always been a classic and a staple in women’s closets. The first essential for any capsule wardrobe? Penny loafers has a history that stretches back almost a century – and not many pieces can boast the same style mileage as pair of penny loafer. Truly an eternal classic, the allure lies in its versatility.

Penny Loafers

Luxe Sweats.
Whether you’re preparing to return to work, or your dining-room table will be doubling as your office for the foreseeable, the ‘new normal’ has had a significant impact on the way we dress. Comfort has now become the number-one priority for many people, including the most ardent fashion fans. Luxe sweatpants are the new capsule wardrobe must-have.

Not only are wide-leg and tapered styles perfect for lounging in, but styled up with a simple white tank, coordinating sweater, and finished with ankle-tie sandals, they also turn off-duty into effortless. Cozy and considered sweats can be styled up or down to suit your mood.

Luxe Sweats

Combat Boots
Undoubtedly one of this season’s most classic designs, high combat boots promise to put an irreverent spin on any outfit. The perfect complement to everything from diaphanous dresses and oversized knits to micro-mini skirts invest in a pair, and they’re sure to become one of the most-worn pieces in your capsule wardrobe. Are you teaming yours with blue denim? Chunky boots also work with the most unexpected styling combinations, thanks to their authoritative effect. Stay one step ahead by tucking your jeans in – next season’s fail-safe styling trick.

Combat Boots

By Aisha Z Keeney

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Neteral Magazine: Solange Opens & Her Eclectic Wardrobe

 

Solange gives interview to Refinery 29 & NETERAL takes a look at her eclectic style and her one of a kind wardrobe pieces.

 

Photo 1: Urban Outfitters bra

 

Photo 2: Left: Boxing Kitten Zou Zou top; Moschino Cheap & Chic pants.

Right: Vintage jacket and belt; Max Azria silk tank; Zara pants; YSL shoes

 

Photo 3: Helmut Lang blazer; vintage star dress; American Apparel bike shorts;

Christian Louboutin studded oxfords

 

Photo 4: Christian Louboutin  stilettos 

 

Photo 5: Stella McCartney blazer; Levi’s cut-off jean shorts; YSL stilettos

 

 

Photo 6: Betsey Johnson dress; Elizabeth & James shoes  

Photo 7: Boxing Kitten Zou Zou top; Moschino Cheap & Chic pants

 

Photo 8: Stella McCartney blazer; Aurel Schmidt for Opening Ceremony T-shirt;

Levi’s cut-off jean shorts; vintage belt

 

 

Photo 9: Solange with her son 

 

Photo 10: Chanel purse

 

 

 Photo 11: Solange’s awesome shoe collection

 Photo 12: Solange’s wardrobe selection

 

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Neteral Magazine: Tasteful Looks for the Bitter Cold

During the winter months, some of us (cough, cough) can tend to look dowdy being that our number one priority is feeling as warm and comfy as possible and not style.  By now you ladies know that you can be warm & dress tasteful as well.  How can you achieve a “classy winter protective look” (just made that term up from the top of my head)?  Here is your guide on how to do just that.

Faux Fur Stole by Topshop

John Lewis Faux Fur Shawl

Faux Fur Stole by Jigsaw

Short Bow Glove by Jessica Simpson (comes in tea & poppy color as well)

FauxJuicy Couture 9″ Basic Glove (I usually don’t show all of the colors that a specific item comes in, but these gloves mix class and style so well and all color combinations deserve to be seen.)

Black

Heather Grey

Plum Heather

Take a look at these Dominic Jones Gold Nails Gloves…..metallic fake nail extensions

Interesting or….scary?

I don’t like to wear hats at all.  I never wear them during winter times and outside of that (yes that may be bad for health reasons), but I just can’t get with them and their constraints.  But for all of you hat wearers out there, here are a couple of stylish finds.  They are not your typical wintered styled hats because that would be, well…..boring.  So NETERAL chose looks that can be worn throughout any season, but are made with fabric that can sustain you in  the winter times, too.

Tarnish Peekaboo Felt Cloche

Tarnish Grosgrain Bow Fedora (winter hats don’t have to seem “winterish”)

Juicy Couture Wool Tweed Military Cap