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Cocoon fashion on the runway

Cocoon fashion as seen on the runways of Victoria Beckham, Giorgio Armani and Versace

Futuristic, voluminous outlines seem to define this season’s silhouette. It’s quite dramatic how designers change and manipulate fashion ideas and concepts in terms of shape, hemline length, colour and texture  as far as clothing is concerned, season-in, season-out, affecting our choices at desires and eventual purchases-inadvertently  affecting our lives without our consent! The pieces that grace the catwalks become what we want to gracefully adorn…if not the exact piece, something close or a replica.

Cocoon fashion on runway and red carpet

Design by Lamisigio, Jil Sander, Tiwa Savage in Cocoon top, Asibelua by Fati Asibelua, Eva Longoria.

This season’s collection for fall boasts quite a handful of surprises and one biggest of such is the trending cocoon fashion. First labeled a fashionable look in the 1960’s, it made its  comeback as a major trend in 2007 in coats by Dior-mainly as oversized coats with large buttons while Balmain vamped up the trend in the form of extended shoulder jackets-“just think Rihanna”. This season, designers parading the cocoon fashion on their runways, characterized by billowing bell shapes and exaggerated puffy shoulders, bubbly skirts and rounded sleeves include the likes of Victoria Beckham, Jil Sander, Stella McCartney and Giorgio Armani to mention a few.

To incorporate this look into your wardrobe, if you must, and be a master shape-shifter as I like to call it, here are the major tips;

  • Pair cocoon style tops or blouses with more slim fitting/ body hugging skirts and pants. This way you manage the excess volume of the silhouette, making you appear sexy and much relaxed at the same time.
  • Wear your cocooned-style dresses with opaque tights, dark leggings or simply just go with nude legs.





















For that very chic and trendy look, pair cocoon tops or blouses with more body-hugging pants or skirt. A look versatile for both day and night.





















Pair cocoon skirts with slim-fitting- men’s inspired shirt to achieve that look that exudes delicate balance between work and play. Perfect for the office girl that might want to hang out after work- just switch from bag to a fanciful clutch!

One good thing about the cocoon trend is you can be very sexy without coming across as trying too hard. Wear your cocoon dresses with opaque tights or simply go nude with your legs. Perfect for hanging out with friends.

Always remember that the addition of one’s personal style to a trend is what makes it pop!

Osinulu Ayodeji, A fashion enthusiast and stylist from Ogun state, Nigeria; born on 15th of October, 1985; obtained his early education at Ogun State University primary school- now Olabisi Onabanjo University primary school, secondary education at Mayflower secondary school- the great school founded by the late Dr.Tai Solarin. He studied Geology at Olabisi Onabanjo University for his first degree which he gave up upon graduation to pursue his first love-fashion. He believes in the existence of a supreme being-God and that He alone guides the course of a man. Osinulu Ayodeji presently works as a freelance fashion-stylist .


  1. Kayla

    September 28, 2011 at 11:37 am


  2. Kammy

    September 28, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Lovely pieces! iwant!!!

  3. tinu

    September 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm


    • CC

      September 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm

      Both. And it’s allowed.

    • Temi

      September 29, 2011 at 10:52 am

      As in…lol

  4. chiamaka

    September 28, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    unique style and chicky too….

  5. Kach

    September 28, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Me like…

  6. Onyx

    September 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    I’ve always loved cocoon tops and so will be going along wt this season’s trend.

  7. cathy

    September 28, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    i likey!

  8. chikala

    September 28, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    these is really wow

  9. tolu

    September 28, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    where can i get cocoon tops i live in North America, Stores please,

    • ayodeji

      September 28, 2011 at 9:53 pm

      Hi Tolu, i do not live in North America but i do know that major high street stores will have one or two pieces you will love, if not more than you ll like to have. You can check out the major high street stores as fashion buyers for all theses stores attend fashion shows to know what to stock their shops with and as cocoon is a major trend this season on the big designers’ catwalk…i think the only form of disheartening you stand is- not knowing which cocoon dress to purchase

    • missglam

      October 8, 2011 at 10:07 am


  10. Lara

    September 29, 2011 at 9:23 am

    please where can i get Coccon tops here in Nigeria

  11. [email protected] ideas

    September 29, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Wow great collection for upcoming season. the shoes are awesome and great.

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