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Fisayo Longe Spring 2013 Trends - BellaNaija - June2013001Fisayo Longe is a style blogger who specializes in the art of looking good. She is the face behind MirrorMe; a fashion and style blog. In collaboration with BN Style, Fisayo is going to be dishing out tips and tricks on styling your favourite pieces, trends, fashion shows and more on the BN Style & Mirror Me series. For all your style needs keep watching this space.

For this maiden edition she talks trends. We know how difficult it is to even fathom how a piece on the runway can be transformed into something wearable. Today, Fisayo is going to show us how she translates this seasons biggest trends into her everyday wardrobe. Enjoy.

After a fashion show, one of the most popular debates amongst attendees centres on whether the collection was ‘wearable’. It is one thing for an item to look perfectly put together coming down the runway on a 6 ft. girl with unending legs to boast. Whether it translates to a similar level of perfection, off the runway, is the question.

To that, I say: what’s fashion without a challenge?

So here I am, trying my best to translate those gorgeous pieces into wearable everyday outfits. Below are my top 7 Spring 2013 trends and how I wear them. Why such an odd number? I actually got to 10 but was horrified at the fact that I’ve unconsciously followed so many trends, so I ditched a few.

If you like any of the items seen on me, just name of the designer and buy one.

That being said, here they are. Enjoy!

White
This is my favourite and probably the most popular this season. Two years ago, I would never have worn head-to-toe white without beings too self-conscious that an all-white ensemble should only be seen on the tall and skinny. Right now it’s a favourite.

On The Runway

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From L-R: Valentino, Emilio Pucci, Chanel

Even thought might seem a bit scary and adventurous but wearing all white can convey class and sophistication if paired well. Here I paired a white ASOS leather crop top with a white ASOS blazer. To complete the look I added flared trousers from AQUA.

How I Wear White

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Leather
Leather is timeless. Even in summer and warmer climates, I wouldn’t be caught without at least a leather crop top or shorts in my closet. I know wearing leather is a bit touchy due to the fact that leather and heat just don’t mix. If you really want to add the leather trend to your wardrobe you could go for something small like a hat, a crop top or a short faux skirt (fake/light leather skirt).

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From L-R: Balmain , Alexander Wang, Saint Laurent

How I Wear Leather
My weather is a bit more forgiving with wearing leather so I made it into a an outfit with an ASOS Skirt, a TopShop jumper and Stella McCartney boots.

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Gladiator Shoes
I love shoes! So by default I can’t get enough of shoes which have a personality of their own. Gladiators made their way into the fashion hemisphere a few years back and have since been popping their heads here and there. This season, they’re here again on the runways of designers like Versace and Alexander Wang.

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From L-R: Versace, Tom Ford, Alexander Wang

How I Wear Gladiators
What a lot of people do not understand is gladiator sandals are very versatile. They have the ability to add personality to any outfit you’re putting together. They’re edgy, distinct and always stand out because they often cover the length of your leg and that would definitely get you noticed.

Here I’m rocking mine with an ASOS t-shirt, a H&M Faux leather skirt and a pair of Stuart Weitzman gladiator sandals and a Belanciaga bag for that extra oomph.Fisayo Longe Spring 2013 Trends - June 2013 - BellaNaija002

Prints
Prints are a great way to add character to your look, whilst still keeping it sharp and sophisticated. They can be very playful, laid back and add the right amount of colour to an outfit. Never known how to match them properly, you can take a look at this post on BN Style on 7 Hot Tips for Mixing and Matching Prints.

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From L-R: Peter Pilotto, Erdem, Etro

How I Wear Prints
To show you a great way of interpreting this trend in ready to wear style I paired am ASOS dress and black Belanciaga shoes.

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Ruffles
Ruffles are a great way to add femininity to your outfit. There soft, ethereal and playful. To add a bit of edge to your ruffles try matching them with something edgy.

On The Runway

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From L-R: Gucci, Balenciaga, Dries Van Noten

How I Wear Ruffles
Here, I added a it of my obsession with white and wore an ASOS Dress with ruffles at the bottom.

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Crop Tops
Did you ever think that something as seemingly juvenile as crop tops would come back in such a big way? I definitely didn’t. This trend has gotten and kept e at the gym. I know a limiting factor that most people have is age appropriateness. To me age isn’t a limiting factor. Crop tops have been spotted on middle-aged women this season and they’ve all worn it quite well. My philosophy: If you’ve got the body and wear it tastefully, then go ahead.

On The Runway

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Louis Vuitton

How I Wear Cropped Tops
Most of the time, I prefer to wear cropped tops with high-wasted bottoms so that there isn’t too much midriff on display. Here I’ve worn a cute ASOS crop top with a turtle neck and a tailor-made skirt (Yes a tailor making that skirt is possible) and Aperlai shoes.

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White Shoes
The key to always staying in the know in fashion is to never say never. For me, a year ago White shoes = Fashion faux pas. Right now If they aren’t white, I’m not interested. White shoes always stand out because of its white and pure colour and can add the right touch to any outfit.

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From L-R: Chanel, Prabal Gurung, Lanvin

How I Wear White Shoes
Here, my shoes look a bit laid back and in the background but they still have a brightening effect to the outfit. You can always make your shoes stand out even more with a nice detail like a gold chain or studs. I paired my Elizabeth and James shoes with a Cos Top and ASOS trousers.

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Even though I have shown you my way of translating this seasons trends to what you can wear on a daily basis, the most important factor is adding your personal touch to them. What are your favourite trends of this season? Which would you not be caught dead in?

Photo Credits: Style.com and mirrorme.me

64 Comments

  1. honeymix...

    June 11, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    I love this lady’s style. Very classy and unique.pls wats her blog,wanna learn.

  2. Poshlady

    June 11, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Nothing significant

    • xoxox

      June 11, 2013 at 11:42 pm

      you should go to they eye hospital, there is a possibility you might have some eyesight issues?
      what do you mean by ‘nothing significant’??? then don’t look at the page! if your really “Poshlady” please show us your own style, lets say if there is anything significant about it?
      ahhann ‘nothing significant’ are you actually serious?

    • Bella

      June 12, 2013 at 11:55 am

      I agree – honestly BN why do insignificant people always feel they have to say somethin negative. did she wake up on the wrong side of the bed? abeg any one with a correct eyesight can see this girl has definately got good style sense, yes granted,we may not all agree with some of her put togethers but come on, there is something to be learned at the very least upgraded . Na wa I don tire for negative idiots mscheeeewwww!

    • bidibang

      June 12, 2013 at 4:16 am

      as in, she’s trying too hard. nice clothes sha…but fashion ain’t for everyone…some ppl just adorn things effortlessly.

    • Samuel Ojeka

      June 12, 2013 at 8:18 am

      This is the most stylish BN personal post that has been published and if you say otherwise then you know nothing about style or fashion, or you are just hating. How can you open your mouth and say there isn’t anything significant or she is trying too hard? I’ll love to see what you both can do with these trends. Nigerians love to hate unnecessarily . Ask God for forgiveness and maybe he would make you more stylish.

    • Ready

      June 12, 2013 at 10:24 am

      Hian! See how quickly “Samuel Ojeka” jumped to “Nigerians love to hate…”. On top 1 individual’s 2 word comment on the post. Biko, lump and malign us small small.

  3. hmm

    June 11, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    I want every …yass!….first style section this year that has me all over it…
    well apart from those boots with your leather attire…. u look lovely ..:)

  4. ij

    June 11, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    10/10

  5. Lisa

    June 11, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Too cute!!!

  6. naana

    June 11, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    girl’s got style!!!!!!!

  7. Lucy

    June 11, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Hmmm i like……..the leather skirt oh dear <3

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      June 12, 2013 at 1:46 pm

      As in! And I just never bother visting the ASOS website because I honestly decided their clothes are only for teeny-boppers and couldn’t understand what I’ve seen people buy off that website but missy up here just gave me 2 reasons to pay them a visit – her leather skirt and her midi-length floral print dress. I want ohhhhhh!

  8. nikky

    June 11, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Hipster

  9. Cleo

    June 11, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Love her style…something everyone can wear….I would rock her outfits well well…

  10. Bleed blue

    June 11, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    THIS! Finally a style feature that speaks to me!

  11. billionaire in grace

    June 11, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Guys check for jadore-fashion.com. It is the best,I think BN you should feature that lady one day

  12. lilz

    June 11, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    i love

  13. Mma

    June 11, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    She’s unique.

    africansweetheart.blogspot.co.uk

  14. Teddy Bear

    June 11, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Very stylish lady!

  15. Folajimi

    June 11, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Sassy, classy and on point

    tellydoc.wordpress.com/

  16. Retrochic

    June 11, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    @posh lady eat ur heart out, too much beef in this country

  17. ms lala

    June 11, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Fisayo baaaaaaabey…….her love for unique shoes….uuuurgh just Fab….

  18. Theresa

    June 11, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Nice! I love how she drew inspiration from the runway, yet still showed her style. Welldone Fisayo!

  19. Shoe Face

    June 11, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    All her shoes are fab! If you love shoes check out and follow me on shoeface.blogspot.com

  20. Ayana

    June 11, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    She’s got a great sense of style….love it!

  21. Neze

    June 11, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    @Posh lady, so not posh, just acidic. Get your life.

  22. The Real Madam the Madam

    June 11, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    She definitely got some really nice pieces from ASOS. I love the printed dress and the printed pants.

  23. Amaka

    June 11, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Gorgeous!!

  24. Seyi

    June 11, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Love it!

  25. I Rock

    June 11, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    I like pictures 1, 3 (minus the shoe…will prefer the shoe with a different attire), 5 and 7. Not a fan of wearing a necklace on the outside of her top like she did in the last picture. Her white pants in the second picture will be more suited to a taller lady/someone with longer legs though I cant fault her for wearing what she likes. Her shoes are nice and she’s got a lovely shape.

  26. Neo

    June 11, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    I love her style. I would equally excited to get it in print too but BN needs to do better editing. Belenciaga???

  27. BabyDee

    June 11, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I hope blood is flowing through your legs with those gladiator sandals looking like they are snuffing your legs bayi…

    -BabyDee.

    • Janey

      June 12, 2013 at 9:21 am

      hahahahhaha….tnx 4 making me laugh

  28. Seymour

    June 11, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Nah bruh. Doesn’t do it for me. The whole point of this was to make the runway trends wearable everyday and this just doesn’t.

  29. Kiky

    June 11, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    I love the print, she sure is good

    geneafrique.com

  30. Allegra

    June 11, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Not bad interpretations but I must ask, why ASOS, not everyone likes mail order shopping as you never know what you would get (quality wise). Other alternatives would have helped.

    • Samuel Ojeka

      June 12, 2013 at 8:22 am

      Did you give her money to shop? She likes what she sees and buys it, no one told you to shop from Asos did they?

  31. glygifty

    June 11, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    think she has some sense of style and fahion but i just hate the leather and ruffles looks.just my opinion.

  32. Chigbo

    June 11, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Why is she taking all her pics in the middle of the road……..some sef are halfway across the zebra crossing. Please look well before crossing o

  33. goldfinch

    June 11, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    i’m not feeling the ruffles and gladiator sandals.

    • Bella

      June 12, 2013 at 11:58 am

      for me too but that is the only thing i dislike! love em Stella M boots – me wantss!

  34. Ndidi

    June 11, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Ok she has style 10/10 Abeg!

  35. Dora the explorer

    June 11, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    lol at look well before crossing o! its her own interpretation to suit her person so give the transformer a huggie if u dnt like! Shikenan!

  36. FAR

    June 11, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Don’t have the liver but I looove the white dress.

    iamfar.com

  37. Lin

    June 11, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    i love her style BUT i can’t do gladiator sandals/shoes. To me they are hideous

  38. Phoebe

    June 11, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Fisayo is this what you wear daily or you just wore the clothes to take the pictures for this feature. #JustCurious 🙂

  39. nene

    June 12, 2013 at 3:51 am

    i love her hair. some outfits r too much and look over the top.

  40. Mo

    June 12, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Well, its her style. For me, me no like- there is nothing I can really wear for my day to day style.

    • Omo1

      June 12, 2013 at 11:54 am

      Me too!

  41. shenugs

    June 12, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Classy, Elegant, Edgy. LOVE.

  42. princess

    June 12, 2013 at 10:24 am

    She really has good taste… For couture and statement fashion accessories like her’s please visit http://www.uberchicville.blogspot.com

  43. Foluke

    June 12, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Fab!

  44. chi chi

    June 12, 2013 at 10:41 am

    i just want those white Alexander Wang gladiators. The lady’s got style alright.

    jewelzmag.com

  45. Berry Dakara

    June 12, 2013 at 11:14 am

    LOVE HER STYLE!

    berrydakara.blogspot.com

  46. memiee

    June 12, 2013 at 11:26 am

    nothing too fab here jare

  47. veer520

    June 12, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    @ Poshlady, Nothing significant? abeg make we see your own.

  48. magh

    June 12, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    i did not like some of her shoes.. but I loveee the all white outfit.. so angelic

  49. Miss Anonymous

    June 13, 2013 at 11:40 am

    I like everything on her, except the gladiator sandals.

  50. Miss Anonymous

    June 13, 2013 at 11:42 am

    I like her style though. It’s different, quite avante garde. The gladiator sandals look like they are choking her feet though, and maybe if they had heels….

  51. Aduke

    June 15, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Very tasteful sense of style! I absolutely luv them all! Elegant and very classy! Lovely skin tone as well and ur hair is soo gorg! I luv and want that ASOS print dress soo bad, but looks like its sold out! 🙁

  52. HRS

    June 18, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Very Fab sense of style, I Love! 😀 Shoes toh badt, she’s got very nice shape and loves that hair style 🙂

  53. mirrorme

    June 24, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Thank you so much for your comments guys! Really appreciate the warm welcome and compliments. I’m looking forward to interacting more with you, super excited! I love to discover the differences in what people find appealing so it’s very interesting for me to see what looks you love and also, what you can’t stand.

    In response to some comments and questions that were asked:
    @Seymour The whole point of this was to show how I wear trends. Not to make runway trends wearable. The pictures are a reflection of my style and this is what I wear on a day to day. Therefore, it is wearable. Perhaps, not by you.

    @Allegra I do most of my shopping at ASOS. Again, a direct reflection of how I dress.

    @Phoebe Yes, this is what I wear daily. I document my outfits on my blog: http://www.mirrorme.me and these are taken from different outfit posts.

    @Aduke Thank you for your comment! My particular dress is sold out but there are a few other patterns in the same style, have a look: http://bit.ly/10o0RHy

    See you soon on the next article!

    xxx

    • Aduke

      June 27, 2013 at 7:04 am

      Thankx beautiful! I’ll check that out now! xx

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