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Fashion tips for teenage guys

Young blokes reach an age in their life when fashion trends become important to help develop the individuals that they are. However, when it comes to researching fashion trends, there only seems to be information dedicated towards women, men and even teen girls but only minimal information is provided on fashion trends for young blokes.

As advised by my gorgeous 17-year-old brother Jake, when it comes to modelling teen celeb fashion trends, the likes of Justin Biebier and the Jonas Brothers are a definite no, no, which in fact contradicts the information provided that pop stars and boy bands start many trends.

Guys like to be more reckless in their outfits and dress according to the things they like to do. Different trends available can include punk, biker, skater, street wear, emo, sportswear and prep. These are just to name a few. The only way teens will learn about what trends best fit for them is to go out there and discover new things.

Guys should avoid baggy clothing, as the trend is moving towards streamlined silhouettes. This means shirts and pants should fit properly. Take a minute in front of the mirror. If you’re worried that your clothes look weird, they probably do.

As a basic rule, a signature look is fine as long it expresses the real you and feels comfortable. Armani promotes clothes that boost comfort and confidence, but you won’t feel either if you’re a preppie at heart trying to look Goth, or worried your too-baggy pants will lose their grip. Just because something is faddish doesn’t mean it flatters or feels good.

Here are a few key looks to be inspired by:

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Where does Australian fashion sit on the world stage and why is it unique?

As a product focused industry, Australia is fast becoming a ‘must have’ that the global fashion community cannot get enough of. The original and unique style of Australian fashion is increasingly taking the world by storm with down under designs being stocked in over 75 countries around the world even in some of the most unexpected and remote countries such as Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.

Inspired by an extraordinary range of Australian fashion textiles and cultural influences, many Australian designers have made their mark around the word including dynamic designers such as Sass & Bide, Wayne Cooper, Carla Zampatti, Easton Pearson, Nicola Finetti, Bettina Liano, Martin Grant, Michelle Jank and Lisa Ho.

The work of Collette Dinnigan has also been making its mark internationally since the 1990s.  Dinnigan’s work was the first Australian to mount a full-scale ready-to-wear parade in Paris in 1995.  Dinnigan now has a store in Los Angeles, displays her label twice yearly in Parisian Fashion parades and has an extensive high-profile fan list with the likes of Naomi Watts, Sarah O’Hare, Helena Christensen and Charlize Theron.

A more recent designer who has broken into the international market is Sydney designer Ben Pollitte.  Pollitte has been selected to join the Australian Wool Industry’s international protégé project, a program in the brainchild of Franca Sozzanie, editor of Vogue Italia, who pairs promising young designers with some of fashion’s most prominent figures like Karl Largerfeld.  The mentorship will have Pollitt working with big-name designers to create a collection using Australian wool.

Whilst the global downturn has injured the fashion industry, in Australia and abroad, healthy sales are still being made in all-Australian New York fashion shops from designers such as Jayson Brunsdon, Camilla and Marc, Kirrily Jonson and Mad Cortes, among others, with predicted sales in excess of $60 million compared with $40 million in sales last year and just $2 million in sales 10 years ago.

Austrade alone also continues to attract international buyers to all Australian fashion events including Rosemount Australian Fashion Week and the Melbourne L’Oreal Fashion Festival with representatives from top fashion houses in the USA, the UK, Canada, Italy, Singapore, Ireland, UAE, Japan, Hong Kong, China and New Zealand.  Austrade’s role is to ensure they have the opportunity to show and meet with international visitors and maximise their chances of making significant export sales.

As fashion continues to be a successful export market for Australia, equal in measure is the growth that has occurred in other employment opportunities in the fashion industry including fashion journalism, fashion styling, make-up and hair styling, fashion photography and modelling. Australia has developed an international reputation for producing some of the emerging stars of the fashion world, from designers to models. Supermodels such as Elle McPherson (now with her own high-end lingerie line), Miranda Kerr, Gemma Ward and Megan Gale have reinforced Australia’s place on the world stage.

With Australian designs seen on celebrities including Cameron Diaz and Kate Moss, Australian designers will continue to have their eyes set on the global fashion stage and aspire to achieve similar success experienced by those who have successfully made their mark internationally.


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Neon Lights

Inspired by the fashion trend of the 80s, high voltage neon’s are fast becoming the upcoming colour of choice. 

 From ultra violet lipstick to the bright hues of handbags, this shock of colour is a fun way to heat up your wardrobe during the cooler months.

Making a big impact on the fashion scene, this look can either be bold and daring or fun and whimsical depending on what you pair it with. Hollywood divas have embraced this trend by wearing neon pieces to accentuate their fun, flirty and very bold personalities.  Think celebrities such as Katy Perry, Avril Lavigne, Ricki Lee Coultre and most popularly known for this trend, Nicki Minaj.

 These hues can transform a dull and boring outfit into something hot and stylish, so whether it be a bright green satchel, a hot pink dress or even an orange pair of killer heels, the key is to choose the right colours that compliment and flatter your skin. 

If head to toe neon is not your thing, then perhaps opt for a single neon accessory to flatter your look.


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Crazy for Coral

Crazy for Coral

Sam Edelman studded bag
$475 – stanwells.com

Rhinestone jewelrywindsorstore.com

Bvlgari perfume
$54 – johnlewis.com

Face makeup
$12 – sleekmakeup.com


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An Abundance of White

Spring Whites

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A Tribal Love Affair

Passing the Melbourne Bourke Street Myer and David Jones windows this morning I couldn’t help but find myself thinking of African sunsets and warm summer nights taking me away from the realisation that my feet were frozen from the cool winter air. 


Then it dawned upon me, while staring at the magnificent colours displayed of soft gold, sage green and burnt orange, that Spring had sprung throughout the world of fashion and that warmer weather was just around the corner.

With jewelled hues and vivid prints and patterns, the printed lover within me was ready to delve into the world of earthy ethnic tribal motifs and animal prints.  Deep browns, rich amber, purple and moss greens jutted across my mind inspiring me to visualise as a designer on the mixed prints, raw textures and vibrant hues I could incorporate into my wardrobe and my personal style. 

 Burberry Prorsum, Donna Karen, Michael Kors, Herve Leger and Diane von Furstenberg’s collections are full of tribal prints this year inspiring me even more to get my Safari on.


With head-to-toe animal prints fromMichael Kors to warrior-like tribal dresses from Herve Leger, unique tribal trends are a must have for your wardrobe this year. Last year we  saw fringes, feathers, leopard prints, this year the tribal force is stronger than ever with smart and bold tribal prints that give a cool boho and body –conscious silhouette.

 With alluring spiked necklaces, fold-over python clutches and hand-carved platform wedges, paired carefully tribal pieces can be harmonic giving you that stand out appearance allowing you to be both bold but yet graceful.  Furthermore, how about slicking back that ponytail and slapping on those dark lips for that winning look!

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