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3 Fearless Looks You Can Totally Pull Off

Clashing prints, dad sneakers, cycling shorts… Think you can’t wear these fearless looks? Think again!



As the saying goes, fashion is art, and you are the canvas. Quite apt when you consider how far fashion has come in terms of “rules” and what is deemed acceptable, fashionable and trendy nowadays. What was once thought of as “won’t be seen dead in” is now commonplace. But there are still a few trends you might be hesitant to try, like dad sneakers, cycling shorts or clashing prints. Fashion is all about self-confidence and having fun – here’s how to pull it off.

LOOK 1: Clashing prints

Checks, florals, stripes, animal print… So many options! There’s no reason not to clash prints – it’s the easiest way to show your fashion cred. The trick to pulling off this playful look is by staying in the same colour palette and finishing with solid colour-blocked accessories.

The Check Skirt

Check print is everywhere right now and it’s an easy-to-wear pattern when you want to tip you toe into the clashing-prints trend. Plus – bonus – this piece can also be paired with a white T-shirt or shirt, or even a cosy knit. Plus it’s ideal workwear attire with a blazer and block heels.

Tailored Heritage Check Pencil Skirt

aed 179 Asos

The Animal Print Shirt

Who’s the queen of the jungle? You are, in this leopard print wrap shirt. Leopard print and checks shouldn’t work on paper but trust us, it does in real life. And anyway, leopard print is basically a neutral these days.

Petite Wrap Tie Blouse In Leopard Print

aed 100 Boohoo

The Ankle Boots

This look needs a pair of fierce ankle boots. Remember, if you are clashing your clothes, try keeping your accessories as neutral as possible. The patent finish on this pair gives a polished feel and the black pulls the whole look together nicely.

Geometric Heel Leather Ankle Boots

aed 499 Mango

The Faux Fur Mini Bag

Teddy faux fur is everywhere at the moment, be it coats, jackets or sweaters – this mini bag is the perfect little accessory to keep this cool look on-trend for the winter.

Teddy Faux Fur Crossbody bag

aed 150 TOPSHOP

LOOK 2: Biker shorts

Why not have a little full-spead-ahead fun with fashion? Cycling or biker shorts are part of the 90s nostalgia sweeping the runways. It looks equally good with an oversized shirt and sliders as with a tailored blazer and white heels.

The Shorts

Let’s just blame Kim Kardashian and Kanye West for this one, shall we? Love ‘em or hate ‘em, cycling shorts are making serious fashion-waves these days.

Cycling Shorts

aed 39 Ginger

The Oversized Top

Yes, it’s a shirtdress, which makes it double the value. It’s the perfect length to wear with cycling shorts – just like the cool street-style kids are doing it – plus it doubles up as a fab utilitarian style jacket.

Shirt Dress in Camo

aed 212 Missguided

The Sock Boots

Although this look would look equally as fearless with a pair of Dad trainers, why not pair it with sock boots? They elongate the legs, give a glam look and – most importantly – prevent you from being mistaken for an actual cyclist.

Black Heeled Sock Boots

aed 249 Mango

The Bum Bag

There’s only one bag to finish this look – a glitter bum bag, of course! In order to pull this entire look together, the secret is emphasizing your waist. Wearing a bum bag around your waist area pulls the shirt in, giving a feminine silhouette and (bonus!) hands-free practicality.

Sequin Bum Bag

aed 75 Ginger

LOOK 3: Dad sneakers

Whether you like them or not, Dad trainers or ugly sneakers seem to be hanging around. One way to take the “ugly” edge off and give a street-style vibe is to pair them with a delicate midi dress.

The Dad Sneakers

Give your stiletto-pained feet a rest with a chunky pair of sneakers. If it’s good enough for Rihanna, it’s good enough for us!

Chunky D’Lites White Trainers

aed 358 Skechers

The Midi Dress

Stop what you’re doing – we may have found the perfect dress! This attention-grabbing red, flowy snakeskin print dress will take you from day (sneakers) to night (ankle boots or strappy sandals).

Snake-print dress

aed 399 Mango

The Ankle Socks

The perfect pair of ankle socks to complement those chunky trainers.

Ribbed Logo Socks

aed 65 Champion

The Beaded Bag

It’s beaded… but not as you know it. This little see-through number is definitely not your grandma’s trusty vintage beaded clutch!

Beaded See Through bag

aed 299 Mango

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