2013 starts off in the past. This time, in the 90s! Wow it feels pretty weird to say that. There are strong influences from
the 60s and 70s but its the simplicity of the 90s (compared to the flashy 80s)mixed with a modern bold edge. It’s pretty much 1920-1999 lol. We start to see larger shapes except this time tailored, with structure.
What’s funny is I always wondered how one would describe the 90s.. I guess I’ll finally have my answer :)
Shapes of glasses this year: square OR slightly rounded at bottom and wider at top corners. You can get them rimless, or with metal, wood, classic, block colour or in punchy colours especially berry for spring ;)
The hair of 2013 seems to be the continuous, ever evolving undercut. Summer saw this style very short on the sides and
pretty long on the top. Although this disconnection still exists, it is now 2-3 inches on the top and a number 3 on the
sides, with the option to fade to a 1/2”. This style is worn slicked back and off to the side still, but not with gel. Wax
or a non-matte paste. Everything is getting a bit more shiny this year! If you’re looking for something new, there are a few other cuts you could try. Cutting the hair super short (number 2 on the sides) and a three on top keeps things simple and low maintenance. The key to this style is the way you direct the hair. Brush the sides down or back, the back-top forward and the front-top up and back-left or right. Most of the styles this year are pushed back diagonally to the left or right.
If medium length is more your thing, Ewan McGregor had a great cut and style at the 2013 Golden Globes. 3-4 inches at the top and the sides going from 1/2” to inches. Side part, styled off to the side. This one is best worn a bit messy. Use a wax or L’oreals Bad Mud which is a mix of a wax and clay. *warning: it is a bit had to get it out, but it does last long!;)
Long hair is making a huge comeback. The key to this look is keeping the cut square and parting it on the side. I notice a lot of men are keeping it tucked behind their ears.
Shaved is another cut to try.. it’s as short as you can get it! The key here is making sure it has a strong, neatly outlined perimeter.
Looking for something with a little more edge? Maybe something with volume? The quiff aka. pompadour is back! just make sure to follow the guidelines above, keep the sides disconnected and shorter than the top and style it up and diagonal back.
The key here is keeping it sleek with a retro sheen.
What about the fashion this year??
I said it before and I’ll say it again, men’s fashion is getting better and better! The key is tailoring. For some tips n tricks on tailoring please see my December for men’s post.
Let’s go through the trends of 2013..
Shoes: ankle boots, espadrilles (Tom’s are most popular), loafers high end sneakers and a more pointy dress shoe (can be a square point though. Just as long as they’re not wide square at the toe. The high end sneakers are also great for suits! That’s the trick to wearing sneakers with suits: they have to be very clean and very good looking.
Suits: sheen! I find all suits to have this gloss to them. Shawl lapels and peaked lapels in silky materials. Double breasted or 1-2 button suits (if it’s 2, button just the top one revealing a bit of your shirt below. Cummerbunds are back, just keep them slim. Bow ties are the way to go with your suits, just make sure you don’t do a slim bow tie if you have large lapels. If you’re feeling extra fancy, try a waist coat and handkerchief.
Non-black tie suits include pale coloured suits (bright shirts work well here!), pale grey suits especially. Medium to small sized belts work best. Casual dress includes polo shirts (aka band collar shirts) in all kinds of colours, designs and prints, bomber jackets, bermuda shorts, light coloured jeans, solid colours, colours from brown to khaki, stripes velvet and tartan (it’s taking over everything)! The key this year is to keep it simple but add some fun to it.
Haircuts this year are simple. They’re soft and full bodied with a slightly lighter end. Try a light and slightly choppy layer this year. If you’re keeping it long, cut it just below the breast. This keeps it ultra long but adds a ton of sexy. Sexy = movement and bounce, once you’re longer than that it starts to look too long and loses movement and shape. The idea is to have it move as you walk. This cut can be cut blunt with no layers or you can add long chunky or wispy layers. The key to this cut is the bangs. Although you can do an indie bang (thick eye grazing bangs), I prefer a chin or neck-long thick bang. This ads major body to the hair and gives it a modernized 60s feel.
All kinds of bobs this year! whether they are faux, long or short keep them long layered, if you can wear them wavy, even better!! The key to medium length cuts this year is starting the layers at the cheekbone or chin and textured.
Anne Hathaway is our example for the short crop this year, keeping the shape round with short piecey bangs and longer sideburns. The nape is cut shorter than the top. For a modern edge, disconnect the sides and back from the top.
Curly girls: Lengths just below the shoulders, above the elbows with cheek-length layers are super on trend. Letting your hair air dry with a few clips in to keep the first 2-3 inches of the root a little straighter is also a good trick for a quick change.
The bang section: very short bangs (middle of forehead), indie bangs (eye grazing and med thick) and super long for long hair (to the neck or chin). If you choose the eye grazing bang but have a hard time seeing, add some texture to the ends for a peekaboo effect. Styling your hair is major this year, from fun days out to black tie; every occasion is a chance to try something new. Whether it’s a simple scarf around the head or the glamorous 1920s waves (seen at the golden globes). The key this year is body and shine. my suggestion is finishing everything off with Kevin Murphy’s Session Spray. It’s got amazing shine, strong hold, humidity resistance and for every bottle sold a part goes to aid global environment.
Here are some ideas for styling this year:
ponytails!!! Especially low slicked ones, fenchbraids, slicked and textured hair, centre parts or deep side parts, if you’re going for the wet look, try using oils, sea-sprays and gels to add ‘wetness’ to your hair instead of water which dries fast. Hair resort by Kevin Murphy is beach hair in a bottle! It’s also great for grungy looks of the 90s.
Hair that’s wet on top and dry on the bottom, slicked back, put volume more in the crown than all over. Hair tucked behind the ear is seen everywhere (use a shine serum like Kerastase Elixir Ultime for shine) you can even let a few pieces out in the fringe area. 60s bouffants and beehives, keep the volume at the crown and make it slightly textured and shiny for a modern feel. if you want to add volume but don’t want to tease the hair, try spraying Kevin Murphy’s Texture Master all over the roots. Search TEXTURE.MASTER by Kevin Murphy on youtube for the podcast.
Low buns in knots or loops instead of ballerina buns, asymmetrical ones are fun too (2013 is a huge intro to asymmetry, keep it soft though). Hair twists are a quick and easy way to update a style or an alternative to washing Day 2.
One nu-bedhead/nu-grunge look to try is rough-blowdrying your hair with a paddle brush, put powder on the root for added texture, volume and durability. Put wax on the ends for a grungy texture. I believe, modernizing The Old with volume and body is this year’s key.
The Golden Globes saw many of the above styles and inspirations. The main theme being Simple vs Retro.
Straight n sleek on Stacey Keibler is an easier style to try as long as you remember to add a slight amount of volume at the crown and a ton of shine!
One product to get for sure this year is hair powder. Not just a dry shampoo but one with hold. L’Oreal Professionnel’s Super Dust and Kevin Murphy’s Powder.Puff are amazing because you can add body, hold and texture all in one product.
Hair accessories such as headscarves, headbands, and necklaces for hair is another quick way to change it up!
You have a few choices for haircolour this year. Platinum blonde is a big trend sweeping 2013. If you don’t want to bleach your whole head you can add platinum (or very light blonde) highlights. Jennifer Lopez and Sarah Jessica Parker are some inspirations. If you’re feeling a bit more funky, try adding pastel highlights in jewel tones especially emerald/turquoise. Subtlety is key this year. So make sure it’s harmonious with your current colour. We’re slowly going back to using harmonious colours.
Ombré is continuing its evolution: Sombré (soft ombré). The key here is keeping your root (1-2, maybe 3 inches) dark then slowly graduating into lighter coloured highlights. The highlights should be smaller on top and thicker on the bottom. Keep the highlights around 3 shades lighter than the base. The base can also fade into lighter on the bottom making it even more natural. Picture your hair 2 months after a year long vacation to the equator haha! The exception here is if you want to add some platinum pieces, then I would recommend having a max 4 shade difference between the root and ends. Google “Sarah Jessica Parker celebrates Patricia Broderick’s paintings” for a clearer picture of what I mean of a dark base with lighter ends. Kristen Wiig is a great example of a more soft ‘evolution of ombré’ colour.
Many things going on in fashion this year, some new some old. I guess the newest would be of the addition of the 90s.
Here are few trends influencing this year: folk/western, matching (maybe not quite as much as the 90s), pop art influences, graphic prints, grunge glamour, pattern on pattern, fun 60s prints, tartan, the return of the booty shorts (especially under a sheer skirt), delicate floral, coloured leather, ruffle, oversized structure, shimmer, sheer, anything with lines, sexier fashion, classy ways to show skin, black n white, cut outs, plastic/clear, solid but bendable structures, Nu-minimal: finding ways to keep patterns, prints, textures and architectural shapes minimal. Exposed waists, jewel and rainbow brights, pastels/sorbet colours, yellow, berry, lime, orange, white, earthy, sporty, electric colours, berry-fuschia, fall colours include crimson, khaki and grey, brown, and dark dusty retro.
Dresses and skirts are 40s-60s inspired for the most part and include: tunic, printed sheath, high waist, A-line and mermaid silhouette, slim (pencil), bodycon, floral and belted dresses (love the metallic ones!!). Lest we not forget the all-kinds of suit combos.
Tops include baggy short tops baring the midriff, oxford, collarless blouses, and slash-neck tops (the horizontal line for the neck-opening). Add a bomber jacket or short sweater and you’re set!
Aside from the booty shorts, bermuda shorts are also a chill way to start this year’s summer. Pants are still pretty slim but try them with some funky prints, add a belt, and or maybe a waxed jean? So comfortable! If not, the 90s light blue jean is back!
Let’s get to the good stuff: SHOES!
The modernized cowboy boot. Booties are best, maybe some laser cutouts and a fun colour like electric blue? I keep seeing spice girl shoes.. but this time a little less cheesy and lower to the ground;)
Other shoes to try this year: ballroom shoes, 70s chunky heels, The Gibson, loafers & slippers, pointy toe, heels with plastic accents or a thicker heel, and the awesome sandal boots as seen on the Victoria Beckham runway.
Bags this year are a bit more boxy, across the waist straps ranging from small to large.. not too many in extra large though. Document clutches are awesome for fun nights out!
Jewelry includes mostly bracelets (lots of skin showing this year). If you buy one, go for a chunky one with some colour, chains or studs ;)
Makeup this year is sexy retro vs simply natural.
Try on some blue (any tone) eyeshadow and/or liner, maybe a natural smoky eye (don’t go to crazy with the eyeliner), a berry or orange lip (fuchsia-berry is my favourite!), maybe a dark berry for mystery or keep it natural focusing on dewy skin and contouring. Other ideas include: blush as eyeshadow (I recommend a neutral or white eyeliner in the lower lid to reduce the enhancement of the redness in the eye), icy shimmery eyes, smoky black or coloured liners, and for a little extra, maybe some glue-on jewels? Nails are either white or neutral or long pointy and full of fun stick-ons. Check out Adele and Zoe Deschanel for inspiration.
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