Here's How Fashion Girls Style The Chain Print | Clozette


2019 is shaping up to be the year of redemption for former fashion faux pas. From animal prints to fanny packs, we've been spotting several trends that were once deemed tacky and tasteless become style must-haves sported by the fashionista bunch. What happened? Maximalism.


Ever since this aesthetic gained prominence, outlandish designs that used to be 'too much' are now the coveted look. The latest to join the gang of 'ugly-cool' trends is the knot or chain print, which faded out of popularity during the '90s and has since been shelved until now. It was recently spotted on various runways and it made us reconsider this pattern. If you're still not convinced that it's gonna be a big thing, then you should know that Duchess Meghan recently wore a piece featuring this trend. Ready to give it a try? Keep reading for tips on how to slay this look.


Wear with neutral-coloured pieces



It's without a doubt that the chain pattern makes for a very busy print, so it's best to pair it with something neutral to balance out everything. Usually, tops that come in this design have a loose silhouette. In this case, we suggest you go for high-waisted pants to make the ensemble streamlined.


Try white on white



If you're a minimalist but want to try wearing the chain print, putting together a monochrome-like ensemble is the best compromise. You can pair a white blouse featuring the chain print with off-white pants for an elegant white on white look.


Look for an oversized top and cinch it with a belt



Want to emulate Duchess Meghan's take on the chain print but can't find a similar dress? It's true that dresses in chain prints are still a bit rare. Look instead for a top (preferably those from the men's section) and buy a bigger size that can serve as a dress for your frame. Then, you can cinch it with a chain belt to give it a shape. 


Go for the romper



Look like a dauntless fashionista with a romper in chain print. It's a very bold, fashion-forward ensemble that will instantly make you stand out from the crowd. To make it more interesting, you can layer it with a simple coat and wear classic jewellery like hoop earrings for a look that's undeniably style-savvy.



Mix in colour-blocking



The chain print doesn't always have to be the focal point of your look. It can also work as an added intriguing detail. For example, you can add the piece in a colour-blocking ensemble by wearing it underneath bright-coloured outerwear. This creates a unique outfit that's fresh and fun!


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This week, Nike’s flagship store in Oxford Street, London underwent a major makeover. Starting 5 June, the third level of NikeTown London opens with an updated women’s section. Like their flagships in New York and Shanghai, the new floor offers various treats like personal styling services and so on to NikePlus Members. However, it's not the new offerings that drew the excitement of the Nike store’s visitors but the introduction of new plus-sized mannequins. It’s the first time they manifested their inclusivity efforts on a display, breaking myths and stereotypes about plus-sized people and health. Encouraging body positivity, the new level also had extended offerings of plus-sizes and an apparel customisation service to ensure the right fit for everyone.


A plus-size mannequin in a sportswear boutique

A plus-size mannequin in NikeTown London’s revamped third floor. (source)


Inclusivity efforts


This isn’t the first time Nike attempted to shift the narrative towards plus-size athletes. Back in 2017, they rolled out their first-ever collection available in sizes 1X to 3X. Since then, Nike has tapped various body-positive models and influencers like Grace Victory and Chloe Elliot for collection collaborations. Also, just earlier this year, they worked with online British retailer Very to sell their curvy clothing range. 


Mixed reactions



Though their bold move to feature plus-size mannequins in their flagship store was mostly lauded, the brand received criticisms as well. Plus-sized bodies have long been associated with inactivity and unhealthiness. That’s why people online are quick to comment that these body-positive efforts are going away from the healthy, sporty lifestyle Nike stands for. But contrary to these negative beliefs, female athletes don’t come from the same slim mould, and that’s what Nike attempts to show.  


Representation matters



Despite fashion collections becoming more and more inclusive, in most cases, the mannequins they use don’t look like a majority of shoppers. According to the Guardian, the average mannequin back in 2014 was six-feet-tall, with a 34-inch bust, 24-inch waist, and 34-inch hips. These barely changed in the past few years and set an unrealistic body standard for all. Given that, Nike introducing plus-size mannequins in their store is a huge step in the right direction. With these efforts, Nike is breaking the stereotype that curvy women don’t participate in active pursuits. Everyone, no matter their shape or size, is free to enjoy an active lifestyle and wear comfortable clothing while doing so. 





Still, there’s a long, long way to go before people accept that health looks different with every body. For one, Nike’s products here in the region aren’t available in extended sizes that fit curvy women. Hopefully, the plus-size mannequins are introduced in their stores worldwide as well, and that their stand for inclusivity doesn’t just stop there. For now, we can just wait and get some of their plus-size active wear from ASOS.com


(Cover photo from: news.nike.com)


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They say that one must avoid wearing warm colours during summer. But it looks like rules are really meant to be broken when the results look as stellar as our Community's. Not only are orange outfits reigning as a favourite this season, this 'typically for autumn' shade also proves to be a stunning addition to one's wardrobe, even in regions with a year-round summer affair.


Don't believe us? Just check out these looks from our Clozette ladies that prove they are awesome in orange. 


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