Style Forecast 2014

Miley Cyrus, bare bellies and laser facials? Don't fear, we're here to make sense of what the style scene has in store for the new year.


All-white everything

Great for super-slim models but bad for anyone in a committed relationship with red wine, chocolate or cheese puffs, head-to-toe white is what designers want to make stick in 2014. Brave enough to give it a try? Shop the spring collections of Canadian brands Beaufille, Pink Tartan and Travis Taddeo. Avoid looking like a hackneyed relic from the disco era by playing with textures and showing some skin to break up your look.

Peroxide pixie cuts

Love her or hate her, Miley Cyrus was right about this one. Once Jennifer Lawrence and Pamela Anderson jumped on board, there was no turning back. According to new statistics from Yahoo!, searches for the phrase “pixie haircut” are 511 times higher than what they were this time last year. Expect to see a lot of cropped cuts this spring in shades ranging from beach blond to the whitest of whites. If you’re thinking of going short, see a hairstylist you trust – this is no job for an inexperienced haircutter.

Belly-baring styles

This is probably the last thing you want to hear after a month of holiday parties and turkey binges, but crop tops are here to stay. Not quite ready to channel your inner Britney? Play it safe and pair one with a high-waisted skirt to show only a sliver of skin.

Metallic mania

Because who doesn’t like shiny things? Iridescent space-age fabrics and mirror-like finishes are the new neon for those who want to stand out at a party. Pick up the trend and support Canadian designers by shopping Greta Constantine’s stunning spring/summer 2014 collection or Ela’s holiday handbag collection.

Superfacials

The days are numbered for spa facials aimed chiefly at relaxation with little evidence to back up their skin care claims. With little time and money to spare, consumers are hungry for technologically advanced treatments that actually deliver on what they promise. W SkinCare (67 Portland, 416-599-2711, wskincare.ca) and the Freeze Clinic (808 Danforth, 647-700-5880, thefreezeclinic.ca), both of which specialize in low-level laser therapy combined with microdermabrasion, recently set up shop in Toronto, and Glow Medi Spa’s (129 Yorkville, 416-920-9998, glowmedispa.ca) new OxyGeneo skin treatment is one of the most buzzed-about beauty services in town. Expect more places focused on medical-grade facials to open in 2014.

Gold trimmings

We’ll never be royals, but we can add a splash of luxe gold to our home decor schemes. Expect gold hardware to grace cabinets, dressers and drawers and gold detailing on items like pillows and drapes. If you want to dabble in the gilded life without going full-on Liberace, stop by the Interior Design Show January 23 to 26 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (255 Front West, interiordesignshow.com) to get ideas on how to go golden gracefully.

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