Saturday, 3 January 2009

The Look of 2009

I have compiled a top ten best dressed list for 2008. My criteria for this list was to include females with a great natural sense of style and individuality that continually impressed in the dress stakes.

Top Ten Best Dressed 2008
- Diane Kruger, someone who clearly loves fashion and is always ahead of the crowd when it comes to new trends. Always styles an outfit perfectly.
- Alexa Chung, the undisputed queen of shabby chic, this girl knows how to mix vintage and contemporary. Has a look that every young woman can identify with but is impossible to master.
- Michelle Obama, gained a huge following during Barrack’s Presidential campaign for her elegant yet sharp wardrobe. Michelle managed to engage with the public by mixing high street and designer. She also had the press in near hysteria durin elections, The New York Times remarked ‘She Dresses to Win’, and she did…
- Lou Doillon, follows in her mother’s footstep as a fashion icon. Lou's outfits always look so timeless yet she never looks like she’s tried too hard. If I could raid anyone's wardrobe, it would be hers.
- M.I.A., the most creative and imaginative dresser on the scene, her love of fashion is obvious, and inspires us all with her bright and beautiful outfits.
- Eva Mendes, always chooses exquisite numbers in bright, vivid colours, sets the red carpet alight.
- Carine Roitfeld, the editor of French Vogue has influenced many a wardrobe this season with her rock chic outfits. She always looks so effortlessly chic.
- Heidi Klum, always flawless, has anyone ever seen a bad outfit on this German beauty?
- Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, France’s first lady made us all gasp with delight on her UK visit looking demure in Dior. Who knew dove-grey and a pillbox hat could look so good. Can’t wait to see what she has in stall for us next.
- Tilda Swinton, such an individual when it comes to style. Tilda always shuns the conformist celebrity looks and always makes her bold choices her own. Such a presence!

Disagree with the judging? Be sure to voice your opinion.

2009 Predictions

2009 will see us stray away from the recent trend focused years; this is primarily due to the economic situation. ‘Credit crunch chic’ will see more classic investment pieces, as opposed to trends which have little longevity and generally equate to disposable fashion.

We will also see a decline in the IT bag as consumers want to buy staple items that have endurance in their wardrobes rather than items which only last the current season. We will see the emphasis on ensuring we have good quality staples such as a classic white shirt, day to night blazer, and the perfect pair of jeans.

This is mirrored in the current designs from all the major fashion houses as there are no particular trends on the catwalk or high street, just individual strong pieces – will this be an end to faddish trends? – T-shirt and Tails certainly hopes so.

For 2009 I am desiring these denim Miss Selfridge shorts, £35, to pair with biker boots, a t-shirt, cardigan and chunky jewelery during the day, and a vintage blouse and heels for the evening. What are your must-haves for 2009?


  1. Well the decline of the faddish trend is truly the dream, but let's face it, there will always be fads...unfortunately.
    I love the list, you've really covered all bases and all styles, i agree 90%. I think Tilda Swinton is an icon for her daring yet ethereal, classy style, and she cannot be knocked for her individuality, however I don't think she should be commended for being well dressed.

  2. Awesome post. I'm really into Alexa Chung at the moment. If I had the money to buy designer stuff, I'd like to think that I'd wear it like she does. Her styling is really fresh.

  3. I love your best dressed list here and I hope your 2009 predictions come true - we need to let go of fads and trends!

  4. Diana Kruger and Carine DEFINITELY! :)

  5. Great idea for a post! :)

    Sorry it has taken me a few days to respond to your comment on my blog, I have been swamped lately. Am slowly catching up, though! I would love to add your blog to my blogroll - I'm planning to update it this weekend, so I will add you then.

    Thanks for your lovely comment!

    Andrea xx

  6. "Credit Crunch Chic"... that's a fantastic way to describe it!


  7. love you top 10!! I would love to exchange blog links too!

  8. oh yes I'd love to trade links btw!

  9. like your blog too
    lets linkerate lady!

    recession chic is the look i'll be going for

    happy 09!


  10. Those shorts are lovely. They remind me a bit of the Lou Doillon for Lee Cooper shorts.

    PS. I added you to my blogroll.

    Happy New Year and hope you have a great 2009!

  11. thanks for stopping by my blog! ive added you to my links!

  12. Love Diane and Carine!

    Thanks for checking out my blog. Right now, the site that hosts my blogroll isn't working properly but I'll add you once it starts working again. :)

  13. agree, alexa chung, lou dillon, mia have such unique style. nice post!!

  14. Oh my, I LOVE those shorts!

  15. I've always thought diane kruger's style has been hugely underestimated. she's absolutely gorgeous & has exquisite style:)

    also, I'll gladly exchange links!

  16. Diane was just flawless all through 2008 <3
    and you're so right about Alexa Chung haha :D

    Great blog!

  17. Alexa Ching looks stunning. She's the perfect girl for me!