Fashionable in 2012: 10 Things To Know To Keep Up To Date.

Twenties inspired fashion rules


The Underground The Hague, is a monthly paper for the international community in the city launched by Simon Branson Harper, a contagiously passionate entrepreneur who cherished the vision of  this project since she was a young child. I have contributed this light-hearted take on trends for 2012 for the January issue.

So here you have it

A girl’s 2012 trend guide simplified:


Now that the Netherlands will have its own edition of Vogue, the world’s ultimate fashion magazine, there is no excuse to stay uninformed about what’s in, what out and what to keep.

Forget about minimalism, wave good bye to your boyfriend jeans it is all about femininity, sophistication and subtle references to the roaring twenties.

1. Go prints. From ethnic to subtle floral and anything in between. Bold enough to try pattern on pattern? By all means.

Dolce & Gabbana see summer as a cheerful veg garden


2. Go colour. Pastel –for the more reserved ones, and strong citrusy hues like lemon yellow, mandarin and orange for bold at heart.


Perfectly lady like in Louis Vuitton by Marc Jacobs


Express your zest for life adopting citrus-y hues


3Go sport couture. Logical, right? It is the Olympic year, after all


4. Economic uncertainty calls for serious measures — tighten your belt. Let your waist do the talking.  Do not hide it — emphasize it!
Burberry SS 2012 collection


5. Ditch the mini. Buy a new skirt, pleated or plisse. Its new length  is somewhere between the ankle and the knee. Note : accessorise with high heels if not endowed in the long legs department.
Nonchalantly elegant in Dries van Noten


6. Become Miss Happy, Miss Prim and Proper. Dresses, pencil skirts, structures bags, kitten heels, pearls and cat eye glasses.
Miss Prim and Proper



7. Say yes to a leather summer jacket. But not just any. It has to be silky soft, in light pastel colours or stronger hues with ¾ sleeve.


Perfect for summer this leather jacket for Fendi by K. Lagerfeld



8. Pair your new short leather jacket with slouchy, oversize trousers


Luxurious silk by Haider Ackermann

9. Do not say no to lace.


10. Invest in a structured bag. Preferably in exotic leather. It will become your perfect companion for many years to come.


VeniVidiVici by Luci’deMila


Staying on top of trends is important, but more important is to adapt these trends to your own style. Because as Coco Chanel once said “ La mode se démodé,  le style jamais” Fashion goes out of fashion , style is eternal.

Cultivate yours.