HOT/NOT: Fashion

Kate UptonHot: Kate Upton

Fab hair, great curves and beautiful face, she’s everyone’s dream — especially photographers. The two-time Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Magazine cover girl oozes sex appeal à la Marilyn Monroe. The 21-year-old earned about $82 million in 2013, according to People with Money, making her the highest paid model in the world. Her estimated net worth is $245 million. Oh, baby.

Not: Tabloids and magazines that relentlessly pursue celebs that aren’t pencil thin

If you’re frolicking in the waves and have a bit of cellulite, expect your photo on the cover of National Inquirer. Every mouthful of food Kim Kardashian took during her pregnancy was plastered all over the Internet. What message does this send to young people about their body image?

Hot: Outerwear

Leather moto jackets, parkas with faux and real fur and military-inspired jackets. We live in a northern climate so it pays to be both practical and stylish. Coloured trousers for men in hues that pop, tailored shirts and leather boots and brogues are all on trend.

Not: Mesh swimwear

Need I say more? Maybe Rihanna can pull this look off, but for us with real bodies, this is one trend you shouldn’t see at Mooney’s Bay. Platform flip-flops, “see-through” yoga pants, cutoff denim shorts, dressed head-to-toe in matching print and oversized handbags for a night out.

Hot: Retro fashion

The Great Gatsby roared into theatres in May and revived our appetite for retro fashion. Looser hemlines, opulent jewelry with ropes of pearls, fancy headbands and glitzy clutches became the rage. Drop-waist, tunic-style dresses, jaunty hats, linen blazers, khakis and loafers and three-piece tuxedos with tails, bow ties and pocket squares offer a touch of glam.

Not: Tacky ensembles

Miley Cyrus may be laughing all the way to the bank, but that doesn’t mean she’s a fashion trendsetter. Gone are the days when she strutted down red carpets wearing age-appropriate designer gowns. She likes to show skin but some of her getups — like a nude-coloured PVC bra and sheer panties — make her look cheap. The look your mother warned you about. She knows how to twerk it, though, and was one of the most talked about singers in 2013.

Hot: Street-style bloggers

The Internet is having a profound effect on style trends around the world. You need only tap a few keys to see what top bloggers in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Paris, Sydney,

Toronto or New York are saying and photographing on the street. Savvy bloggers (who can actually write) can leverage their work to land projects with retailers and occasionally campaigns with fashion houses. They hold enormous influence with young fashionistas who scour the web looking for inspiration on what shoes to wear and advice on the latest lipstick shade and beauty products.

Not: The “selfie” obsession

Selfie was Oxford Dictionaries’ international word of the year. Usage increased by 17,000 per cent in 2013. Who hasn’t snapped an image of themselves to record a special moment and send to a friend or post on Facebook or Instagram? Pope Francis posed for one in August and U.S. President Barack Obama snapped one at the memorial celebration for Nelson Mandela. Selfies can be fun for close friends and family. But when people post countless images of themselves on social media, it’s just plain boring.

Less is more. That sentiment might be taking hold in a bigger way. For example, during New York Fashion Week in September, bloggers and their selfie-ish ways became a hot topic. Sitting in the front row is essential to a fashion writer’s job. Eyebrows were raised over why some bloggers were in the front row, while buyers were relegated to second or third rows. It seems some designers and PR firms are pushing back.

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