Denim is back, but in truth it has never really gone out of style. This classic wardrobe staple is well-loved and looks best well-worn, but from time-to-time new denim trends hit the high street, as well as older trends that make a comeback.
We’ve currently got nostalgia for the 90s and noughties, with the hugely popular “skinny” jeans making room for relaxed wide legs, athleisure-inspired cargo pockets and more straight-cut styles. In another throwback, dungaree jeans have been popular since autumn 2018 and I expect we’ll see more dungaree dresses this summer, as well as pastel corduroy versions of both.
Where double denim was once the number one fashion faux pas (wearing denim pieces on both the bottom and top half of the body), it’s now considered to be the epitome of cool. Even denim jumpsuits are making an appearance in some stores! My top styling tip? Make sure your double denim outfit is two contrasting shades.
Denim seems to go through periods of either being sleek with minimal detailing, or all-out with added extras. Today, embroidered denim is popular, putting a feminine spin on classics such as jeans, shorts, and jackets. We’re also seeing more details such as beads and pearls on jeans, which I love, as well as over-frayed hems.
Denim pieces are everywhere this season, and it’s a trend that will continue into autumn 2019 and spring 2020, with cosy denim dresses and structured denim shirts, as well as more tailored looking denim with the popular paper bag waist trend.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with your denim items to give an old piece a new lease of life! Recently, I bought a pair of ripped jeans but wanted to customise them to make them more age appropriate. I thought they would look fantastic with some lace in the rips, so I gently took apart a lace flower and glued the petals onto the inside of the rips. I think they look
great, and everyone asks me where I got them. Remember, denim rarely ever goes out of style, but the subtle details change from season to season.
With denim being more popular than ever in 2019, invest in some key pieces now to take you through the years to come.
Written By: Patience Bradley
5 of Belfast’s Best Tattoo Studios in the Cathedral Quarter
If you’re looking for new ink or just some inspiration for your next piece look no further than Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, with five premier tattoo studios all located within the heart of the city.
Whether you want simple line work, geometry, realism or blackwork, there are many talented artists to suit all styles.
Here are 5 tattoo studios in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter:
1. Belfast City Skinworks
Based in Belfast for the last 30 years Belfast City Skinworks is one of Belfast’s oldest and most established Tattoo and piercing specialists in the city.
Located in the old building of St Malachy’s Christian Brothers School, the tattoo studio has gone from strength to strength, even tattooing boxing legend Carl Frampton.
Providing a complimentary consultation service and a large portfolio of past work the company caters for first time tattooers or regulars who are ready to get a new piece.
2. A Sailors Grave
With a huge studio space on Royal Avenue and 11 resident artists, A Sailors Grave is certainly a popular choice for tattoo lovers in Belfast.
The variety of artists available at the studio means you will be sure to find an artist that specialises in the style you like. Calia Dagger specialises in fine line and dot work whilst Sabra Carson specialises in neo-traditional.
3. Meraki Tattoo
Based in North Street Meraki Tattoo specialises in blackwork and geometry and cosmetic tattooing.
As an appointment only based studio you will have to contact one of their artists; Mark, Brandon, Nathan or Liam directly to book an appointment. You can see a selection of the different artists work on their social media to find which style would suit you best.
4. Penthouse Ink
Based in Royal Avenue Penthouse Ink pride themselves on catering to all styles and offering custom designs.
Clients of the studio have praised its friendly atmosphere and laidback staff. Resident artists Jan and Aaron both have their work displayed on social media for customers to check out their style.
Established in 2010, Addinktion Tattoo is based on Donegall Street in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter.
Offering custom tattoos by resident artists Dre and Adam, the company has a wide variety of styles and designs featured on their social media, including tarot based designs and portraits.
To find out more about what’s happening in Belfast Cathedral Quarter check out the Destination CQ website at cathedralquarterbelfast.com
Lidl Northern Ireland Extends Bestselling Merch Range
Following a sell-out launch last Christmas, Lidl Northern Ireland has now revealed a fresh new line of Lidl merchandise, on sale in stores across the region now. The coolest collection to land yet, Lidl Northern Ireland’s fashion forward shoppers can rock the ‘middle aisle style’ for as little as £1.49 – but hurry, they are available for a limited time only!
Boasting retro vintage vibes, each vibrant pieceis infused with the iconic Lidl colours of blue, yellow and red, including the collection centerpiece – the new and quirky Lidl belt bag (£4.99). This convenient and chic fashion accessory is perfect for your staycation adventures or to fuel your festival dreams and is certainly one you don’t want to miss out on. Finish the look with Lidl’s infamous statement trainers (£12.99) and branded sports socks (£1.49) for a truly fierce ensemble.
For a more subtle style, try Lidl Northern Ireland’s new selection of men’s and women’s logo t-shirts (£3.99). Made with 100% cotton for added comfort, these trendy tees both look and feel great. Pair them up with Lidl’s logo leggings (£3.99), available in grey and black, and bring all your Lidl fashion fantasies to life!