It’s that time of year again – the time when every fashion outlet tells us what to keep and what to toss for a proper 2008 wardrobe. Thursday’s Wall Street Journal took a very sensible approach to the matter with a full-page editorial that advises women to dress up, wear high waist pants, keep the ballerina flats and toss the ubiquitous trapeze dress. Today’s Guardian took a less serious approach on what's hot and what's not (highlights follow). I prefer it when fashion magazines recommend items to modernize my look rather than what I can’t wear. (More on this later). That said, I agree those low-risers must go. Unless Miss Brit is your style icon in which case you are right on trend.
Going Up - Hot
The soft dress/structured jacket/chunky shoe combo - Creeping in already and set to last through until summer.
Nigella Express A one-woman soap opera cum lapdance set in a Docklands pantry, plus more trifle recipes than a girl could ever need. Possibly the best telly ever.
Wooden platform shoes.
Dry shampoo Especially Klorane. Fifteen extra minutes in bed, in a can. Oh yes.
Vanity cases Back on the luggage carrousel next year, in homage to Louis Vuitton's hi-tech catwalk finale.
Going Down - Not
Emails. Anyone remember when they used to be fun? Now they are about as exciting as bills on a doormat. Has everyone gone to Facebook?
Girls in Trilbies/fedoras. Why would you want to look like a reject from the Black Eyed Peas?
Super-cheap clothes We're calling time and hitting the middle market next year.
Knee boots with tucked-in jeans What? Still?
Power dressing. Next season everything's gone tulle and ruffles. Do keep up.
Wedge heels Like, looking at a primitive prototype now. This year it's all about inverted, curved and, over at Miu Miu, teapot-like heels.