Those ultra-straight long locks of hair and false eyelashes that were so popular in 2011? The mini dresses resurrected from the 1980s and the chunky platform heels? They're all a product of a fashion craze that's sweeping not just the U.S. but the entire world - Rio De Janiero!
From superstar-super models like Giselle Bunchen and Alessandra Ambrosio, to an entire Victoria's Secret catalog devoted entirely to Brazilian-inspired swimwear, it's clear the American population is quickly embracing the fun-loving, creative styles of Brazil, and there's no slowing down.
Go to any high-end hair salon, and browse their menu of services. Chances are, you'll see the 'Brazilian Blowout' on the list. The curve-enhancing skinny jeans that were all the rage in 2011, and are still popular in 2012? Those are from Brazil too!
Go to any health or fitness club, and chances are, you'll find a line of Brazilian workout wear, workout classes, even workout DVDs catered to developing the infamous 'Brazilian booty,' American women are gravitating towards the looks and attitudes of Brazilian culture, as well as surrounding parts of South America.
So when it comes down to it, Brazilian fashion is much more than just fashion. It's an attitude, a way of embracing curves, independence, and sex appeal, but in a classy sophisticated way. Dress shirts are subtly low-cut with just a subtle hint of cleavage, and are paired with jeans, and heels. Mini skirts are worn with oversized, colorful tees and cinched in with a studded or leather belt.
Even at work, these types of fashions can be seen. Colorful, stylish ballet flats offer just the right amount of comfort and support, and spice up plain black slacks and a sweater. They come in plenty of styles, like leopard prints and glittery fabrics. For cold weather, you'll see leather or snakeskin high-heel boots or soft, suede clogs, which go great with colorful scarves and a chic coat.
Are you not a fan of high heels? Perhaps they hurt your feet or your back? Brazilian heels come in a variety of shapes and sizes, not just four and five-inch stilettos. You can try the Brazilian two-inch peep-toe shoe, which offers the right amount of style and sex appeal, pain-free. You can pair it with a nice skirt and colorful blouse and also with a blazer or cardigan.
For jewelry, which it comes to pairing with these types of shoes, the key is color, and also bold, geometric shapes for gold and silver pieces. Pair jewelry sparingly though, as it is easy to overdo this type of stuff, and nobody wants to look like they're wearing a Halloween costume. If you're going with a bold necklace, then pair it with a small pair of stud earrings. For big earrings, skip the necklace and wear a bold bracelet or ring with it, but not both. Stick to key fashion pieces that pop, and pair with subtle accessories, including a purse. The basic rule of thumb when it comes to accessories and today's trendy fashions - less is always more.