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The Fashion Frakas by Colleen Becker

Sheer, sheer and more sheer

Let's face it: sheer fabrics are never going away and thank goodness - not only do they jazz up tops and dresses but they make us feel like we're wearing nothing. But of course, designers wouldn't be designers if they didn't mix things up, which is why labels such as Ports 1961 and Roberto Cavalli led the charge with daring and outrageously feminine sheer looks for Spring 2015.

The New Crop Top

And we can't stop...and we won't stop (wearing crop tops, that is). Sure, Miley Cyrus made crop tops the uniform of 2013 and 2014, but the revealing outerwear of 2015 turns it on its head. Think ladylike, classy and elegant with lace or crochet detail.


Fresh Florals

Yes, we'll never get tired of florals for Spring. Fortunately, designers such as Chanel, Think big, bold and unabashedly feminine. Florals: they're here for good.


Boho Everywhere

Ditch your mini-skirts and tank tops for something a bit more romantic (and comfortable). The new boho look for spring 2015 comes courtesy of designers such as Vera Wang, who sent soft floor-sweeping dresses down the runway; We are doing hippy look with a twist. Long flowy kimonos with fringed hems and wide sleeves, suede bags with long tassels.


Whatever your style...ENJOY SPRING!

Check out some of the florals, crops, and boho looks at or join us on facebook at “Frakas Boutique”.

Are you a Boxing Day shopper?

If you are anything like me, I assume you avoid shopping on Boxing Day like you would avoid sticking a pin in your eye. Crowds and parking wars don’t sound like a lot of fun. I must be honest though, I have not experienced Boxing Day shopping first hand as I am often working that day.

I can tell you where to head on Boxing Day to avoid all the chaos but still get in on the deals. Yes, I know you are thinking about shopping online in your jammies from the comfort of your sofa, and yes this can be a great way to shop, but I do have another suggestion.

Shop small business and shop local. You will find friendly staff to help, parking more abundant and a less frenzied atmosphere will make for an enjoyable experience. Local boutiques like Frakas need to get rid of last year’s fashions in order to buy new for 2015, so we are discounting our stock deeply. Fashion retailers are receiving “Spring” stock earlier each year, so with the new arrivals showing up early in January, we need to make room by discounting all our 2014 stock. This is a great time for deals in the fashion apparel world! There are often amazing fashion pieces still available as this is the least likely item to be sold as a gift. Many gift givers don’t want to be bothered with size, so scarves, leggings, hats and jewelry will often go first, leaving some great finds on dresses, tops and sweaters in lines such as MinkPInk at 40% -80% off on Boxing Day!

Shopping for a New Year's dress during Boxing week is a great idea too. Most dresses that didn’t sell before Christmas, will be discounted.

Come on out and see us in Mission Park Mall and we promise to serve with a smile, while offering amazing deals on Boxing Day!

Check us out on line at or on facebook at “frakas boutique”.

Plaid crazy

This fashion trend came on suddenly and has hit us hard. It’s the Plaid craze! The most popular print of the Fall/Winter season is definitely plaid.

The Plaid trend started with the typical flannel lumberjack button down shirt and has spread to include, dresses, jackets, capes, leggings and scarves. Plaid is genderless, timeless and ageless, allowing anybody to look appropriate wearing it. Some choose to accessorize with plaid while others like to adorn plaid from head to toe.

Leggings are strong again this season and look great with a plaid shirt or tunic. Most of our Winter leggings are super soft fleece lined, so women who seek comfort and warmth are buying them in multiples as they come in various colors and prints.

Get in to the shops now while the plaid selection is abundant. I predict that plaid may be difficult to find once the Christmas lists come out.

Check out more plaid options at or on Facebook at Frakas Boutique.


A friendly reminder that the annual Frakas Christmas Shopping Party will be held on December 4, 2014 from 4 to 9 PM.

Tattoo jewelry obsession!

Temporary Jewelry Tattoos: The latest craze to hit the fashion world.

Whether you’ve seen them in the pages of Vogue magazine, on the bodies of divas like Beyonce or Rhianna, the decorative gold and silver body jewelry has become a fashion and beauty phenomenon popping up just in the past few months. The decorative pieces come in the form of stenciled delicate chain bracelets, laurel necklaces to festival ready feathers that seem to float across the skin with a sparkle. Easy to apply, and sold in packages of assorted designs. Easy to apply in under one minute and lasting for a week, this option offers a change in jewelry weekly. Stack them on, or go with one simple accent piece, the tattoos can be worn by all ages and there are designs to go with all outfits.

This trend started as an accent item to the Boho Festival look in clothing this Summer, but has been picked up by the fashion and beauty industry as a major statement for Fall/Winter 2014.

Get your tattoo packages for just $24 at Frakas (in store or online) or stop by and we’d be happy to apply a sample tattoo.

For more tattoo images visit our facebook page: Frakas Boutique or see them on line at

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About the Author

Colleen Becker is the owner /operator of FRAKAS, Shops for Women Inc. Frakas, has three locations, one of which is in the Mission in Kelowna. Colleen's expertise is in buying, with regular trips to the world's fashion meccas.


The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet presents its columns "as is" and does not warrant the contents.

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