Spring is here, the sun is out and Summer is just around the corner. It’s time to revamp your wardrobe and get noticed. Here’s the low-down on this season’s must-have trends and how to wear them.
Floral Prints, Ruffles and Your Grandmother’s Tablecloth
This season is the time for floral prints, ruffles and your grandmother’s tablecloth pattern to make a resurgence. The key to this trend is not to look like a curtain. Don a form fitting floral garment which clings to your upper half but billows out below. The further out of your comfort zone this look takes you, the better. When it comes to ruffles, don’t be too girly. Offset big frills and feminine shapes with masculine silhouettes, strong button detail and the occasional hint of denim. Be daring with a vibrant pattern that reminds you of the vintage tablecloth from your grandmother’s home. Wear this kind of distinctive garment with deep block colours, straight lines and hard tones for an outfit which is anything but comfortable.
This Spring/Summer, it’s all about the sunset vibes. There is no clear colour trend but an array of hues from scorching oranges to sun-kissed yellows and intense reds with occasional black detail. These colours are ideal for setting the scene for mid to late season afternoons.
Forget the association with rebellious teenagers, flatforms are a must-have Summer staple. There are a number of ways to style this type of footwear to ensure it doesn’t cloud the rest of your look. Wear the shoes to the office with a neat cover-up jacket or cardigan for a refined effect. Why not go gentlemanly with a pair of loafers? These chunky style tailored shoes offer a level of versatility that ensures they are perfect for formal or off-duty wearing. A platform sandal is ideal for completing your floral, layered or ruffled look while a sharp mini-dress will make the most of the additional height.
Forget everything you thought you knew about festival dressing. Denim shorts, flower crowns, chunky black sunglasses and sequins are all a thing of the past. Festivals this year are to be combated in sportswear, tracksuits and running shorts. Accessorize your look with oversized earrings and wire framed aviators. Patent leather skirts, button fastening rain coats and shimmering metallics are also hot property this Summer.
This season, exposure is big news. The trick to this is to go subtle and be unique. Bare shoulders, distinctive side slits and peepholes all offer a bold and intriguing dimension to your Summer style. This is not a competition to show as much skin as possible, instead this lends your look a sensual quality that will get you noticed.
Bedroom dressing is a necessity this season. This is not about fluffy slippers and relaxed pyjamas, this trend concerns the sensual style of the boudoir. Silk tops or dresses, lace trim detail and long elegant gowns all add a subtle provocative edge to your attire. This style movement continues and resonates themes associated with the luxury and elegance of your lingerie collection.
Leave your understated look back in the Winter, now is the time to be bold and get noticed. Stripes are hot property right now. Whether you go thin and relaxed or big and audacious, this graphic print is perfect for wearing in the sun. If you’re feeling particularly brave, mix it up and pair striped garments together for a contrasting effect.