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The nights are getting lighter, the dawn chorus is back, and there’s a feeling of spring in the air. If you’re ready to ditch the thick-knits in favour of light-layers and are looking to inject some colour, we’ve got the trends you need to know to get your wardrobe summer-ready.
The concept of capsule wardrobes has been around for the last few seasons, but this summer it’s been ramped up a notch. For the ultimate summer capsule wardrobe think 90s Calvin Klein. It’s all about luxurious layers in neutral colours – and a sultry gaze. Simple slip dresses, halter-neck tops, and barely-there knitwear. These styles work just as well in the office as they do on the beaches of St. Bart’s. To fully embody this vision, update your purse and cardholder, and slip them into a 90s style baguette bag for a fashion-forward nod to the clean line trend.
Bold Bright Neons
Neon colours started appearing at fashion weeks and in our high-street stores a few seasons ago, but this summer the trend is set to be bigger and better than ever. Neon isn’t for the faint-hearted – from highlighter pink dresses to bright blue trench coats, this is all about going big – even make-up has been given a neon update, with eye shadow palettes embracing this bright trend.
In our bid for sustainable fashion, spring-summer catwalks were awash with psychedelic florals straight from the 60s and 70s. For an authentic take on this trend head to charity shops or raid your grandma’s wardrobe. A few years ago, ditsy florals were all the rage, now it’s about big, bold, statement pieces inspired by the free-love generation. If you’re slightly afraid of getting this trend wrong, start small with a statement accessory like an oversized necklace, headband, or silk scarf.
It seems we just can’t shake off jungle prints – and is it any wonder? 20 years after J-Lo first wore that iconic Versace dress, she showcased it again. And it seems designers and high-street stores alike are clamouring for that attention. In the coming weeks expect to see jungle prints galore in all your favourite stores. This trend is all about jungle trek chic. Safari shorts in khaki and camel colours, with palm leaf print vests, rattan bags, and caramel coloured sandals are the perfect way to wear this trend.
It’s fair to say that this summer there’s a trend out there to suit everyone, whether your tastes are bold and adventurous, or more laid back and minimalist. Which is your favourite?