The New Year means a new opportunity for a wardrobe revamp. That’s our excuse! And who wouldn’t agree? We look at what’s sizzling hot in the summer style stakes.
Dresses are summer days personified. Although any style goes, whether it be backless or puffy sleeves, this season we’re enjoying the freedom of dancing around in floaty, flouncy, baby doll and maxi-lengths. There’s definitely more material involved this summer to show off bouquets of fanciful florals, through to swirls of neon brightness. White and neutrals are also in the mix. Natural linens are the go-to material in dresses to feel cool and chic.
Floaty and wide-legged pants, whether long, mid-calf or knee length are here. All sizes and shapes will find a flattering, and forgiving, cut, print or length. Summer yellows have been brightening our mood, from our hats down to our shoes. However, we are also seeing a forest of different greens for summer. Lavenders to lilacs is a most feminine palette to drape yourself in this season. Feminine blush pink is a flattering shade we just don’t want to let go of. And on the other end of the spectrum, red it still a hot choice.
However, it’s still holiday season, so make the most of the fab tropical prints – from flowers to fruits – and the clashing of turquoise and carnival colours for the pool party. Lacey little numbers from broderie anglaise to cut-out cotton daisies are also daytime attire – from shorts to light bolero jackets. Conversely, sultry satin slip dresses have been slinking their way back into our wardrobes. With or without sequins, it’s very vogue. Checks and plaids are now officially a summer story too. Clash boldly with stripes and spots – yes you absolutely can!
Neck scarves are a cute, easy to wear accessory – or for when covering up against a cool sea breeze. They also stay put easier than longer scarves. Animal prints have been released once again for summer – add a little wild instinct to your bag, belts or shoes, or go completely tiger-print in a skirt, to attract your Tarzan. Jumpsuits are still seen out and about, but matching separates are also fun to wear. Head to toe theming also elongates the silhouette. All the playful prints around means you get to express your own personality.