February 10th, 2011
Nothing says summer quite like a whiter than white summer dress. Whether you go for a lacy number which is bang on trend this summer or a simple cotton style, the one rule is that it must be white. The catwalk was full of white maxi dresses, long flowing trousers and top-to-toe white suits which looked great but wouldn’t last 5 minutes in the real world. So when wearing white remember to keep your eye out for potential stain hazards, don’t eat anything without a bib and make sure it’s an easy to wash fabric.
If you didn’t do it last this season then we think you should try embracing the denim trend this season. There are rules however to keep it elegant and avoid the 90s throw back look. We don’t care what the designers say, double denim looks funny! An easy way to introduce denim into your wardrobe is with a simple denim shirt. Choose a fitted style in light or dark denim and wear in place of a cotton shirt for a smart/casual look. Alternatively you could try an oversized shirt and wear open over a summer dress or with leggings. Shirts however can be stuffy when it’s hot so when summer finally arrives swap the denim shirt for a denim skirt. Or go for a denim jacket when the weather permits a lighter jacket option.
We’ve had plenty of practice over winter at layering our clothing and dressing for the ever changing weather conditions, so you should have no problem translating what you’ve leaned over winter into your spring wear. Layers are great when the weather is unpredictable, as we approach spring and with the inevitable April showers on their way, there’s no better time to perfect this style of dressing. The overall look should be light and breezy, mixing long and short layers in lightweight fabrics and breathing new life into old pieces by mixing things up. Top tip; don’t be afraid to experiment with this look.
A big trend last summer and it’s back this season too. Make best use of the pieces you bought last season and work them into your summer wardrobe. Be careful however to choose the right shade for your skin tone, a pale nude will wash out pale skin, blondes should go for a darker shade, whereas brunettes can work the lighter shades for the barely there look. Top tip; mix shades and tones to avoid looking too nude and break up your look with belts, bags and accessories in contrasting shades of brown.