Spring and summer 2014 is looking very exciting in terms of wearable trends from all the major catwalks. Some seasons it seems as if the designers are making particularly whimsical choices and designing garments that you couldn’t wear to a fancy dress party, never mind to a formal occasion, to work, or to the local pub. However, this is not the case with SS14 and the high street is filled with amazing style inspiration, taken straight from the catwalk. Read on to learn how to wear them.
Pretty in Pastels
Ice cream and sorbet shades are everywhere this summer. Think pale pinks, mint greens and baby blues, and the soft silhouettes in Ted Baker. You can wear these colours for the perfect day-to-night look, and even give them a more grown-up edge with sharp pleats, embellishment on knitwear and a pair of chunky platforms. Don’t worry about looking twee, because this season is all about pairing ladylike with contemporary cool. To complement your pastels, team them with a watch in silver or rose gold, like the latest offerings from H. Samuel, or a transparent clutch.
Sportswear is really having a moment this season, and you don’t have to be a workout fiend to get involved. This trend should usually be worn with strappy stilettoes to ensure that no one thinks you’re actually doing exercise. Pick up classic sporty shapes in luxury fabrics, like silk bomber jackets, leather caps and joggers, and anything with sheer panels. Your basic grey marl t-shirt is also a winner when it comes to this look, so stop wearing it in bed and team it with killer heels for a night out.
Tribal and Tropical Patterns
Forget old men in Hawaiian shirts; this season is all about mixing and matching with bold prints. Pair your tropical shirt with white shorts or culottes (this season’s hottest trouser) and pool sliders for a fashion-forward hit. Aztec is back this summer, but now seen in more textures and colours. Beading and fringing should be a major part of your festival wardrobe, but make sure you ditch the bindi and the Native American headdress, as wearing these items can be culturally offensive to those for whom they have spiritual importance.
Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer and embrace almost everything 90s. Dungarees, slouchy boyfriend jeans and denim shirts are all having a revival, so don’t leave the house without your scrunchie or a tonne of plastic bangles on your wrists.