Summer is upon us and, as ever, it’s impossible to know what to wear with the fluctuating British weather and holidays to plan for. Luckily help is at hand and with a nod to a few key trends of the season we can all be beach, restaurant or office ready in no time!
The 1980s are here to stay for Summer 2017, which is great news if you’re looking to exchange your skinnies for something more comfy as the temperatures go up. A great brand to try for high-waisted ‘Mom’-style trousers is Chums. They do a fab range of cotton and chino styles, in a great range of sizes and colours that can take you from work to dinners as well as doubling up as an easy-to-pack holiday option. Boden also do some super stylish chino shorts in a similar style and range of colours if you’re looking for something for a warmer day.
Colour is big for Summer, especially brights. But don’t be scared, there is a shade to suit everyone. Pink is still huge and easy to wear. Fuschia is surprisingly flattering on both pale and darker skins and if you’re not feeling brave enough to go head-to-toe it works beautifully paired with white. Yellow is also big news and if you fancy an accessory that combines both Marks and Spencer have created the perfect pretty beach bag to brighten up any outfit.
This sounds crazy but in reality you can wear two pairs of shoes four ways – provided they’re the same style and heel height, obviously. The runways were full of mismatched shoes in bold colours. But it’s not as crazy as it sounds. If you stick with a simple silhouette and pair with white jeans or a muted midi skirt this is a great fun look for a Summer occasion. ASOS is the perfect place to pick up a couple of affordable pairs of shoes to work this trend.
Summer wedding season would be far less fun without florals so now is the time to invest in a Tea Dress or two to see you through the warmer months. Or even a two-piece if you want more bang for your buck. Topshop is always great for frocks, especially if you’re looking for petite or tall options, but Laura Ashley is still the spiritual home of all things pretty. Their rose print and lace sleeveless dress is to-die-for and has garden party or Summer nuptials written all over it .
For anyone who loves to layer, the sheer trends of the season will be a popular pick. Think balletic tulle in pastels for a younger look or just a smattering of sheer with a floaty blouse over a dress to hide the dreaded upper arms or create a more modest look for church weddings or daytime events. Chums’ has some gorgeous kimonos is a semi-sheer option while John Lewis stock a lovely range of lace Summer dresses to fit every occasion.