A silhouette I’m really loving this summer is a classic wrap dress with blouson sleeves. I’ve always found wrap dresses to be really flattering as they help accentuate the waist and and the v-neck is a neckline that works for virtually everyone. It’s a feminine style, that depending on the print and colour can be casual, dressy or somewhere in between. I particularly love the voluminous sleeves on this dress. Playful and fun, they help soften the overall feel of the dress.
This Kate Spade dress is a great go-to option this season as the colour palette is just made for long days spent enjoying the sunshine. Orange and pink is an unlikely colour combination that just works—the bright shades play nicely against each other while still holding their own.
I was going for a more polished vibe on this day so it was all about sleek accessories that helped elevate the dress. I opted for an orange structured bag as it worked with the similar tones in the dress and provided a strong contrast to the softer elements of the frock. A white heel is such a great shoe option to have in your closet because it’s so easy to work back with virtually everything. Case in point: the Tony Bianco shoes I’m wearing here which I’ve worn several times since I got them. Paired with cat eye frames, this is the ideal look for the a dressy lunch or an upcoming event.
Photography by Sophia Athas, Hatrik
Credits: Dress, Kate Spade; Shoes, Tony Bianco; Bag, Espie Roche; Sunglasses, Vogue; Phone/Phone case, Huawei/ The Daily Edited.
Bright, vibrant colours are perfect at this time of year but for some it can understandably be quite daunting. If you’re usually a neutrals girl or favour dark hues then rocking a punchy shade of yellow or red can feel a little unfamiliar. However if you want to dip your toe into a little colour but are not sure where to start, then read on for how to make it your friend…
Use it as an accent
If you don’t want to jump straight in with bright clothing then try incorporating a colourful accessory into your look as a first step. You could wear a colourful head band, a pair of vibrant heels or a bold hued bag. It will instantly lift your outfit but it’s not such a huge leap that you’ll feel uncomfortable.
Work it back with neutrals
If you don’t usually wear colour make it a little more wearable by pairing it with neutrals. Think shades like white, cream or grey which allow a bright hue to pop.
Try it with denim
The thing with denim is that you can wear it with everything — particularly bright shades. Whether you wear a skirt or your fave pair of jeans, treat denim as a neutral and pair it with a colourful top for a look that you’ll feel instantly comfortable and confident in.
Don’t wear it from head to toe
As a beginner you may be tempted to throw caution to the wind and just go all in with colour. The thing with brights is that you need do it with some restraint to avoid it from being too overwhelming. Wearing a bright orange from head to toe can feel a little over the top rather than look fresh and modern.
Judging by the Emmys this week there’s definitely one colour to watch out for this season: pink. With everyone from actress and comedian Tracee Ellis Ross in a delightful voluminous fuchshia Valentino couture creation to Best Supporting Actress winner Thandie Newton in a bubblegum pink Brandon Maxwell column gown it was certainly front and centre on the red carpet.
From hot pink to dusty rose and the softest baby pink pastels there’s something fresh about this hugely popular colour. Celebrities from Victoria Beckham to Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett have all been spotted wearing the distinctive hue, and a roll call of top designers such as Valentino, Chanel and Gucci have all sent the shade down the runway.
So if you’d relegated pink to Barbies and kids’ wardrobe then think again because it’s going to be the colour to embrace this season. And the beauty of it is that there’s a shade of pink to suit everyone making it a statement hue that’s extremely easy to wear. Because whether it’s a summer dress, a bag or in the form of a sprinkling of accessories, wearing this shade is all about embracing your feminine side, and wearing it loud and proud.
I’ve worn pink several times over the last few months and it’s quickly becoming one of my go-to shades. It’s ultra wearable, a refreshing change from my neutral faves and it’s flattering too. And whilst once it may have been thought of as saccharine hue it’s now anything but. Bold, striking and powerful, I think there’s definitely something to be said for channelling your inner Elle Woods and having a pink moment.
Scroll down to check out a few of my fave pink looks below.
If there’s one hue to adopt into your wardrobe this season it’s pink (millenial pink is definitely one to watch). The ultra feminine shade is surprisingly versatile. From super light pastel pink to bold fuchsia embrace your girly side and inject a bit of pink into your look. If you’re worried about looking like you’ve stepped out in something your six-year-old niece would have in her wardrobe never fear – you can dial down the girliness by pairing it with tougher pieces such as distressed denim. Think of it as an accent colour to add vibrancy to your look rather than a head-to-toe ensemble. Now, go ahead and channel your inner Elle Woods!