Spring/summer is the perfect time to take your style into bright and bold territory. And there’s no better way to do it than with the help of dresses in the most vibrant of prints and colours.
Printed dresses will become a wardrobe shortcut over the coming months because of how complete a look they are. They tick all the boxes: statement-making, fun, and so wearable and there’s not much more required. All they need is an accessory or two, a great summer sandal and a place to wear it and show it off!
So take inspiration from some of the most stylish ladies on Instagram below and immerse yourself in a printed dress or two this season. There’s no better time to dabble in playful styles that will take you from beach to bar… or wherever the day may take you!
Shop my edit of printed dresses below…
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Want to look polished without really trying? Then a co-ord set will quickly become a firm favourite. It’s an outfit that gives an air of polish with its perfectly co-ordinated top and bottom. It just screams pulled together. And it’s also one of the easiest things you can wear. No further consideration needs to be given to what to pair with a particular pant or skirt, all the hard work has been done for you. And if you want to change things up you a bit, a set can be split into separates, doubling their wear.
I’ve become a huge fan of late. My love of suiting further extending into everything from a matching shirt and skirt to a wrap jacket with a relaxed pant. When I need to get out the door fast it’s the one thing I turn to that’s guaranteed to have me looking sleek and chic without any fuss.
The great thing about this trend is that it works for casual day wear, office attire to a special event. There’s a two-piece ensemble to suit virtually every occasion and it’s quickly becoming a no-brainer solution to most outfit dilemmas. It’s the easiest shortcut to looking polished you can have in your wardrobe.
Shop my pick of co-ordinated sets below…
You’re guaranteed to steal the show with this bold and bright animal print number.
A crop top can be a bit daunting to wear but paired back with a wide leg pant it becomes a little more wearable. Bonus points for the gorgeous dusty pink colour.
Make a statement in this thoroughly modern and daring take on traditional suiting.
With its checked print and sweet finishes this is a feminine way to wear a matching set.
A little Clueless-esque, this jacket and skirt is a preppy take on the co-ord trend.
A cute cropped pant paired with its co-ordinating jacket is a great go-to for days at the office or an important event.
Shorts look decidedly grown up when styled with a cropped jacket, even more so in a classic houndstooth pattern.
A double breasted blazer paired with an asymmetric skirt is a contemporary iteration of traditional suiting.
This is a sophisticated pairing that I could definitely see as a polished look for an evening event.
The gorgeous tropical pattern and tie front top make this a compulsory purchase if you’re about to escape on an island holiday.
Pink is one of the biggest colour trends right now and when it’s in the form of a great co-ord such as this, you definitely need to make it yours.
Consider for your next event. A top and skirt make for a great alternative to your usual go-to dress.
I’ve dabbled in sheer looks a number of times such as here, here and here but each time I do, it’s still a daunting prospect. How much skin is too much? Am I revealing more than I bargained for? There’s something about transparent pieces that are edgy and sexy, and when it’s done well, it can really make for quite a striking look. But how do you balance modesty without completely taking away from the see-through nature of this trend? Whether it’s a blouse, a dress or a skirt, it’s definitely a strategic game of knowing what to cover up and what to bare. With a little experimentation, here’s what I’ve found makes for wearing the sheer trend in a classy, polished way.
Invest in the right underwear
I cannot tell you enough how important it is to get your underwear right with this trend. You need to get maximum coverage underwear— so opt for a beautiful cami or bralette or plain full briefs which will cover up a lot and not reveal too much. Also a nude coloured slip is a handy thing to have in your closet, and works great under a dress or skirt.
Layer over clothes with more coverage
If you’re planning to wear a sheer shirt with a bra, it’s great to pair it with something high waisted such as pants or a skirt so you can show a touch of midriff without feeling like you’re revealing a lot of skin. You could also layer things to achieve strategic coverage such as a transparent dress over jeans or topping a see-through blouse with a blazer.
Find a balance
As wearing anything sheer makes quite a bold statement it’s important to temper it with slightly more subdued pieces. If you’re wearing a skirt with sheer panelling, pair it with a top that offers a little extra coverage to strike the right balance. A transparent top worn back with denim instantly grounds the look. As with most things with fashion, it’s all about striking the right balance.
Keep it simple
You’re already making quite a statement with anything sheer so try and keep the rest of your look quite subdued. Classic, simple accessories make the ideal complementary finishing touches as opposed to anything too loud which will compete with the bold nature of transparent pieces. You want the alluring flash of skin to take centre stage.
Have you jumped aboard the sheer trend yet?
Every summer I love shopping for a new pair of sandals. I pretty much live in them all season so I make sure to scour all my favourite stores to find a pair that I know will work back with most looks, but also liven them up and give them a special touch. This season there’s a healthy selection of light and airy footwear to choose from. Whether you’re looking for an embellished pair to add a glam touch to a look, or a sleek pair that will make an elegant addition to any outfit, I’ve rounded up the best sandals to provide the perfect finishing touch to any ensemble.
With its beautifully unfussy design and crisp white colour, this is one sandal that will get plenty of use.
Just the right amount of bling can turn an outfit from good to great.
With its architectural design this is one slide that will stand out in a crowd.
A woven rustic style slide is one addition to your summer wardrobe that will get plenty of outings.
Its luxe embellishment will ensure that every outfit has a glam element.
With its classic Gucci colours worked back with gold, this one shoe that will see you through this season and beyond.
Bows and polka dots? This too cute combination is hard to resist.
A monochrome sandal that will become a versatile addition to any wardrobe.
Pared back and elegant, this minimalist style sandal will make an easy pairing with any outfit.
A hit of edgy snakeskin will instantly liven up a look.
Clear PVC shoes are all the rage at the moment but this pair gets a gorgeous contrasting element in the form of a laser cut butterfly design.
Gold can be paired with almost anything, and when you throw in a sexy ankle strap it’s a sandal that’s destined for many a summer outing.
One of the quickest ways to update your look is with a pair of sunglasses. I never leave the house without a pair and have built up quite the collection simply because they’re one of my favourite accessories to finish off a look. My style goes from classic to retro cat-eye to an on-trend small frame style and I love mixing it up according to the outfit I’m wearing each day.
If you’re as enamoured with good eyewear as I am then never fear because this spring/summer we’re definitely spoilt for choice as far as sunnies go. There’s a style to suit every face shape, every style and every fashion whim. Don’t be afraid to experiment with colour, shapes and over the top finishes as I think a pair of standout frames can really act as the full stop to any look. So whatever the outfit or occasion there’s definitely a pair of sunglasses that’s guaranteed to match perfectly.
Round sunglasses have definitely cemented their comeback. If you want frames that are on trend yet can still easily work back with myriad outfits then try this shape. It’s worth trying on a few different round styles as some face shapes tend to suit a chunkier frame whereas some require a slightly more slimline style.
Want to make a statement? Try a pair of embellished sunglasses. This jewelled pair is a great way to make your eyewear the focal point of an outfit. It’s the ideal style for those who love to be a little more adventurous with their accessories.
Mirrored glasses are popping up on every ‘it’ girl to fashion blogger this season and there’s a reason why —they work no matter what your style is. They give an outfit an edgy touch, but they’re also quite versatile, you can wear them with a slightly dressier blouse or worked back with a bikini at the beach.
Poppy Delevingne wore these classic cat eye sunglasses at Paris Fashion Week and immediately sent them at the top of many women’s shopping lists! Every girl needs a pair of classic black sunglasses but a cat eye gives it a slightly retro feel. If black isn’t for you, this shape would also work in tortoiseshell or coloured frames.
Semi-rimless glasses a la this classic pair by Ray Ban are a great alternative to Wayfarers. They’re modern, work with virtually every face shape and are the ideal style for those who want something that’s right on trend.
Who better to steal some style inspiration from than Vogue’s uber stylish fashion director Christine Centenera? These flat top sunglasses by Celine are a great way to update oversized sunnies. These frames are clean, simple and elegant and are the perfect style to take you through summer and beyond. There are plenty of brands doing this particular style so if you want a pair minus the designer price tag keep an eye out in your local chain stores are they’re guaranteed to be doing their own interpretations this season.
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.
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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.
The one thing I love about welcoming spring? It’s time to ease my wardrobe away from jumpers and coats to lighter pieces, punchier shades and feminine prints and accoutrements. I think there’s something great about the feeling of slipping on a dressafter months of being rugged up and experiencing that first warm breeze that indicates the changing of the seasons. I’ve been mentally shopping for my spring looks for months now and I’m so glad the time has come to start snapping up a few key additions. Here are 12 pieces that will update your look, instantly making it spring-appropriate.
Want to liven up your trusty white sneakers? The classic Gucci Ace has had a starry makeover and it’s the ideal shoe option for the warmer days to come.
The sharpest mules I ever did see! This classic Balenciaga style looks fun and fresh in a colourful check.
I can stand by the versatility of the classic black Gucci belt but sometimes you just want to take it up a notch. The embroidery really makes this a fun, feminine addition to any outfit.
The vibrant shades incorporated into these earrings make them the perfect go-to when you want to lift your look.
Staud is one of the it bag brands to know right now. Think playful designs and colours that are anything but ordinary.
A bold accent accessory can instantly brighten up any ensemble, especially in such a vibrant marigold.
The texture and detail on this dress is insane. Love the statement ties on the sleeves and its nod to the traditional suit silhouette.
A pleated skirt is one of my favourite style staples at the moment. The floral print on black is a sophisticated pairing that makes this piece an easy go-to for when you want to look polished.
We’ll encounter a few trans-seasonal days in the weeks to come so a neutral sweater will come in handy. Team this with high waisted pieces for a chic and flattering look.
There’s something about velvet that’s immediately luxe, especially when it’s paired with an adorable peplum and asymmetrical neckline.
Straight leg jeans are still very much on trend and this cut is flattering on most body shapes.
The soft pink and the tulle make this ultra feminine top the perfect piece to pair with slightly edgier pieces. Pop it on with a pair of jeans for a dream combination.
What are you planning to add to your spring wardrobe?
Classics have a definite place in any wardrobe but I think there’s always room to have a little fun. Enter vibrant prints. Usually incorporating loads of colour and punchy patterns that are guaranteed to lift any outfit consider these your go-to when you want to bring a little sunshine into your look.
You can approach this trend in two ways: choose one statement piece and team it with pared back pieces or go for a clashing effect and team a few different colours and prints. If you’re opting for the latter you’ll need to choose an element to tie everything together whether it be the same colour or similar prints. Often accessories are a helpful way to bring cohesion to your look and give it a more finished effect.
There’s only one way to carry this look and it’s to wholeheartedly embrace it because if you’re going to wear something that’s eye-catching, you need to own it. So whether you go for a beautiful printed dress or a statement coat, a pair of showstoppper shoes or a striking bag it’s important to not shy away.
Sold on this trend? Before you jump on it scroll down to check out how über stylish women like Glossier founder Emily Weiss to blogger Blair Eadie and Farfetch’s vice-president of style and creative Yasmin Sewell are rocking this look. There’s plenty of easy-to-do examples of how to rock vibrant prints in a totally wearable way. Once they’ve won you over, check out my edit of the best punchy styles to introduce into your wardrobe now.
Shop my edit of fun punchy printed pieces to add to your wardrobe…
The belt bag has officially shed its slightly (okay very) daggy 80s roots and re-imagined itself as a bonafide style strend. I’ve spoken about this trend before but now it has really gathered momentum and is being seen everywhere from Paris Fashion Week to fashion blogger feeds everywhere. There’s something quite Carrie Bradshaw-esque about the way the trend is being worn now and if it hasn’t yet, I’m betting it will grow on you. Consider the belt bag the easy way to carry all your essentials while still remaining hands-free and simultaneously belting up a look all at the same time. If you want, you could even worn it thrown over your shoulder like I’ve seen a few street style regulars wear. Big, small, dainty or sporty, this is one bag that can definitely cater to all sorts of tastes and budgets. Feel free to get inspired by a few looks below before jumping into this trend and checking out a few of my fave belt bag picks below.
In the mood to belt it up? Shop a few of my picks below…
Mules as a shoe trend have been kicking around for awhile but it’s always great when a favourite gets a fancy new incarnation that’s oh-so wearable and chic. Woven mules are the spring/summer trend you’ll definitely want to get behind. Their woven feature make them feel relaxed and perfect for the warmer months, and available in either a flat or a block heel version, they’re ideal for work or play. Also they now come in so many different colours so you’re bound to find something that will work back with your wardrobe perfectly. From muted shades that are ideal for a dressier look to fun vibrant colours that are just made for days spent out in the sun this is one style of footwear you’ll most certainly want to consider giving a home.
The great thing about woven mules is that they add a textural element to any look, giving any outfit another layer of depth. Also they’re extremely versatile. You could wear them with a summer dress, pair them with cropped straight leg denim or a skirt and they will feel equally as home making them a buy that will definitely earn its keep from a cost per wear perspective. From designer retailers to your favourite chain store, this is one shoe that you’ll definitely be seeing everywhere over the coming months so be prepared to jump aboard the woven mule bandwagon.
Shop my edit of woven mules below.