This week I am featuring a guest blog from Denise at Colour with Confidence who shares her advice on Easy Styles that take you from Spring to Summer.
The shops are brimming with styles and colours: but where do you start bring Spring into your wardrobe? The colours and patterns that you find in the shops are actually reflecting Spring with pastel pinks, yellow and blues but also vibrant floral patterns. Look around your garden and you will see the inspiration that designers are bringing into the high street. There are very few dark colours in the shops at the moment, although there are some dark blue and navy’s around. Here is your easy guide to incorporating a breath of Spring that will take you into Summer.
The 7 key looks in the shops now.
1. Dresses. Dresses are in soft fabrics and mainly knee length, with many shift styles or some with a gathered waist. Look for floral prints, either all over pattern or on the lower part of the skirt. The flowers are often in bright blues, reds, pinks but with pastel backgrounds.
2. Tops and blouses. Hip-length tops are everywhere this year, again shift style or shirt-waisted. Colours are often ice-cream colours or soft muted florals. I know blouses and tops are the mainstay of my wardrobe.
3. Skirts. There seem to be two predominant styles this year, pencil and gathered. The pencil skirts are in plain colours, again mainly pastels but there are bright ones around. These would go wonderfully with soft tops and blouses (see no. 2)
4. Trousers. Capri (calf length) or ankle length are very popular this year: they are usually narrow legged. Both look great with sandals or heeled shoes. The colours are again pastels, peach, baby blue, yellow, but there are also patterned ones too. I like the medium to dark blue with small patterns which are most flattering.
5. Handbags. A huge range of colours this year: one thing that is consistent is the plain colours but there are pastels as well as brights and also two tones on one bag. The styles are contrasting: either box or envelope shapes or soft, fringed bags. Choose the colour and style to fit your lifestyle
6. Jewellery. Bigger and bolder than ever: back to bling! Again choose the colour or metal to complement your outfit. Jewellery works well if it fits you and your clothes. If you are petite and you wear huge jewellery it can overpower you. A great necklace can finish an outfit perfectly.
7. Sandals and shoes. I’m pleased to see platforms back! I’m on the short side and they give me height! Lots of different styles, but there are comfortable, wide straps across the foot on sandals this year. I love the court shoes that are around in neutral colours, the beige/nude make your legs look longer. Great!
I hope this helps you to find your way around the spring and summer fashions on the high street.