We’ve well and truly seen the back of Christmas, Valentines Day and Pancake Day and as some of you may be giving up various things for Lent, here’s a little bit of sweetness and light at the end of the tunnel. A holiday!
I’m yet to book this summer’s expedition but even if you do end up in good ol’ Blighty, keep your layers handy and check out some of this tropical inspired fashion. Think bold florals, colour clashes and Hawaiian prints that won’t make you look like you’ve stolen your Dad’s BBQ shirt.
Printed leggings are going to be everywhere this Summer and although you might think that you have to be brave to wear them, they’re easy to pair with a long plain coloured vest top and a pair of metallic sandals or wedges. The key thing with the tropical trend is to keep everything else simple so that you don’t look like you’re playing dress-up. Topshop have some fantastic prints this season, with the eagerly awaited Mary Katrantzou collection hitting flagship stores soon. These tropical floral leggings are also easy on your bank account, priced at £20.
If you’re a fan of body con and prints, then this little bad boy is a summer alternative to the LBD. Body con can be flattering for all shapes and sizes, whether you’re a curvy girl who wants to accentuate your waist or if you have a boyish, athletic shape and you want to create the illusion of curves. Worn with some colour pop wedges or platforms, it’s perfect for an outdoor summer party and will still look fabulous day or night. Again at £45, it’s a purse-friendly price and it has detachable straps if you want to make a statement on a night out.
Again, if it’s bold, floral or patterned, then River Island come up trumps with their summer lines. These little shorts are absolute gorgeous and perfect for a stroll along the beach, whether it be somewhere in the Med or an unusually hot day in Brighton. The tropics trend isn’t just about bright prints but pared down pastels too which makes it easier to wear with this summer’s sorbet pastels trend. Remember to keep it simple a with a plain top and accessories in hues of lilac, baby pink, mint green and soft blues.
As a shoe lover obsessive, a pair of statement platforms are essential for the tropics trend! Although colour clashes are so this season, you won’t want to wear these with your matching printed dress. Keep the outfit simple, either a LBD or a colour block and add these to make sure you get noticed. Statement shoes are good for summer weddings and because brights and florals usually remain on trend for spring seasons ahead, they’re always handy to store away. These platforms from New Look are a bargain at £19.99 but if you end up splurging on a pair, it’s worth being reassured that they will last you a couple of seasons.
Finally, if you’re going to rock the tropics trend this season, you need to have a Hawaiian inspired clutch or bag. Team it with a neutral outfit and you’ll feel closer to the South Pacific…well it’s pouring down with rain and you’re all huddled under an umbrella, you might not but you get the picture.
I don’t know about any of you but when I wear brights and florals, it instantly uplifts my mood which is why I love the tropics trend. And if you do end up in Window Sill Bay and Stoppington this year, invest in a hammock, get out the Pimms and chill out in your floral dress, listening to beach-inspired music. I can highly recommend Pala by Friendly Fires (shameless plug, I know) but either way it’ll make you forget you’re in the big bad city for a while.