Before the shops get filled with AW14 stock, I thought I’d do a little post on some of the biggest trends of this SS14. Probably one of my favourite seasons trend-wise as I’ve wanted to buy pretty much everything! I also thought it’d be good to focus on how you can wear most of these items for work and play!
Lace & Croptops
The croptop trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere and I have this cute little lace one from H&M as it can be dressed up for an evening abroad or down for a festival. I’m not the biggest fan of having lots of skin on show but when you pair one with a high-waisted skirt/shorts, you’re pulling off the right boho vibes. The cotton material will also keep you cool on those humid summer days.
Pastels & Block Heels
Sorbet and candy colours are one of my favourite things about summer because they’re a trend that just keep coming back every year. From two-piece suits to shoes, bags and jewellery, you can kit yourself out for the season if you’re a real girly gal. Of course, your summer capsule wardrobe wouldn’t be complete this year without a pair of block heels, particularly pastel ones. I treated myself to these little beauts from Dorothy Perkins this weekend and I know that they’re going to see me through an indian summer (here’s hoping) and they’re so versatile that I can wear them to the office and on an evening out. If you want to avoid looking like a munchkin though, use a pastel accessory for a bit of a subtle colour pop.
They’re so cute that I want one in every colour! If you’re on a budget and you don’t want to spend a small fortune on something that you can’t fit your whole life in to on a day-to-day basis, Primark have a really good range of pastel coloured mini box bags. I love this dusky blue/almost grey mini satchel from Accessorize and if you’re on holiday this summer, the sizing is perfect as an airport bag. Don’t let Ryanair stand in the way of your fashion stakes.
Sliders & Flats
Forget annoying ‘thong’ sandals, pool sliders are back! Update your humble Birkenstocks with a pastel pair of flats and revel in the comfort that you can ditch your heels for a little while. If you’re away this summer, make these an essential in your suitcase.
Metallics & Midi’s
SS14 has been perfect for those of you who want desk-to-dinner style outfits, without compensating on style. Metallics can be striking against a neutral outfit while the popular midi-length (a style that isn’t going anywhere) is suitable for both the office and after-work drinks. Dorothy Perkins have had some gorgeous midi skirts in their collection this summer, including lace panelled pieces to add a bit of flirtation to the conservative style.
Another huge high-summer trend. Prints like this (cami- Dorothy Perkins) look amazing on tanned skin and if you’re feeling particular brave, invest in an all-in-one jumpsuit. Again I love the fact that you can wear a top like this with some tailored capri pants to the office and still look chic for drinks in the pub afterwards. Are you noticing a theme here guys?
From pineapple printed dresses to eye-catching clutches like this sold-out New Look one (meh) they’re a brilliant accessory if you need to add a pop of colour to an outfit. Have you noticed how homeware retailers are getting in on the act too?
Statement Floral Necklaces
As you all know, I’m an Accessorize fiend and so I thought it’d be rude not to mention them in this category. I have to stop myself from buying all the pretties in that store but I think I’ll eventually cave in for this little gem. Florals are always all over SS14 collections and I’m loving all of the eye-catching pieces that everyone from Primark to Topshop are doing at the moment. I tend to just wear some bangles on my wrist and then add a statement necklace to finish off my outfit. As much as I love dainty pieces, you can’t beat having a jewellery stand that looks like you’ve raided the crown jewels.
Which SS14 trends are you coveting this summer? And what are you most looking foward to about AW14? Post coming soon!