So now it’s finally the first day of spring, the days are lengthening, the flowers are coming out and we can definitely smell spring and eventually summer just around the corner. Could it finally be time to throw off the winter coats, boots and thick tights and turn our attention to what to buy for the coming 6 months? Let’s hope so!
There is a plethora of information in magazines, online and in daily mailshots from retailers and industry blogs about what to buy and wear now so here’s my quick and easy guide to navigating exactly what the latest fashion trends for women are right now.
My advice is to just pick and chose a couple of trends that you like, that suit you, your body shape and your style preference and lifestyle and focus on them. No need to access every fashion trend…just a few key pieces that give a nod to current trends to mix and match with your current wardrobe..maybe a gingham shirt, or a bomber jacket or a floral dress. There is every permutation of option available combining multiple trends..tread carefully with a gingham skirt with a ruffle peplum down the bias or a gingham off the shoulder top with ruffles or bell sleeves as that screams right now and won’t stand the test of time… If you do want to go for the full Monty with an item don’t spend too much money..such a trend led item will be here today and gone tomorrow.
Buying into only a couple of fashion trends updates your look, shows you are aware of the latest trends but stops you looking like a fashion victim.
Fashion trends still going strong from last year
Shoulders out. Be it cold shoulder tops, bardot or off the shoulders tops and dresses. A multitude of options are out there…particularly in cotton type fabrics as shirting is having a moment right now.
Florals. On anything and everything and floral embroidery also a big trend right now. Available widely on the high street.
Bomber Jackets. H&M do a great and inexpensive range in a multitude of colours.
Cropped trousers. Be it jeans, trousers, culottes.. they are everywhere and continue to be very versatile..how did we cope without them? I am living in my cropped jeans and trousers right now.
Block heels with ankle straps. Look particularly good when paired with cropped trousers and jeans as it draws your attention to your slim ankles
Latest fashion trends for Spring Summer 2017
Gingham.Everywhere in tops, dresses, skirts, trousers..you name it you can get it in gingham right now. Try Topshop and Zara for excellent ranges.
Ruffles. In every colourway, permutation and location including peplums, on shoulders, on the back, on skirts on sleeves… Definitely an option for a romantic style preference. Widely available on the high street.
Shirting. All manner of styles and patterns but if you get a gingham one with bell sleeves and a few ruffles on it you are bang on trend. Available all over the high street. Wearing button up shirts back to front with a shoulder showing has been all the rage among the fashionistas but for us lesser mortals just stick to wearing your shirt the right way round.
Bell sleeves. On tops, shirts, blouses, dresses. I particularly like the offerings from Finery and Zara. I think whilst the sleeves look good they are not particularly practical so think this will be a short lived trend.
Paper bag Trousers. Otherwise known as high waisted trousers with belt or some other form of gathering at the waist. Not for anyone carrying weight on their tummy – better left to those with defined waists. M&S and Next do a good range.
Mules. Flat and heeled. Available everywhere. Boden has a good selection of flats. Topshop and Zara both have an electic range of heeled and flat versions.
Ankle ties on shoes. Particularly ballet flats. Some high end versions from Chloe are being endlessly copied. I particularly like these Sam Edelman ones.
High cut toes. Mainly on court shoes. Continuing its range of excellent and affordable shoes M&S does an excellent range as does Whistles.
So there you have it – my quick whip around current trends for women for the coming season. I personally don’t like gingham, florals or ruffles as I have a Classic Natural style preference but will definitely be getting some paper bag trousers as I am hour glass shape and they will show off my waist and all of the shoe options. I always find it easier to add trend led items to my wardrobe by buying current style shoes. Also no need to try on in the changing room or post back if it comes in the post but doesn’t look like I thought it would.
If you’re not sure what trends to go for based on your body shape and style preference please get in touch to arrange a personal shop.
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