If you feel like you’re in that awkward transition period when you don’t know what season it is, then you’re not alone. I hope this trend report helps you with what styles and pieces to go for in the next couple of months.
Of late, the weather in Lancaster has been beautiful. Campus quickly became all about the legs, both male and female. It was lovely to see campus in bloom; summer dresses everywhere and sunglasses on. But enough about the weather or we’ll be here all day… Here are the trends of the moment.
Opt for soft shades like sweet, powdery hues of blue, yellow and pink; and perhaps even jewel-toned pieces to add to that antique, vintage feel. British Vogue say: “keep accessories simple; upholstery fabrics and opulent finishes are all the ornamentation you need.” Take their advice and slip on just a cuff on your wrist, or some sparkly studded earrings to keep your outfit elegant.
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Slip on a striped, androgynous shirt, or even a men’s one; roll up the sleeves, and pull the neckline down so you’re showing some shoulder. This modern twist on how to wear a shirt is something I saw on an ASOS Insider’s Instagram. It will totally update your look, and if done right, looks super classy. Doubling up on your pinstripes will also look effortlessly chic, but opt for stripes of different widths and colour to add interest. Injecting leather is another way to bring a bit of glamour into what could be a relatively conservative trend. A pencil skirt is a great way to do this, or a leather satchel will work if you’d prefer your leather to be an accessory.
Summer is all about those pattern and those prints; that colour and that fringing. Think earthy tones at night in flowy maxis and beach cover-ups; and for day, work crochet and stripes with a pair of denim shorts. If the thought of summer clothes and laying on a white beach doesn’t motivate you to get through exams, I don’t know what will.
Transport yourself to the French Riviera in pleated gingham and Breton stripes. Inject the odd red piece; perhaps a red bikini under a white shirt or some red Superga pumps. A denim dress is a great beach cover-up that you can take from day to night, just choose one that’s light enough to wear when lazing about in the sun. Voila, you’re ready to jump on a plane and enjoy the French sunshine.
Earthy tones are on the agenda for this summer. I have purchased two orangey-camel pieces recently, hitting the trend before I even knew it existed. Just with makeup you can follow this trend, just opt for golden-brown eyeshadow and a bronzed complexion. Never deny yourself a khaki-coloured garment – they work all year round and should form a part of your capsule wardrobe.
One of my favourite fashion decisions is what to wear when travelling – whether it be a long car journey/road trip or a flight to somewhere beautiful. For the latter, I always remember to layer; as one, it saves kilograms for all those just-in-case pairs of shoes, and two, is it just me or is it always freezing on the plane?! I love ripped denim so this would be my choice – depends on your destination – and I would pair I simple white tee with it. A blazer, a fedora and a pair of sunnies top the look off, but you want something more relaxed, a jersey playsuit (ASOS do some great ones) with a floral kimono will work a treat. Even a denim jacket or a floral bomber would be great paired with ripped denim or the playsuit. Basically, just keep your base simple and add interest with your layers.
Don’t let donning a statement skirt get the better of you. This season, the more wacky, the better. I love lace midi skirts; they are a streetstyle favourite and look so elegant even with an oversized jumper thrown on top – you cannot go wrong. If you’re into your festival glamour at this time of the year, then go for a skirt with fringing of any kind – you’ll look so bohemian and pretty.
This is my favourite trend of all this season. There’s just something about a Bardot-style top that makes my heart swell. I wore one of these tops on a night out in Lancaster, and it was a great decision for the warm night, although my shoulders didn’t enjoy the freezing cold 4am journey home… A recent purchase of mine was also a cold-shoulder top and I love it. It’s so simple and easy to dress up; I added some chunky drop earrings and some rings for a night at Liverpool’s LightNight event and it worked really well. From experience, I would say ASOS and New Look are your go-to shops for this trend as they’ve lots of different versions, particularly ASOS. No matter what your colour or pattern preference, this cold-shoulder style is flattering for any shape and size.