Thursday, 28 April 2016

The top five trends for spring/summer 2016...

1. Boho 

Every summer, boho makes a comeback and, as it's definitely making a reappearance for SS16, this trend looks set to stay for years to come.

Flower hair garlands, tie dye, vintage jewellery, fringing, floppy hats, paisley, feathers, floaty skirts, hand chains, lots of embroidery, and denim cut-off shorts are all key for this trend. And, as festival season gets into full swing, we'll be seeing much much more of boho.

2. All stripe everything

As you will know from my last post, I have a slight obsession with stripes, so a lot of my spring/summer 2016 wardrobe is very much the epitome of this key trend for the season.

As I mentioned last time, Zara, Topshop, Missguided, Sandro, Miss Selfridge, and Karen Millen, all have a great selection of stripe pieces, ideal for spring/summer 2016.

3. Bardot

In recent months, the Bardot neckline has taken the fashion world by storm. Whether it be a jumpsuit, playsuit, dress, or top, this look is set to be everywhere this coming season.

The Bardot neckline is already that popular that Missguided has a dedicated 'Bardot dress' section on its website, while collectively Topshop and ASOS have hundreds of pieces to choose from within this trend.

4. Bomber jackets

I have already purchased my first bomber jacket for SS16, an oriental inspired ASOS number, and I have a few more still on my wish list.

Just about every store on the high street has a collection of bomber jackets to choose from, and while I'm loving the bright and slightly eccentric styles, the khaki ones also look great.

5. Exposure

Cut-outs are also key for spring/summer 2016. If you're looking for the perfect holiday look to show off your summer glow then exposure is perfect - whether it be to show off your shoulders, stomach waist, or even your knees.

The likes of Balenciaga, Peter Pilotto, Barbara Casasola, Christopher Kane, Prabal Gurung, and Givenchy all have skin-baring collections for SS16, and the high street has definitely followed suit.

Topshop has some beaut pieces, as does ASOS and Zara.



By Jessica Simm

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Sunday, 24 April 2016

Stripe heaven...

I was recently invited to intu Trafford Centre to check out the latest collections to hit the shops for spring/summer 2016 and, much to my delight, one of the key trends for this season is of course stripes.

Anybody who knows me knows that I have a minor obsession with all things striped so, I will definitely be welcoming this trend into my spring/summer 2016 wardrobe with open arms.

My first stop on the trip was to Karen Millen which had a number of striped pieces in a monochrome palette, perfect for the coming season. Alongside the striped numbers, the store also had a couple of green/yellow pieces ideal for brightening up any look - my favourite being the lime duster coat.

Karen Millen

Following Karen Millen, I visited Miss Selfridge, Missguided at Selfridges, and Sandro at Selfridges, where stripes were much more prominent. Playsuits, Bardot necklines, and lace-up tops are key for SS16. 

Miss Selfridge

Missguided at Selfridges 

Sandro at Selfridges 

Next was Topshop followed by Zara, both of which did not disappoint. If you're looking for all things stripe for your spring/summer 2016 wardrobe then I would definitely recommend visiting these two stores. 

Whether it be jumpers, tees, jumpsuits, playsuits, trousers, dresses, shorts, skirts, or even jackets, Topshop and Zara have just about every garment you can imagine in a variety of different stripe designs. 

Key pieces, which I will most definitely be purchasing for this season include, the navy stripe jumpsuit, the navy and white dress, and the black and white playsuit - all from Topshop, in addition to the Zara shirt dress and Bardot top. 







Overall, I had a great time visiting intu Trafford Centre, and managed to walk away with a number of pieces perfect for the season ahead. 



By Jessica Simm

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