Spring/Summer 2013

It’s nearly Easter again and, although we’re all waiting for some lovely spring weather, the High Street is full of exciting, fresh, colourful merchandise to make us feel sunny!

It really is a wonderful fashion season with lots of amazing new prints, colour and fabric detailing. So, where to start:

Monochrome

That’s black and white to the uninitiated! Stripes, spots, chessboard checks and sometimes all of the above. Clever styling details can create a very flattering and slimming effect so will work wonders for those of us who have been comfort eating in front of the TV on these cold spring nights.

Prints

Ton’s of gorgeous florals – either all-over in dresses and matching separates, or printed on T-shirts and men’s shirts. Rose and daisy prints are very strong. Laser and graphic prints abound and animal prints, especially coloured snake, are still on trend.

M&S monochrome dress

Mens floral shirt from Next

Mens floral shirt from Next

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White on white

Top-to-toe white is a big look for summer. The windows in the Oxford Street Zara store were full of white, and only white, yesterday. Obviously trying to persuade us all that warmer times are ahead! Lace and sheer detailing achieve a softer, more feminine look whereas sharper tailoring in jackets and suits result in a masculine interpretation.

Pastel shades

Soft shades of baby pink, lilac, lemon, mint and blue are a wonderful alternative to the bright and strong colours of last autumn.  Mixing these shades together looks lovely and fresh and contrast can also be introduced by layering different, soft textures of silk, lace and satin.

Sheer

Or “see-through” in layman’s terms! To be worn with caution and a lot of under garments, this trend shouts balmy, summer picnics and warm Mediterranean nights – we wish!! Fabrics are organza, silk and chiffon.

White on white - Zara

White on white – Zara

Paul Smith trousers

Mens trousers – Paul Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Block colour

Especially strong in the sports look which is another big trend this spring. Colours tend to be much brighter  – shocking pink, cobalt blue, bright yellow, orange and vibrant greens all hit the mark.

Blue, blue, blue

Blue of every hue! From the very palest china blues to the deepest royals, blue is THE colour. Available in all garment types and accessories there’s no excuse for not wearing some form of this primary colour – unless you really don’t like it of course!

The Styling details

I have never seen so many pairs of men’s, coloured trousers. There wasn’t a black pair to be seen at the Harvey Nichols fashion show a couple of weeks ago. Add a printed T-shirt or floral shirt and you’ll be bang on-trend for spring/summer 2013.

For women who like a bit of structure, scalloped edges, sculptured ruffles, androgyny and minimalist styling are all very strong and waists are in! For softer styling, layering, wide-legged pyjama trousers in flowing fabrics, satin blouses and lace detailing achieve the desired effect.

So, lots of exciting new looks to invest in for the soon-to-be-upon-us warmer days.  Why not just ignore the snow and invest in a bit of spring madness anyway.

My next blog will be all about the spring/summer 2013 accessories that complete the above looks.

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