As summer approaches most people get excited because they are hopeful that warm weather is finally on its way. For women, summer is exciting because it brings about an opportunity to update your wardrobe. You can say goodbye to your boots and your woolly jumpers in favour of pastel colours and lighter materials. Therefore, before summer dawns you will need to make sure your wardrobe is filled to the brim with the latest unique women’s clothing trends.
How to wear stripes this summer
If you are looking for a summer trend that has no chance of failing this year then you definitely need to go for stripes. This is a trend that is easy to wear, highly versatile, yet the impact is eye-catching and stylish. What’s not to love?
In order to see just how special this summer trend is all you need to do is look at the array of designers who incorporated this style into their spring/summer collections. This includes; Balenciaga, Jonathan Saunders, Temperley London, Moschino, Balmain, Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Vivienne Westwood, Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Dior and Alberta Ferretti. Surely that is proof enough that stripes are a show stopping style.
Nevertheless, not everyone has the bank balance for designer clothing. But don’t worry; as you certainly won’t need it. High street stores and online retailers have readily embraced this trend. In fact, CC is one of the best places to shop for the striped trend.
A lot of people do not realise how versatile this trend is in terms of creating different looks. However, there is an array of different striped styles and thus the potential is vast. Black and white is definitely the firm favourite for the months ahead. You should keep it casual when wearing black and white stripes because the pattern is bold enough. Thus, by not trying too hard you keep it classy. Oversized silhouettes also work excellently too – they give a real high fashion vibe.
Dolce & Gabbana and Balmain emulated this trend beautifully on the catwalk. Balmain showcased a gorgeous pair of high waisted wide legged trousers, whilst Dolce & Gabbana opted for a unique oversized top and short co-ordinate combination. Both decided to finish off their looks with standout earrings.
Aside from black and white stripes another great way of emulating this trend is going for the subtle and tailored approach. This is extremely chic and elegant. Look for preppy suits, high-waisted trousers and crop tops, as well as low cut blazers and shorts. When it comes to the stripes themselves they should be thin and colours you should opt for are the likes of white, navy blue, and pale pink.
This tailored trend has been another firm favourite on the catwalks with Marc Jacobs, Dolce & Gabbana, Haider Ackermann, Balenciaga, Alberta Ferretti and Oscar de la Renta all being evident fans. Oscar de la Renta went for a stunning blazer and trouser combination emulating a nautical feel due to the blue and white stripes. On the other hand, Oscar de la Renta mixed a playful pink with a light blue to create a silk three piece consisting of a bralet, a pencil skirt and a blazer.
And finally, you don’t have to stick to just stripes. Why not mix the trend with another print? Clashing patterns are all the range at the moment and stripe offers you the perfect way of doing this. Why not take the lead of Altuzarra and combine stripes with floral? Or what about leopard print, geometric patterns, or Aztec designs – the choice is endless.
Dolce and Gabbana is yet again another favourite of this clashing print trend. Aside from this, other designer fans include Paul&Joe and Phillip Lim.
Summer top trends
Now let’s take a look at some of the best trends in tops this summer...
No, this doesn’t mean you should walk down the street with nothing on. Get graphic with your prints. There are some fantastic going out tops that feature bold, exciting, and unusual prints. Leopard print soared to the height of fashion several years ago but since then prints have taken on a new lease of life. Think paisley, mixed with polka dots, mixed with stripes, mixed with zebra print. It may sound like too much on the surface but when you see them all combined together on a top the effect is stunning and striking. All you need to do is pair a printed shirt with a pair of denim shorts and you are good to go.
A kimono embodies glamour, intrigue, and sensuality. It is ideal for summer because whilst it boasts long sleeves the material is still extremely light. A kimono doesn’t need dressing up either. All you need to do is stick on a plain vest dress, put your kimono on and you are good to go. You can even take a trip to the hairdressers to get them to master the perfect bun to go with your kimono. After all, nobody likes to spend the majority of their vacation indoors getting ready when the sun is shining outside.
Don’t say it, wear it
Over the past few months you will have noticed a growth in the amount of t-shirts with sayings on them in shops. This is a trend that is only set to get more popular. You can team a t-shirt with a slogan on with a pair of neon coloured shorts or edge it up with a skater skirt. There are a huge number of sayings available, but here are some of the best spotted in stores today: “my way” – let them know who’s boss, “music is the answer” – perfect for the girl who likes to dance all night in the club, and “geek” – geek is the new chic.
There is no better way to showcase your tan then to wear a neon coloured top. The bright colours bring out the beautiful glow in your skin. This is a trend that is certainly suited to those who like to be bold and make an impression. If you are wearing neon then you can guarantee that all eyes will be on you. An important point to remember with neon is that you should let the top speak for itself. Don’t overdo it by adding more colours and prints to the equation. If you want to add some more depth to your outfit do it via a statement necklace.
Nothing says summer like beautiful flowers. Floral patterns are highly fashionable and they work fantastically during the hot months. The great thing about floral is there is a print for everyone; from the really girly to the more edgy looks. This is a trend that is flirtatious and fun.
What are your favourite summer fashion trends this year?