Spring has finally sprung and I couldn’t be happier. As much as I adore my ever-growing collection of faux fur and teddy coats, I am also a big fan of sunshine, ice creams and mini dresses, all of which are not the most Winter- friendly! Now, I am not one to follow trends – I enjoy wearing what I want to wear and don’t want to repurchase a whole new wardrobe every season because that’s boring (and expensive!). Luckily, a lot of the key trends for Spring/Summer are purse friendly and ‘oh- so- me’, which makes being on trend more natural and fun. Without further ado, I’m going to talk you through my favourite key trends for Spring/Summer 2017!
Trend One- Gingham
Who doesn’t love looking like a picnic blanket?! In case you’ve been living underground, you’ve no doubt seen that gingham is everywhere this season. It’s been seen on catwalk shows including Molly Goddard and Shrimps and everywhere on the high street from Primark to Topshop; it is probably the key print for Spring.I’m sure that I’m not the only one who owned a little gingham dress for Summer during primary school, and I actually managed to find a gingham school shirt (vintage BHS, FYI) in my local Barnardo’s store. It fits me perfectly and is such a versatile piece for this trend as it can be worn with everything from jeans to pinafore dresses.
Trend two – Florals for Spring?
I’ve seen this quote flying around social media and blogs, so apologise in advance if you are sick of seeing and hearing it. Florals featured heavily on the Spring/Summer catwalks with brands such as Alexander McQueen and Chloe featuring them in their shows. Chloe especially featured very retro floral fabrics featuring nude and brown tones, which made for some very 70’s-inspired looks.
As much as I love girlier prints, I’m also obsessed with the darker florals seen on the Anna Sui catwalk which makes for grungier looks. This pre-loved Topshop daisy print dress fits the bill perfectly! The black base to the fabric makes it less typically feminine, and also makes it a good transitional piece, as the darker tones work well for Autumn/Winter too. This dress was only £3.99, so a complete bargain and is such a flattering cut. The buttons on the front add a lovely detail too.
Trend three – The chunky shoe
Flatform shoes have been doing the rounds this season; think Stella McCartney’s iconic star print shoes. Other designers have created their own take on the trend for Spring/Summer, with flatform shoes being seen on catwalks from Gucci to Prada and Balmain.
Though they aren’t your typical flatform, the chunky soles of these boots make them reminiscent of this trend. Mine were £4.50, and definitely Dr Marten inspired in the shape and style of them, as well as their patent ‘leather’ finish. They’re the perfect shoe for ‘toughening’ up a more girly outfit and they look great with girly florals as well as lace dresses.
Trend four- Ruffles
This top is probably one of my favourite charity shop finds ever! It is gingham and also features ruffles, so it ticks off two trends in one! I love the off the shoulder style which, makes it oh-so flattering. The sleeves are particularly gorgeous; they are large, billowy and have ruching around the top. They also fasten with buttons at the cuff, which is such a lovely detail.
Trend five- The White Shirt
The traditional white shirt has had a bit of a makeover this season with Stella McCartney adding mismatched panels to white shirts on the catwalk and Dolce and Gabbana choosing to emblazon their white shirts with tiers of ruffles.
You’ll have seen this blouse if you read my last Barnardo’s post but I had to feature it again because it is such an on-trend piece. As I mentioned, white shirts have been having a bit of a revival this season, and although this is technically more of a blouse than a shirt, I still think it counts! Its lovely flowing fabric hangs really well when worn, and it also has some lovely detailing including the tie and ruffles along the neckline, the latter of which is also a key trend for Spring/Summer!
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