We may be confined to home with our social lives having ground to a necessary halt, but nonetheless wearing something we look and feel good in can still lift the spirits. Anyway, this situation won’t last forever and let’s keep the faith that, at some point this Summer, we’ll be able to go out and about again.
Here are some of the key trends for this season, and the good news is that you will probably already have some of them in your wardrobe. So why not take this opportunity, to sort through you wardrobe and see if you have any of the following:
Regular readers will know that I love a shirt dress. Fortunately, this classic wardrobe staple is very still very much on trend and there’s a style to suit everyone. Take a look at my previous blog for tips on which style of shirt dress will work best for you.
Modest dressing has been popular for a while but has doubtless been given a new lease of life by the recently released “Little Women”. By their very nature, (high necklines, long sleeves and long, full skirts) prairie dresses are all- enveloping so there’s plenty of room to eat a hearty meal and no need to worry that the state of your legs!
This can be a difficult look to pull off if you’re petite though as the style is generally pretty voluminous and may swamp you. To balance your petite stature, try a slimmer cut. Equally, if you have an ample bosom, the high neckline and full sleeves that tend to be part and parcel of this style can make you look quite matronly, so opt for a version with a lowish neckline.
This style of dress tends to be prim rather than sexy, so probably not your best option for a date night!
These are basically a more workmanlike style of jumpsuit, generally with sleeves and a high neck/collar and often with patch pockets. They were on trend last season and are still popular for this Spring/Summer. A great alternative to the prairie dress for those who want coverage but don’t do “girlie”.
Denim never goes out of style but this season there are set to be lots of denim dresses around in everything from long, flowing prairie versions to more fitted mini styles. Naturals will probably want to team them with white pumps whereas city chics may choose a wedge sandal. If you’ve got reasonably light colouring, go for a lighter wash denim, whereas if you’ve got dark hair and eyes, an indigo should look particularly good on you.
Shirts never go out of style but they are very much on-trend for Spring and Summer and paired with everything from jeans to Bermuda shorts and floor-skimming skirts. If you like a shirt, you won’t go wrong with a classic white/ivory one. It’s worth investing in quality because a great shirt will see you through many seasons to come.
Yes, the decade that style forgot is making a comeback! If you were a teen or older in the seventies, my advice would be stay clear of going all-out retro. Or at least wait for an Abba tribute night to unleash your inner dancing queen (even if that’s only in your own living room)!
Pretty much every Summer the fashion editors tell us that we’ll be embracing the shorts suit and every Summer the trend fails to take off. This could be the year though as quite a few styles have filtered down to the high street already. The secret to pulling off this look is to make sure that the shorts finish at a narrow point on your leg and to be ruthlessly honest with yourself as to whether your legs can take the exposure!
As well as the high “modest” neckline of the prairie dress, there’s also a move to low, wide “milk maid” necklines to highlight the shoulders and décolletage. If you’ve got a nice bust, here’s your opportunity to show it off! Keep it classy though by not exposing too much flesh elsewhere.
It’s Spring so of course there are lots of florals around. This year though there are also “mixed florals” with different styles and sizes of florals featuring within the same garment. For those who aren’t into flowers, there are also a lot of tropical themed prints too, as well as polka dots and of course the perennial stripes. Animal prints look like being here to stay and are surprisingly wearable, check out A Walk On The Wild Side for advice on wearing themit. For tips on how to wear prints in the most flattering way for you, click here.
Whilst clothes shops are closed for the time being, but there is still the opportunity to shop online. If you’d like to me to put together a selection of clothes for you to try in the comfort and security of your own home, please get in touch.