Keeping up with the spinning wheel of fashion doesn’t have to be a full time job. Key trends for this summer can be combined with your existing wardrobe through quick additions and easy tweaks. Here’s how to refresh your wardrobe with a few must-have items, hand-picked by the Be Styled UK team…
See-through styles are big for summer. Baring a little flesh under sheer fabric is the perfect way to break up the monotony of a solid item while adding some excitement through interesting panels. Try it with any item – a classic mini could be worn with a sheer maxi dress overlay, a chiffon blouse with a bright cami worn underneath or a neat vest could benefit from a transparent panel.
One of the major print trends for summer is the stripe. Stripes of all sizes and colours have been seen on the catwalks but bold, broad striping in black and white has been the stand-out style for this graphic look. Accentuate curves with wide stripes across the hips or slim down problem areas with vertical stripes along slim-cut skinny jeans. Accessories are the easiest way to incorporate this look, so pick up a stripy satchel to stay ahead of the game.
This summer, floral prints get a fresh makeover with abstract styles and strong silhouettes turning feminine flowers into edgy works of art. The Darling floral biker jacket from Asos has all the romance of a traditional floral print, but is updated with dark shadows, a pale lace motif background and the tough luxe factor of a structured biker jacket with zip details. This look is both heavy-duty and feminine, a modern look to replace the delicate, ditsy styles of past seasons.
The block heel not only offers a comfortable alternative to sky-high heels, but is one of the biggest shoe trends for this summer. The mid height, chunky heels and directional styling is often seen with strappy details and open toes. Pair these short, yet stylish numbers with skinny jeans cropped just above the ankle or a structured mini to create a sharp look.
The Sixties has swung back into the fashion sphere but this time with a futuristic feel, simple silhouettes, sharp mini’s and mod monochrome. The most contemporary way to incorporate the new Sixties style is to keep it short with a basic mini dress and a rectangular shape. Chunky jewellery and platforms will go a long way to translating a Sixties feel with minimum fuss. This two-tone shift dress by Mango gets it just right with a low drop waist, nude top and black bottom.
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