Summer Trends - Part 1

10th June 2011

With summer fast approaching it’s time to think about updating your wardrobe with a selection of pieces that will last the holiday season. Here’s Part One of my summer trend suggestions that should get you planning a great variety of oufits…

Simon Glazin

Colour Block Colour Pop

Good news ladies (and gents!), now is the time to clash those colours. It’s the trend that will define the summer months. We’ve seen Cheryl Cole do it, and you can too.

Go for coloured separates, but no prints. And the one golden rule… don’t be scared. Take risks and still be subtle – this block striped vest from Karen Millen (£45 • karenmillen.com), matched with a yellow pleated skirt or purple trousers would be fully embracing the trend; team it with jeans and you’re still keeping up with the fashion pack.

All Things Orange

Whether it’s a handbag, a dress, a top or even your nails, orange is a must. It’s the ‘It’ colour of the season, which is just as well because it goes so perfectly with sunshine.
The good thing about orange is that no matter what your hair colour or skin tone, it will suit you. To add to its versatility, orange can be teamed with most other colours: navy, black, white, even red or purple if you’re feeling experimental. To introduce it into your closet slowly, either go for a plain orange t-shirt or a bright pair of pumps. Fendi, Prada and Versace all showed us that you can never have too much orange this season… they sent models down the catwalks head-to-toe in it, so follow their lead and create a whole outfit with the colour.

If that’s a bit too much for you, try the clever trick of mixing two different hues of orange – a bold top and a lighter skirt – for an instant high fashion look.

Maxi Everything

We all love a maxi dress… It’s probably the comfiest thing hanging in your wardrobe for the summer (a collective nod, I sense) – so be sure to wear it with pride, and maybe a sparkly pair of flats too.

And now, thanks to the designer catwalks, feel free to add a maxi skirt, preferably pleated, or floaty kaftan dress to your array of holiday pieces. Volume is key – a most welcome change from past trends of too-tight body con or skinny jeans. Forgiving and fashionable all in one hit. Perfect.

Right: Reiss maxi skirt • £110 • reissonline.com • also in green, vermilion & flamingo

pic © Startraks Photo / Rex Features

70s Dress-up

Designers absolutely loved this trend for their spring catwalks.
D&G, Pucci and Marc Jacobs really showed us how to do it with floaty palazzo trousers, cinched waists and Biba-esque prints. But fear not, you don’t have to do everything at once.

Try a wide leg jumpsuit for instant 70s elegance, paired with flats for the day and heels for party-time, or a pair of light denim flared jeans with a simple white blouse.

Elle Macpherson has fully adopted a 70s style of late (even on the school run, too, apparently!) so for any more tips, look to her wardrobe.

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