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Spring/Summer 2017 Trends – Emma’s Top 5

Spring/Summer 2017 Trends – Emma’s Top 5

By Wandsworth Radio’s Fashion Editor Emma Gordon 

For me there are so many definitive trends this season – such strong styles, and such a mix, there’s something for everyone from Tribal Chic to updates on Gingham which has moved a long way from a preppy shirt & tablecloths!

With so much to choose from I want to focus on my favorite five trends and for me the most wearable.

So kicking off …

1) Gingham:

It’s totally been reinvented and it’s flooded the high street in a variety of ways from statement necklaces to frilly dresses.

It’s such a bold print and my advice is to wear it with a bright block colour or neutral tones – perfection for me for every day wear is a gingham shirt and jeans and coloured courts or boots –  but go bold too with gingham ruffled skirt or dresses or a statement sleeve gingham jacket  – two trends in one! I have my eye on ones from Primark and Top Shop right now.

TopShop, Gingham Crop Fill Jacket –  £49

For ruffled gingham skirts, my favorite at the moment is one by Studio by Preen at Debenhams  – stunning navy & white gingham skirt which works brilliantly for casual day with white sneakers or ankle boots and denim shirt or jacket or  for the evening with sequins, lacy statement sleeve  top or sparkly cami and heels.

Studio By Preen – Debenhams –  £55

2) Tribal Chic

There’s a real tribal feel out now too, luxurious embroidery and embellishments,  and fringing details. You only need to pop into Monsoon in Clapham Junction and feast your eyes on the array of gorgeous cotton tops with elaborate detailing – perfect for hot summer days teamed with jeans or denim shorts or to add to pool side chic on holiday over swim wear.

Check out Next too with embroidered detailed dresses & tops.

Monsoon, Melina Embroidered Top – £69

Next, embroidered long sleeve top    £40

3) Florals

There’s nothing new about Florals for summer – but this SS17 they are more vibrant and brighter and there’s something of a 60’s vibe.

As seen on the catwalk there’s a real Retro feel too but there is an update on how these prints are worn.

Consider a vibrant floral for an event dress, or an update for your work wardrobe – Warehouse (great concession in Debenhams) have some stunning dresses which would work so well for work wear or an event and even day wear with gorgeous prints and tick all the boxes  – team with ankle boots (metallic or white or contrasting colour really adds an edge to the look) for update on the summer dress look or vibrant block colour strappy sandals or sliders  – consider clashing/contrasting prints with accessories and remember details like belts which are on point right now.

Warehouse, Floating Floral Dress – £45

Warehouse, Magnolia Button Through Dress – £45

4) Sports Luxe or ‘Athleisure’  Wear

Such an easy go to trend to embrace. Think stylish and comfortable school run cool. Look for sporty slider flat sandals, cricket jumpers, trousers or sweat pants with varsity stripe detailing.

Don’t save this detailing for day wear, team with ankle boots or heels for evening wear  with a more formal blazer style jacket to create ‘high low’ dressing, or add to your look with sporting accessories.

Whistles,  Slim Jogger – £85                

 Accessorize –  Natty Colour Block Across Body Bag – £25

5) Statement Sleeves

A nod to the Victoriana trend of previous sessions. A statement blouse for me is definite must for this season and you’ll get so much wear out if it. It transforms  the most conservative of wardrobes and speaks volumes in the style stakes.  Add a trench coat, kaki jacket or blazer to transcend through the seasons. But don’t just save for formal wear team with wide leg jeans or trousers and flats for a day time look.

It’s such an easy way to update a work look too with an elegant vibe. Statement sleeves are even more over the top this season and incorporate luxurious fabrics like lace, silks and velvets.

I’ve opted  to update my wardrobe this season with this gorgeous black lace version from Monsoon. By day I team  with distressed bottom jeans and Stan Smith sneakers and by night a faux leather skirt and heels.

Monsoon – Lacy Victoriana Lace Frill Blouse – £59

(comes in three colour ways)

Top Shop, Trumpet Sleeve Blouse – £42

And finally… There’s  such a variety of trends to embrace this Spring/Summer 17. But look at your existing wardrobe too and bring out colour – Pink & Yellow are big news this season and why not take inspiration from the catwalk and  go bold with contrasting prints – think florals with Breton stripes or checks.

When it comes to shoes loafers, strappy heels with buckles and boots & shoes with floral embellishments  are in abundance.

If you’re in the market for a few new pieces, my advice is to go through last year’s summer wardrobe and work in a few key statement trends from this new season, creating a capsule wardrobe. Something bold like this ruffled yellow jacket can transform a look and bring your wardrobe right up to date.

River Island,  Yellow Frill Tweed Jacket,   – £55

April 10th, 2017

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