The Sun is Coming (Spring/Summer 2013)

It’s been a long cold winter and it seems an eon since we saw the Spring/Summer catwalks in September but spring is finally here and it is on the high street.  The fashion trends we are seeing this season are boundless and so, so varied but some of what’s hit the high-street is an upsetting portrayal of what the catwalks displayed. However, fear not the bright colours and plastic clothing displayed in many a shop window, there are some great garments to be found. Fashion trends for Spring/Summer 2013 promise to be bright and sharp, so your bound to be able to find something to match your style.

Prints 

BirdPrints

Prints this season are huge and bird prints and bright tropicals seem to be favoured by the high street. They’re available in bright lively colours and playful patterns, all of which have a delicate air of femininity. This outfit shows a hint of this trend perfect for the arrival of sunshine and festivals.

  • Bird print trousers @ Ted Baker 
  • White tank top @ H&M
  • Cat eye sunglasses @ River Island
  • Swallow chain @ River Island
  • Straw brim bowler @ Asos
  • White thong sandals @Asos

Whites & Lace 

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We saw allot of delicate whites and lace on the catwalk in September and there’s plenty to choose from. The original outfit I put together was a lace skater dress with white accessories but then I saw this dress. It has a low cut back finished with a bow, very girly yes, but so classic and eye catching.

  • Dress, by Jones & Jones @ Topshop 
  • Red clutch by Lulu Guinness @ John Lewis
  • Cat eye sunglasses by Thierry Lasry @ Net a Porter
  • Cut out ballet flats @ Oasis
Florals
I was glad to see that floral is in for another season… well it’s in every season but I love it.  This season’s florals come in soft pastel colors and vibrant hues. We saw Christian Dior and Giambattista Vali showing some garden inspired floral appliques in soft pinks which were just beautiful. A great way to add this trend to your wardrobe without forking out the pennies is through accessories. There are a number of floral hair garlands and handbags on the high street which would work well with lace.
Monochrome 

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There are some great monochrome pieces on the high street. Topshop having an array of body con dresses inspired by the 60s and 90s. Above, I’ve put together an easy way to wear the classic stripes, which would suit the majority of figures.

  • Striped bat wing top @ Zara 
  • Black cropped linen trousers @ Asos
  • Clutch also @ Zara
  • Cut out suede sandals by Giuseppe Zanotti @ Selfridges

Whether skinny or fat, minimal or psychedelic stripes were all over Spring/Summer 2013 runways. It’s easy to wear them and always look comfortable and chic. I’ve broken up the outfit with a small splash of colour by adding in the geometric clutch. If you’re tall you may favour some simple ballet shoes with this outfit but cropped trousers and heels are fantastic for accentuating the length of your legs.

Metallics

Last spring, designers showed allot of metallic in their ranges. This season it’s back again. Burberry and Alexander Wang have expanded their ranges this year to sparkling colours and shining fabrics as well as a number of pieces with a metallic sheen. Go for a pencil skirt with a metallic sheen or a blaser with a mirror shine. This trend is to be worn  minimally.

Ruffels, Pleats and Peplums 

They’re standing strong again for the seasons to come.  The pleats we’re seeing all have a sense of 20s and 70s hollywood glamour. Wear this trend as a knee length skirt or go maxi for the full effect.  There were a few flamenco style looks on the catwalk with ruffles appearing on blouses, skirts and dresses. This trend is very striking and feminine and does well at highlighting your assets.  Peplums were huge last year and they’re huge again. Expect to keep seeing them on feminine dresses, blazers, blouses, skirts and more.

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