Saturday, December 21, 2013

5 spring/summer trends you can wear today

Hi, Oh, Sweet Joy readers! I’m Katie the window-shopping and baking addicted blogger behind Kim has very kindly let me write a guest post for her. I’ve chosen to share my tips for next season’s trends that are warm enough to wear now, but which will take you well into next year…

While we’re still firmly stuck in the colder climes of winter, the fashion world, as always, is a step ahead. Designers have already sent their models sashaying down the runways of the four big fashion capitals in their spring/summer 2014 collections. And, while it’s definitely fun to be first, we definitely don’t want to freeze.

Smoking jacket
While the blazer has been a wardrobe staple for seasons – worn for both work and play, this versatile piece has been updated for next season. Taking inspiration from the traditional smoking jacket, Blumarine opted for fresh spring yellow and white while Pucci’s version was blue. I particularly like Rag & Bone’s claret velvet take on the trend and keeping my eyes open for a highstreet version. In the warm weather, you can wear over a 1990s-style slip. But, for now, the smoking jacket can be worn over holiday season party dresses.

Fringing is one of those circular trends that comes around again every few years. And, 2014 is one of those years. Fringed bikinis are expected to be a big trend by holiday poolsides this summer. And fringes of all sorts of material, including shredded leather and silk were seen on the runways.  For winter, you could incorporate fringing in a warm wrap, like this one from Bloomingdales.

Hues of blue
If the must-have hue for this season was pink, then the ‘it’ colour for spring and summer 2014 is blue, particularly sky blue. Mark Cain sent his models down the runway in lace cobalt blue trousers while Stella McCartney’s Paris show featured camisole dresses in block shades of blue, and blue and black lace. For an every-day take on the shade, La Redoute Creation’s pale blue long-line cardigan is in the hue of the moment. And, it can be layered up over a pair of skinny leather trousers for winter or worn over a pretty summer tea dress.

White queen
Purest white is always a great tan enhancer during the summer months, showing off your just-back-from-holiday sunkissed look. But, even if you aren’t exactly bronzed at the moment, white has taken over from black as the key colour for partywear. Country pop star Taylor Swift has worn a succession of white dresses for high-profile events, including at the Winter Whites Gala at Kensington Palace, where she took to the stage with Prince William to sing Livin’ on a Prayer with Jon Bon Jovi. This crepe dress by Balenciaga is not only white, but it’s in one of next season’s fashion-forward shapes, giving the illusion of being a top layered over a skirt. Wear with shoe boots now and tan sandals next year.

All that glitters
Metallics are set to be big news next season. Dior was just one of the designers to use shiny sumptuous fabrics. Raf Simons mixed preppy styling with florals and metallics for a sophisticated yet relaxed collection. The Belgian designer sent his models down the catwalks in double-breasted silver jackets and mid-length skirts. Vintage shops are a great place to look for metallics, as it’s a style that has transcended seasons, and decades. This Betsey Johnson number from Rokit features two key trends for next season – lace and metallic bronze – but could be worn now for the party season.

Nothing is fixed in fashion, but it always pays to think strategically when making this season’s key purchases – choosing wisely so they take you well into next season in fashion-forward style.

((thanks for sharing, Katie!))


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