This is part of the outfit I wore for an evening out to celebrate my birthday. I’m wearing a gorgeous lemon yellow fluffy jumper from River Island, a jewelled necklace from Primark and on my lips I have a new colour from The Body Shop from their Colour Crush collection in shade 201 (Red Hot Raspberry). I teamed all this with a simple black clutch, black wedged heels and black textured disco pants!
Gone are the days when it was only acceptable for a girl to throw on her boyfriend’s sweater for lazy days around the house, because now a girl can buy an oversized sweater all for herself, wearing it whenever she likes. Okay, so it doesn’t have to be ‘unisex’, you can buy oversized sweaters for women too, but streetwear brands like Kenzo, Patta and Boy London have all echoed that it’s okay for us women to throw on a sweatshirt and look cool; we can now achieve effortless street style by throwing on a sweatshirt (high street or designer) with a pair of rolled up boyfriend jeans and its acceptable. Women are buying sweaters from streetwear brands from the men’s department in order to pull off that casual streetwear vibe, but that obviously doesn’t mean you can’t add a feminine touch or two! Think clashing prints, statement necklaces, a pop of collar underneath or coordinate colours with one of this season’s must have skirt styles!
The runway shows for SS14 had some standout designers for me this year, but my absolute favourite show has to be Alberta Ferretti, simply for it’s colour, femininity and playful charm. The styles weren’t too complex, but instead gave pretty and youthful looks that are easy to wear (and copy, for those of us who can only dream of buying the real thing). Maybe I was more drawn to her collection, because of the way it reflected glorious summer days through white broderie anglaise, brightly coloured embroidery (and ribbon), pretty florals and candy stripes-an absolute dream for the ultimate ‘girly girl’ like me!
So, below is a run down of the main elements of the show- a must read, because it was such a beautiful show- so, enjoy!
White and Brights
White chiffon and broderie anglaise dresses, blouses and skirts were mixed with brightly coloured embroidery, ribbons and florals in a rainbow of colours, giving a pretty, youthful glow.
From fiery reds and oranges to leafy greens and cobalt blues, these chiffon dresses, bright sandals, and ruffle skirts were reminiscent of summer evenings, especially with that gorgeous floral embroidery (a lovely thought on such a drab December morning).
Think candy stripes and pretty florals in skirts and dresses, both long and short, cropped blouses and bralets in silks and chiffons. Although this all sounds like a playful take on Spring/Summer, the patterns at this show gave polished and feminine finish, but still managed to keep it’s youthful edge!
Black is Back
The darker side to SS14 is of course the colour black in the form of silky ruffle skirts, lace dresses and sheer materials, with Ferretti’s added twist of coloured floral embroidery. Although I try and steer clear of black during Spring/Summer usually, Ferretti has changed my opinion a little. If it’s teamed with a colour pop of embroidery or a pair of bright sandals then it can really transform a look, although that doesn’t mean to say her all black lace ensembles are any less beautiful!
For those who didn’t know, I am the biggest girly girl EVER. Anything pink, pretty, fluffy, flowery and feminine I want to have it! So it is no surprise that my favourite trend this AW is, of course, those gorgeous pastel shades as seen on the runways of Carven, Celine and Topshop Unique.
But what are the colours you need to know and how can you wear them?
Okay, so we all know what the typical pastel shades are (think mint green, lemon sorbet, baby pink, powder blue & lilacs), but let us take a minute to really appreciate the colours that matter this season (because they are SO pretty!)
These yummy pastel shades are most prominent in wools, cashmeres, silks and furs, but although runway shows are great for inspiration they aren’t the most wearable looks for the everyday person, which is why I’ve decided to come up with some top tips of how you can look pretty in pastels this season.
- Layer up!Layering these gorgeous pastel shades is really important this season, because it adds another dimension to an outfit and don’t be afraid to mix colours and textures! Think a thick woolen knit, a woolen coat and a pair of silky soft trousers in an assortment of pastel shades!
- Pastels, Pastels and more Pastels!How pretty is it to mix up your pastel shades.. a dusty pink coat, a sky blue blouse and a cream skirt? Or how about sticking to just the one pastel shade for a chic, feminine look?
- Soften it up!There are some colours I have missed off the list of ‘pastels’ that I feel add a really lovely soft touch to an outfit and these include soft greys, creams and whites. So, if you don’t love the idea of looking too sugary sweet in an all pink ensemble then add a soft grey woolen coat to break it up a bit!
- What to wear?Look for thick, chunky cable knit jumpers, soft woolen or silky skirts and of course big woolen or fur trimmed coats.
- ShapesOkay so jumpers and coats are best oversized this season with rounded shoulders and too-long sleeves, but you obviously don’t have to stick to this oversized look, as you can opt to go for soft and smooth feminine lines instead.
Anyway guys, I hope you enjoyed my little tips and ideas, because I actually really enjoyed writing them!