When you think of the Spring/Summer months I bet you think of bright whites and colorful hues, and, of course, you wouldn’t be wrong, but for some designers their shows for SS14 took on a much darker take on dressing for the warmer months.
Lanvin, for example, with it’s dimly lit stage saw a sea of darker, metallic hues mixed with only a few pops of colour (think burnt orange, mustard and violet), and of course, classic black. This collection may not have been as light and bright as other collections, but the glistening fabrics and metallic hues were a refreshing take on SS14, representing glamour, confidence and luxury in a surprisingly easy to wear manner!
And what about at Louis Vuitton? Marc Jacobs claimed that while incorporating white into the collection was an option, the truth is that everybody does still love to wear black or navy, whatever the season, and so a very dark collection emerged (not forgetting a hint of blue denim). And with a collection like this, I think I’m convinced that bejeweled lace black frock over Spring/Summer is a definite must have!
I’m the biggest advocate for wearing bright colours , but these bejewelled beauties and glittering hues may have just convinced me that black is back for SS14…but whose to say I won’t add a bright chunky necklace to bring even more life into the once boring black?
White may seem a bit scary for those of you who think this color is best kept for the warmer months, sure, its fresh and crisp and brightens up an outfit but what about during the AW months? White can actually be worn in a really cozy way, but if you’re still not convinced, read on for my top five ways to wear whites this winter!
White mixed with cool grey shades can be an underestimated color combo, but actually gives a very soft and feminine feel to a look! These colors are at their best when textures like soft cashmere and silks are mixed together- think a soft, white, cashmere sweater over the top of a knee length, cool grey, silk slip or even a gray vinyl skirt? Absolutely gorgeous, and great for work or play, too! You might even decide to incorporate grays into your look by adding a pair of grey ankle boots or a squashy clutch, as seen at Celine, to dress up the look even more!
It’s no secret that pastels are one of my favorite trends this season, adding a feminine, but playful, charm to any ensemble! It may be that you go simple when adding such colors (think a pair of ice blue cocktail earrings against a soft white sweater or silk blouse) or you may choose to go a bit bolder (how about a silk, mint green blouse against a silky soft, white pencil skirt?), but whatever way you decide to incorporate pastel shades it is safe to say that a little pop of color can go a long way in bringing an outfit to life!
The Metallic Edge
Well, mainly silver, but a little gold or even metallic burgundy shades can also work wonders! Personally I do think silver looks a little better than gold as it simulates that icy feeling we get during the colder months (and look a lot classier), but then adding a pointed, platformed gold shoe to a look can also be a great touch to a white dress! This way of wearing white is quite well suited to the more dressier of occasions, and what better way to start that by trying it out during the best party season of AW-Christmas!! One tip though, keep metallic touches to a minimum, because too much and it may begin to look a little tacky- try adding it through jewelry, clutch bags or shoes for a classier look!
Navy and white contrast against each other brilliantly and definitely add an element of class to any look. Navy is such a strong, bold color that it offsets well against the sharp, crisp edge of white. This is great for work attire (although this doesn’t mean it is not as versatile as the other color combo’s), try teaming a fitted white dress with a navy pea coat or a pair of smart white trousers with a silky navy shirt or sweater!
And, of course, we all know the classic black and white combo, so if you’re not bold enough to try the other looks then at least give this one a try! And this requires the most minimal effort, because you can grab a monochrome print in dresses, sweaters, pants, anything really!
So you have no excuses not to try white this season, in fact, you’ve probably already tried it out without even realizing, but don’t let this deter you from further experimentation!