Posted by Jamie Nicholson on Mon 28th April 2014 at 08:00 AM, Filed in Trends
There has been a flounder of ‘it’ prints lately, from stripes to arty abstracts, but now that the sun is shining we should turn our gaze to the next gathering which is causing a style frenzy. It’s clash of the prints this season as tropical paradise takes on retro paisley. But which one will reign supreme in your wardrobe this summer?
Women’s love for retro garments is apparent this season as the overlooked paisley print has been thrown into the fashion spotlight, being reinterpreted in contemporary ways and moving away from its hippie roots. The distinctive intricate pattern of curved feather-shaped figures, based on an Indian pine-cone design, is featured in hot explosive colours and adorns modern shapes and cuts for cool on-trend dressing. Meet the rising stars of retro style!
Innra Paisley Print Shift Dress, £24.99 from Missguided.co.uk
Eshani Skater Dress in Paisley Print, £14.99 from Missguided.co.uk
Paisley Print Silk Blouse, £180.00 from Jaeger
Festival season always brings a horde of the usual trends, so it’s refreshingly exciting when a cool new style hits the scene and this year it comes in the form of an unexpected beauty accessory. Get decorative with the new SS14 festival inspired ready-to-wear, easy-to-apply makeup designs from Face Lace that will unleash your inner wild child!
These unique beauty creations, alongside bejewelled bindis that Kendall Jenner was seen rocking at Coachella, are the next step in festival accessory evolution. The challenge of applying a full face of makeup in the midst of music gatherings will be a thing of the past! Inspired by nature and invoking the spirit of Woodstock, this chic range from Face Lace has been created in hues representing the shades of the sea, sky and rainbows for beautiful colourful combinations letting your eyes sparkle and dazzle.
Perfect for an adventurous beauty addict, the angelic intricate designs simply peel off, stick on and are ready to show off – it’s really that easy! Keep the rest of your makeup minimal to let your decorated eyes do all the talking and achieve beautiful makeup in just a few minutes so you don’t miss out on all the festival fun this summer.
Festival Face Lace, £9.95 Each
Available from Face-Lace.com and individual boutiques
Photography courtesy of Matthew Shave
For you lucky ladies who have already booked your summer getaways the task of securing a host of gorgeous sexy swimwear is most likely top of your holiday list. Exposing so much of ourselves can sometimes be a bit daunting and surface insecurities so don’t feel pressured to reach for an itsy-bitsy string style; this season it’s all about retro bikinis and one-pieces!
Red Herring Aztec Tropical Bustier Top & High Waist Bottoms, £32.00 from Debenhams
In the past you might have steered clear of statement kitsch prints and bright colours, but you can’t deny their enticing appeal, especially when they’re adorning classic shapes which are storming the high street and high-end stores right now. Inspired by the 1950s, pin-up chic has been injected into swimwear so you won’t be lost for ideas come summer time.
Contrast Spot Scallop Swimsuit, £36.00 from Topshop
Festival season has well and truly started with Californian-based music and arts extravaganza Coachella kicking things off. The star-studded event always attracts a plethora of a-listers who treat us to a magnitude of creative looks, covering a vast amount of the style spectrum, giving UK festival-goers plenty of inspirational fashion for the endless music spectacles ahead.
Image Courtesy of Paul Matthew Photography
Coachella is probably the most glam-infused festival and, unlike Britain, wellies can be comfortably left in wardrobes as in the Californian heat it’s all about tiny shorts, crop tops, flowered accessories and plenty of fringing. Celebrity Instagrams have been going crazy as the likes of Rita Ora, Selena Gomez, Alessandra Ambrosio and the Jenner sisters gave us a fashionable glimpse into the sun-soaked music event and the trends they’re rocking.
Flower power seems to be back as Poppy Delevingne was seen sporting a cute bloom-tastic headband which she contrasted beautifully with a grungy fringed jacket and a retro high waisted bikini, effortlessly combining three trends in one amazing look. Kendall and Kylie Jenner went over to the dark side, showcasing gothic attire which can be easily achieved with black lace, heavy jewellery and a studded bum bag.
There’s no denying the practicality of a trusty t-shirt dress, especially come spring time. The garment’s understated off-duty coolness makes it a wardrobe staple and is a blank fashion canvas just waiting for your creative touch.
The first step to achieving laidback dressing is finding the right t-shirt dress like Miss Selfridge’s gorgeous cocoon frock. The pretty coral is the perfect spring hue and the lovely subtle textured detailing exudes a dash of luxury which makes it stand out above the rest. By wearing this garment with different clothing and accessories, you’ll be able to transform the dress for various occasions making it ideal for a capsule wardrobe. Struggling to put together outfits will become a thing of the past!
As there is still a slight chill in the air and you’re not up for baring your legs just yet, wearing the cocoon dress with skinny jeans in another fresh colour, such as yellow, will make for a casual comfortable day option. Throw on a denim jacket and pretty silk scarf to finish off the ensemble as well as a pair of bejewelled sandals for that delicate touch of glamour.
Textured Cocoon Dress, £25.00 from Miss Selfridge
Susie Skinny Jean, £79.00 from Hobbs
Deena Denim Jacket, £49.00 from Monsoon
Cherry Blossom Silk Digital Square Scarf, £25.00 from Accessorize
Ultimate Sandals, £99.95 from Moda in Pelle