Denim is a big part of women’s fashion attire these days so why not update your wardrobe with a few of these trusty staples for spring. There are styles, shapes and various colours to suit everyone it’s just a matter of choosing which direction you want to take your look in.
Denim Shirt Dress, £30.00 from Next
Whether you’re after a clean and polished, sports luxe, or grunge ensemble the high street has your back offering an amazing dose of delightful denim items to rock this spring and into summer. The host of cotton twill fabric creations will enlighten your style senses! Denim has come a long way over the last few seasons with designers eager to push this trend to its limit, interpreting the fabric in new, exciting and intriguing ways.
Moto Mix Floral Western Jacket, £55.00 from Topshop
I pretty much live in my skinny jeans – they’re my most practical garment in my wardrobe and never fail to let me down – but boyfriend cut jeans are all the rage at the moment offering a more relaxed feel and are a favourite amongst celebs and fashion-goers.
Brady Boyfriend Jeans, £40.00 from ASOS.com
Love is once again in the air as Valentine’s Day approaches so with the abundance of scrumptious chocolates and beautiful bouquets of flowers arriving in stores it’s only natural for all you romantics out there to give your outfits a heartfelt spin too.
This holiday isn’t just about couples spoiling each another with expensive gifts and dinner by candlelight. It is also a perfect opportunity for women who love all things girly to take their style up a notch and inject a real feminine flare into chosen outfits for the special occasion. Pink and red are the main colours associated with Valentine’s Day and are ideal for setting that romantic tone whether you’re spending the evening with your partner or friends. Either way it’s a great excuse to dress up!
Layla Lace Sleeved Embellished Dress, £119.00 from Monsoon
Use these pretty shades to create the ultimate wow factor then keep an eye out for stunning embellishment if you’re after a bit of glam this February. There is also a lot of lace floating about the shops lately which effortlessly transforms a classic garment such as the light throw on coat from Topshop. This stunning nude cover-up features a lace overlay and all over PU floral detailing making it a must for Valentines thanks to its romance theme.
Lace Overlay Coat, £135.00 from Topshop
Alternatively, cute prints take feminine dressing in a more playful direction like the Heart Print Dress from Very.co.uk which would look adorable worn with frilly ankle socks and platform heels plus there are plenty of kitsch accessories to keep things light-hearted and fun. The ‘Owl You Need is Love’ purse is so sweet and will make for a lovely addition to your Valentine’s Day wardrobe. Getting in touch with your soft side has never been so fashionable.
Kimberley Heart Print Dress, £39.00 from Very.co.uk
Phillipa Phone Case Wallet, £15.00 from Accessorize
Owl You Need is Love Zip Top Purse, £7.00 from Accessorize
We’ve all been there; an outfit has been carefully thought out, hair and makeup is styled to perfection, yet one step outside and all the hard work is ruined in a matter of seconds thanks to the continuing downpours and gusts of wind. It’s times like these when a raincoat is a definite must-have!
Tackle those pesky spring showers and protect your clothing and finished beauty regime with a stylishly practical cover-up from Cornwall based brand Seasalt. With 32 years of unpredictable Cornish weather under their belt it’s safe to say they’re weather experts! There is a lovely collection of on-trend coats and jackets available which are waterproof, windproof and breathable making them key investments for the rest of the season and year.
Seasalt have even developed their own special oilskin Tin Cloth which has been combined with organic cotton linings making the pieces comfortable too. The rainwear comes in fun bright colours as well as a pretty pale floral design to add a bit of joy to dull days. This keeps the items interesting so if you think of waterproof attire as samey and non-fashionable then your mind will be swiftly changed once you visit Seasalt’s online store.
Styles include the Seafolly Jacket which was inspired by a traditional fisherman’s mac and given a nautical twist with its soft stripey lining, the Original Raincoat which is Seasalt’s take on a classic mac and the Seaside Mac that has a flattering fit and comes in cheerful unique prints. They are all perfect for unexpected patches of rain.
The brand also specialises in other rainy day wear including wellies and a variety of practical accessories that will keep you warm and dry. You’ll no longer dread braving the typical British weather but will instead be eager to take your new rainwear for a test run!
Seafolly Jacket, £70.00
Original Raincoat, £120.00
Seaside Mac, £115.00
It’s looking like a fun and colourful season ahead as the latest must-have print to rock has taken some eccentric inspiration from the art world. Clothing and accessories have been injected with a paintbox theme, boasting rainbow worthy and bold brushstroke designs. You’ll feel like you’ve put together an incredibly chic wearable canvas!
Don’t let the underlying theme of this trend put you off from creating your own fancy art look as dressing head-to-toe in the style isn’t the only way to get a colour fix for spring. Invest in one key garment such as a shirt or bag and let them be the focus of your paintbox inspired ensemble. This is an ideal opportunity to experiment with bright hues if you tend to normally stick to muted or neutral shades. Plus what better way to celebrate the sunny blue sky days we’ve been treated to lately.
If you’re unsure of where to start for this fun trend then take note from designers such as Celine and Chanel whose use of colour and kitsch prints inspired the high street to follow suit. You’ll love the array of arty infused pieces which, lucky for our bank accounts, are exceptionally affordable so there will be no long term damage to updating your wardrobe with one of spring’s must-rock designs.
You could also be creative and have a more hands-on approach at producing your own paintbox worthy attire. Just choose your garment and let yourself loose with the fabric paints – a fashionable hobby which could catch on! Alternatively, just hit the likes of favourite shopping destinations such as Topshop, ASOS.com, French Connection and Missguided.co.uk for items that have already been injected with perfect art-tastic prints!
Paint Animal Shirt, £35.00 from Topshop
Zenaida Graphic Print Boyfriend Shirt, £22.99 from Missguided.co.uk
Clutch Bag in Blurred Lines Print, £25.00 from ASOS.com
If you’re feeling like you need a bit of a health kick after the festive holiday then what better way to get some motivation than by starting the New Year with some sporty inspired fashion. Over the last few seasons, a handful of designers have looked to injecting a fitness vibe into their collections which is a lot more accessible for day-to-day wear. It’s time to hit the gym ladies, metaphorically speaking, with SS14’s hot sport styles!
Don’t think of this trend as dressing in full blown workout gear, but look to incorporating certain elements, designs and fabrics into ensembles for that sporty inspired fashion you want to achieve. You don’t want to look like you’re heading to the gym – think catwalk creative! The use of metallic, PVC and hologram effects gives pieces a luxury feel and will work surprisingly well when worn with bright or pastel shades. This idea of fusing texture into outfits will transform a seemingly simple look into one that will extend your wardrobe.
Ekata Hologram A-Line Skirt, £24.99 from MissGuided.co.uk
Lightweight Shorts, £14.99 from H&M
Noelle Chicago Print Oversized Tee, £12.99 from MissGuided.co.uk
Last spring/summer was all about the crop top and these midriff baring wonders are back once again to pair with high waisted skirts and trousers - a serious gym motivator! On dresses, detailing such as cutouts, panelling and mesh are perfect for subtle sporty style whilst a chic parker is the cover-up of choice. Layering can give looks depth and create interesting silhouettes too whether you want to take the trend in a smart or more eccentric direction.
Sportmax Code Floral Dress, £170.00 from House of Fraser
Dress, £50.00 from River Island
Asymmetric Parka, £139.00 from Mint Velvet
Swap a tote for a backpack, a hot bag choice for next season, for a 90s high fashion spin. There are plenty out there that have had a makeover too for an added wow factor! For a sportier option, a bumbag is ideal for women on the go so give this overlooked accessory a chance in the spotlight next season. When it comes to footwear, don’t think that trainers are your only choice as metallic designs and perplex heels will give sporty inspired fashion an elegant edge. Ready, set – go!
Snake Zip Front Backpack, £36.00 from Topshop
Jail Break Holo, £60.00 from Office