Bright colours, florals, tribal prints, sports luxe; as soon as the sun comes out you can be sure these summer staples will be hitting the high street rails. But do you know how to update these sunshiney looks for 2014? Follow our guide to this year’s need-to-know trends to find out how the fashion pack are bringing these summer favourite bang up to date.
Back to School
Sporty looks are always in for summer, probably because they’re super comfortable to wear on hot days. This season however, modern and sleek is out and old school retro is in. Instead of luxury tracksuits and brightly-coloured trainers, opt for cute plimsolls and gym shorts that’ll make you look like you just stepped out of a 1970s sports lesson. Good news for those savvy enough to hang on to their old sports kits!
An Embellished Tale
Whatever your style, embellishment is where it’s at this year. Big fan of the global traveller look? Get up-to-date with this trend by picking tribal prints adorned with eye-catching embellishments such as beading, fringing or even feathers if you’re feeling really wild. If you’re more of a pretty petal who loves your florals, opt for pieces with applique flowers or a little added sparkle.
Want to go all out on this trend? Take inspiration from The Great Gatsby and opt for head-to-toe glitz and glamour in fully embellished twenties-style flapper dresses.
Make a Statement
Even the most fashion-conscious designers have realistic expectations for the Great British Summer so statement coats were all over the S/S ‘14 catwalks last year. If you’re going for the sporty look, play with zips and luxe textures for casual glamour while classy ladies will be delighted to hear that the classic mac is having a revival. Top Tip: wear your statement coat oversized and hanging off your shoulders for that off-duty supermodel look.
It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing
If in doubt this season, the swinging sixties are your number one source for inspiration. Pretty pastels look great on everyone and can be incorporated into all of this season’s trends; pastel florals and pastel statement coats will ensure summery elegance while flirty pastel racerback crop tops are a cute sixties take on the school sports day trend. And when it comes to patterns, the rules really are black and white, as monochrome outfits make a huge comeback this year. Geometric designs and bold patterns are the way to go with this trend, perfect for releasing your inner Twiggy.