Summer Trends - Part 2

24th June 2011

Here’s my second instalment of the trends that are set to be huge in the next few months. Remember you don’t have to do them all at once; updating your wardrobe with one or two pieces that you can wear with everything is perfect!

Simon Glazin

Below-the-knee Hemlines

Kasbah • linen dress • £89.95 available from Box 2, Kings Langley

Once considered a frumpy, unflattering length adopted by a royal or two, the below-the-knee hem is now the cut to go for. Do as Dolce and Gabbana did with a chic lace white summer dress, or like a lot of the designers, stick to a skirt of calf length in either a pencil shape or a more floaty, maxi style. Victoria Beckham is a fan of the below-the-knee skirt, teaming hers with the highest of heels and a clutch bag, but if you’re stuck for ideas, why not team a loose jersey dress with brogues for a quirky twist, or ankle boots with a pleated chiffon skirt to stay on trend.

Summer Tailoring

pic: NASA/Bill Ingalls

My mother recently found in the back of her wardrobe an old white linen Armani trouser suit that she bought years ago. I told her that now is most definitely the time to pull it on once again. Choosing a plain linen or cotton black or navy blazer is a really easy way to smarten up any summer outfit, be it jeans or even a skirt.

Go all out with either a trouser or skirt suit for a
gorgeous formal look – Stella McCartney’s blush-tone trouser and jacket combo were the ultimate tailored pieces on the spring/summer catwalks. The Queen sets a good example too, strangely enough, with light, pastel tones to her smart suits.

Dress by Red Herring • £40 • available at Debenhams

Stripe It

If ever there was a quick, easy and fashionable way to contour your figure, it’s with a stripe…

Horizontal stripes accentuate your curves (try a chunky style for extra impact) and a vertical stripe lengthens and slims the body – very useful!

Jil Sander’s summer collection for 2011 was a fantastical stripe extravaganza, with horizontal and vertical together, while Prada and Marc Jacobs also showed us how to do stripes for the sun… keep them colourful.

Don’t panic though, because the high street is full of fun, affordable pieces to update your wardrobe with, like this great multi-way striped dress.

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