Spring is on its way and immediately our thoughts stray to pastels. Those adorable mints and lavenders mixed with the daffodils and snowdrops of a fresh spring morning bring hope to the shivering walks home. Alas, this season, runway fashion has cast the pastels aside, but fear not, those forget-me-not colours of the new season are timeless. Nevertheless, if remaining on trend is your calling then, in the words of Shakespeare, lay on Macduff!
This season’s runway flaunted an array of evening dresses with panels cut out. This style is not for the fashion faint hearted; the LBD has now took on a whole new meaning, so style it up and pick a dress that has a couple of sections cut out. If this is too forward for those hesitant to bare all then have no fear, opt instead for sheer panelling. A dainty and elegant alternative to the bold peekaboo style, here we see sheer light cream and pink outfits with long sections of panelling twinned with quaint detailing. A very chic substitute.
Surprisingly 2013 retains the leather trend tweaking it to fit the new season. Instead of statement leather almost hitting Fifty Shades of Grey heights, runways are showing a girly feel with soft leather in a variety of styles. So ditch the wintery bondage and opt instead for a more feminine approach with a leather dress including patterned cut outs or a leather t-shirt.
A trend that never fades is that of black and white, as sported by recent Calvin Klein models, who not only owned the monotone trend but demonstrated peekaboo and sheer panelled dresses. From designer to high street, this is an accessible-to-all style; River Island have taken the bull by the horns and added monotone to their wardrobe variety, including striped options. Check out this midi dress (above, right) for only £35.
Low Heels and Flats
“Low heels as the next hottest thing?!” I hear you cheer? Yes. This season it is all about low pointed heels of every colour of the rainbow and dainty flat shoes. For the daring among us, strive for low pointed heels with beaded detailing or a statement pattern, with straps around the ankles gaining extra sexy fashion points. So, girly up or grunge down with any style that takes your fancy.
The prospect of bringing the runway to your own street style is one that taxes the brains of many a penniless student, but don’t stress those fashion brains of yours and keep it simple. Remember: picking up one piece from this season and adjusting it to your own clothes is a completely viable option. Take a look at the spring/summer trends and choose key pieces as opposed to going all out on a fabulous (yet completely un-wearable) garment that you’ll wear once only to disappear to the depths of your wardrobe. It’s not about quantity, it’s about quality – and don’t forget to have fun. Happy shopping!
Photographer: Chloe Hashemi, Stylist: Ella Sharp, Model: Holly Wade