The sun is shining, it’s getting warmer and daffodils and crocuses are pinging up. Everything is looking fresh and bright and boy oh boy so are the clothes in the shops!
A riot of colour and prints and pastels and bags and shoes -everything is shouting lets be cheerful and gay!
So here are Gay’s style picks to guide you through S/S of 2012
Floral prints are so feminine and are on dresses, skirts and tops, even trousers! I’d choose this dress from Wallis as the pattern is to one side so not so overwhelming and add wedge shoes and a plain coloured envelope bag.
Prints are all animals – from birds to cats, tigers to zebra’s and all kinds of sea life. And they are on every item from tops to trousers and shirts to socks. Such fun yet so scary for many of us; what on earth would we wear them with? I’d go toned down and neutral with non print items to re dress the balance! Go on be brave p-p-p-pick up a print!
A flare for peplums – Springs best silhouette story.
Do you remember these? Well peplums are on just about everything; jackets, skirts, top and the good new is that they are brilliant for curvy shapes.
When wearing keep other items streamlined so emphasis is on the waist.
I would choose this navy jacket from Hobbs as it will go well with everything, I’ll use in the autumn too & it’s endlessly flattering.
Wear with skinny or flared jeans, pencil skirt and heels. NB. Kate Middleton has already been spotted wearing peplum jacket and matching skirt – prefect princess.
Do a decorative day
Fabrics are brocade, broderie anglaise and satin.
Theses fabrics are great for adding texture to a garment yet in a plain colour, if you don’t fancy the prints and patterns.
Fabulous for straight body lines and those who prefer a streamline look.
I would choose this green brocade top from Red Herring in Debenhams and team with the ‘vintage American’ trend of coloured chinos then layer with a loose longer line jacket.
Colour Blocking is another trend so try mixing different colours together- this also means you can use more of your wardrobe too!
For petite ladies then it’s best to keep those mixes tonal as this will give the illusion of height.
So here’s how to wear them for different body shapes.
Curvy girls wear your skinnies with Ugg style boots & a tunic top.
Petite girls wear with heels, a patterned T shirt & crop cardy.
Tall girls wear patterned ones with a white T & smart jacket.
best Coloured skinnies from Top shop, River Island, Red Herring, H&M.
Tribal is a brave style choice for spring with batik prints and fabulous patterns everywhere – not for the faint hearted.
I would pick jewellery to cover this trend – chunky ethnic pieces necklaces and bangles which I have, and so may you from last year!
Decorative mules Check you don’t have any hidden away from a few decades ago! Only wear from bar to car or car to bar as not so easy to walk in but oh so sexy, I’m thinking, pencil skirt, peplum jacket, satin sleek blouse and a cocktail in hand, sitting on bar stool legs crossed shoe swinging seductively on end of toes…
It’s all about collecting key pieces that suit you, your colouring, bodyline, scale and proportions then you can add key up to date accessories that will look on trend yet, age appropriate and not as expensive as a complete new outfit.
We are calling this ethical fashion, buying quality rather than quantity and thinking about where the clothes are made. The days of the throwaway items are numbered, what with the recession and ethically for the ‘slaves’ that are making designer copies round the clock to fulfil our need for a change of style every few months.
I prefer to be clever and mix and match what I already have and ‘create’ looks on a minimal budget which also makes me original too.
Have a fun filled and happy springtime.