More Trends for Spring/Summer 2008

For several months, I contributed to a lifestyle glossy in Cheshire called ‘Hale and Bowdon Magazine’. It was a challenge pulling different advice together for each publication, but I enjoyed passing on the tips. I’ve reproduced them here so those of you outside the circulation area (and that’s probably most of you!) can see what I was thinking about over the months.

If you want to keep up to date with the latest catwalk collections, you have to do your homework, but don’t worry if you don’t have the time to read all the latest style updates and reviews. Here are some of the latest fashion forecasts for spring and summer:

FLORALS
There are plenty of floral prints around this season, ranging from soft, delicate patterns, to bold prints bursting into bloom. Dresses, skirts, blouses, everything from vintage-look tea dresses with ruffles and bows, to more modern angular pieces.

SAFARI
A huge trend — belted jackets and dresses, cuffed shorts, rolled sleeves, not only in usual fabrics such as cottons and linens, but more lightweight chiffon and silks, colours are neutral khaki, sand, cream, with occasional splashes of browns and burnt orange.

STARS, STRIPES AND SPOTS
Let’s start with polka dots and stars — good old classical favourites this season and the bigger the better. Gone are the delicate, modest proportions of yesteryear, replaced instead by super sized versions giving a more modern, edgier look. Nautical stripes are also popular in the usual colours of red, white and navy. Look out for jackets, T shirts, skirts and dresses, along with bags and accessories.

GLOBAL INFUSION
A mixture of tribal and animal prints in black, browns and spicy shades, with native American embroidery, beading embellishments, and fringing. This is not a hippy look, as the decorative features give it a more stylish feel. There are dresses, bags, beads, bracelets and scarves, not to be worn all at once! With this trend remember— less is more.

THE ALL-IN-ONE
Be aware that the all-in-one look is set to make a comeback, so those of you who still have your 80’s boiler suit in the back of the wardrobe will be spot on for spring! Short and long-leg versions were seen in most of the collections, in a mixture of fabrics from cool cottons to luxurious silks, some with flowers, some with stripes, and – for the less adventurous — plain colours.

It’s interesting to look back and see the way styles have been evolving over that time – I’m going to put tips on here from time to time, particularly as the seasons change and the new items are about to arrive in the shops. After all – we’ve got to keep on trend!

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