Trends for Spring and 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.

Here are just a few more catwalk trends for the new season before we turn our minds to accessories…

ART ATTACK
Daywear and eveningwear splashed with bright, bold abstract designs were a feature in some collections a sort of fashion meets art. However, some designers chose not to make too much of a colour statement and opted for a softer more muted colour wash with pale pastels.

SHEER DELIGHT
Organzas and chiffons look set to keep us stylish and cool over the summer, and layers of pale transparent fabrics over bright citrus colours bring these classic sheer fabrics right up to date.

OTHER LOOKS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Asymmetrical pieces, dip-dyed fabrics and pale denim.
Now is the time to start thinking about accessories. Accessorising becomes more important in the spring and summer months. We no longer have to keep covered beneath big winter coats; instead, as there is more of us on show, we can customise our outfits and our efforts will be seen.

Scarves, jewellery, belts, bags, shoes and sunglasses can all be used with great effect, and the choices for the new season are anything but boring!
Handbags of all shapes and sizes are in the shops: large statement clutch bags, bags with chain handles, slouchy bags, patent bags, patchwork bags – all in every colour imaginable.

Make a statement with oversized sunglasses, unusual belts, big bangles, necklaces and scarves. But, the true star of the accessory world this season is the shoe. If you want to get ahead, don’t buy a hat — buy a fabulous pair of shoes, or two or three!

They are available in all colours and every imaginable fabric and style – open-toed, sling-backs, wedges, flats, architectural heels, gladiator style, espadrilles, sandals, even shoes without heels!

As my friends will testify, I am a handbag girl myself, and young British shoe designer Jonathon Kelsey was recently quoted as saying: “I think designers and customers are ready for something exciting and interesting . And anyway, a handbag is never going to make you look taller or thinner!”

Hmmm, I might be converted!

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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