Top Trends for 2017

Despite January being considered the least exciting month of the year, we LOVE it! New year, new trends!

We are starting to embrace the new styles early this year, with spring stock already making an appearance on our shop floor.

Trends which were big in 2016 are continuing to make an impact into 2017;

Candy Colours

Time to brighten up your wardrobe with bubblegum pinks, baby blues and peppermint reds. Not forgetting lemon drop yellow which has been seen all over the catwalk, as well as making a splash among celebrities such as Beyoncé and her iconic ‘Hold Up’ video.

Khaki

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Break away from black and grey this spring with this earthy colour. Despite it’s autumnal colour pallet, khaki can be colour blocked as well as used to accentuate peachy pinks and mustard yellows. Plus… the utilitarian shirt dress has come back with a bang this season!

Full Bloom Florals

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Florals are coming back brighter and bolder this season! A range of flower colouration, arrangement and the use of multi fabrics means there really is something for everyone.

 

 

The 80’s

The 80’s continues into 2017 with boxy shapes, shoulder pads and nipped in waists. The bright colours associated with the era fit perfectly with the up beat season of spring, the light at the end of the winter tunnel. And remember… embrace the super sassy and political slogans of the graphic tee.

Peek a Boo

Long gone are the days when a little cleavage was considered ‘risqué’, this season the more skin on show the better. From the cold shoulder to the sheer maxi skirt, from simple lace to statement fish net, flaunting what your mama gave you has never been so easy.

Stripes

Videlika_top_Videlika_skirt_HIGHWhether bold, discreet, mismatched or symmetrical stripes are here to stay. Spring 2017 sees the arrival of the ‘seaside’ stripe, think beach umbrellas and brightly coloured lounge chairs, nautical but with a sugary twist.

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Top Trends for 2016

Happy New Year! With a new year comes exciting new fashion trends! Here are the top ones to look out for!

Colours

There are five key palettes that have been predicted to be the top colours in your wardrobe for 2016!

Vibrant Mid Tones

Bubblegum pink plays an essentials part this year along with newer shades of coral becoming the new pink for this season with salmon undertones.

Jewel Tones

While navy progresses as a base colour, indigo is a strong alternative to mix things up. Along with grape purple as a featured new colour! Burgundy is also back for Spring after its massive success in recent seasons!

Neutrals

OWL_NeutralRoom-ColorsExpect base hues of Khaki, hazy taupe and olive with copper and rust playing influential roles.

 

 

 

Pastels

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Brights

Livening up the colours this season, the bright palette offering greens including spring and grass along with brightly saturated yellow.

 Top trends

Ruffles

Expect to see some ruffled lined garments if the catwalks are anything to go by. In many shapes and sizes but using them sparsely has the best effect, remember not to go overboard.

The Cold Shoulder

The col3b0fd43871edd85b4d72fd742ce6e2d5.jpgd shoulder is back again for 2016. If you have a chance to show them off, take it and follow in the fashionable footsteps of TV Presenter Laura Whitmore. Along with the cold shoulder trend there is also shoulder cut-outs and asymmetrical necklines, which are appealing to the more artistic minded and maybe not people that have the need for everything to be balanced.

 

 

Crumpled Fabric

Ironing can be a bit of a hassle (especially when you’re not that good) but even if you’re good, there are many other better things we can think of doing. This trend is the answer, pre-creased and crumpled clothing.

Raw Edgy Hems

Frayeraw edge.jpgd hems or those left raw without finishing off are now a top trend for the upcoming spring and summer of 2016. Random fringes and side cuts are appearing on denims and jackets.

 

 

 

Peekaboo Black Pieces

The black pieces are features in nearly every collection with sheer panelling; cut outs, lace aspects and spider web details, which reveal a bit more skin, making it playful and sexy and certainly less boring than our usual plain black pieces.

Long Sleeves with Sheer Layering

Long Sleeves don’t really come to mind when thinking of Spring/summer. However there are certain times and certain people that want to stay covered while keeping cool. Sheer undershirts are perfect for just that. Mesh fabrics and lace layers will heavily feature.

Boxy Jackets

Jackets are a massive spring thing! For this year you will see a lot of boxier silhouettes with cropped cuts and creating sophisticated figure.

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New Brand… Pieces

Pieces is a new brand we now stock and it is part of the best-seller group. Therefore with the success of Vero Moda, Only and Jack & Jones, we are sure to love everything about Pieces!

They offer a wide range of women’s accessories, bags, leggings, seasonal clothing, shoes, jewellery, scarves, belts and basic styles.

Some of our favourites from this season…

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We have a range of gorgeous plain capes in grey and navy at just £20 which are the perfect layering piece this Winter! With the trend at the most popular it’s every been, a cape is a must have this season!

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The scarves from Pieces are fabulous quality and we just want one in every colour. The plain eira wool scarf is perfect to keep you warm on those chilly days and to just add over a fussy outfit. The billi scarf has a slight rib detail to the scarf and this can work into a day outfit. Our fave is in chipmunk and looks great with matching tan boots!

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We stock the London leather jean belt which is practical yet stylish! It will hold up those jeans while not interfering with your outfit, if anything it can bring it all together. We love it teamed with a cropped knit and jeans!

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A girl can never ever have too many bags. Pieces has a wide selection of bags and you can choose among everything from cool backpacks to pretty clutches. Take your pick between many colours to support your cool outfit. A Favourite of ours are these cute small bucket bags.

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Wooly hats are going to be a must have this Winter, seeing as it’s going to be the coldest one yet! We are loving the pom pom! Pieces have got them bang on here with this Viola hat in grey and cream!

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Autumn/Winter Top Trends

With winter fast approaching your wardrobe is changing. What’s hot and what’s not this season? We have our favourite top trends for this winter!

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Ever since we watched Cara Delevingne strut her stuff down the autumn/winter 14 catwalk wearing that blanket we have all become a little obsessed with warm, comfortable and now fashionable. It’s what’s being called ‘Winter Wonderland Kimono’, if you loved the kimono during the Summer than this is the perfect follow on for the colder months, what’s not to love about this new blanket wearing trend? This trend first cropped up about 10 years ago and they were very high neck and heavily fringed,  but thank goodness for their stylish makeover which makes everyone want to wear them. The current poncho has more of a cape feel to it and it’s a quick and easy way to add to a outfit. Can be worn both casually and formally, don’t think about it too much and use it as a extra cover up creating a up to date look. This is certainly proving to be the cover up of choice this season. A favourite of ours is from Vero Moda with a winter tribal print!

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Chunky knits are a must every winter and this year is no different with designers providing tons of styles this season. Wear knits with extra bulk then balance with a slimmer silhouette on the bottom. Turtlenecks and Roll necks have popped up all over Fashion Week and aren’t we glad after hearing this is going to be one of our coldest winters! Glamorous have a simple yet perfect chunky knit that will keep you going throughout the season!

Sparkle/Metallic

Us girls all love a bit of sparkle and this year Sparkle isn’t just for Christmas, we can get away with wearing it all season! Whether it’s a glittery panel on knitted jumpers, sparkle detail on tops or metallic dresses, everyone needs some in their winter wardrobe! A favourite of ours is a thin knit with a glittery back from Saint Tropez, wear in the day with jeans or team with a skirt or black skinnies and heels for a night out!

Offset_Triangle_Pendant_web2-300x300Asymmetrical/Geometric Jewellery

Minimal effort, maximum impact! The chicest way to accessorize this season. If you are a neat freak, you’ll probably want to look away now, because I can promise you none of the jewellery will match or be equal. Asymmetric/Geometric jewellery is big news right now and I for one am hooked. The designs are more exciting, provoking and fun, great for the winter are they add some interest to a simple winter knit!

Leggings

When leggings came back the most recent time, there was a lot of confusion about how we were supposed to wear them. Do you have to cover your bum, how bright and patterned can you go, what shoes are appropriate? Well this year they are making a comeback and this year’s approach is pretty much anything goes (which makes getting dressed way easier.) Leather leggings are a staple these days, but if you’re not a black leather sort of girl then go for a more suede legging which is lovely as well as being one of this year’s biggest trends! Or go for a more adventurous with a bold patterned legging! JDY have a range of funky patterns such as traditional leopard and quirky tartan! This look can easily be achieved with your yoga leggings teamed with high-tops and a long cardigan for a weekend look that’s as cool as it is comfortable!

15112302_Fudge_500592_001_ProductLargeFlannel Shirts

Flannels are the epitome of casual yet cute fall attire, they are an easy to throw on comfortable shirt that will also make sure you are look on point. To go for the lumberjack feel team some skinny or boyfriend jeans and some chunky boots; or pair with skinnies and knee high boots for some girly flare.

22001912_ForestNight_001_ProductLargeAlso not forgetting the men, flannel shirts are also huge for them too! So versatile you can wear day or night and still look just as great! A wide range of these coming in from Only and Sons and Jack and Jones!

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Perfect Pre-Fall Looks

As the leaves start to fall and the breeze becomes that little bit crisper, you start to wonder what to wear in the awkward transition between light weight summer outfits and cosy cable knits. So how do you dress in this pre-fall period? There are easy tweaks that you can make to your summer outfits that mean you can dress both seasonally and stylishly!

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Your favourite floral dress doesn’t have to be stored away for the winter months just yet! Why not couple with a light denim jacket and pair of ankle boots to make an effortless transition? Even add a pair of opaque black tights if the weather decides to become chilly. For a more effortless look throw on a lightweight knit over the top of a cute summer dress, so you can feel comfortable while looking great! Remodel your maxis, add a long knitted cardigan to a summer maxi dress or skirt and watch your outfit transform.

Versatile Blouses

A pretty blouse is going to be the piece for AW15 and they can easily be worn in the heat of summer by pairing with denim shorts, however it can be just as easily worn in the early autumn months. Simply swap the shorts with a pair of dark skinnies and add a statement necklace for a different look that fits in perfectly with the tricky pre-fall season. Or for a more feminine look team with a pleated skirt, tights and a pair of knee-high boots.

3_limitless-layeringLayering

Simply layering your outfits can mean you can stretch your summer wardrobe throughout autumn. For example add a black leather jacket and black tights to a white flowing playsuit to add a bit of edge to what you previously wore as a dainty beach outfit in the warm months. A must have layering item for this year is a poncho, this can be worn whatever the weather! Vero Moda vest tops are perfect for wearing on their own in the sunshine, or for layering underneath a lightweight knit. But remember to stick to only three layers, to avoid drowning in too many clothes!

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A huge upcoming trend for 2015 is big textured coats; these can be worn all year round. Thanks to our temperamental weather it can be added to our summer outfits on those breezy summer evenings for a bold statement. For the colder days add tights and knee-high boots for a show stopping look!

Striking Knits

Going forward, striking out there knits are going to be huge! This may include the pattern or some interesting detail, one of our fave’s is a cut out shoulder detail. These are perfect for now worn with little denim shorts and think tread sandals and then for the winter layer up and pair with equally chunky soled boots! Only and Vero Moda are always giving us a range of affordable gorgeous knits!

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Use accessories to turn your warm-weather basics into outfits fit for the cold. Scarves in brown, camel and mustard can instantly convert your summer pieces to more fall appropriate combinations. For example casually loop a camel coloured scarf around your neck with a light dress, and match with a camel coloured handbag to complete the look. In contrary with these neutral accessorises, wear your bright and bold summer bags to spice up an all-black autumn attire.

 

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Are you beach ready!?

Summer time is here and so is swimsuit season! From waist-whittling one piece to fringe bikinis to add some oomph there are so many out there that it seems the only beach cover-up you’ll need this season is sunscreen! But what is the best style for you! Here are out top tips for what bikini suits your body shape.

If you are athletic or lanky…

  • 15100201_CloudDancer_455714_001_MainTrade athletic style swimsuit to something with ruffles to create curves and a fake hour glass figure
  • A front tie is a great detail
  • Anything red says sexy
  • Forget the bandeau shape and go for something that’s bust enhancing
  • Ruffles and bows will do the trick
  • Gathering screams feminine
  • Animal print gives you some va va voom

Bigger on bottom or apple shaped…

  • Forget the bikini boy shorts that cut the thighs off in the wrong place and go for high cut bottoms
  • A tankini is great as it lengthens you
  • String styles so plenty of thigh is on show
  • A deep vee will enhance and bring all the attention to your upper body
  • Banded bikini creates support – thick edging and straps

Short Torso…

  • 10127351_Liberty_451816_002_MainFor a longer more elegant look on top toss the boring tank and try chic details
  • Punchy hues bring attention to your neckline
  • A ‘X’ pattern slenders and lengthens
  • High cut bikini will show off your long legs

Long torso…

  • Prints and cut outs are your friend
  • Horizontal stripes break up a long line

If you have a little pouch…

  • 0505-sexiest-swimsuit-for-your-shape-11_liA ruffled waistband and can be adjusted to sit higher
  • Chevron stripes slims you
  • A ‘X’ pattern slenders and lengthens
  • Retro cut works – high waited bottoms and bandeau top

Accessorising your look can break or make your beach look so make sure you don’t just have the perfect bikini! Complete your outfit with the summer essentials; sun hat, beach bag, flip-flops, cover ups and sunnies!

Ensure your feet are looking the part with a pair of funky flip flops! iPanema’s provide a range of fabulous flip-flops that are still provide comfort for those beach walks! A favourite of ours are these purple with glitter details on the strap, as seen on the gorgeous Radio 1’s Sarah Jane Crawford!

15099607_Cognac_001_MainA beach bag is a must have over the summer months as you need somewhere to carry all of your seaside essentials including your books, kindle, mags, sun cream, water, sunnies and a towel! As good as the lightweight floppy tote bags are this year is all about the more fabulous and durable bags! This anchor detail bag from Only is great and even has a matching zip bag! Tassels are all the rage this year and gives a great bohemian look, this tan tassel bag will ensure you look stylish!

getimageCover ups are now everywhere and are a must have when planning your summer looks! Cover ups can vary from a pop on top, maxi dress, kimono and simple dresses! We love a kimono as they still show your gorgeous bikini while still giving you that extra cover and if it has tassels even better! Only also do a range of bright pop on dresses for just £9 which are perfect to throw on by the beach or pool. Another favourite is this number from Saint Tropez great to put on when going to grab some lunch.

Sun hats are great protection from the sun and can improve you summer look! Here are the 5 top hats for summer 2015!

Floppy – A gorgeous statement making hat with its large brim giving you style and extra sun protection!

Feminine Fedora – A tightly woven straw topper that looks great with everything from jeans to maxi dresses!

Borrowed from the boys – A distressed slouchy hat that the more it’s worn the better it will look! A perfect hat for your holidays as you can just toss it into your suitcase!

Western Vibe – If denim shorts and t-shirts are your style then this is the hat for you! Laid back yet totally sexy.

Pop of Neon – Neon is once again a colour of the season so why not sneak it into your wardrobe on a statement hat!

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Also don’t forget to protect your eyes with style and bag yourself a statement pair of sunglasses! Favourites for this year are the traditional aviators, statement black wayfarers and funky cat eyes!

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All we need now is for the sun to stay!

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Summer Wedding and Party Looks!

Are you going to be a wedding guest or party goer this Summer and have already started to think about the clothing nightmare it brings time and time again. Is it too much to ask to find a stylish dress that suits your figure, you feel comfortable to wear all day and gets you a few compliments that doesn’t break the bank?

We can take the stress away whether you are looking for a one-off show stopper or an old faithful that can be worn in multiple ways throughout the Spring Summer party season, no matter the venue of the event there is something suitable for any occasion.

039819-0462_62415-5ld8r-v34v6For Beach side Vows

Fortunate enough to be going off somewhere warm or to our gorgeous beach side areas, embrace the sandy venue in a coloured maxi dress (we have a massive range in a variety of colours from an amazing £12). Team with beach friendly accessories such as flat sandals as no one needs to be sinking into the sand – if you don’t feel dressy enough take a big enough bag to slip them in and change when appropriate. Also why not go all out on the beach look and pull off a straw hat and sunnies!

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Instead of the predictable dress why not go for a printed jumpsuit offering a more bohemian approach to wedding/party attire, ensuring comfort and style! Jumpsuits still being a massive ongoing trend that suit so many people’s figures it’s just about getting the right style for you. Don’t forget to pick up a simple pashmina (available in a range of colours) to drape over your shoulders in case of a chill when hanging around outside.

d315_blue_floral_-_front_modelRomantic, Candlelit Receptions

Everything is coming up roses for the happy couple; show your support of the union in a dress that’s equally romantic in a gorgeous flowery print which is all the rage this season. Teamed with accessories in pale hues making the perfect love match. This gorgeous Closet dress with white top half and pale blue flower print bottom half creating an elegant skirt/top combo.

Closet Meltalic DressFor Sparkly Parties

Pair a fancy party wear a dress with some metallic element. It’s a trend that is coming up everyone and instantly makes your look dressier and gives you that little sparkle! Team with some simple heels and drop earrings, creating a knock ‘em dead look! A favourite of ours for this look is this Closet dress with unique metallic jacquard print.

IMG_6298Perfect Accessorising

Since the weather is hardly ever predictable be sure to grab yourself a smart jacket for some warmth. We love the long tailored jackets this year and are the perfect cover up. These Only pale pink and mint jackets are fab for this summer.

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Pairing any outfit with a clutch bag will simply improve the look. We have a range of standard envelope clutches in a variety of colours. As well as some gorgeous patent ones, that will pack a punch this Summer.

11025740_839965712716863_7265361503014946438_nWe also love a bigger clutch bag especially as we can often be the person that takes more than they need – lippy, camera, phone and spare shoes (for those who can’t handle heels all day). We have a rectangle clutch that has an extendable strap that will do just this.

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