It would be very nice indeed if every season everyone could go out and buy a whole new wardrobe based on what’s in style at that point. Unfortunately this would mean a shopping trip of epic proportions once every few months, something that most cannot afford or find time for. There will be items in your wardrobe that you love and never want to part with, and there’ll be new trends that you don’t like. The trick is to mix and match some classic pieces with your pick of the season’s looks to create something unique to you. Here are the “have to haves” of the 2014 spring and summer catwalks:
The top designers were all about sheer fabrics on the catwalk for this season. Used for everything, from dresses, to skirts and blouses, the general consensus about how much skin is on show seems to be “more is more”. If you’re a little shy about baring flesh, then you can easily cover up a little by layering sheer items with opaque ones. Wear a strapped top under a see through shirt, or a cropped cardy over the top on a cooler day.
Shirts have been increasingly oversized over the past few years, so it should really come as no surprise that shirtdresses are now the new collared item to hit the catwalks. These are brilliantly versatile as they can be dressed up for work with smart accessories, or dressed right down and used as a simple light cover-up over a bikini on the beach.
The main shoe gracing the catwalk for the coming season is a basic sandal with only one or two straps crossing your foot. These are usually in one colour and can be worn with or without platforms. If you fancy something comfy but with a platform effect, then Fitflop have a variation of this sandal on their website, which is both comfy and bang on trend with any spring or summer outfit.
Bomber jackets are back, and they are a little light relief from the very long parka coats of previous seasons. Either worn to the belt line or cropped at the waist these look awesome with a pair of skinnies and trainers or boots. You can find bombers in loads of different colours so you can pick between a really loud design or something neutral and subdued, depending on your taste.
Whether you wear the above all at once (probably not advisable), or team a new item with an old favourite, you’re bound to look the part in one of these statement pieces. Even if you don’t like a whole trend, there are usually some bits you’ll love and that are very wearable as a long-term addition to your SS 2014 wardrobe.