High summer’s key trends will add a splash of sunshine to your wardrobe. From warming yellows to split sleeves and seaside stripes, these are the looks to look out for.
It wouldn’t be summer without a classic hooped T-shirt. The Breton style is a favourite for both genders, but this summer it’s not just sailors who are influencing the fashion pack. Vertical stripes are big news too – deckchair stripes in white and brights were everywhere during fashion weeks – on shorts and tops, dresses and skirts. For a subtle take on the trend, opt for thin vertical stripes on seersucker fabrics, or if you’re feeling bold try wide stripes in primary colours.
Egg yolk, lemon drop, neon, ochre… whatever the shade, yellow was everywhere on the SS ’17 men’s and women’s catwalks. Yellow has a rep for being hard to wear, but if you’re worried about it draining your skin tone, stick to accessories or clothing you wear on your bottom half, such as mustard trainers, 50s pastel prom-style skirts and tailored shorts. If that’s still too much, opt for a subtle flash of colour, a sunny bloom on a floral dress or sherbert highlights on a patterned shirt will brighten your look and boost your mood.
For the past few seasons, womenswear has been indulging its obsession with sleeves and shoulders. Last year, the Bardot neckline reigned supreme but now it’s making way for intricate, ruffled cold-shouldered dresses, floaty bell shaped sleeves, splits, billows and ruching. And if you want to be really up to the minute, then just one shoulder on show is the look du jour.
Nothing says summer like florals but this year it’s time to ditch the ditsy print and embrace the big, bold blooms of 2017. Graphic flowers and large bouquets abound in every hue from pastels to naturals to eye-shading brights. At the SS17 shows, designers dressed models in head-to-toe flowers, but if a print skirt, top, bag and shoes is a floral too far for you, one standout piece will have the same summery effect.
The most popular colour at men’s fashion weeks was stone and it’s infinitely wearable. Lighter than beige and darker than white, the neutral shade goes with pretty much everything and also looks chic worn head-to-toe. Try a stone-coloured suit for weddings and garden parties, stone jeans as an alternative to white, or build your whole outfit around stone, beige and sandy shades for a look that’s straight off the catwalk.
It may you remind you of school summer dresses but gingham is back and this time, it’s all grown up. To keep the pattern from looking too cutesy, designers sent models down the SS catwalks in modern boxy tops, ruched pencil skirts and with panels of differing check sizes and colours. Embroidery was another key gingham trend, look for gingham blouses and jackets with embroidered wild flowers to get two of summer’s key trends in one hit.