Floral prints, are a classic pattern and a stable in so many of our wardrobes. And as in nature it heralds the coming of Spring when flowers are in bloom and our senses are tantalise with beautiful smells and colour. So this coming Spring season whether it is daisies or roses make your floral tribute a memorable one!!
Flower designs range from dainty and delicate to big and bold, each kind carrying its own personality and character. Choose a pattern that works with your personal taste and style.
Do not pile on accessories when wearing striking prints as you want the print to shine.
Smaller and dainty prints can bring a feminine and romantic touch to a day or evening look.
If you want to make a statement then choose pieces with larger flowers, bright colors, vibrant designs and eye-catching details.
For a slimming effect opt for dresses with flowers going down the center as this will draw the eye in, creating a slimming illusion.
Floral prints typically come in multiple colors, giving you plenty of styling possibilities. So when pairing items, wear clothing in coordinating colors to create a cohesive look. This also gives you the option of creating different looks with just one item. So pay attention to the pattern's colors, and choose one or two, then work around it when pairing items.
Floral prints also look good with solid neutral shades. These colors include black, white, gray, taupe, ivory and beige. Pairing with neutrals are great if pairing with solid colors are too daunting for you and also if you do not want to pair pieces with any of the colors found in the actual print.
It is also easier to pair floral prints with neutrals, when you are not sure what to wear, but would like to add florals to your ensemble.
Floral accessories can add instant style and are one the simplest and easiest ways to introduce prints/ patterns to your wardrobe. Even just one accessory is enough to brighten up an otherwise plain outfit.
Larger items such as tote bags, hats and scarves can add major color to a look. Jewelry and belts brings a light dose of floral fun to any day look. So invest in a few flower patterned accessories, because you will never know when your outfit will need a little extra floral lift.
Maxi Floral Print @ www.missselfridge.com
Dress @ www.misselfridge.com
Floral Print dress @ www.lipsy.co.uk
Large print dress @ www.phase-eight.com
Shirt Dress – floral print dress @ www.riverisland.com
Pencil skirt – floral print @ www.riverisland.com
Cropped print jacket @ www.phase-eight.com
Ditsy floral print blouse @ www.next.co.uk
Floral Cross body bag @ www.accessorize.com
Wildflower Synthetic Backpack www.accessorize.com
Floral Slip On Plimsoles @ www.newlook.com
Stripes are back and whether you opt to wear them up, down, horizontal, diagonal, mixed or matched, they are pretty hot for SS16.
Mixing stripes, try a striking mix of horizontal stripes on your top and smaller vertical stripes on your lower half. If you are not afraid of color, then go bright but keep accessories to a minimum and your shoes simple and chic.
@ River Island Multi-color stripe sleeveless top & Striped Knitted Knicker Shorts www.riverisland.com
For a sexy stripe look, the slip dress is the best way to keep cool
Dress @ Dorothy Perkins www.dorothyperkins.com
Keep it sleek and chic with sheer fabrics, great for office wear pair with either black trousers or a pencil skirt.
Striped blouse available at www.orsay.com
Wear it as a neutral, pairing it with denim, camel, khakis, and leather
Crop stripe top Available at Primark www.primark.com
Striped Shirt and Jeans Available at Next www.next.co.uk
Mix Patterns, stripes are the easiest of the prints to mix with other prints, so mix it up with florals, polka dots, or other geometric shapes for a trendy look.
Wilton Woven Hem Stripe Top and Fleur Print Linen Skirt Available at Phase Eight – www.phase-eight.co.uk
Ponte Stripe Top with Faith print soft trousers @ www.phase-eight.co.uk
Be daring and go bold, the in-your-face motifs will look fresh and casual. Scale back on accessories to allow your bold stripes to shine.
Striped dress @ www.riverisland.com
Diagonal striped Skirt at www.riverisland.com
Stripe and graphic available at www.riverisland.com
If your goal for 2016 is to be more inspirational or to be inspired to be the best version of yourself then the new SS16 Topshop campaign “BE MORE KARLIE” will be right up your alley. Karlie Kloss a true multi-faceted woman, she is a supermodel, entrepreneur, student, vlogger, philanthropist, coder, fitness guru and food lover. A true inspiration to many of us that wants to be the best versions of ourselves and so much more.
With plenty of transitional pieces ranging from bomber jackets, trench coats, boyfriend jeans to camouflage shirts all inspired by the supermodel
Here is just a small preview of the pieces featured in the SS16 campaign coming to a Topshop near you soon.
Pink Karlie Bomber jacket, Paisley bandana and leather skinny
The Biker jacket
Moto Mid-blue Mom jeans
Suit Blazer and Pants
ALL AVAILABLE @ www.topshop.com
Sunny laid back days with clear blue skies and bright yellow sunshine !!, that is where Camp California will take you. The collection conjures the spirit of the 70’s with retro inspired denim pieces and worn fabrics to create a casual look. Everything and more that you will need for SS16. Take a peek and start dreaming of those lazy summer day and feeling the sun on your skin!!
Cut off- ripped relaxed denims shorts for those easy going days
Minimalist summer separates in classic shapes
Afro loving vintage 70’s style with logo t-shirts and flare denims
Stay cool in casual denim dresses
A-line skirts and lots of indigo denim
The 2016 Pantone colors are Rose Quartz and Serenity a soft mix of baby pink and baby blue.
Rose Quartz with its gentle tone conveying compassion and a sense of composure.
Serenity with its calming effect and sense of relaxation. Reminding us to always be mindful and in a constant state of happiness.
The secret to wearing Pantone 2016’s colors is to pair items to make up your own combination of the solid tones, rather than trying to find items with both of these shades in it. This does not mean that, you have to find one piece with both of these colors in it, instead try to mix and match items to create the same effect.
Pair with tailored silhouettes and rich textures to counter balance the delicate hues of sugary sweetness. Fabrics like silk make these two tones look really sophisticated.
Pink Laser Cut Open Toe Heels @ WWW.NEWLOOK.COM
Blue Tote Bag @ www.newlook.com
Limited Edition Print blouse @ www.marksandspencer.com
Maxi dress @ www.primark.com
Light pink smart jacket @ www.riverisland.com
Lace Up Heels @ www.newlook.com
Hudson’s Bay, Toronto (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)
Winter doesn't have to be boring! Below you can find a selection of 5 fabulous coats that not only look very stylish, but will also keep you warm. Trendy patterns and bold colours will brighten up long winter days and won't allow you to disappear in the crowd.
USEFUL TIP: If you are wearing a statement coat, remember to keep the rest of your outfit simple. Choose your accessories carefully and opt for classic black or calm, neutral shades. Recommended colours for Fall/Winter 2015: red, pastel pink, camel, yellow, black combined with other colours. “Reinvent new combinations of what you already own. Improvise. Become more creative. Not because you have to, but because you want to. Evolution is the secret for the next step.” ― Karl Lagerfeld
1. Reversible colour-block wool coat by Narciso Rodriguez
2. AWAKE Faux Fur Coat - designed by Natalia Alaverdian
3. COACH teddy bear coat - warm and cozy!
4. GIAMBATTISTA VALLI Panelled shearling coat
5. MIU MIU Python-trimmed bouclé-tweed coat
For more winter inspiration, have a look at the bright colours of MOSCHINO AW 2015 collection.
Every season Hobbs delivers something new and exciting for the modern woman. Something that she can slip into and fall in love with. Each piece is tailored to be feminine and makes the wearer stand out from the crowd.
There SS16 collection is full of beautifully designed pieces for the traveler in you that can take you from day to evening.
Belize jacket in ebony appliqué mesh, Belize top in ivory jersey, Antonella skirt in ebony & ivory cotton blend
Ndara Poncho in ebony & ivory cashmere, Santiago top in ivory pleat poly, Santiago skirt in ebony pleat poly, Celia hat in ivory straw, Jemma cuff
Luciana coat in ice white & ebony linen blend, Aylesbury belt in ebony suede, Lola sandals in ebony suede
Salvador blouse in ivory & hot red silk, Salvador skirt in ivory & ebony cotton blend , Aylesbury belt in ebony suede, Lola sandal in ebony suede
Rica dress in natural & ivory linen blend, Rica trousers in natural & ivory linen blend, Amber sandals in snake print leather £99/€120
Paola cape in dark natural suede, Santiago top in ivory pleat poly, Cosette culottes in ivory satin back crêpe, Valentina in pendant in gold & ebony, Amber sandal snake print leather
Catalina blouse in azure blue silk, Catalina trousers azure blue silk, Lola sandals in ebony suede
Belize jumpsuit in ebony satin back crêpe
Nothing says casual-chic like a pair of flared jeans, so goodbye to skinny jeans. This 70’s flashback is all about a casual retro trend.
Flare denims available @ Miss Selfridge, Coat @Miss Selfridge, shoe @Miss Selfridge, bag @Dorothy Perkins
Wear a heel with your flares:
The flare shape elongates your legs and a heel will take that illusion one step further. As well as minimize the risk of a bunched up hem.
Flare denims available @ Miss Selfridge, Jacket New Look, Shoe@ Dune, bag@ Dune and Cami @Very
A perfect hem:
With flares it is all about the hem. Go for a pair with a slightly longer length than the rest of the trousers in your wardrobe.
Flare denims available @ Miss Selfridge, Blouse @ Very, Cape @ Laredoute, shoes @ Very, clutch @ Primark
Opt for a high- waisted silhouette:
This is the most flattering fit, because any trousers that sits higher on the hips will enhance the leg-lengthening affect and give you a curvy silhouette. Add a belt for a more defined waist.
Coats, jackets and hoodies are the common layers we throw on once the temperature start to drop. But the poncho has become the latest piece of layering to keep us warm and on trend.
Available @ www.littlewoods.ie
It work well with nearly everything in your wardrobe. Poncho’s can be tailored for a chic formal and or professional style or bohemian in chunky knits, colourful patterns, Aztec prints and or tassels and fringes.
Although poncho’s can appear to be an easy item to wear, it’s important that you choose a poncho that fits your frame. Make sure that it is not too small or to big but that it fits your frame, otherwise you will drown in it.
Necklines such as cowl neck, turtleneck, V-neck, scoop-neck, crew-neck, and boat neck are great as they frame your face and upper body. Whereas boat necks and crew necks tend to make the chest and shoulders look wider, but are perfect if you have narrow shoulders or a small bust V-necks especially are good for women with broad shoulders or a large bust, as it has a slimming effect. If you have a longer neck, go for a turtleneck that has a shortening effect through the neck and face.
Available @ www.primark.com
If you want to elongate your frame opt for a ponchos that falls, no lower than two centimetres above your knee.
Petite ladies should be aware of long ponchos as they will overwhelm your petite frame.
To balance out your silhouette, choose bottoms that have a slim fit, especially if you are top-heavy.
Available @ www.houseoffraser.co.uk
Wear your poncho with slim-fitting trousers, skinny jeans, leggings, pencil skirts, and slim-fitting miniskirts paired with knee-high boots, ankle boots, and high heels for a chic look.
Go for interesting prints like plaids, Aztec designs, and subtle patterns, as long as the colour is subtle and the print is not too large.
Available @ www.very.co.uk
But remember when wearing a patterned poncho, keep the rest of your look simple.
Keep your accessories modest, especially if your poncho is your statement piece. Keep chunky jewellery to rings and or bracelets. Switch up your shoulder or sling bag for a clutch or a satchels.
A belt is your best option for a shapely silhouette.
Available @ www.jigsaw-online.com