As flowers are blooming right now, so is this year since everything is going back to normal, giving us positive vibes, and the best way to express our optimism is by dressing up with the summer trends that are all about being bold, fun, and lively.
Ph. Sheryl Ann Dicman
Japan’s summer trend is all about chasing the pastels of blossom petals and embracing lace.
This summer's trendy colours are canary yellow, cotton candy blue, light pink, and pastel colours. It perfectly describes the beautiful flowers that bloom and the warm weather. It is as well a soft, soothing shade for a feminine style.
It is best to style it with trending materials such as sheer, lace, and crochet. This kind of material always stays as a trend, and as a woman in love with a feminine style, these are a vital ingredient in a wardrobe because they can work in all kinds, from dresses to trousers paired with eye-catching details. Channelling your inner feminine with the trends
Lace is constantly in style and requires little accessorising, while a sheer top creates a perfect look for summer because it is light and airy. Pairing the pink top with a lace skirt gives a romantic, beautiful vibe, and layering it with a blazer creates a classier look or a leather jacket to make the look feminine yet edgy. Puff sleeves are also in trend right now, whether it's a dress or just a top.
Wearing skirts in Japan is also very popular. You'll come across many people everywhere you go wearing skirts, usually paired with rubber shoes and a plain blouse or shirt. When choosing a skirt to wear, go for a crochet material since it is very trendy this summer; crochet also kind of reminds us of a vacation on the beach.
If you are thinking about how to accessorise your look, mini bags are in trend right now, a lot of things won't fit in, but it definitely will be a huge statement in your style.
Styling with bright and bold colours as nature sees fit
Ph. Sheryl Ann Dicman
"Because It's summer, it's time to wear lots of white." Wearing white reflects the Sunlight, making your style look refreshing, and combining it with a simple piece of clothing with bold colours is also great for a stylish idea. For example, you can pair a white sheer see-through blouse with a bold shade of bottoms or a skirt.
Also, choosing a couple colours that complement each other such as a bold with bright colour, elevates your look making it unique. Some of my favourite colour combinations that are trendy right now are kelly green and pink, which reminds me of a tulip. I like to style these colours with a green dress and a pink blazer, you will never go wrong with blazers, it does guarantee to make you look fashionable anytime.
Start stepping outside your comfort zone this summer by trying all of these trends.
Japan’s summer is so colourful right now and what better way to celebrate a return of normality than book a ticket to Tokyo and walk through Yoyogi park wearing lace and delicate petals of pinks amongst mother nature.
A little about Sheryl: Sheryl is a writer based in Japan specialising in travel and culture highlighting the beauty of Tokyo where she lives. It is her belief that style can be expressed through the mood of the city and the constant joys each season brings. Stay tuned for more fashion and lifestyle pieces this exciting destination delivers, which you will be pleased to know is now open to tourists.
Colour blocking is the sartorial art of blocking colours together in a stylish way without being unappealing to the eye. The latest spring summer collections were beaming with colour blocking outfits during fashion week. Soft colour blocking seems to be the most desirable look but not so obvious in how to achieve it.
We reveal how inspiration plays a role in the art of colour blocking and where you can draw ideas.
Check out the different ways colour blocking can look both soft and endearing this season, without travelling too far to feel inspired.
Pick colours that are not too contrasting
To make colour blocking “soft”, you simply pair neutral and pastel colours rather than bright colours. In other words, make sure that the hues that you’re blocking reside in the same camp: in this case pastels with pastels.
Pick Elements Of The Colour Wheel
For colour blocking, it’s often useful to pick certain areas of the colour wheel and pair these colours together. For example oranges and reds will pair well together as they lie next to each other on the colour wheel.
Add colour through accessories
If colour isn’t your go-to when selecting your outfit, but you feel like you want to start including it in your style, then adding colourful accessories is the best way. It fully embraces the soft colour blocking trend as well as broadening your outfits.
Try Tonal Colour Blocking
One of the most effective looks of colour blocking is tonal focusing on one specific colour. If pink is your favourite colour, then try not pairing vibrant pink jeans with a pastel pink top for the perfect summer look. It's dramatic and combines the coveted “soft” element.
Jo McLaren, Head of E-Commerce at N.Peal a luxury cashmere brand commented “...This summer it’s time to dial it down a bit and opt for soft colour blocking with pastel and neutral tones. Our tips can help you nail this latest fashion trend, without worrying that you’ve overdone it.
If you don't feel inclined to consult the colour wheel, look to nature. Particularly flowers such as tulips for pastels and vivid tones inspiring you this season.
N.Peal have recently launched a range of colourful clothing with Pantone, in celebration of all things colour. Find their pastel palettes to romance the soft colour blocking trend this season on the N.Peal website.
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We are embracing the shine and glow of yellow this summer. Reflecting the optimism of the Queen’s Jubilee, showing its versatility, the colour yellow has made its comeback in the fashion world.
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RANKED: The most popular Y2k fashion item for this summer is the bandana.
Fashion is cyclical, and the latest trends to make a comeback are those inspired by the nostalgic Y2K vibes from the 90s and 2000s. But which of the iconic trends from the Y2k era are the most popular in 2022?
Taking the top spot is none other than the humble bandana, with more than 802million video views on TikTok and almost 15,000 Google searches every month for the simple accessory.
Such a multi-functional piece is the bandana, that Y2k fashion icons such as Xtina and Britney Spears have been known to wear theirs as anything from a makeshift top to a hair accessory. In 2022, this simple fabric item can also be used as a face mask in a pinch.
The humble bandana is the most popular Y2k fashion item, with more than 802million video views on TikTok
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The Relaxed Bucket Hat Ranked Second In Popularity
The bucket hat is most definitely back in 2022, with 74,000 Brits searching for this fashion accessory every month on Google. While it’s the most searched-for item on the list, photos of the fashion item on Instagram are less than half than that of the bandana, with TikTok views of just over 341million.
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Mini Skirts And Baggy Jeans In Joint Third Place
Two massively contradictory items: the mini skirt, and baggy jeans. Baggy jeans see just over 18,000 searches every month across the UK versus the 12,100 searches for mini skirts, but there are far less photos of baggy jeans on Instagram than there are mini skirts, with more than 1.3million photos of the latter and only 270k for baggy jeans.
Platform Shoes Of All Kinds Are Here This Summer
Rounding out the top five most fashionable Y2k pieces are none other than platform shoes, a 90s icon thanks to the Spice Girls, and the wholly impractical crochet top. Though Brits are searching for crochet tops less than half than they are bandanas, there are more than 600k photos of this retro piece on Instagram, and more than 202million video views on TikTok.
Meanwhile, platform shoes see the same amount of monthly searches as the mini skirt (12,100), but are featured on Instagram only a quarter as much with just less than 400,000 photos.
Most disappointingly, the iconic butterfly clips only ranked joint 11th on the list, being beaten to the top ten by flares, low rise jeans, and pleated skirts and a range of other accessories including the hellishly uncomfortable kitten heels, glitter gel, and trucker caps. Trucker caps! Believe it or not, there are more than 6,000 searches across the UK every month for trucker caps.
Viviane Paxinos, GM at UNiDAYS says: “Our data shows that this generation wants to stand out from the crowd, but most of all want to feel confident in what they wear. At UNiDAYS, our vision is to support, enable and inspire young people to be their best and most confident selves."
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Vintage fashion has never been more popular than it is at the moment, especially on the red carpet. Rather than creating brand new garments, stars are digging into the archives and bringing new life to iconic pieces from fashion history to create a one-of-a-kind moment.
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Gilded Glamour, a theme that inspired many celebrities to go for sustainable fashion.
This year's Met Gala was a little different than usual. There are some comments going around social media that many celebrities did not follow the dress code and the theme. I guess the celebrities interpretation of the theme was different than what most of us, but that is what fashion is for - expressing ourselves. One thing that stood out was all the vintage and sustainable outfits we saw on the red carpet
Model Emily Ratajowski opted with vintage instead of having something new made. Dressed in colour, cutouts, and throwback silhouettes, she presented her interpretation of Gilded Glamour on the red carpet. Taking us back to the 1992 Atelier Versace spring/summer collection. The colourfully beaded Versace outfit was originally worn by former supermodel Yasmeen Ghauri on the runway. The colourful skin-bare dress comes with a halter-top adorned with beading around the neck, a voluminous embellished silk skirt with a dramatic train, and a voluminous embellished sash. Emily commented, while on the red carpet: "I feel very lucky to be wearing this look."
The singer and songwriter Shawn Mendes walked on the red carpet in a consciously crafted Tommy Hilfiger red and navy coat with gold buttons and structured, high-neck collar made of deadstock materials. On the inner lining of the coat you could see his initials embroidered. One thing he also highlighted during his interview was the matching nail polish that also had the logo of the brand. After removing his jacket, Mendes revealed a navy suit underneath, along with a dark turtleneck he was wearing as a base layer. The inspiration behind his look was “Navy Captain” but his fans have other suggestions. Some commented that he looked like a real-life Disney prince, but many have also said that he channelled Mr. Darcy. It is also reported that the look is a preview of an upcoming collaboration between the designer and star, so if you’re a fan keep an eye for some exciting news.
As she was deciding what to wear to the 2022 Met Gala, Emma Stone took a look inside her wardrobe for inspiration. The actress ended up re-wearing her wedding reception dress, giving a chic twist to Gilded Glamour. As we all know a wedding dress is to be worn once on your special day, but the actress decided to give hers a second life. Embroidered with white feathers and lace detail, the dress was a bespoke Louis Vuitton design. The brand also shared that the creative director, Nicolas Ghesquière, and each ambassador or friend of the house that walked the red carpet wore “an archival or previously worn look with a twist for the occasion.”
The chief executive officer and president of the CFDA, Steven Kolb, arrived at the Met Gala with a tuxedo reworked with braille letters and embroidered onto a 10-year-old tuxedo from Shipley and Halmos. The 7,000 Swarovski crystals on the tuxedo were hand applied by Runa Ray, fashion designer and environmentalist. The crystals actually spell a chapter from one of Kolb's favourite books, Khalil Gibran's "The Prophet '' in braille. Kolbe shares that they decided to upcycle the jacket before knowing what the theme was, but he “felt particularly attuned to the universe’s gift of making sure he was on trend walking the red carpet.” If you have been following CFDA’s work recently that would come as no surprise. Working closely with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, they have committed to supporting more sustainable fashion.
A completely upcycled Gucci gown made from pre-existing fabrics was spotted on the red carpet. It was worn by none other than Billie Eilish, who had shown her dedication to sustainability many times and didn’t fail to follow her heart even at the Met Gala. “We didn’t have to waste a bunch of stuff. It all already existed. I just wanted to be as eco-friendly as possible,” said Billie as she revealed her Met Gala look featuring a corset, lace sleeves, and ruched skirt during the Vogue red carpet live stream. The dress was made specifically for her by Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele, but it was made from entirely upcycled fabrics.
Nothing beats seeing celebrities on the red carpet channelling sustainability and promoting climate positivity. They have shown us there is nothing more rewarding than wearing something that makes you feel good and does good for the planet. These are only a couple of the sustainability garments so make sure to have a look at all the outfits of the night.
As summer is slowly approaching, we’re ready to pull out our favourite summer outfits and enjoy days of fun under the sun. Since summer outfits are easy and breezy, we should also use simple accessories to complement our look. From jewellery to summer hats and sunglasses, there are plenty of options.
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Simple combos usually feel like something’s missing, so we suggest you add a few simple accessories to spice up your look.
You can always turn to Instagram to draw some inspiration and see what’s trendy this summer season. You can also follow our guide to give you a few cool ideas on how to accessorise this summer.
Pick Out Your Favourite Jewellery Pieces
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Summer outfits are all about adding a little spark with necklaces, bracelets, or earrings. Jewellery is usually one aspect of our appearance that makes a style statement. You can say a lot about a person by looking at their choice of jewellery, whether they prefer glamour or minimalism, and how they make use of their favourite colours.
For example, fine pearl earrings can be a great accessory for your office outfits as well as a casual outing with friends. They can add a timeless touch of luxury and look perfect for any occasion whether you’re looking for an elegant pair or classic ones. The point of accessorising is adding a little something to your outfit but be careful to not overdo it.
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Summer hats are an ideal accessory for a summer brunch or an afternoon get-together with family and friends. They also protect you from the sun and are a saviour on a bad hair day. Choose one that complements your face as well as your outfit choice. Summer hats often go perfectly with a summer dress, as they’re stylish and eye-catching.
You can even use them as a single accessory piece if you don’t prefer wearing jewellery, for example. A small fedora can be appropriate for a slightly dressy or smart casual look, while a floppy hat adds a pretty touch to an outfit with an elegant vibe. Mid-size straw hats are usually casual and versatile, which makes them ideal for most summer outfits.
It’s All About The Shoes
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Summer shoes, especially sandals can be a lot of fun. There are plenty of choices including basic flats, embellished sandals, flip-flops, heeled sandals, espadrilles, casual sneakers, and many more. You can choose one depending on your outfit for the day. Don’t be afraid to mix your style with shoes as they bring out a different vibe, more than any other accessory.
You can deliver an adventurous style or an elegant one, and it will solely depend on what shoes you choose to wear. For example, you can combine a maxi dress with sneakers or casual denim shorts and a summer shirt with heeled sandals, and you’ll have a unique style that is anything but boring. You can even see celebrities promoting unusual combinations with different summer outfits and shoes, so why not try them yourself?
Summer Bags, Scarves, And Sunglasses
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If you were wondering how to accessorise your favourite summer outfit and be able to carry around tubes of sunscreen, lip-gloss, and other essentials, you can never go wrong with a tote bag. They’re perfect for an afternoon with your friends or even a casual day at the office. With so many different designs and styles, it’s the perfect bag for an effortless outfit addition. If you want to elevate your style, you can always go for a small or big straw bag, as it is perfect for the beach as well as casual evenings with friends.
What’s summer without cool sunglasses and unique scarves? Lightweight summer scarves are designed as a style accent to add a subtle splash to your summer outfits. Tie it around your summer bag or your neck with a cute knot, and even wear it in your hair as a hair accessory. Stylish sunglasses are a staple not just for summer but any other season. They protect your eyes from harmful rays and look great on anything you wear whether sporty or classy. From statement-making oversized to aviator’s sunglasses, your summer style can be set off perfectly with any pair you choose.
You may not think of styling your outfits as much in the summer, however, with a little creativity you can get a great summer look that will elevate not only your style but your mood as well. From simple summer hats to trendy sunglasses, there are plenty of choices to experiment with and find what best suits your style and preferences. Enjoy your summer being a little more trendy than usual.
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