Monochrome is this season's biggie, which may surprise you after the recent colour blocking revolution which saw the biggest names in the fashion world sporting insanely contrasting colours. But it's time to ignore the black and white haters who say the look is boring - monochrome is set to last and can easily be spruced up with colourful accessories to make a statement.
If you're the cool, calm and collected type, minimalism is for you. Opt for no nonsense neutral shades and loose fitting fabrics this summer. Keep your cool in both body and mind with cool linen trousers, perfect when the heat is on. This look doesn't have to be plain. Instead think of it as pure and sophisticated.
Bold and Blue
There's no need to feel blue, although it is one of this season's biggest trends. Dive in and experiment with any shade from cobalt to aquamarine. Another tactic to wow the masses is to combine the striking blue with a fitting that is out of the ordinary – never worn a jumpsuit before? Now is the time. Team it with heels and a belt to pull it together and create a feminine edge.
Pay attention and take note of the new geometric shapes that are filling the racks and rails of the high street and the pages of the fashion catalogues. Although the word geometric may fill you with dread and memories of boring lessons back in the school days, this is a fun and crazy look for all the cool kids to wear, without going square.
Oriental fashion is a blossoming trend that keeps reappearing every few years. Look out for embroidery, dragons and floral prints on silk. If you long to toughen it up a bit, add a touch of androgyny to wow onlookers and stand out from the crowd with an unusual yet elegant look. Mandarin collars and silk knot buttons are big favourites from this exotic and strong style, as are prints in a range of colours. Look out for prints of raging dragons on soft delicate fabrics to create an emotive clash. The oriental look is also great for work wear – smart black trousers which are cut off at the ankles and a fitted white shirt can look sensational whilst pushing the androgynous boundaries.
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With the new season almost here, it's time to prep the wardrobe! Here's a roundup of the top fashion trends for the summer, hand-picked for you.