The Coachella festival in California marks the start of festival season, and so too marks the beginning of festival ready style. There’s nothing like getting rid of those winter cover ups and stepping into some summer perfection, and what’s a better place to show of your sunshine style than at a festival?
This season there are so many trends that look like they were made for festivals, so it seems only right to mention them here!
My festival check list:
A pair of stonewash shorts
Some studded denim
(Hi there embelished collar - massive this season)
Floral patterned jeans
A yellow dress
£25 Dorothy Perkins
A bandeau top
A slouchy t-shirt
Some coloured lace/A pastel play suit (two in one!)
I can't wait for summer, even though the weather at the moment suggests it's a long time away. And what comes with summer? Summer clothes! Excuse me whilst I get way too excited. Sandals, skirts and shorts, pretty much my three favorite fashion items, are acceptable once again. Goodbye winter knits and thick wooly tights, hola sunshine.
Here’s my summer shopping list:
Marble Print V Back Maxi Dress, £36.00 from Topshop: This dress is so yummy. I can see it with some sky scraper wedges and maybe a low slung leather back pack. Plus it ticks of the pastel summer trend. What's not to love?
Tie die slip £26 from Topshop: This dress is just asking for some rugged accessories, a chunky gold necklace, tons of stacked rings, and a pair of black and gold high heeled booties. Winner.
Lace shorts £19.99 from H&M: so cute! I just think these are adorable... that is all.
Mirror print tee £32 from Miss Selfridge: Well someone's been doing there research on what's hot this summer, mirror print! Love this tee, all it needs is a pair of denim shorts and simple makeup.
Crochet plastic mac £56 from Topshop: There's something very Louis Vuitton about this mac and the colour is oh-so-perfect. Not only that but it's great as protection against those typical summer showers that try hard to ruin our looks.
Red maxi skirt £30 Topshop: It's chilled out but in a stylish way, and pays homage to the luxury sport trend without being too full on. Gorgeous no?
Metallic shorts £29.99 from H&M: They're high-waisted and they're metallic. I need them!
Black high top trainers £49 from Miss Selfridge: Not my usual choice, but there's something about these shoes that I adore. Once again a nod to the sporty trend and they would look amazing with some shorts. Plus they have studs, another huge trend this summer.
Leather backpack £30 from Topshop: It'll go with pretty much anything and is so gorgeous. Plus big enough to fit your sun cream in!
It’s not a secret that I have a bit of an unhealthy
obsession with vintage, or vintage style clothes. Recently, I’ve been looking
around online vintage stores. Usually
being the kind who wants to have the clothes physically there in front of me, I
was surprised how quickly I got sucked into the world of online vintage. One of my favourite
finds is a site called beyond retro (www.beyondretro.com).
For those of you who haven’t, I’d really suggest giving it a visit, they sell
some stunning pieces.
If I had enough money, frankly I would’ve bought the whole
shop by now, but here are some of my favourites…
Aren’t they the most beautiful things you’ve ever seen? Yes.
Yes they are. These are a pair of $199.00 Nebula Galaxy star print wedges, hand painted
(that’s right- hand painted) and custom made in Paris. When I say custom made,
I mean pretty much every last detail can be altered if you request for it. Not
that I see any reason for them to be edited! Each pair takes 2-3 three weeks to
make, proof of the quality, and is finished with a matt varnish as protection
from everyday weather. Now if these booties were in my shoe draw, I would be
over the moon.
Christopher Kane inspired galaxy print really is taking off, with high-street brands producing some absolutely gorgeous clothes using it. Consider
it a micro-trend for this summer.
You’d be surprised just how many times I’ve seen women, and
men come to think of it, walking around in pyjamas in the middle of the day,
and worse still, in the middle of town. The first of these encounters was with
a young-ish woman in my local supermarket. She was wearing a pair of pink silk
PJs and a pair of gold Ugg style slippers with no jacket as an attempt to
disguise her choice in clothing. I was shocked; horrified even when I saw her
so shamelessly walking through the aisles wearing what is clearly night wear at
1 o’clock in the afternoon. Literally two weeks later I saw a man walking down
the street in flannel pyjamas and a dressing gown at around 10am, I can only
hope – without trying to sound mean- that he had got locked out of his house whilst
fetching the milk from his door step. Not once did I think whilst looking at
these two examples that they could have actually spotted a S/S12 trend very far
in advance. Maybe they weren't just lazy, but extremely intuitive. I doubt it,
but my point is: Pyjama suits are becoming a fashionista’s clothing item of
Rihanna made the bold decision of a blue and gold silk
pyjama suit for the premier of her new film “Battle ships”. The outfit
certainly was controversial, as those of you who try to keep up with the
fashion world will know. Some were saying she was “oh-so-stylish” and others
just saying “oh no”. I personally think she looked amazing, and that got me
thinking about whether this pyjama trend was such a bad thing after all. It seems the
key to it is to not look like you’re actually going to bed. Sounds odd,
yes, considering they are pyjamas, but trust me.
How to wear:
Find yourself a pyjama suit that is absolutely stunning. If
you can, opt for the designer options like Louis Vuitton but if you need
something a little less pricey Oasis and H&M are also beautiful.
2.No slippers aloud.
This look needs a pair of skyscraper heels to avoid looking
more “sleep” and less “chic”.
An oversized clutch is a wonderful addition to the look and
will make you feel even more fashionable sporting the S/S12 bag.
Hair needs to be well groomed and preferably short or in an
up-do with this look. Shine sprays and finishing balms are a requirement!
Most importantly you need to be confident that you look
great, otherwise you’ll feel ridiculous all day.