SPRING/SUMMER 2020 STYLE REPORT (PART 1)
At this time of year, the most popular question I’m asked is: What’s new for Spring/Summer? Whilst my business is about style as opposed to ‘fleeting trends’, I am always happy to answer it. Each season, designers showcase their latest collections and it never fails to inspire and excite me. This is Part 1 of 2 style posts dedicated to spring/summer 2020. I hope you enjoy it.
A word of warning before you begin reading…just because it’s on trend, don’t feel you have to rush out and buy it! Be selective about the styles you are drawn to and want to invest in – those pieces that you’ll continue to love beyond one season – that’s what makes you truly stylish.
BEAUTIFULLY CUT WAISTCOATS
Yes, the waistcoat is making a comeback thanks to the abundance of tailoring on offer for spring. Several designers including Max Mara, Louis Vuitton and Gucci layered them as part of a three-piece suit; while Hedi Slimane for Celine provided super cool styling inspiration, with an unbuttoned black waistcoat layered over a white blouse.
The high-street has taken inspiration from these great designers to offer waistcoats in various colour and style combinations. I love the versatility of a waistcoat: take a long-line version and wear with your favourite jeans and a simple t-shirt; or add it to a pair of wide leg trousers and a silk blouse – super chic and perfect for the office. Alternatively, a short fitted or belted version is so cool and edgy – particularly worn on its own or with a fitted vest top. Here are just a few of my favourites. As always click on the image to view brand details.
LUXURIOUS LEATHER WITH A TWIST
Many of you will know, I’m a real fan of leather. I love how it can add edge to a sleek work look or how it makes smarter outfits more day-time casual. A leather piece will give a whole new dimension to your personal style, and wardrobe. Whilst black, burgundy and green were key colours for autumn/winter, designers offered leather separates in an array of colourful hues for spring/summer. Coach’s berry-coloured trench coat was a particular favourite of mine, alongside stunning collections from Miu Miu and Bottega Veneta.
Whilst the vibrant shades looked fabulous on the catwalk – most of us live in the “real world” and may be looking for more subtle shades for spring/summer. If so, you’re in luck: cream, beige, toffee, blue, navy and khaki are everywhere. These colours offer you all the versatility of a neutral without having to opt for traditional black.
BIG BOLD POLKA DOTS
Who doesn’t love a polka dot? They have been a big hit over many decades. For spring 2020 it would seem they are most definitely the print to be seen in. The new dots spotted (see what I did there?) on the catwalk were bigger and bolder than ever. Whether clashed with florals, in bold colours or in classic black and white on tulle gowns, designers such as Marc Jacobs, Gucci and Van Norten did them proud.
The beauty of this trend is re-inventing it with a piece from your existing wardrobe. Why not experiment with mixing size of print or clashing different polka dot pieces? I also love to see a classic black & white polka dot in tulle or silk coupled with a more low-key piece. Mixing dressy and casual pieces will help you create a stunning outfit that is individual to you.
If you need help and advice with your spring/summer wardrobe – drop me an email or give me a call, it would be a joy to help you create beautiful outfits for the season ahead.
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