The Wearable Guide to Spring/Summer Trends 2020
As I sat, snuggled up on the sofa one night, watching an episode of my latest Netflix addiction (Sex Education) , I realised that the cosiness of a crisp covered blanket, giant dressing gown and fluffy socks would soon be at an end.
Yes I would have the comfort of a hairy leg to keep me warm (hahaha) til I could be bothered to unveil my pasty whites to the nation, but it was obvious that it was time to make changes and get with the Spring program.
So the next day, armed with my new laptop Imogen, (yes I named her - don't judge me) and a happy bounce in my step like a spring lamb, I took myself off, all the way to the other side of the room and got busy researching and well ....tah-dah I have provided for you.
As usual, I have seasonally sifted through the crazy, the crass and the cringey to offer you a plethora of practical, wearable and the purse savvy to feed any cravings for change or to update and refresh your current wears. Let's get stuck in shall we..?.
Ok, so last year we saw a lot of beige and pink, with green and purple being much more available on the high street, well, this season it's along the same vein but with the addition of a few more classics and tweaks instead.
I would definitely invest in more traditional browns by way of tans and buttery chocolates, along with the little black dress making it's place known again. Great news for you lovely classic style personalities out there and lovers of the neutral palette.
*These trousers are available via a Cabi Stylist Colleague.
Strong and vibrant reds are here to stay extending from the festive season, along with tangerine dreams of orange and softer yellows. Granted these colours can be daunting when you're not used to wearing them, but the rule of thumb tends to be that the darker your skin, the brighbter the colour.
Paler skin tones warrant a more subtle approach. Nothing a colour analysis (colour confidence session) can't solve wink wink.
Purples are both vibrant and pastel this season and on the high street still as well as any kind of green, which will be dominant this year. I'm already filling with joy and a fresh swagger to my step just thinking about purchasing a little more green as it's not a colour you see often but brings calm and happy to any wardrobe.
Don't forget your pink though because it is still hanging around whether it's in the form of punchy fuchsia, baby hues or warm peaches. The trouser suit remains a good investment and works well in an empowering colour like this, so have a look round and see what you fancy.
However, there is a strong colour contender to knock this familiar hue from it's long standing throne and it follows the annual flag ship of blue,, hoorah!
Not surprising really since Pantone's colour of the year is Classic Blue. So fill your boots with similar blues and even inkier shades in your separates, I'm thinking trousers, shorts and accessories galore that will add more variety to your other neutrals you currently mix with.
You can also expect to see many an oxford shirt or chambray/denim ensemble in that lovely pale heritage blue which works beautifully in both the cooler and warmer climates. Also a chambray or lighter cotton will skim those curves effortlessly for a better fit.
PRINTS & TEXTILES
In previous seasons we've seen the tropical print come and go without much of an impact but, after sifting through the expert's write ups, it seems that it is one for the wardrobe this year. Don't forget that a print can e your friend in the body confidence stakes.
Another print to invest your hard earned cash into is the simple polka dot which is an easy pattern to mix and can be bold or subtle depending on colour, size and what you pair it with. If you're a tall gal or fuller bodied lovely keep your spots bigger and for the more petite and slighter frame, keep it small and ditsy.
As with the seemingly popular geometric trends this year, you will see the racer check and quirky stripe along with anything resembling the 1970's too.
For the more bohemian types amongst us, we can relax knowing that scarf prints, tie-dye and romantic florals will remain popular "go tos" come the festival season and the rose print will be rife amongst the rails, especially in the dresses department.
However, there is one particular fabric that although seems a little unfitting for a hot day , will be THE one 'IT' textile to don and is no stranger to a wardrobe in some form or another and that is leather.
Yes, whether you're a rock chic or classic skirt wearer it will be everywhere in natural or vegan form and from skirt, to dress, to trouser and to jacket and colours a plenty. A welcome addition to the many colder days we actually have here in blighty even over the Summer.
THEMES & LOOKS
I have to say that in general, this season is coming across as 'sensible' and 'wearable' on it's own... honestly. There is the odd silly, like wrapped ankle trousers, massive puffy sleeves and gigantic bags that you could carry your kid in but, all in all, hand on heart, quite accessible. I even think the short suit could be pulled off in the right place though I prefer the trouser version myself.
There's a love of the high necked dress or blouse, frills and embroidered touches which resembles scenes from little women or maybe little house on the prairie, but this adds to the hazy romance of summery afternoons.
If you don't fancy all that busyness and frippery then simple pintucks and crocheted details will do the job just as well.
In fact, for those of us who like to be a little on trend without the big gestures, we'll be able to invest in an embellished collar or interesting sleeve instead, as these are the areas of focus this season.,, not a belly button in sight for the most part.