Sunday, 29 January 2012

Transitional Trends

With the winter winds swirling around our frost bitten toes, and the January blues weighing heavily on our shoulders, all we want is to wrap ourselves up in layers of heavy winter clothes and retreat to the safety of tried and tested trends.

However, as much as the sight of yet another dank, dreary, rainy day makes you want to reach for the same bobble hat, thick knit and leather boots, resist the temptation and instead embrace Spring’s brightest trends- guaranteed to alleviate those winter blues!

Firstly, there’s no reason to completely abandon those warm, snuggly knits- it is January after all! However, it’s time to ditch those oversized vintage jumpers and adopt the huge fashion- as- art trend, as seen on the Picasso sweaters at Jil Sander. Homages to this look can be found at Topshop with their brilliant graphic knit, (£44) and polka dot sweater (£38), a design very reminiscent of the work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kasuma (who is coincidently featured in this month’s Vogue).

Luxe daywear. As seen at Matthew Williamson, Lanvin and Prada. A perfect antidote to the heavy layers of this season, this trend can easily be integrated into your outfits to give a whole new twist to your wardrobe. Pair sumptuous, silky shirts in pastel colours with this season’s ¾ length trousers, or choose a decorative midi skirt to wear with opaque tights and grungy winter boots. Try Asos for a great selection, topped off by this lace and peplum number (£28).

Furthermore, pair your midi with a couture tee for an easy way to introduce Summer into your wardrobes. The more embellished the better: choose sequins, brocade, print, luxe fabrics, added peplums… Great options can be found all over the high street, but the best are in River Island. Gold metallic scalloped- edged top (£30)

Gatsby Glamour is a mega trend for summer, so why not get a head start now? Perfect for jazzing up your eveningwear, the Daisy Buchanan look can be achieved by simply decking yourself in fringing, feathers, sequins and gold bugle beads. The best modern take on the trend can be found at Topshop, with this Ralph Lauren- esque silver maxi (£38). For true flapper credentials, pair art deco designs with slicked back hair and pared down makeup. I’ll see you on the dance floor.

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