Summer has well and truly arrived. If you want to turn heads for all of the right reasons over the coming months, you need to make sure that you are up-to-date with the latest trends. So, let’s take a look at some of the main summer looks in further detail, starting with a style that everyone seems to be wearing at the moment, necklaces have become chunky and multi-layered. If it’s not bold enough, add another chain even with a bikini, this look works for everyone.
Bold Chain Necklaces
You can’t just wear one chain around your neck, now you need to carefully layer your jewelry and it helps if one of your chains is bold with a gold disc or ancient coin hanging off the chain. The bigger the better, we love Kerry Washington in this Lioness Pendant necklace from her beautiful collaboration with AU-Rate. This style looks great with a casual tee and jeans, long hippie dresses and can update your LBD for a fancy night out.
Checks – Let’s begin with one of the hottest patterns this season – heritage checks. This is something we have seen styled in many different ways on the runway. Victoria Beckham went for a more traditional look while Balenciaga gave us the bold and unusual with voluminous coats in a check pattern. Burberry went for an overt take on checks while Sonia Rykiel showed how to work this look in a feminine way. Basically, no matter your own personal style, this is the sort of look you can tweak to suit you.
Plastic – The good thing about this trend is that not only does it look stylish and edgy, but it is practical too. After all, we all know that summer does not guarantee there won’t be a few drops of rain throughout the coming months. This is a look that has been on many different runways. This includes Fendi, Calvin Klein, Topshop, Burberry, Isabel Marant, and Chanel. Expect to see plastic in many different colours.
Pastels – Fashion retailers around the world are ordering bulk amounts of wholesale fabric in pastel shades, as these delicious ice-cream colours are becoming more and more popular every summer. Whether it is duck egg blue, lemon, pink, or lilac, you will see all of fashion’s prettiest shades this summer. You don’t need to wear a vibrant shade in order to make an impact. Take it from Victoria Beckham, she said that delicacy can be strong, and she’s certainly right. To really up your game this summer, experiment by wearing pastels in different ways and ice-cream colours look great with denim.
Sparkles and sequins – To say that sequins and sparkles are going to be big over the next few months is an understatement. We have seen glitter on numerous catwalks in the lead-up to summer, including Gucci, Chanel, Dior, Marc Jacobs, and Tom Ford. You can also get some great pieces from the Louis Vuitton brand. This is not just a look for the evening either, as you can easily rock sequins during the day by opting to style yours with a T-shirt or sweatshirt.
What about summer statement dressing at work?
We seem to have this misconception that workwear needs to be sensible and that we need to stick to a trusted white blouse and black pencil skirt. There is no need to leave your personality in your wardrobe every morning. You can still make a statement while keeping your look professional.
Incorporate new trends into your professional wardrobe – Do you enjoy keeping up-to-date with the latest fashion trends? If so, don’t feel like you can only embrace this side of you outside of the workplace, show your personality at work too. Needless to say, there are some trends that need to be left at home, such as cropped tops and sheer clothing. However, there are plenty of other trends that you can rock at work. This includes floral prints, oversized tote bags, check prints and pastel colours, it’s a great way for people to get to know the real you.
Use lipstick for the perfect finishing touch – When it comes to statement dressing, it is not just about your clothes, it’s your whole look, including hair and make-up. A vibrant shade of lipstick can completely transform any outfit, taking a boring dress and turn it into something classy with a pillar-box red lipstick. If that’s too bold, there are so many colours that work, like corals, pinks and tangerine. Of course, if you are to get this right, you need to apply your lipstick immaculately, use a steady hand and if it’s hot stay away from vivid colours that might smudge in the heat.
Make a statement with one bold accessory – When it comes to workplace accessories, it is all about being bold and making a statement. An oversized watch or a statement necklace will make a much bigger impact than lots of little accessories will. And, no matter what you do, avoid any jewellery that is going to make clink noises all day long. You won’t make any friends if your bangles are irritating everyone!
Add a pop of colour – Finally, if you want to make a statement with ease, there is no better way to do it than with colour. Your work wardrobe does not have to be black and white, add some fun and vibrancy, just make sure you keep it professional.