Summer fashion trends

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Summer is here and it is time to banish the overcoats and tired knits and say hello to this season’s hottest trends, from structured stripes to romantic florals, there is something for everyone.

Trend: Geisha
Inspiration from the East is this season’s hottest trend. Prada, Hermes and Armani are just a few designers who’ve adopted the Oriental trend, filled with rich fabrics and detailed prints. The must-have piece of these collections is the kimono; wear draped over a summer dress or adopt as your summer staple for major fashion kudos. For a high street alternative go to Zara and H&M.

Trend: Monochrome
Monochrome is the ‘it’ word of chic summer style, black and white has never been so much fun. Go minimalist as seen at Gucci or opt for a bolder look as seen at Marc Jacobs with clashing head to toe prints. Oasis is the go-to for all things monochrome this season.

Trend: Print
Print, PRINT, print; the brighter, bolder and more exaggerated the better. This season is all about letting your clothes do the talking and no colour combination is off limits. Kenzo’s summer line is bursting with abstract clashing leopard prints and Mary Katrantzou sought inspiration from summer holidays with her postage stamp prints. In keeping with their young urban collection Topshop offers all this season’s hottest trends and at a fraction of the designer prices.

Trend: Stripes
Wide or thin, bright or basic, stripes are on the horizon. Get ready to make a statement this season with a colourful offering as seen at Paul Smith, or go for a more sophisticated look with tailored shorts and matching top as seen at Dolce and Gabbana. If you want to do this sailor inspired look A-Wear and Warehouse are bang on trend.

Trend: Aqua
Feeling BLUE?  There might be enough trends to make your head spin but there is only one colour this summer – aqua. As seen at Zac Posen and Etro.

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