Summer Essentials and Trends ’09

Every season brings with it a raft of new trends, fashions and fads for us all to enjoy experimenting with! In these cash strapped times, however, savvy shoppers are thinking carefully before buying into the newest looks, and working out how best to keep up with the latest essentials, without spending a fortune!

Luckily with so many great new looks on offer in the shops, it’s easy to find new outfits which will last more than one season – and which can be used alongside previous season pieces for a fresh take. Equally, splashing out on some clever new accessories is a great way to perk up classic basics, or invest in something quality and simple which can be updated for many seasons to come!

Some of the key looks coming up for 2009 are block and bright colours- particularly for summer. Colour blocking is very much in evidence on the high street and in the designer boutiques – greys and neon pinks, greens and aqua blues are combining for a strong and dramatic effect. Look for comfortable tunic tops and dresses – and remember that opaque tights, leggings – or ‘treggings’ for those who aren’t quite confident enough to return to their 80s wardrobe staples – are still on trend and look great with some patent Mary-janes or high pumps.

If 80s colour blocking isn’t really your thing, look for floaty and romantic shapes which are ideal for all figures and shapes. These feature in beautiful chiffons and silks – with architectural shapes, ruching, asymmetrical hems and embellishments all very much in evidence. If you wish to be bang on trend try corals or soft teals – beautiful with a tan.

Classic tailoring is always a great investment buy whichever the season, and there’s some beautiful suits with sleek fitted shapes on offer, with quirky little details such as fishtail skirts or fluted or cropped sleeves for womens’ jackets. Don’t be afraid to try something a little different – the high street has some great options at great prices.

When it comes to accessories, bags and shoes are still key. Depending on your look you might want to try out some of the bold tribal beads and accessories – or buy into the fringing trend with a fringed leather bag as part of the Aztec or folk look. Similarly wooden beads in long loops are very much in evidence – or at the other end of the scale, have fun with bright funky plastic bangles and cocktail rings. Bag shapes are varied – this year it’s all about the bright colours. Look for new box clutches or patent totes – oversized bags are still a good buy – great news for girls with lots to carry about!

In terms of shoes, flats and ballet pumps are still a good buy for this summer. High heeled courts are a recurring theme as well – again featuring block colours, strong heels and nods to 80s styling – or try something a little crazy with one of the architectural heel shoes – definitely not for walking in, but many designers have really pulled out the stops with some real shoe works of art – a must for hardcore fashion devotees!

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Marie Hilland
Fashion Director of The ‘It’ Guide

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