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I thought I would do something a bit different today on zee blog since I’ve been so SO busy recently and therefore I’ve not had a chance to take 5 mins to think up some new concept to turn in to blog content, but one thing I always manage to squeeze in to my day is a bit of online shopping/browsing session (which usually actually starts with a scroll through Instagram and then a ‘oh my god I NEED that’ and then a visit to the ASOS or Topshop or Zara site – the usual culprits – and so on and so on…), hence I thought it made sense to write a little piece on the spring trends I’m loving which ultimately also turned in to a Lisbon wishlist because if there’s one place you want to look your best it’s in a European city.
Since we’re very very slowly eeking towards spring I’ve been trying my best to steer away from the chunky knit jumpers and fluffy faux fur coats (however hard that may be), and looking at more spring appropriate pieces and those that would be ideal for a summer get away. Living in the UK, the sun does not tend to show it’s face until well in to May/June and so when the shops start to introduce bikinis and crop tops and little denim shorts that barely cover your bum in March it’s a bit of a weird time for shopping. If I’m going to buy something new I want to be able to wear it as soon as I walk out of the shop, I’m impatient so buying a summer dress in March and not being able to wear it until August is not for me which probably explains why I’m still buying knitwear now (ha, this brought back memories of getting new shoes when I was a kid and asking my mum if I could ‘wear them home’ so the sales assistance had to unpack them then and there and put my own shoes in the new shoe box – was anyone else that impatient?). But yes, shopping in between seasons can be a bit of a weird one and just not very inspiring, at least that’s what I find.
It’s just been London fashion week and new trends seem to be starting to leak in to the high street, turning the unwearable (verging on ridiculous – in my opinion) catwalk get-up in to the very wearable, very tempting reasonable priced yumminess.
So of course, I had a bit of an online browsing binge one night last week, G&T in hand, which took a solid few ~enjoyable~ hours and after I’d finished said binge I realised that near enough everything I had picked out could be categorised in to one of three groups – Patterns (mainly checks and polka dots, all the Clueless vibes), Bolds & Brights and then Sports Luxe which is definitely going to be a bit of trial and error – so I thought I’ll stick with that theme and run through my top picks which are slowly but surely going to be making their way in to my wardrobe.
Throw back to a few years ago and I would not be someone who enjoys wearing patterns of any kind – apart from stripes, I’ve always been partial to a stripe – but now it’s a whole other story. My all time favourites for this year have to be the glorious polka dot, and the oh so 90’s check. In particular I luuuurve the ASOS shirt below with contrast sleeves to add a bit of interest, and the Glamorous check playsuit – there’s been so many check pinafore dresses about so I’m fancying something a bit different and a playsuit is definitely it. It’s more fun and relaxed shape would look great on hols as a throw on beach cover up!
Bolds & Brights
It’s the same story as patterns when it comes to bolds and brights, this time last year I would not have been a fan. I don’t know whats happened to me this year but I’m feeling a bit more adventurous and less ‘monochrome chic’ when it comes to dressing so the whole ‘Crayola brights’ trend has me hooked. Special mention to the orange Missguided swimsuit below which would never look good on me because I’m incapable of getting tan but I can appreciate it’s beauty all the same. The Zara wrap top I’m wearing in the shots is the epitome of bold, brights and pattern put together; a colour pop I am more than willing to wear.
And lastly but by no means least the very ‘Instagram IT girl’ sports luxe trend. This is something I have never dared try before, and the one I would definitely be a bit more cautious of because getting it wrong would not look cool, but when done right (and I have no idea really what doing it ‘right’ looks like) it’s a style I would love to emulate. My first toe dip in to the realms of sports luxe might have to be the Pretty Little Thing denim skirt with sports trip detail; subtle but effective? Watch this space, there may well be some more ‘sports wear as day wear’ looks coming soon…
Which trends are you investing in this season, and how are you wearing them??
Wrap Top – Zara / Pleather Trousers – H&M / Sock Boots – Zara