Step into 2014 in style

Look great with our pick of the top trends for Spring / Summer

Checks - trend for SS14, creative commons image

The cold weather won’t be here for too much longer and it will be time to pack away your winter woolies before you know it. We’ve been looking to the catwalks for some Spring/Summer inspiration – so you can start warming up with the best of next season’s looks.


Checks, especially black and white, were seen on the runway of Ralph Lauren and Kate Spade. It’s a design that is smart and clean. Head to toe checks is a hard look to pull off and can be too busy, so to get this just right stick with one statement piece.

A bit of flare

If you have had enough of skinny jeans then breathe a sign of relief because wide legged trousers are making a come back in 2014. Paul Smith, Mulberry and many more loved this look. Like long culottes with wide and relaxed tailoring, a pair of these look great with a fitted top or neat shift blouse.

White shirts - trend for SS14, creative commons image

A wardrobe must-have

An ideal partner for checked trousers is the classic white shirt. It is a stable that never really goes out of fashion and it was back on Valentino’s Spring / Summer catwalk for 2014. But this year the designers have put a bit of a twist on the classic – showcasing styles with asymmetric tailoring. A well-made, light-weight pure cotton shirt is just the thing for a cool summer look.

Beautiful blouses

Elegant shift blouses were popular with both Mulberry and Calvin Klein.  A blouse with a little structure can add class to a casual look. A shift blouse oozes relaxed sophistication and it goes well with some many pieces – from casual jeans to a formal skirt.

Fabulous florals - trend for SS14, creative commons imageFabulous florals

Another look that was a big hit on the catwalks was sweet florals. Burberry and Nina Ricci were just two of many designers whose pieces had added flower power. It’s such an easy look to wear and so hard not to love.

Pastel hues

From mint green to pretty lilac, pastels were everywhere at New York fashion week. These soft sugar-coated shades are just the thing to put a spring back in your step. They look great with a white base layer and pastels can be easily worn together  – mix them up like your own clothes sundae!

Tea time

The ‘tea’ length skirt is cut above the ankle, a little shorter than a maxi- it’s the skirt’s take on cropped trousers. Dior and Oscar de la Renta both loved this flowing princess-like style. To get this ladylike look just right wear it with heals or strappy sandals.

You’ll be glad to hear that many of next seasons trends are very wearable and easy to do well. Although it’s still grey outside it might just be time to start brightening up your wardrobe – add some checks, florals and pastels and get ready for a great year ahead.

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