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SS14 Trend Predictions

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Spring Summer 2014
Spring Summer 2014 
It's a new year and a new Spring/ Summer season is soon to be upon us! Therefore, I've compiled what I think are the top 5 trends for the coming summer months and predicted the key pieces you'll be wearing (and how best to grab what's left of the sales!). If you like the look of any of the items, click on the trend's title where you'll be re-directed to my Polyvore page with full details (and links!) to each item. 
Let me know what your favourite looks are on twitter.

Gingham Love AffairGingham love affair
This is always a popular look during summer and is somehow reminiscent of British costal summers vs. a certain french chic. Pastels are also always big on any SS mood board, but this season, they're tipped as a top trend (specifically when it comes to sports luxe, but I'd rather eat my own liver than feature something like that on my blog!). This look is definitely a grown up but relaxed look perfect for a day out/ work/ lunch with the girls... pretty much anything!


Key pieces for this look include:


- Light denim; in fact, denim in any form is good for this season. Another top trend to look out for!
- Pastel coloured nail varnish- the perfect accompaniment to this look...
- Breton prints (for a certain je ne sais quoi)
- Gingham prints; very popular this season!
- High waists create an instant 60's vibe. Think of a French twiggy and you're halfway there! Make the most of the wide range of skirts this season and pick out a fab pair of high waisted jeans.

PVC | High ShinePVC | High Shine

I'm so happy about the longevity of this trend. It featured heavily during AW13 and long may it continue into SS14! Shown in splashes on the catwalk last September, PVC, metallics and high shine pieces are all the perfect finish to an SS14 look. Try using a piece like this as a statement and combine it with a vibrant print (see Checks and Florals below).

Key pieces for this look include:

- PVC in any form; handbags, skirts, panels, shoes, even nail varnish!
- High shine pieces with a sheen to them to catch the eye...
- Metalics in bold block colours (try a dress or skirt for maximum effect!)

FloralFloral

Whenever I think of this trend I instantly think of this GIF and it always makes me giggle. But no matter how 'simple' this look is for spring, it will NEVER get old for designers. Hence, it's always best to have a few key pieces in this print ready for your SS wardrobe. Here are my picks from the high street to keep you bang on trend!

Key pieces for this look include:

- A good floral skirt; it's the age of the skirt/ skort/ midi/ mini/ maxi right now and what better way to incorporate it into your 'drobe than in a floral print?
- A floral headband (perfect for hiding festival hair!)
- A cute pair of floral wedges are always great for poshing-up an outfit
- Floral shirt or cami for instant vintage-vibe!

Check


Check, tartan, gingham, houndstooth, square print- whatever you want to name this trend, go for it. It's a BIG winner in the SS14 style stakes. Anything in a blocky monochrome-type print will be perfect this season so block it in coordinates or clash it with another print. Anything goes! This is really one of my favourite looks for this season.

Key pieces for this look include:

- Shift dresses are BANG on trend this year (see the oversized feature below) so get one of these in a check print and you'll look fab this summer!
- Get some trousers like those above to clash prints easily. Try a cigarette-pant, oversized joggers or wide-legged for a cool spring look...

XXL Oversized
Another real favourite of mine for SS14, the oversized style statement is spot on for me this summer. Whilst I'll be in one of the hottest countries in the world (jetting off to Colombia soon for part 2 of my year abroad!) I'll be needing some loose fitting clothing. And low and behold- the style gods are on my side! Pair any of these pieces together with some tights/ leggings/ slim fit jeans and you're good to go. Enjoy feeling cool this summer (in both senses of the word!).

Key pieces for this look include:
- Shift dresses; take it from me and get one in your wardrobe NOW!!
- Clutches are big this season, so get a huge one and you'll never lose it in a club!
- A large coat will keep you warm in between our pesky British seasons, so invest in a good one in a cool block colour or funky print..
- A button-down shirt dress is another look I'm loving in correlation with this trend. Wear over whole outfits and unbutton for a long kimono or wear over jeans for a laid-back look.
- Joggers are due to be very popular too although make sure they fit you how they're supposed to (very baggy round the thighs and a little loose at the bottom).

And there you have it! My top 5 trends for SS14. Let me know if you try any out on twitter or facebook as I'll be posting my own looks up for you very soon!


I'm currently on my year abroad and part 2 takes place in Colombia starting in March. To follow my adventures, check out my year abroad blog here.
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