Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Love is in the Air!

Since it's Valentines this weekend, it seems like the perfect opportunity to try out one of Spring/Summer's new trends: Romance. This look is all about channelling femininity; and the high street is already bursting with luscious girly items.

Love, love, love Pastels
After a visit to Topshop a few days ago I've been feeling more in the mood for Spring. The rails were full of new stock in beautiful pastel shades, which are bound to brighten anyone's day. Pale purple, pink, yellow, and peach were all mixed amongst cream and a soft caramel brown; and although I loved last Summer's bold colours, I'm really excited to see a brand new colour palette. Below, Calvin Klein shows that pastels are the colour to wear this season, as he sends a pale lemon dress down his runway.

And I just love this maxi dress from Topshop Unique, I've already added it to my lust list!

Woo with Fabulous Fabrics
This trend is all about light, luxurious fabrics - perfect if we get a hot summer this year (let's not think about the other option!) Donna Karan led the way showcasing delicate sheer dresses in pale grey and cream, and Dolce and Gabbana showed lace will still be a popular choice this season. Another option is to soften up an outfit by adding a silk or satin item; even something as simple as a pastel coloured silk scarf will hit the spot.

Ruffles Rule
Ruffles were all over the Spring/Summer 2010 catwalks - Hannah Macgibbons showed cream, sheer ruffled maxi dresses at Chloe, Marc Jacobs sent a ruffled blazer and shorts set down his runway and Stella McCartney presented mesmerising one shouldered summer dresses with gloriously huge frills running across the chest. So when it comes to ruffles, there really is no limit. For maximum impact opt for a full ruffled skirt or dress. For the more faint hearted there are plenty of t-shirts with ruffled shoulders or sleeves; team with skinny jeans and ballet pumps to add a touch of girly glamour to an everyday outfit.

Floral prints never seem to
go out of fashion, so this is the perfect way to work the trend on a small budget - update last season's floral tops with new accessories (think shoes with bow details or a delicate brooch). If you can splash out, invest in a pretty floral skirt or trousers (Topshop have a beautiful pair of skinny jeans in a floral print). Wear with a plain jersey tee to perfect a romantic day time look.

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