I haven’t blogged as regularly as usual, but hopefully this post should make up for it. It’s taken longer than most of my other posts to pull together, but I’m pleased with the finished product and hopefully you guys are gonna enjoy it too!
Whilst I’m not usually into the whole ‘oh look this is in right now so I should buy it’ mentality, trends can be fun and right now there are some pretty interesting ones about! I’ve focused on 4 that have been bubbling under the surface for some time now, but I think we’re going to see them make a big splash this spring, seeing us through to the end of summer.
I’ve even done the hard work for you and handpicked a few of the best pieces, so you may want to have your bank card to hand!
#1) culottes – a welcome change from the constraints of skin tight skinnies, wide leg trousers are everything one could wish for; effortless, chic and oh-so-comfortable (the next best thing to wearing PJs, if you ask me). I especially love that most come with pockets, aka the most severely underrepresented but sorely needed feature on women’s clothing.
how to style: if you’re worried the oversized silhouette of culottes will drown you out, the trick is to pair them with clean, structured lines.
Featured here: ASOS embroidered culottes, £18 / Simply Be Blue culottes, £15 / River Island tassell cropped pants, £40 / MANGO scalloped culottes, £36 / MANGO striped culottes, £40 / Yumi zipper culottes, £35/ River Island pink strip culottes, £38 / ZARA gold culottes, £26
#2) statement sleeves – perfect for Boomeranging but not so ideal for reaching across dinner tables laden with tapas, sleeves with flair seem to be here to stay. From fluted to frills or ruching to ruffles there’s plenty of ways to wear your heart on your sleeve. If subtle is more your style, opt for shoulder detailing instead. Or, Forever 21 have some more toned down takes on the ever-popular bell sleeve.
how to style: layer under denim jackets or sleeveless dresses to show off your statement sleeves.
Featured here: SheIn blue bow sleeve detail top, £11 / SheIn contrast bell sleeve knit, £12 / Forever 21 boxy bell sleeve sweater, £8.99 / Boohoo Nala ruffle detail top, £15 / Boohoo ruffled Bardot top, £18.00 / Pretty Little Thing shoulder ruffle shirt, £29 / Boohoo balloon sleeve top, £14 / River Island pleated sleeve black blouse, £25 / SheIn Black gingham billow sleeve top, £19 / MANGO batwing top, £26 / New Look frill sleeve top, £9
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#3) the micro crossbody – cast off your jumbo tote with a thud; it’s time to go mini! A challenge for the serial kitchen-sinker, but trust me, once you experience the joy of being shoulder-ache and handsfree, you’ll never go back!
how to style: love your #allblackeverything? Opt for a crossbody in bold colours/patterns as a quick style trick to elevate a neutral look. Add a bag charm to put your own stamp on it!
Featured here: Valentino Rockstud bag, £1,145 / MANGO studded crossbody, £36 / Furla Metropolis crossbody, £155 /River Island mini satchel, £36 / Gucci Marmont Chevron bag, £2,260/ MANGO quilted chevron crossbody , £30 / Gucci pink Marmont Matelassé bag, £805 / MANGO pink quilted purse, £20 / Dolce Gabbana red purse, £1,750 / ZARA red crossbody, £30 / Gucci Sylvie Floral purse, £1,450 / MANGO buckle embroidered bag, £50 / Sara Battaglia Cindy patent metallic purse, £593 / Sophie Hulme Albion box bag, £450 / Les Petits Joueurs mini Alex Bunny Bag, £710 / Prada Cahier purse, £2,185 / MANU Atelier purple purse, £255 / Fendi blue over the shoulder purse
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#4) the buckle belt – thanks to a certain Alessandro Michele, many a waist has been sporting the infamous interlocking “GG” atop faded mom jeans. Never fear, I’ve got your back (waist?) with some just as cute purse-friendly options.
how to style: upgrade a basic jeans-and-tee look with a polished metallic buckle for a luxe feel.
Hopefully you’re feeling inspired to try out some of these if you haven’t already!
Which of these do you already have in your wardrobe? Which one are you most excited about; culottes, statement sleeves, mini crossbody bags or buckle belts?