Spring into the New Season with Stripes

The big print for the Spring Summer 2016 season is stripes, big bold and colourful is the way to make your look current and on trend.
Designers embracing the trend included Dolce & Gabanna with their floor sweeping green striped shirt dress, Stella McCartney, Emporio Armani and Dior all giving the print their seal of approval.
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Dolce & Gabanna SS16 Collection

Stripes can be tricky to pull off, my advice is to always go for vertical stripes as they lengthen and slim your body, and who doesn’t want to look taller and slimmer right?
As an Image Consultant I teach my clients how to create illusions with their clothes, how to re-proportion shorter legs and increase the appearance of your height through using vertical detail. It’s all to do with how the eye works.

Horizontal stripes, on the other hand, will widen and shorten and are best worn by the slim and tall as their natural body proportions can balance out the appearance of the horizontal detail of the stripe and counteract its effects.

Bold is better, this season, so aim to make a real statement with the stripes that you wear look for bright colour combinations and to stay true to the trend you need to take the look head to toe.
I love this dress from Topshop, I currently can’t see this online yet but it may be worth keeping your eye out in the stores. My favourite Topshop has to be in the Bullring, Birmingham, its huge and has a vast selection for you to choose from.
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I love the bold contrast of the stripes and how the high neck and cuffs are in the opposite direction, as the cuffs and neck are such a small area of the dress the impact of the horizontal stripes here is minimal on the overall look. They create a feature of the cuffs, so when you hold your arms down by your sides they will draw attention to your hips but this is the only thing I would point out with this dress as something to be aware of and this point is specifically for ladies who don’t like their hips or thighs.

If the idea of full on bold colours fills you with dread but you like the idea of looking taller then style your stripes with a plainer toned down piece, so that you’re still giving a nod to the trend without being a slave to it. You may prefer a more monochromatic look and there are plenty of high contrast options out there. Black and white stripes may feel more accessible and much easier to wear for those with a more classic taste to their clothes, Next with their striped boyfriend shirt keeps the trend casual.
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Or if you want to add the trend into your work wardrobe this skirt from Hobbs is worth the investment as monochrome is a trend which returns season after season so will be worth it in the long run.
Hobbs SS16 Look #5
Its styled here with florals, but if you prefer style it with a plainer top. I’d go for baby pink or even electric blue but if you’re in a formal office environment stick to the monochrome look head to foot to create an air of power and authority.

Vivid colours, ruffles and off the shoulder tops and dresses are also trends to look out for and the High Street has been fabulous at combining trends together. Oasis and River Island have taken these trends to their hearts and have given their customers plenty of choices with many pieces featuring these trends in this seasons collections.
River Island embraces the bold vivid colours with these striped palazzo pants and electric blue trench (which may work well with the Hobbs skirt above)
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Oasis have opted for a more toned down colour palette, adding the drama to their looks through ruffles. This maxi dress will make you look super tall with those lengthening stripes, and the ruffles create a feature of the collar bone. If you’re 5ft 5in and under and want to wear a maxi this summer this is the dress for you.
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If stripes don’t appeal, there are plenty of trends around this Spring Summer season which may get your heart racing. There is a definite 90’s feel this season with the silk slip dress being a thing again, that whole Kate Moss bedroom to dance floor look featured on the Celine and Givenchy runways.
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This is how Celine interpreted the trend on the SS16 runway
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And this is the River Island version
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Pretty much safe to say that this trend will be huge this season, personally I’ve been there and done that and as I’m the wrong side of 40, this “Boudoir to Dance Floor” trend will be staying in my Boudoir. But for all those nubile young things out there….fill your boots!

As you know I’ve always found bold colours hard to wear personally but I’m pushing my fashion boundaries all the time by wearing much more colour now I understand the impact it has on my skintone and which shades of colour work best for me. But this doesn’t stop me loving the use of bold bright colours, especially the vivid colour trend as seen at Gucci who had a real 80’s Deirdre Barlow vibe going on.
Gucci SS16 Vivid Colours

If colour is your thing then check out this tomato red dress from Girls on Film available at www.little-mistress.com
Girls On Film 'Bright Tomato Kimono Style Dress' £45 at www.little-mistress.com
To be true to the trend, clash your colours or wear with brightly coloured clashing accessories or a graphic print bag.
I’ll be featuring more from these trends and others in the forth coming weeks so stay tuned to see more from the high street’s latest Spring Summer collections.

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