Working in retail is hugely helpful for shopping (not so good for the credit card and overdraft though) but if we can’t buy it? We can still window shop it right? So here are a couple of my new favourite trends I have spotted out and about in the last few weeks…
I first saw some of these last year at the Benicassim music festival 09 in Spain and was unsure if they would catch on. A year later I am at the London Clothes Show with my mum and she takes me over to the espadrille stand to tell me all about the espadrilles she had when she was 14 – I genuinely had no idea they had even been around for that long (blushes in embarrassment), and it seems they are just as popular today as they were back in the day.
Originating from the Pyrenees the shoe is defined by an upper canvas or cotton fabric sewn to a sole made of rope, and was once used as peasant footwear. However they have come along way since then, with high fashion and high street stores now selling their own versions of the shoe, while celebrities such as Kate Bosworth and Alexa Chung, to name but two, have invested in pairs – is it too early to call them a classic?
Varying from flat, platform, flip-flop or wedged heels the espadrille seems to suit any occasion, just add shorts and a t.shirt or vest top with a flat pair and dress to impress with some wedged espadrilles with a summery skirt or dress – making them perfect for any festival, beach, and days out to the bar in the evening. The variety of colours also means you can find the ideal colour or pattern to suit your personality, mood, wardrobe, or favourite outfit.
To snap up a traditional pair visit http://www.loveespadrilles.com/ or if you fancy something with a twist try something new from the high street…
Topshop Vanilla Lace Print Espadrilles £15.00
Topshop Vandal Splash Espadrilles £15.00
SCHUH Pale Pink Womens Espadrilles £12.99
KG by Kurt Geiger various
DUNE Sugarloaf Wedges £75.00
Another trend I have warmed too recently is the return of tie dye prints. This is a perfect trend for the remaining summer months and cross-over into autumn because it works well with all kinds of denim – jeans to shorts, and neutral colours such as black and white for layering. It also comes in lots of variations from skirts, leggings, t.shirts, vests, crop tops, smock tops, and swimwear/ cover-ups, which can easily take you from season to season. Again both high fashion and the high street have infiltrated these prints into their collections recently making it the right time to get out that vintage piece we had from years ago, or grab that new item from our favourite store before it is too late.
However the key with this trend is to get the look right to avoid resembling a gypsy living in a caravan. In this way put aside colourful hearts and peace signs and embrace black, grey, blue, bold and even pastel colours, and pair with a neutral base such as denim jeans or shorts for a top, and a plain vest for leggings to let the print do all the talking. The trend also epitomizes the raw and edgy popular rock groupie look, think skinny jeans, ripped shorts, bleached/ distressed fabrics, and statement heels. Layer a baggy tie dye t.shirt or vest over some skinny jeans or shorts, and add heels, pumps or sandals (depending on the weather) with your favourite accessories for a day to bar look. If you are daring enough invest in a tie dye maxi or smock dress for a real tribal or exotic statement before the sunshine hides itself for another year.
Still not converted? Why not try a ‘splash/ splatter print’ piece which looks similar to tie dye but has a slightly modern edge. Alternatively why not try out a traditional nautical print with vertical tie dye stripes for mixing two looks together. And for those of you on a budget have a look through eBay or buy a plain cotton white t.shirt, vest, or pair of leggings and some fabric dyes and get creative – fold the item and bind it with string or rubber bands in your desired pattern.
As always here are my favourite pieces from the high street…
Karen Millen Skinny Tie Dye Jeans from ASOS were £99.00, now £64.00
Rare Shoulder Pad Tie Dye Dress from ASOS £28.00
Cheap Monday Tie Dye Drape Skirt from ASOS £23.00
Selected Femme Silk Tie Dye Harem Trousers from ASOS were £90.00, now £36.00
ASOS Tie Dye Trapeze Vest Sundress was £30.00, now £21.00
Topshop Tie Dye Tee £45.00
Topshop Tie Dye Maxi Dress £35.00
Topshop Tie Dye Denim Leggings £22.00
Topshop Tie Dye Triangle Bikini £25.00
Boohoo Erin Splash Print Maxi Skirt £18.00
For more inspiration please visit http://www.gypsy05.com/ which is full of hippy chic trimmings.