Look east for a new season update! These Oriental-inspired buys will have you set for summer in no time...
It was embraced by Hollywood’s starlets at this year’s Met Ball in New York, but Oriental is a tricky trend to get right. Full-on floral or over the top shapes and accessories can backfire, but the majority of Met Gala guests knew exactly how to style the trend. The best dressed for us were Emily Blunt in her grey satin Prada gown and woman&home favourite Dame Helen Mirren in her red embroidered gown with statement earrings, both simple and stylish.
Ready to try the trend yourself? Luckily for you ladies we are here to steer you in the right direction and make sure that you don’t have any fashion faux pas when it comes to mastering a chic Oriental look. We’ve had a look around and found some of the best bits on the high street that we guarantee will make you look red carpet-ready.
The motto to remember when trying to tackle this trend is that less is definitely more. Resist the temptation of an eastern overload and try to stick to one style hero at a time, like the kimono, cute little clutch, or an obi belt. Partner this piece with some wardrobe essentials like the skinny jean and white shirt for a guaranteed winner.
Colours are key. Stick to bright reds and blues, but soft pinks and purples. Understated and everlasting, monochrome is your best bet if you don’t want to risk getting it wrong. Got a tricky shape? Not to worry, oriental lines are loosely fitted and easy flowing so perfect for hiding any worry areas.
The Kimono is the ultimate go-to piece for the oriental trend. Perfectly flattering to any figure, a baggy and open Kimono, like this one from Anthropologie (£118), adds a touch of glamour to any daytime basics. For a more expensive look opt for an embroidered one with a deep colour palete.
So add an eastern influence into your every day wear and check out our key pieces that we know you’ll love…
We all know culottes are a key staple this season. Give them an oriental twist like this printed pair from Debenhams. For comfort and style wrapped up in one add some metallic sliders and a silky v-neck blouse.
Double up on prints and pair the previous culottes with its equally as fabulous matching top. The kimono style sleeves add extra coverage for arms – style savior! Keeps things simple with accessories; nude hues are your best bet.
Make the little things count and invest in this elegant embroidered clutch from Zara. With its intricate detailing and curved shape, this beauty looks like it’s from a top designer rather than the high street. Who cares if you can’t fit everything in it? Some pieces are purely made for pleasure and not practicality.
Black and white are fashion’s favourite pairing, and nothing says chic like this embroidered jacket from Marks and Spencer. With all the beautiful embroidery of your classic kimono, but with the edgier cropped shape, this jacket was created to show your figure.
The oriental spin on the LBD! This kimono dress is free on the arms and tummy but will still add that wow factor. Rev it up to the max by going all-out on statement jewels and an ‘in your face’ lip.
Nothing says Oriental like a bold blossom print. This lightweight shift dress from Oasis is a wonderful holiday go-to piece that will keep you not only looking and feeling cool too. Mix things up by adding a tailored waistcoat and court shoes for a warm day at the office.
Show off your pins with this chic wrap skirt form Reiss. Being the bottom half alternative to the wrap top, this metallic masterpiece adds instant luxe when teamed with a crisp white cami and gold jewels.
The flatform is a shoe that provides comfort and height. What more could a woman want? Taking inspiration from the white shoes Geishas use to wear; it seems the simple summer sandal just got a cool eastern make over. Wear with monochrome culottes for a comfy dress down look.
Oasis is certainly the hot favourite on the high street for blossom print. With the combo of grey and navy stripes under the florals, this skirt is definitely a statement piece to be reckoned with. Try an oversized draped knit to help ease up the cling factor of the skirt.
This coat from Zara is the more practical approach to the kimono, ideal for our unpredictable British weather. Wear either open and relaxed or brilliantly belted. Get noticed by styling with some powerful printed trousers and bold-as-can-be block coloured accessories.
Work that wide cut and make your legs look even longer with these trousers from Topshop. High heels are a must with these pants, stick on some 5 star sunnies and let your inner diva status shine through.
The wrap top is this summers must-have style essential. Ideal for a busty figure, it is the lightweight alternative to wearing a kimono and obi belt. For days wear over some easy breezy culottes, and revamp for evenings with a metallic skirt and killer heels.
Sometimes bigger is better! Embrace the ‘yes you can’ attitude and up your style status with a soft suede Obi belt. Cinch in that waist and enjoy total tummy control by teaming with a long maxi dress.