Some say trends are for the young. By the age of 35, certain fashion ‘experts’ dictate, we should have found our own personal style, from which we should avoid deviation at all costs. But we say, where’s the fun in that? We think everyone should enjoy experimenting with trends. Who’s to say you shouldn’t enjoy a little self-reinvention each season, after all? That doesn’t mean you have to swipe your look straight off the catwalk, though – make it your own. How? Simply pick a piece which nods to your favourite trend, then dial it down a notch or two by teaming it with pared-back wardrobe classics. Easy. Read on to find out how to make wearing the 3 trickiest SS17 trends look easy…
How To Wear Tulle
Tulle skirt: Buy now from tedbaker.com for £199
Ribbon tie ballerina shoes: Buy now from simplybe.co.uk for £15
Fluted cold shoulder top: Buy now from oasis-stores.com for £28
Valentino is championing the ballerina trend this season. Don’t worry though – choose wisely and we promise you won’t look like you’ve raided your 5-year-old’s dressing up box. Pick a dark-toned midi skirt with a grown-up print and team with a relaxed T-shirt and an understated ribbon-tie ballet flat. Feeling the chill? Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn and team with a black roll neck jumper.
Tulle long sleeve shift dress: Buy now from marksandspencer.com for £49.50
Ski pants: Buy now from warehouse.co.uk for £39
Block heel court shoes: Buy now from office.co.uk for £68
Sheer tulle dresses were all over the catwalks this season, from Simone Rocha to Molly Goddard. The cool kids are wearing them over jeans and T-shirts, but you can put a more sophisticated spin on the trend by wearing yours over another dress. Try this 2-in-1 wonder buy from M&S for size… Add a pair of block heeled court shoes, ensuring you opt for a ‘V-neck’ style for an of-the-moment twist on the classic style. Underskirt too short for your liking? Switch it for a midi, or pop a pair of slim fit ski pants underneath. Stirrups nod to another of this season’s biggest trends… yes, the ’80s are back.
How to Wear the ’80s Trend
Long-sleeved lame shirt: Buy now from matchesfashion.com for £105
Crepe wrap skirt: Buy now from warehouse.co.uk for £39
Black leather ankle boots: Buy now from lkbennett.com for £275
We’ve been living in the ’70s for a good few years now, but the ’80s trend is finally beginning to gather momentum. What does that mean? Bold brights, loud lamé and statement sleeves, of course. Can you wear them? Yes, you can! It’s all about how… Team a lamé blouse with a classic black wrap skirt and sleek ankle boots to allow your top to ‘pop’ without making you look like a leftover Christmas cracker.
Poplin blouse: Buy now from zara.com for £25.99
Mule sandals: Buy now from houseoffraser.co.uk for £110
Paperbag trousers: Buy now from next.co.uk for £38
Ready to go bold and bright? Pair this sunshine-yellow balloon-sleeved blouse with a pair of tapered tailored trousers and it’ll take you anywhere. Yellow sandals will pull the look together.
How to Wear Ruffles
Satin mix blouse: Buy now from warehouse.co.uk for £32
Pencil skirt with ruffles: Buy now from zara.com for £29.99
Mule loafers: Buy now from office.co.uk for £62
We’ve been banging on about ruffles for a little while now, but if you’ve held off until now, it’s time to test the waters. After all, with the ’80s trend set to explode onto the high street, they’re not about to go anywhere. Ease yourself in with a chic ruffled pencil skirt. Team with a white blouse and backless mules for an understated yet fashion-forward look which will take you from day to night.
Printed blouse with frills: Buy now from zara.com for £25.99
Cross strap mules: Buy now from office.co.uk for £52
Button down midi skirt: Buy now from karenmillen.com for £110
Seasoned frill-seeker? Team a floral-print blouse with a button-down midi skirt and block heel sandals. Pick block colours which echo the tones in the print – springtime in a bottle.