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So Last Season

Out with one season, in with the new...

Wednesday, 17th April, 2019 4:51pm

Now you know I love a good morning brunch event, so I was delighted to be styling the Opera Lane Summer Edit last week in The River Club.

All the ingredients were there for the perfect event with lots of great fashion, good company and delicious food.

It’s so nice to be able to catch up with everyone at these things as well as being able to showcase all that the new season has to offer in terms of fashion and style.

As with all our events on Opera Lane, I’m always styling the looks with all the stylish women I know in mind and with my equally stylish personal shopping clients in mind too, so that even though there may be trend-led pieces, it’s more about showing how you can style them in a more personal way.

Nobody wants to buy something and only wear it once or twice which is why you want versatile pieces that can be styled multiple ways and that will be in your wardrobe for seasons to come.

I personally feel at the moment like I’ve been in my winter clothes for far too long so I’m definitely ready to break out the summer clothes and shed a few heavy layers. With that in mind, I focused on three key style stories this season from earthy colour tones to high summer fashion with a denim heavy smart casual look thrown into the mix too, which ensured there’s something for everyone.

One of my favourite looks at the moment are the real earthy tones out there with include khaki green, scorched earth orange all mixed with neutral beige. These colours really lend themselves well to the utility trend which I’ve spoken about before and which is ever popular.

I love the easy to wear colours, silhouettes and the fabrics like linen and cotton which gives the looks and air of breezy glamour. Throw in a bit of animal print for good measure and you’re done.

I also have a penchant for denim, and while to mention denim as a fashion story is hardly reinventing the wheel due to the fact that we wear it season after season, it does seem to be particularly at the forefront of fashion this spring summer.

One piece that I’m always underestimating but that I want to start wearing more of is the denim skirt. Whether you fancy a shorter a-line style, a tight fitting pencil skirt or a longer more '70s inspired silhouette, there are so many options out there at the moment that make great alternatives to wearing jeans.

My personal favourite is the looser fit, midi a-line which gives a vintage feel and looks great styled with simple t-shirts and a good block heel, although in the winter with the aid of my trusty opaque tights, I will venture to wear a shorter version of this.

As with all denim pieces, they provide the perfect base for print and colour and one of my favourite prints to pair with denim is a fresh gingham and there are so many great pieces out there from tops to jumpsuits and dresses to accessories.

Finally it wouldn’t be a summer edit without a mention of high summer and holiday looks and even though I try and spend less on my summer wardrobe than on my winter, I still want it to work super hard for me.

Pieces need to be able to come on holidays, go to work and then bring me to a casual BBQ so I need absolute versatility in everything I buy. My summer go-to is a good midi dress and a denim jacket which will never see you wrong whatever the social gathering.

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