2011 in a fashion nutshell

Bored of winter already? I know I am. All my energy is going into seeing out these final few weeks before the clocks go forward and I can think about flip flops, sunglasses and not having to take a coat EVERYwhere with me for at least six months again (I lie, I’m already thinking about those things. Daily.)

But, as far away as the summer seems right now, it’s never too early to get a handle on the upcoming trends hitting the high street this year.

So in the spirit of all things spring/summer, here’s a taste of what’s coming our way…

Ultra feminine
Mid-length and maxi hemlines are big news. Everything is looking girly and feminine, with clean cut lines in neutral tones:

Pleat skirt midi dress £17, due in store end of Feb; floppy straw hat £4, due in store end of Feb; patent platform £12, in store now. All from Primark

Cami £6; skirt £55; belt £7.50; necklace £16. All from Marks & Spencer, in store Jan/Feb

2 in 1 chiffon midi £15, due in store end of Jan; cork platform £12, due in store end March. All from Primark

Flower Power
Florals are hanging around for another year, so recycling last year’s flowery wears is on (a good thing, being that it’s a trend I went a little overboard on). I may or may not be purchasing these to add to said collection though. Mostly may…

50’s printed skirt £16, due in store end of Jan; crochet crew jumper £16, due in store beginning of Feb; sling back bow kitten heel £10, due in store mid Jan. All from Primark

Dress per una Designer Speziale, £175; corsage £15, due in store March, Bangles £10, due in store Feb. All from Marks & Spencer











Swingin’ Seventies
I was born in completely the wrong decade. But never fear, because 41 years later and the ’70s are back. Big influences this year can be found in jumpsuits (love them or hate them) and swim wear:

Jumpsuit, £79; belt £15, in store May-June; bangle, £16. All from Marks & Spencer

Swimsuit, £29.50; sunglasses £15, in store between Jan-July; bangle(top),£16; bangle(bottom), £8. All from Marks & Spencer










Accessory necessity
I’ll let these beauties speak for themselves…

Tan strap platform, £14, Primark. In store end of Jan

Black and white striped floppy hat, New Look. For stockist and price info: http://www.newlook.com or 0500 454 094

Tapestry barrel bag, £8, Primark. In store mid Jan


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