Stripes and by the way where did the sun go?!??!

I am very unimpressed by this abrupt backward turn in the weather…do you realise that it is exactly a month until the longest day?

What is going on?

Should we do away with all thoughts of buying a summer wardrobe and just opt for an all year round winter one?

For the eternal optimists amongst us, who are still looking to invest in summer items, stripes could be your go- to, fail safe trend.

(Also they can live on into autumn/ winter quite nicely too!)

In stripe world anything goes… regatta, patchworked, shirting, wide, narrow, vertical or horizontal, take your pick.

Here’s a look at how they appeared on the S/S ’13 catwalks.

I love the Paul & Joe combo!

For the high street, stripes are a godsend and an easy sell, there should be no shortage of them at a more reasonable price point.

Here are some of my high street favourites.

Whistles- Stina Stripe Dress,  £165

Whistles– Stina Stripe Dress, £165

Maison Scotch- Silky Stripe Top, £98 reduced to £45

Maison Scotch– Silky Stripe Top, £98 reduced to £45

Yippee, this was on one of my Lust Lists…I shall be bagging myself one!!

By Marlene Birger- Suave Stripe Skirt, £145

By Marlene Birger– Suave Stripe Skirt, £145

Crew Clothing - Blossom Vest, £48

Crew Clothing – Blossom Vest, £48

Gap- Harbour jersey rolled sleeved striped dress, £34.95 reduced to £24.99

Gap- Harbour jersey rolled sleeved striped dress, £34.95 reduced to £24.99

& Other Stories- Striped Blazer, £79

& Other Stories– Striped Blazer, £79

Comptoir des Cotonniers- Linen T- Shirt, £55

Comptoir des Cotonniers– Linen T- Shirt, £55

Suffice to say that there is a bountiful stripe selection out there…now all we need is a bit of sun to go with them!!

Until next time….

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Enough of Winter…Lets Talk Spring/Summer ’13!

So I for one am well and truly over Winter.

I know, I know it’s only January & snow could arrive at any minute or even in April but I think it’s high time we started looking forward to a time when the sun will shine.

Yes this is the year when the UK will receive that long-awaited and well deserved summer, I’m convinced and ever the optimist!

Every season I research the catwalks, magazines, shop around the world and use any other resources I can get my hot little hands on to make sure I know which trends will be key and hitting the high street in the coming months.

I thought I’d share my findings with you in posts over the next few weeks.

With no further ado lets get started.

Kicking off is one of my favourite parts of the summer season…PRINT.

It’s all over the catwalk for S/S ’13…so here are my top 4 print trends for the summer season.

Florals – Florals of all shapes and sizes, from watercolour to photographic, all over to placement. If you’re a print lady then florals are a must.

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From left to right – Preen, Mulberry, Clements Ribeiro

This one is my particular favourite…

Stripes – Stripe are big news for Summer. In every guise from Breton to wide, mono to multi-coloured a stripe is a staple for your summer wardrobe.

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From left to right – Dolce & Gabbana, Paul and Joe, Chloe

Next up…

Dip Dye– This hasn’t been around for a while and with bright against pale it looks really fresh and modern again, something I will definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for.

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From left to right – House of Holland, DVF, Victoria Beckham

And last but not least…

Colour Blocking – This is a trend that has been around for a while but is still very present for S/S ’13. Although not technically a print I felt it should have a place in this post.

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From left to right – Sportmax, DVF, BCBG

Which type of print is your favourite?

On the diet front…It is still happening!

My Fitness Pal is still my best friend but I haven’t told it that I managed to scoff a Terrys Chocolate Orange the other day (a moment of weakness)!

Next time Key Trends. Have a good weekend.