Designer Trends on the High Street | Spring Summer 2020

It's that time of the year where we begin to transform our winter wardrobe to welcome the warmer seasons.  Whilst exploring the fashion runways and magazines, I am noticing a lot of peculiar trends which are easy to manipulate into day-to-day outfits.  There are some that may seem difficult to imitate, nonetheless, I will be discussing subtle ways we can incorporate a breath of fresh air into our closet.  Usually I only discuss what was seen by designer brands during fashion week or otherwise, but this time around I will be demonstrating high street replications of these trends so it is more accessible to my readers. Let's greet the new decade with a new look!

Puffed Sleeves. Puffed sleeves are my kryptonite.  Not only are they elegant, but they can have the ability to elevate an otherwise simple look.  They are feminine and work to dress up a pair of jeans or complement an office pencil skirt.  Hence, making them perfect for various events.  

Brands: Zimmerman, Erdem, Marc Jacobs 

H and M Wide Sleeve Blouse: £12.99

Balloon Sleeved Jumper: £12.00

Broderie Anglaise.  Anyone who knows me is fully aware that my wardrobe is tainted with broderie anglaise blouses and dresses.  The classic lace texture and style is hard to miss.  Due to its evident regality and femininity, it is an obvious staple in my closet.  This summer, we will see it hitting the shelves as wrap dresses or cover ups for the beach, mini bodycons, and even embroidered on coats. 

Brands: Kate Spade, Zimmerman, Erdem

Religion Sheer Broderie Anglaise Jumpsuit: £26.00
Pretty Little Thing Broderie Anglaise Belted Shorts in Red: £11.00
Dorothy Perkins Ivory Broderie Top: £7.00
Vila Petite Blush Tilly Dress: £40.00
Not quite Broderie Anglaise but beautiful lace nonetheless

Polka dots.  Is there anything more 60s than polka dots? They are youthful and an easy pattern to pull off for those who struggle to deviate from monochrome garments.  Wear it as a skirt to really embrace the Swinging Sixties or as a blouse to inject fun yet work-wear vibes.  

Brands: Gucci, Balenciaga, Marc Jacobs 

Blush Spot Print Shirred Neck Top: £15.60

H and M Dress with Smoking: £24.99

H and M Fine Knit Jumper: £17.99
Dorothy Perkins Grey Spot Print Collar Jumper: £26.99
Dorothy Perkins Black with Beige Spot Print Skater Dress: £42.00

Dorothy Perkins Black Polka Dot Print Pleat Midi Skirt: £32.00

Top Shop Ivory Spot Embroidered Jumper £39.00

White Summer Dress/White Out. Wearing white is parallel to wearing a plain canvas. It provides room for the wearer to paint the picture they wish to illustrate to the world through accessorising or matching.  It can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. 

Brands: Valentino, Khaite

H and M Dress with Belt: £24.99
H and M Lace V Neck Dress: £24.99
Quiz White Sam Faiers Crochet Bodycon Dress: £18.49

White Textured Mini Shirt Dress: £39.00

Trench Coats.  This is a British Staple.  For that classic wardrobe, a trench coat is a sure must.  The army button detail and synched waist is projects a preppy yet put together appearance for anyone wishing to feel like luxury.  And you can do it without breaking the bank!

H and M Trench Coat: £49.99

Dorothy Perkins Camel Rain Mac: £27.50
Dorothy Perkins Neutral Longline Suedette Mac: £20.00 
River Island Beige Faux Leather Blocked Belted Trench Coat: £85.00
And that's my top 5!  I absolutely love these trends and have many similar pieces already in my wardrobe.  I hope the use of high street brands has made this information far more informative than my previous blogposts about this topic.  Thank you for reading!

Fashion Favorites Vol. 2 | Elegant Patterns

Happy New Year!  It has been months since I have last posted due to a very hectic term.  I found myself having little time to rejuvenate every evening that it led me to have immense writer's block.  Nonetheless, my wardrobe has expanded slightly with a few more statement pieces that is perfect for this season's transition period.  

River Island Brown Monogram Cape Jacket 

This cape/jacket is a statement piece.  If you are like me and tend to reach for monochrome and patternless apparel, exploring with print in this manner is the best way to dip your toe in the water.  Preferably, the cape looks more sleek with a predominantly black or dark outfit due to the black trimming on the jacket.  However, one can easily wear white or browns to accentuate a very fashion-forward appearance.  This cape screams 'look at me'.  Most of my outfits are rather subdued but I find that individuals never fail to comment on this as it sticks out like a sore thumb.  Given the price drop from £65 to £30 this is an investment worth the cash.  

£30.00 from £65.00

H and M x Richard Allan Collection

It has taken all my self control to not splurge when witnessing this collection.  The 1960s was a period of elegance and art.  We would see pops of pattern in scarves, printed swing skirts, head bands, and even shoes.  It is so easy to get sucked into monochromatic wardrobes (which I am guilty of) and forget the power and sophistication of pattern done right.  I have lusted over Richard Allan's scarves but given it's price point, I admire from afar.

Richard Allan is a designer of the 1960's; producing luxurious silk scarves in London.  The infamous square scarf was a staple of the Swinging Sixties.  Now, the brand Richard Allan has collaborated with H&M to give rise to more affordable yet timeless chic garments.  Personally, these pieces look like contemporary art. 

There are only a few more pieces left in the line but the prices have dropped to under £15 so I recommend taking a peek!

Shop the entire collection here: H and M x Richard Allan 

Wide Trousers £7 from £17.99

Skirt with Belt £9.00 from £24.99

Satin Skirt £12.00 from £24.00

TopShop Long Sleeve Pontelle T Shirt

I love basics.  Often times my outfits look incomplete or do not appear cohesive because I am pairing heavy pieces together.  Balance is key.  For example, I tend to wear pinafore dresses and prior to these T Shirts, I'd match them with plain jumpers.  Unfortunately, I was drowning in my garments: I looked as though I was suffocating.  As a result, having thinner jumpers or long sleeved T shirts such as this creates the perfect basic.  The black Pontelle T shirt is a soul mate for the cape I showed above from River Island.  Surprisingly, I noticed that many of my friends and colleagues had the same basic from TopShop in various colours; demonstrating its popularity.   They pair well with printed skirts or trousers, acting as a layering piece, or even on their own with jeans for a casual yet chic vibe.  It is light weight, fitting like a glove with a subtle lace-scalloping detail which doesn't take away from the versatility of the piece. They come in various colours such as dusty baby blue, red, black, and white.

Long Sleeve Pontelle T Shirt £12

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