3 KEY SUMMER 2015 STYLE TRENDS
WHY YOU'LL BE SOON WEARING STRIPES, LOUD PRINTS AND DENIM
Photography by Craig Landale
Bored with your layers and layers of clothes? While the weather doesn’t agree that it’s time to shed your sweaters and scarves just yet, there’s no harm in planning ahead and considering what you’ll wear when the clouds finally part. With that in mind, here’s the three best (and most wearable) trends of Spring/Summer 2015.
Not exactly a big surprise, you’ll be glad to know that this fashion staple will be staying for summer. For true fashionistas, double denim is the way forward, with Tom Ford in particular loving it. He showed denim shirts and jeans with navy blazers, for a true blue smart-casual look. The idea is not to be too “matchy matchy” here, so a faded denim jacket with deep dyed indigo is good, or favourite old jeans with a crisp denim shirt. If you prefer a classic look, the good news is that James Dean’s style still endures, and a white t-shirt with jeans and smart trainers (not that the bad boy ever sported sports footwear, but it’s a contemporary interpretation, ok?) exude easy going charm. The trick is to invest in some good quality denim pieces, because a classic item like jeans for example will be worn regularly for years to come.
Again a perennial favourite, and that’s good news because every well dressed gentleman will already have some stripes in their wardrobe. You can stick with your Breton stripe sweater, but stripes also come in wide, Dennis the Menace red and black strokes on chunky knits, and fine graduations too. Stripes also extend to your legs, with shorts and trousers featuring the pattern, both vertical and horizontal. On any area of your body, but especially your lower half, be aware that stripes have a strong optical effect, so if you have skinny legs, think twice before putting on something with a vertical stripe, as it will make you look lankier than ever, and if you’re a little wider of thigh, a horizontal stripe will create quite a chunky effect. For formalwear, the pinstripe is popular, and should you wish to add a subtle hint of personalisation to your outfit, we suggest nothing better than taking a leaf out of Narendra Modi, the Indian Prime Minister’s book, and wearing a suit with your name woven into the fabric.
Sometimes you get bored with the usual safe favourites. Young designers showing within the Fashion East house were keen, as was Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy and Jeremy Scott for Moschino. Everything from robot t-shirts to tie-dye to ethnic prints goes. We suggest the best way to get a) something authentic, b) a bargain and c) a tan (if you’re lucky), is to shop from the source, and visit the markets of the world to grab eclectic fashion bargains.
Overall, a lot of the trends from previous seasons have carried over, such as all-white, blue and black together, and the vogue for red garments. If you’re quick you can still grab a bargain in the sales to update your wardrobe for spring too.