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FIFTIES FEMININITY

15.04.16

There’s something to be said for an aesthetic that defies trends and this season takes influence from the iconic style directive of the 1950s. Tapping into a sense of nostalgia whilst still managing to feel wholly modern, this lady-of-the-manor look may be innately feminine, but it should be approached with attitude.

UNDERSTATED ELEGANCE

The chicest way to anchor an elaborate lace piece is with understated separates. Let the simplicity of a fine knit or an everyday jersey top offset the intricate design and choose a colour that brings out the hue of the visible lining to pull the look together.

ENGLISH COUNTRY

Whether styled open or tied at the waist, it’s a classic long-length mac that will ensure you combat spring’s unpredictable climes in style. Layer it over everything from a lace dress to jeans, ruching the sleeves to lend the look an air of nonchalance.

SILHOUETTES UPSCALED

A wide trouser leg brings with it connotations of menswear style gone by and this season’s tailored designs sit high on the waist, elongating the leg and appearing wider than ever before. Sleek lines and a monochromatic colour palette perfect a clean-cut look that works around the clock.

EVENING ALLURE

Bold, monochromatic designs give florals a sense of assertiveness which – depending on the styling – can be played up or down. Soften the look with blushing pastel hues or emphasise the impact with black or colour-pop accessories.

NECKLINE DETAILING

When detailed with an oversized roll-neck, the sleeveless top becomes less about layering and more of a statement in itself. Choose a block-colour style to ground printed shorts and drape a tailored blazer loosely over your shoulders as you step outside.

PERFECTLY PULLED-TOGETHER

Wide-leg culottes in safari hues tick two SS16 trend boxes in one; colour and silhouette. When teamed with a coordinating or same-tone top, they’ll create the illusion of a one-piece with all the ease of separates. Take note, this is the season’s most relevant take on tailoring.

PURELY WHITE

There’s a certain purity that comes with an all-white look, and separates make a strong statement for spring. Embrace the new take on shirting by tucking a short sleeved lace style into a pleated skirt, buttoning it at the neck for additional poise.

SHEER SOPHISTICATION

Spliced with subtle sheer panelling at the neckline, it’s occasionwear pieces like this that are set to raise the excitement for summer. Shift your focus to frosty mint hues and barely-there nudes to work the season’s most influential shades into your wardrobe.

KEEPING THINGS CLASSIC

Fashion’s unseasonal fascination with black creates a fine canvas for textural pattern and the attention is in the detail for spring, with intricate cut-aways creating a lighter overall aesthetic. Add sleek final touches like a slim leather belt to master precision polish.

A SUMMER STAPLE

Evoking images of endless summer days, the white lace dress is a recurring warm-weather staple, this time imbued with modernity. Layered accents and intricate scalloped edging emphasise the focus on design and prove that a style such as this can be far from simple.

HERITAGE HERO

It’s tweed that continues to hold its status as the front-runner in heritage fabrications, but when imagined in a fresh blue hue, it takes a contemporary turn. Cropped silhouettes contribute to a youthful overall aesthetic.