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ss19 trends

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The “naked sandal” has been coined the footwear trend du jour. For those apprehensively thinking this requires you to go starkers with just a pair of sandals, rest assured it doesn’t! They’re generally defined as a minimalist summer sandal with barely-there straps (aka naked) so you’re showing off more foot than footwear. For reference— a 90s Carrie Bradshaw is the master of the naked sandal. Most importantly, they are incredibly versatile and can be styled with everything from straight-leg jeans to a satin midi dress. A pedicure is an added essential, as is an avoidance of all cobblestoned areas. You’ve been warned!

Try this white pair or green pair- both from Zara. Or this fiery red option from & Other Stories.



This season the dreamiest, extravagant creations of haute couture are going mainstream. Where overdressing was once a cardinal sin, right now there’s no shame in going all out for even the most casual of occasions— think Killing Eve’s Villanelle who mastered the art of excess as she skulked around the streets of Paris in a bubblegum pink Molly Goddard taffeta gown. Case in point: H&M recently announced it has collaborated with Giambattista Valli to design a collection of limited-edition gowns and accessories. Their opulent designs are more likely spotted on the red carpet— worn by the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Zendaya and Rihanna— but now faux couture could be yours for around £200.

Try Zara’s black chiffon dress with statement bow, and this white number by the maestros of high/low occasion wear, Self-Portrait. Or this bejewelled beauty by Rochas at Matches Fashion.



Boiler Suits may appear to be one of 2019’s most daunting trends… but actually these all-in-one outfits are surprisingly hassle free— requiring nothing more than accessories for a considered outfit. Originally designed as a working uniform, boiler suits were adopted by women during WWII when they began to work in factories before it was adopted by the fashion crowd in the 70s and 80s. The utility aesthetic has been a staple at fashion week over the last few years, so it’s about time that the boiler suit had its much-deserved renaissance.

A short-sleeved version is a great option for summer- try this breezy light blue option from & Other Stories or this Mika Pink Short Sleeve Jumpsuit from KITRI which strikes the perfect balance between masculine and feminine. Or if you introducing a boiler suit into your workwear wardrobe, opt for this long-sleeve one from Topshop.



When Chloe, Prada, Stella McCartney et al. fall for kaleidoscopic tie dye prints, we too shall follow. If you hadn’t yet heard tie dye is one of this summer’s standout trends— spotted all over the SS19 catwalks. Once worn by the wild throngs of Woodstock in the 60s, this year’s revival of tie-dye prints is tailored to a more sophisticated crowd.

Fancy bringing some elegance to this youthful print, opt for a feminine tie dye print slip by Zara. Or for some everyday sass try this slogan tee from influencer favourite Aries Arise or this long-sleeve top by Reformation. In other news… Starbucks is planning to launch a "Tie-Dye Frappuccino" this summer— surely the perfect way to accessorise any tie dye look?



For some 80s style inspiration ask yourself one simple question: What Would Madonna Do. And the answer is throw some ruffles, bows, shoulders, puffy sleeves, sequins, and slinky satin at the situation- of course. The 80s are being referenced across the spring/summer 2019 collections, most notably at the influencer-approved brand ROTATE BIRGER CHRISTENSEN who’s 80s inspired wares have become an Instagram sensation since launching at Copenhagen Fashion Week last August. This white gathered satin midi dress from the brand is elegant take on 80s maximalism.

Or tap into this iconic decade with this Cher-inspired silvered sequin mini dress courtesy of Zara, or this rust colour satin ruffled top from ASOS.



You heard it here: a longline blazer is your best-friend when it comes to summer style. Not only are they the biggest trend in the outerwear department right now, they will solve multiple weather-induced style dilemmas.

Check out this impeccably tailored option from Reiss in summer’s must-have shade Pistachio. Or Rouje’s oversized lilac blazer and this neutral linen one by Massimo Dutti (aka masters of the high-street blazer).



White denim was once the bête noire of fashion, but it seems the shackles have finally come off; every style influencer has been spotted sporting a pair of white denim kick flare jeans of late.

To emulate the look try this pair from Mango for some Madrid ‘It’ girl vibes or for extra comfort perhaps a pair of white denim dungas from Monki. Only for the brave: try coupling up your white denim jeans with a matching white denim jacket like this one from Weekday. A more polished take on the classic double denim trend.