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Dress to impress in 2012′s summer trends
As the sun starts to peek out from behind the winter clouds and the April showers finally start to abate, what better time to think ahead to your summer wardrobe – not to mention booking that much-needed holiday.
Summer is all about enjoying the outdoors and making the most of the long evenings and warm days. Reflect the colours and sights of the season with this year’s boldest and most prolific trend – floral prints.
Bright floral prints will appear on everything from trench coats to handbags and skinny jeans this summer, with an emphasis on mixing and matching bold prints for an eclectic look. Contrasting florals may be tricky to pull off, but they’ll win you serious kudos in the style stakes if you’re willing to take the risk.
Crop-tops are also making a return to the fashion world this season, thanks partly to the unexpected revival of 90s style. Of course, unless you’re already a perfectly toned gym-bunny, you might have to get your midriff ready for this trend with a few sit-ups, but don’t be put off – if you don’t feel confident enough to bare all, you can always team your crop-top with a pair of high-waisted jeans to lessen the exposure.
Thankfully, most of the season’s other trends don’t require a display of flesh and are just as stylish. 1920s-inspired cocktail dresses are the epitome of chic and are making a big impact this season – think ‘flapper’ era and complement the look with dark eyeliner and subtly curled hair. Men can also pick up on this retro trend with tailored blazers, chinos and brogues. Baroque-style clothing will also be big this year, so both men and women should be on the lookout for embellished, embroidered fabrics and metallic detailing.
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