How To Lighten Up Your Wardrobe For Summer

As the days get longer and warmer; monochrome and dark colors within your wardrobe have less of an appeal. However, it can sometimes be difficult to incorporate brighter and lighter hues into your everyday attire. If you have a large collection of winter neutrals and darker shades; you’re in luck, as these are versatile colors that can be paired with pretty much any other shade! So it’s time to open your wardrobe doors and make some room for vivid brights and pale pastels.


Classic Pieces

Just because you’re adding an influx of lighter clothing into your wardrobe for summer, doesn’t mean that you have to buy throw-away fashion that will only last you until autumn. Investing in new clothes is always an opportunity to think carefully about what you’re missing in your closet, and, more importantly, what you’ll continue to wear when the days begin to get colder again. Classic cut silhouettes, in pale shades, like a crisp shirt or elegant blouse, will lighten up a darker pair of skinny jeans, and if the fit is perfect for your body, you’ll be able to wear it all year round.

The same goes for jeans, skirts, and trousers; keep the cut of the clothing classic, and ensure it flatters your body, then consider the color of each garment. Pastel blues, light taupes, and even white, are beautiful shades that will lift your wardrobe from cloudy to sunshine in no time. Pale colors are also easy to pair with an array of hues, prints, and patterns and can become staple parts of your closet.


Statement Items

Statement items are often a way to have fun with fashion. If you’ve seen a color trend or print in all the latest glossy magazines; accessorizing is the perfect way to add that influence into your wardrobe. Don’t shy away from brighter shades because you feel they won’t go with anything; remember you have that neutral and monochrome palette in your closet already, and it’s waiting for that yellow tee you’ve been dreaming about or those teal heels.

If you feel like taking baby-steps into summer; jewelry is another route into introducing hot-weather colors to your look. Adding watery, aqua hues with a Roman glass pendant or ice cream pastels with a few bangles are just a couple of examples of how to lighten up your outfit and rock a trend at the same time. Start layering pieces together in the mirror, and see what works for you.


Subtle Shades

If you know what you like when it comes to your style choices, and don’t feel like adding a hot-pink summer dress into the mix, then great news; you don’t have to! Maybe you could add a hot-pink nail color instead, or a fuchsia lip. There are plenty of subtle ways to add that pop of summer to your favorite clothes and ensembles, and it’s so much fun experimenting to see what works. Check out Pinterest for some bright lip color inspiration.

Also, remember you don’t have to go bright with color; just lift and lighten some of the items that are hanging on the wardrobe rail. If you have a favorite style of jeans, simply try them in a lighter shade of denim; the same goes for tops and accessories too. Don’t buy pieces just because they’re on-trend; invest in fashion that will make you feel and look great, but, try the mint-green color instead of the charcoal option.






Why I Love These Fashion Ideas For 2016

There has been a lot of interesting to styles to come out of the last twelve months or so. As we’re nearing the end of 2015, I’m already thinking ahead to 2016. We’ve all seen what the catwalks are predicting for the next year, but But the street style I've been seeing lately- baby.... will give the catwalk a run for it's money. For me, I just love to people watch and check out what everyone else has to wear.


What I’ve been seeing has surprised me from time to time. There have been a lot of retro looks about this last season. The eighties revival has been revived yet again. Whether that’s to do with the hype for ‘Back To The Future’ or not, I don’t know. This time around looks a lot closer to the genuine styles of the era. The stone washed denim look has been done better for a start.

I’ve also seen a few hints of Victorian creeping into women’s blouses. The high necks and even the re-emergence of camay brooches have made this look really classy. Modest wear has been around for a little while now, but seeing the Victorian version of this make a mini-comeback has been interesting. I think it looks incredible for those of us that are quite tall and slim. I hope to see more of it next season in the colder weather.

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Of course, modest dresses for women are becoming more popular too, especially as our culture becomes more diverse. I love the length and graceful lines of these outfits and it’s the choice of fabric that makes these appealing to people. I’ve been looking at the range of fabrics coming out at the moment. They are more varied, and hold shape better than standard polyesters and cotton.


I’ve recently fallen back in love with tribal-inspired prints. The brilliance and vibrancy of the colors are what really appeals. I can’t get enough of all the shapes in the pattern either. It doesn’t matter what body shape you are. It seems the patterns are perfect for everybody. I’ve put the wild prints with muted pastels, and it worked beautifully. It’s a great way to get a future iconic look!



The beginning of next year is set to be quite exciting if the catwalks are anything to go by. I’m loving how vibrant next season’s colors are going to be. Burnt oranges are making way for plum purples and cherry reds. I hate a dull and drab winter, so I’m excited to be filling it with such bold colors. I’ve also spotted some amazing electric blues in knitwear. Perhaps that’s something for me to get hold of and layer up with later.


I’m happy to be see so many unique styles out on the streets at the moment. It’s very promising for an exciting fashion-filled 2016. What have you seen where you are? Here’s to hoping for even more incredible style breakthroughs for the New Year.