SUMMER’S KEY TRENDS
Ahh summer, the hottest of the seasons, and who doesn’t love refreshing their look with a new trend or two, or four. We have spoken to our perennially stylish Buying Director, Vikki Kavanagh, who scours the global catwalks to dissect the latest fashion trends and curate the very best edit for THE OUTNET. Who better to guide us through the key trends that will help us survive those toastier days while staying effortlessly chic?
THE URBAN SHORT
Shorts for summer? Not exactly a ground-breaking thought, but how do you get that city-cool appeal that all the influencers seem to provide to this trend? Just take Vikki’s advice. “Shorts can look very put-together, if done right. Tailored silhouettes give the look more authority and a pop of color ties it back to some of your favorite Scandi-cool labels.”
Why limit pink to Wednesdays when the rest of the week also maintains a soft spot for this continually coveted color. Vikki shares her tips on how to make this vibrant choice work for the day to day: “This season’s pink is far more vivacious and potent than the millennial hue we’ve become accustomed to. The statement lies in wearing it across all your ready-to-wear selections and then breaking up the tone through the use of accessories.”
White is already a staple of the summer season, there’s something undeniably fresh about the hue. But our Buying Director has a way to make this fashion trend fresh for the current season… “White can feel instantly more of-the-moment with the right accent pieces. Straw hats, rattan bags and other accessories in natural fabrications give a slightly bohemian touch that pairs nicely with the crispness of white.”
NIGHTS IN LIGHT SATIN
If your dream eveningwear conjures up images of Sharon Stone and Kate Moss in the 90s, you’re in the right place. That minimal, silky, slinky aesthetic complements the brisk summer nights easily. But don’t just take our word for it, take Vikki’s. “Light pastels and minimalist silhouettes really allow this trend to thrive. And the shine and floating-through-the-air appearance of silk and satin pair beautifully with a lightly-structured blazer and classically elegant jewelry.”
Have a look at what’s still trending from spring…
Move over millennial pink, slay in your lane Gen Z yellow and stop shouting at me lilac, we heard you the first time. This season, it’s all about the mellow vibes of neutral, earth tones, beige really is all the rage. ‘Instead of loud shades and clashing prints, it’s more about using texture and fabrics to bring contrast and interest for a luxurious understatement.’ Look to brands such as Brunello Cucinelli, Joseph and Vince to get your earthy fix.
Melanie Griffith in Working Girl might seem like an unlikely inspiration, but the 80s tailoring silhouette is back in full force, with double-breasted jackets and shoulder pads getting top billing. ‘Think in terms of oversized cuts to really channel that retro aesthetic, with the addition of a sheer, drop-waist skirt for a catwalk -inspired appeal or with cycling shorts to replicate what’s happening in street style.’ Get your 9 to 5 fix through Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein 205w39nyc and Tibi.
ALL THE TRIMMINGS
Why restrict yourself to one, when you can play dress up with all of the most trending details at once? ‘Delpozo, Christopher Kane and Elizabeth Cole have given the more-is-more approach their designer approval with collections offering up confections of tulle, sequins, flounces and feathers that feel overtly feminine in their appeal.’ Cast yourself in the fairytale role of a modern-day princess with this dramatically ladylike style of dressing.
NEW AGE BOHO
Think Talitha Getty, with modernized color pops for a polished boho trend that feels incredibly contemporary. ‘The lush, nomadic wardrobe of kaftans, blouses and floaty dresses continues to inspire catwalk collections and THE OUTNET have bought into the trend, with a luxe twist of polish as seen at the likes of Chloé, Zimmermann and Etro.’ Try it yourself by opting for flamboyant day dresses with more than a nod to 70s glamour.