New Season, New You: the Spring/Summer Fashion Trends to Know
A fresh sartorial season is upon us, so let Liberty guide you towards its biggest and best trends
It’s time to stash your thermals at the back of the wardrobe; a new, long-awaited season is upon us, one that promises brighter skies, balmier temperatures and ever so slightly more predictable weather (touch wood). In place of the woolens? Look no further than this rundown of the biggest and best summer fashion trends. From doubling-up on denim and blazing blooms to earthy tones and 90s minimalism, here’s what to wear now.
Earn Your Stripes
Look to all four fashion capitals and notice that stripes are firmly back in fashion’s favour, whether you opt for broad or narrow, horizontal or vertical. So too is grunge, so to tick-off both trends, might we suggest Acne Studios’ Distressed Striped Cardigan, £440? Having risen from workwear staple to the peak of chic, the pinstripe suit is another new season essential worthy of investment. Our recommendation? Wear Ganni's Striped Blazer, £375 over a low-cut vest for a look that’s distinctly of-the-moment.
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Pared-Back to the Nineties
Nineties nostalgia continues this season, but with a less-is-more twist this time around. Think: ribbed knitwear in neutral tones, minimalist bodycon dresses and straight-leg jeans paired with monochrome tank tops (the then uniform of the off-duty supermodel). For a contemporary take on this retro aesthetic, Dries Van Noten's Slip Dress, £445 is a sleek, wear anywhere maxi that captures the effortlessness of the era. Block coloured and boxy tailoring defined the decade too, so leave extra space in your new season wardrobe for KITRI's Brea Lilac Linen Oversized Blazer, £185 and matching Wide-Leg Trousers, £125.
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Florals are synonymous with summertime, but unlike the dainty and charming prints we’ve come accustomed to, those on show right now are some of the biggest and brightest we’ve seen for a while. Take Stine Goya's Funda Tie-Dye Floral Day Dress, £280 as a case in point; ablaze with a painterly, technicolour array of flowers, it proves that no botanical print is too bold this season. And it’s not just dresses that are blossoming; new season knitwear, jackets and shirting are all pushing florals to vibrant extremes, so let Alemais' Oliva Shirt, £325 and La DoubleJ's Edie Silk Jacket, £790 breathe tropical life into your wardrobe, too.
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Denim to the Max
More is more when it comes to this season’s denim offering, so get ready to double (and even triple-up) on this most hardworking of textiles. Granted, layering denim on denim can be tricky - especially when it comes to coordinating washes, but don’t be fazed; simply let the brands do all the styling legwork for you by opting for a ready-paired co-ord, like Ganni’s Overdyed Bleached Denim Jacket, £395 and Izey Jeans, £235 combo. Better still, slip into Frame's Micro Flare Denim Mini-Dress, £340, a patchwork mini that cleverly combines multiple washes in one. Genius!
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Down to Earth
No longer just for the months of autumn and winter, earthy tones are sticking around for our summer wardrobes. From the calming sage green of Ganni's Heavy Twill Jacket, £375 to the warm shades of tobacco and sand found on Totême’s signature Mocha Monogram Silk Pyjama Shirt, £545, nature’s rich colour palette is set to underpin our looks this season. The best bit? Organic shades of brown, orange, cream and green are among the easiest and most complementary colours to work with, so rest assured that these neutrals will pair effortlessly with pretty much any trending denim or punchy floral print you have in mind.
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