This Summer’s hot fashion trends

1. Gingham.

Gingham is without doubt back again for SS17. In a Women’s Hour special on gingham last week (what a listen), Daisy Lowe linked the fabric’s recurring popularity to nineties nostalgia channelling primary school dresses and Clueless. More specifically I came to learn that the fabric became a big trade of Southeast Asia, and was popular among designers for its brightening effect and reversibility. It’s undeniably timeless, with Dorothy in the 1939 version of The Wizard of Oz sporting a gingham pinafore (chosen to exaggerate her youth) and Brigitte Bardot making gingham the fabric of choice for her wedding dress. In terms of this season, gingham’s been seen at the shows of Henry Holland, Molly Goddard, Shrimps, Versace and even Prada. Zara’s your go to for colourful gingham, and ASOS for easier to wear key pieces.

2. Statement Sleeves

Seen at this season Gucci and Jacquemus shows, statement sleeves as a trend is perfect for looking put together even during a 8 hour library stint. Different styles will create different looks whether you want to go full eighties or just add some extra shape to your outfit.

3. Slogan Tees

Maria Grazia Chiuri knew what she was doing when she debuted her first season at Dior. The ‘We Should all be Feminists’ tee went viral as soon as it was down the end of the catwalk. At the February shows, slogan tees were making all kinds of political statements in this post-Trump post-Brexit world, most notably at Public School, Ashish and Sacai. Slogan tees are big for SS17 with Topshop pulling through on some inexpensive but quality tees at £15 each (not forgetting that 10% student discount).

4. Collegiate comfort

For a budget library look cross Fendi and Balanciaga by wearing your dressing gown and carrying your laptop in a 40p Ikea bag. For the complete Ikea experience, reheat your meatballs in the union microwave. Alternatively go one step further and adopt Preen’s AW17 look by wearing your duvet to Eddy B.

Victoria Copeland

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