When it comes to pulling off the latest fashion trends, there’s often a fine line between wow, woah and oh no! Sometimes it can just seem all too overwhelming, because as soon as one trend is in, it’s over, and then you’re stuck with a wardrobe full of jeggings and mullet dresses – what were we thinking?

The best way to avoid all that but still stay on trend is to find pieces that suit your personal taste and combine them with more classic styles. Read on for our top 5 summer fashion trends, from glamorous embellishments to pure white pieces to pair with a tan.

White, white, white

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It’s all about crisp, clean silhouettes and sculptural pieces. Contrast your more casual items, like a classic white t-shirt, with a dressier piece – like a white blazer or tuxedo pants. Consider layering sheer fabrics with different textures for something a little edgier. Or if you can’t fathom wearing head-to-toe white, break up a white piece with metallic or holographic accessories.

One word of advice: be careful – white is a little too easy to get dirty!


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Look for conversational pieces that make a statement. The beauty is in the details, and details are what this trend is all about. Whether you opt for a sequinned dress or choose a more subtle approach by teaming your favourite jeans with a simple cami with embellished detail and heels for a night out, make the trend work for you – don’t be afraid to stand out from the crowd.

Mixing Prints and Textures

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Clashing prints and textures may have once been a definite fashion don’t – but this season, the rules have changed. Feel free to mix stripes with graphic prints, lace with fur, coloured leathers with sheer silks – it’s all about having fun. Look for key pieces that have contrasting elements.

Bold Colours and Bright Prints

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This summer is all about a colour explosion! Make a statement with bold colours and bright prints, from jackets, dresses, accessories and everything else in between. If too much colour isn’t really your style, spice up a classic colour block dress with some neutral accessories.

Posh Pastels

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For this trend, think ladylike classics with a modern twist. Beautiful feminine dresses in lace or luxe fabrics, flowing skirts and sheer tops – all in pretty pastels, especially pink. If you want a different take, contrast sheer tops with leather or metallic bottoms and team with bold accessories to make this trend your own.

What are your favourite summer fashion trends?

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