For the first “fashion season” in forever, I can’t actually seem to pinpoint specific colours that are on-trend for S/S 2011. Personally, I struggle with shopping for the spring and summer, I always opt for loose fitting basics, in the same colours, but this year I am really interested in exploring new colours, tones, patterns and fabrics. If you read my blog regularly, you will know that is actually a pretty big deal: I’ve such a basics and neutrals person during the colder months!
London Fashion Week in September feels like many lightyears ago now in the fast-moving world of fashion, particularly as a high street consumer, it can be difficult to remember exactly what the designers have proposed to be “in” for S/S 2011. One of my all-time favourite designers is Marc Jacobs, known for his easy to wear RTW collections, in flattering, loose cuts and on-trend colour palettes. Spring/Summer 2011 sees Eastern influences, muted tones of dramatic, bright colours and a spin on that incessant floral trend.
In a huge contrast, another outstanding catwalk show was Burberry’s, keeping with my favourite neutral wardrobe, but with exciting pops of neons, which unexpectedly worked really well. I liked that Christopher Bailey stuck to his guns with his iconic military influences, with tight, tough pieces when every other runway showed loose-fitting, whimsical garments synonymously associated with Spring/Summer.
Personally, I will be looking to sheer garments and fabrics this season. Risque as some people may find it, if you select the right pattern, colour, cut and length, sheer pieces can be really flattering, and is something I see as a “grown-up” take on the overdone floral trend. Additionally, as seen on the Marc Jacobs They’re whimsical, fresh and add a whole new spin on floral!
I like to wear my sheer pieces with a plain bra (nude or black, no crazy patterns!) or lace bralet underneath for a bit of an edge, although obviously this isn’t a look favoured by everyone! For curvier girls who are worried about flashing the flesh, as I’ve had mentioned in my comments, I would recommend a darker sheer piece, like this piece from Next (first in collage). With the understated print, and flattering sleeve length, this is perfect for the upcoming season.
In terms of colour, I don’t think that there is a limit to what you “should be wearing” at all! I will probably be looking at an eggshell blue, coral orange and pink, nude pink and teal green palette, teamed with creams, nudes, and textures of lace, chiffon and some soft leather to toughen it all up.