Monochrome was one of the key looks on the spring/summer runways with everyone from Victoria Beckham to Rodarte showcasing classic black and white. But other designers decided to embrace every colour under the rainbow, adorning their models in colour-blocked brights and vibrant primaries.
And, because you can’t feel anything other than upbeat on the inside when wearing sumptuous shades on the outside, I’m going to follow the lead of Prada, Fendi and Chanel by stepping into spring and summer in statement-worthy paintbox shades. Here are just a few of the colourful pieces from the high-end to the high street that are on my wishlist for the upcoming season:
Sunshine yellow heels
A pair of yellow inbuilt platform heels like these will add a pop of colour to any outfit. I’m hard pushed to choose a favourite but I think I’ve narrowed it down. Just as Christian Louboutins have trademark red, the Mia Vixen pair add a touch of fun with quirky black-and-white leopard print. I just love the soles. And the bright yellow will look beautiful with a summer tan.
Cobalt blue dress
A shift dress is a wardrobe essential and the two-tone version by La Redoute is in one of the season’s must-have shades, cobalt blue, seen on the runways of Alberta Ferretti and Fendi. It has clever little details that make it look like designer, including the flattering colour-block black stripes down the side and long exposed silver zip. I’ll be wearing with skyscraper black heels and a patent clutch bag.
Fuschia Lucite bag
Accessories are always one of the easiest ways to update your wardrobe. And this bag by La Regale from Macy’s is sure to prove a talking point. In a quirky boxy shape, it also ticks another of next season’s trend boxes with its metallic detailing. You’d have to make sure you didn’t mind everyone seeing what you were carrying though as it is made of opaque acrylic.
A statement necklace is an easy way to add the wow factor to an outfit. This neon number is from Melody Sweet Pea, a little label with huge personality that’s proved popular with celebs including the girls from Stooshe. If you bought into one of winter’s key trends like I did, the little white dress, this piece will update it for spring and summer.
Lime green pants
While skinnies have been a key part of our look for the past few seasons, trousers in spring and summer have a much more relaxed silhouette. I love the unusual colour of this 3.1 Phillip Lim pair, which are loosely cut from luxe green crepe. I’ll be keeping the rest of my look neutral with a pair of classic high-heeled courts and another of the key trends right now, a cropped sweater, worn over a longer shirt, all in whites, greys and taupes.
They’re all stunning pieces that just go to show, the bulk of your wardrobe doesn’t have to be black. Instead, you can choose just about any shade – so long as it’s bright – and be bang on trend for spring and summer.
Katie is a self-confessed foodaholic and fashionista from the UK. She blogs about cooking and couture, and everything else life throws at her.