By NASA MARIA ENTABAN
IF you haven’t been out and about in the past few weeks, make a date with your girlfriends and head down to the nearest mall because the stores are bursting with this season’s beautiful trends!
You can’t go anywhere without being distracted by all the brightly-coloured dresses, tops, shoes and pants displayed on mannequins in store windows, and the bright, bold prints that adorn them.
We’ve previously talked about the vibrant colours that have made their way onto our shores and how bright oranges, yellows, greens and blues are in style in a big way, so this week we’re going to zero in on a few key wardrobe must-haves for the season.
The printed maxi
Maxi dresses have been in style for a few years now, but we’re constantly amazed by the creative ways designers have updated this look, season after season. This trend is everywhere, and one of the best places to look for it is Warehouse.
The brand has several designs in various colours that will suit just about any skintone. Jungle motifs, floral prints and tie-dyed elements on these maxis make for a very boho-chic trend that is refreshing and chilled-out.
This darling accessory is so underutilised in this country, mainly due to the humid weather, that many question the point of owning a scarf.
Yes, the weather is a deterrent, but it hasn’t stopped us from wearing cardigans, jeans and leather jackets, so why not scarves?
Most are made up of soft polyester that is so thin you’ll hardly feel it on your skin, especially if you’re in air-conditioning. The scarf can do many things to an outfit.
Depending on how you tie it, it can add class and sophistication or give your ensemble a hippie edge. We know for a fact that there are least 25 ways to tie a scarf, and we learned this from one of our favourite bloggers, Wendy Nguyen.
Head to YouTube and check out her “25 ways to tie a scarf” video tutorial.
Gradually begin weaning yourself off platforms, because stiletto pumps are the hot new thing to be wearing on your feet.
If you’re used to the stability of a platform (like me!), it may take a little time to get used to actually feeling the ground under the balls of your feet, but it will be worth it as this style of footwear is everywhere.
Be daring and pick up a pair in mismatched floral print, or try out a bright-coloured pair. Most stores will have them in yellow, tangerine and pink but be adventurous and experiment with variety, for example, choosing one with ribbons, bows and jewels attached.
We’re pretty used to confining print bottoms to pajamas and for lounging around the house when no-one’s looking, but the current trend is to wear them out!
Whether they’re loose-fitting drawstring pants or a tight pair with a skinny leg, these stylish bottoms are all the rage right now, and trying them out is a definite yes.
To avoid going overboard with the colours and print, pair your print trousers with a chic white or neutral blouse and a pair of nude pumps for work, throw on a bustier corset top and stilettos for a night out, or relax in a tank top or t-shirt and comfortable pumps for a casual day out.
Check out more items from Warehouse’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection.