Preparing For Summer
The coming of a new season dictates a whole new set of wardrobe requirements. Not only is there a change in the weather to accommodate but also a fresh batch of trends, colours, shapes and styles to work into your fashion-forward look. But if you’re shopping on a budget then you’ll want to make the most of every purchase, and, with this in mind, we’ve narrowed it down to the essentials
Bikinis – A good bikini is essential for every would-be beach babe. Weather your a Cornwall surfer girl or a cocktail queen in Spain, finding the right two piece is likely to be your biggest fashion challenge of the season. When you know what you’re looking for, bikinis can enhance all your best bits and help to cover up the rest, but finding one that’s both flattering and affordable can be a challenge. Next.co.uk have a great selection of on-trend bikinis this year, including the suits-all-sizes Cream Floral Swimwear Bandeau Top and High Leg Briefs (from the ‘Geri’ range and modelled below by ex Spice Girl herself).
Prints – Tropical prints are a big look this season and you can work them into swimwear, summer dresses, mini skirts, shirts and tees, but one of the best ways to rock the look in Summer 2012 is to invest in a classic maxi. A floor skimming skirt in all the colours of the rainbow is one of those wardrobe necessities that can take you from afternoon barbecues through to beachside cocktails, remaining comfortable, stylish and easy to wear.
Sneakers – With the London Olympics looming, it should come as no surprise that luxe sportswear looks have infiltrated the mainstream fashion lines this season. Look out for neon piping on tennis-style dresses and utilitarian pockets in shorts, skirts and shirts. The key item to invest in, however, is a retro pair of white sneakers. For optimal comfort look to a foot-friendly brand such as FitFlop or try your favourite store for more affordable versions in cotton and canvas. A versatile sneaker can be worn with dresses and denim wear alike and makes an invaluable addition to any fashion-lover’s shoe rack.