From The Archive: 2012

A year of fewer questionable outfit choices, I finally found my blogging groove in 2012, and here you can find some favourite pieces, band interviews as they first appeared and a lot of hats too...


Spring/Summer 2012- My picks

With this spring summer holding a plethora of exciting new trends, varying from sugary sorbet shades, slouchy sports luxe, clean sharp tailoring, graphic brights and clashing florals as well as ladylike 50s shapes adorned with peplum and pencil shapes, it’s not hard to be a little lost for where to start. Although it’s reassuring to know there’s something for everyone, when most of us are on a little bit of a budget, it’s important to know what’s worth investing in for coming seasons, and more so what will ooze the most versatility.

So with a bit of thought and some serious scouring, I have compiled my top picks for Spring/Summer 2012, along with some of the top high street picks- making it a little easier to make your wardrobe filled with this seasons most covetable looks. So without further ado my top 10 picks…

(Looks taken from Topshop Tumblr)

One trend I’ve taken a certain shine to (see spots, swans, florals etc), an effortless piece that can be worn with everything giving an instant update to even the most basic pieces. Think tapered, silk and pyjama style- comfort comes first with this trend!

(Looks taken from Topshop Tumblr)

Okay, so this wasn’t seen at Louis Vuitton’s or Prada’s catwalk show, but it’s one item that will go with everything and any piece you buy this spring summer. Whether it be oversize, sheer, with a deep v, worn with prints, cropped, under dresses and what have you it’s an essential that will never go out of fashion. Additionally most tee’s can be snapped up for less than £20 (oh hello Primark!), steal!

(Looks taken from Topshop Tumblr & All The Pretty Birds Blog)

Also known as the ‘umbrella’ detail. Seen on pencil skirts, fitted and body con dresses and now tops, peplum is a somewhat regal ladylike 50’s inspired shape, giving your wardrobe that extra ‘Kate Middleton’ feel to it. For any extra ladylike feel go for luxe silk like fabrics, or rich prints.

(Looks taken from Topshop Tumblr & The Style Voyager)

With Lana Del Rey and Rihanna being the cover girls for this trend, the bralet is a sassy take on the ‘underwear as outerwear’ trend and looks perfect under a sheer blouse or teamed with some high waisted shorts. Try top-to-bottom matching prints for the ultimate pin-up look or teamed with a bomber jacket for a real ‘girl next door’ feel.

(Looks taken from Topshop Tumblr)

Summer dresses in sugary shades are one for every girls wardrobe. With sorbet tones and pastel hues reappearing every Spring, a classic frock in pink, lilac, blue, lemon or mint is a certain spring must have. With icons such as Grace Kelly, Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Hepburn fronting this classic and womanly look, there’s something timeless about a simple dress in a muted fresh colour. Look for additional floral embroidery, broderie anglaise and prom style shapes to add extra pizazz.

(Looks taken from Street Peeper, Vanessa Jackman & Almandita Tumblr)

Spotted at J.W Anderson and Stella McCartney (and worn by UK sweetheart Alexa Chung at House of Holland’s AW12 show), this is one of this seasons biggest prints. A subtle nod to the 70s and combining the key casual pyjama trend, think statement pieces teamed with block colours.

(Looks taken from Be Frassy, Gem Fatale and Grazia Daily)

A trend for the braver of us, scarf print and baroque are certainly making a statement this year. For a look to challenge even the biggest Duran Duran fan girl, think printed bomber jackets and silky shorts with a block colour tee to keep the look chic.

(Looks taken from Topshop Tumblr)

With metallics and sparkles making a big bang this season (and continuing through to Autumn Winter) whether it’s collared detail, embellished lace, a foiled jumper or a top to toe sequins- it’s a look the high street has certainly taken a shine to; head to Topshop and All Saints for the most dazzling pieces.


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