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In our last Blog we talked of the Hot Colours of the A/W 2017 Season - But how should we be wearing them? Let's have a look at what was seen on the catwalks and work out how we can nod to the Fashion Trends without being a slave to them.
Chunky Knits, Grandad Cardigans and Cordoroy
For Daytime there will be no need to be cold this Autumn/Winter. Oversized knits and Grandad cardigans were all over the catwalk.
We still have to photograph our lovely range of knits from DECK but take it from us they have got the trend spot on. And whilst cordoroy featured in many of the Key Designers catwalk pieces for this Season for Lily&Me it had never gone away, with their fabulous needle-cord tunics very ontrend and already flying out the door here.
The Waist is Back
Whether it was coats or dresses, this Season sees an emphasis on the Waist. Invest in wide belt to update a straight coat or consider dresses with ties or waist details. A returning brand for us is Smash and we just love this tie dress - perfect for work or the school run.
Florals or Plaid
For the more feminine dressers amongst you florals remain popular - be it Rose Bowl pretty or Midnight Garden.
But for those of you that prefer a print - abstract plaid patterns are where it is at. Lorna has already snapped up this fabulous easy to wear shift dress from new brand Smashed Lemon.
Hi Shine, Bright Spark, Velvet, Victoriana & More
For evening there are a number of trends to choose from. For fabrics, lace is being replaced by Hi Shine fabrics and luxurious velvets. Our portugese brand Cotton Brothers delivers on both - perfect for those Autumn Evenings out.
As for style, whilst anything goes "Victoriana" is making a resurgence. So think of high collars and pussy bows.
Fancy TightsOne way of updating last year's look is to add a pair of fancy tights - for evening try fishnets and by day add a pair of coloured tights to brighten up your outfit.
Flight of Fancy
Finally "Flights of Fancy" gives you the option to wear anything with a feather trim. We at Vivaldi are a little too practical to have this trend instore and are recommending if you fancy following this one that you buy a scarf of other accessory - an item of clothing will just be a drycleaning nightmare!
All that is left to be done now is to pick one or two of your preferred looks to update your wardrobe - Roll on Autumn 2017 - its not that like we have had much Summer anyway!
Everyone loves a bargain but how many of us have made a Sale purchase that has gone on to lie in the back of the wardrobe never to be worn? Let's face it we don't have the best summers in the UK and there are only so many sleeveless dresses you can wear in your fortnights summer holiday in Greece - so how do we stop making mistakes?
Rule 1 Summer Dressing
If you are going away somewhere hot and need to update your look now is the time to snap up a couple of sleeveless tops or a new summer dress - remember though that you are only away for a fortnight and it is easy to hand wash a top or 2 whilst you are gone so don't get carried away and buy too much!
We love this Lily and Me linen-mix top - perfect for keeping cool as temperatures soar but possible to layer up with a cardi when you get home.
Rule 2 Long Sleeves
News - hot of the press - you can wear long sleeves all year round. The lovely Kim Murray (wife of tennis ace Andy) was seen regularly this year at Wimbledon wearing long sleeves - even on sunny days. Summer sale purchases with long sleeves will be able to be used for a longer part of the year so look out for bargains.
Rule 3 Lightweight Jackets and Jumpers
In the UK you know that regardless of the temperature by day, you will need an extra layer when the sun goes down in the evening. This Sandwich linen mix knit just fits the bill adding a bit of warmth for that evening BBQ.
Rule 4 Update your basics
It's always worth keeping an eye out for a good quality basic. Perhaps you can trade-up to that higher quality item - when it's on sale it may cost the same as the cheaper brand at full price but it will last longer and potentially be better cut for a more stylish look. What about this SandwichClothing linen jacket in sand. The jersey panel at the back gives a much softer stylish look than a traditional denim jacket.
In summary - buy good quality items that you know you will wear more than once and that you can use to layer and you really will have a Sale Bargain.
The Queen has been modelling 2016's new fashion trend for years. The "standoutfit" as described in today's Times newspaper is simply dressing from head to toe in one colour. But would it work for you as well as it does for everyone from Anna Wintour to Victoria Beckham and Kate Middleton?
As a trend it makes you look taller and slimmer - which we are all fans off. And you don't have to be as adventurous as Victoria here in fuschia pink - simply choose one of the season's new neutrals we talked of in our last blog - snorkel blue or iced coffee for example - and you will look stylish and effortless. Take inspiration from our Polyvore board - here we've used examples from Sandwich and Lily & Me to get the look.
Dressing all in the same colour does not require you to match exactly. In fact mixing textures and shades within the same colour often looks better as you don't look as though you have been "trying too hard". And as for that capsule wardrobe choosing a single colour makes packing for that mini-break so much easier. Just watch - all black can make you look like the waiter in your hotel and all white can you make you look like the painter!
Is it ever too early to start planning your Christmas and New Year party outfits? We don't think so - after all, the best styles will always sell out fast, so snap up your favourite looks now. Whether you favour a classic black LBD or like to go glitzy with a bit of sparkle, we've got some great ideas here at Vivaldi.
You can't beat a dress at Christmas time - so easy to wear, and if it's a plain black version, just add a statement necklace or big earrings for instant 'wow'. Whether you like baring your arms or prefer to cover up (it will be chilly out there!), we've got a great range of styles from our favourite brands. Sandwich has two long-sleeved versions, one with a copper-coloured studded detail, (centre) and one with a faux-leather front. (far right).
B Young has a fun pleated-front sleeveless style which creates a simple silhouette and can be dressed up with a long pendant and glitzy clutch. (second from right). If you love classic lace, you can look like an Italian bomshell in this Lily & Me Beatrice dress (far left)! And you definitely won't need any sparkly jewels with this sequin-trim shift dress from N & Willow (second from left)- let the gold-coloured neckline do all the talking!
We know that a dress isn't appropriate for every occasion, and often nothing is better than a great top and your favourite trousers or skinny jeans (plus killer heels, of course!) For a touch of festive sparkle, try our B Young Beaded Detail Blouse in vanilla (second from left) - looks equally good with denim or black skinnies. For a slouchy look, we love this lurex knit from new brand Blanxart with it's studded neckline (second from right).
Our Lily & Me lace top in black (far right) is effortlessly elegant, or for fans of print, we think this B Young floral blouse (far left) is very pretty, and perfect for an easy Christmas Day look. Looking for an edgier style? This sleeveless black top from B Young (centre) has a chunky beaded high neckline and creates a great silhouette with skinny trousers and sky-high heels. Pile your wrists with chunky bangles for an on-trend look.
Enjoy dressing up - we know we will!