Friday, 4 May 2012

Fashionista Alphabet

During one of my many lunch-break browsing sessions this week, I realised how spoilt for choice we actually are this season. There is such a delicious selection of trends on offer, and I must say I am most impressed! Ok, so the flouncy florals are a tad old now, but this seasons quirky calypso twist on the mundane pastel prints that bloom into fashion every Spring has added a funky edge to the girly classic. Whilst pondering over which of the delightful collections I should dedicate my next post to, I decided that an entire A-Z of fashionable alphabet goodness would be absolutely ideal! So here it is, the grand alphabet of tasty Spring/Summer 2012 trends. From grungy tribals to princess pastels, there is something to suit everybody this season. My bank cards are in for a real treat...

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Just like the classic trench coat, these super comf anorak jackets have been in fashion forever. Even my mum has a few sneaky Barbour's somewhere in the back of her wardrobe...

Popper Parka 
ASOS - £65.00

Pac A Parka 
Warehouse - £35.00

Billy Lightweight Parka 
Whistles - £125.00

Wrap Parka 
Levi's £150.00

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Slouchy shapes and grungy fabrics form the basis of this holy collection. Can't say I'm especially religious, but I do enjoy a good cross motif...

Cross Vest 
Project Social T - £22.00

Religious Charm Chunky Bracelet Pack 
ASOS - £10.00

Cross Front Long Cami 
Topshop - £22.00

Tie Dye Fluro Cross Vest 
Topshop - £18.00

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 It's probably fair to say that this raunchy little collection isn't for everyone. If you can whack on one of these minescule numbers with a maxi skirt and still look good, then congratulations. I am extremely jealous.

Black Studded Bra Top 
Miss Selfridge - £24.00

Leopard Print Bra Top 
New Look - £14.99

Buttercup Crop Top 
Topshop - £22.00

Ballnese Border Bra Top 
Warehouse - £27.00

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Darling buds

Don't discard your floral fantasies just yet, because one again they've returned to the catwalks. This time with a vintage twist and neon brights to liven up this classic springtime look.

Floral Belted Dress 
Oasis - £50.00

Vintage Floral Jamie Jeans 
Topshop - £45.00 

Bequii Printed Full Skirt Dress 
Ted Baker - £169.00

Limited Collection Cotton Rich Floral Jacket 
Marks & Spencer - £55

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exotic skins
Once again this infinitely wearable trend prowls its way back onto the catwalk. Don't overdo though; the 'Cat Slater from Eastenders' look is never ideal.

Animal Print Jogging Blazer
 Zara - £49.99
Leopard Print Skinny Belt 
ASOS - £6.00

Zebra Tank Top 
Mango - £19.00 

Man vs Wild Maxi Skirt 
MinkPink - £55.00 

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Step aside sheer fabrics, futuristic mesh, perspex, and abstract cut outs have taken over this season. My mother absolutely hates it, I absolutely love it. Definitely not a collection for everyone...
Raver Perspex Metallic Sandals 
Topshop - £55.00

Metallic Gold Leigh Jeans 
Topshop - £45.00

Silver Metallic Lip Foils
 Urban Outfitters  - £7.00

Metallic Plastic Mac 
Topshop - £45.00

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 It's hip to be square this season - or rectangular, or octagonal or trapezoidal. Sharp angles and Crayola colours are everywhere thanks to this 1920's Art Deco inspired collection...

Project Geo Print Tee 
Miss Selfridge - £25.00

Geometric Print Leggings 
New Look - £6.00

Geo Triangle Ring 
Topshop - £7.50

Geometric Bodycon Dress
 River Island - £25.00

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Hot pants
So the British weather come summertime is not exactly hot pants-worthy, but if you've got it, flaunt it, regardless of the torrential rain and gale force winds. At least you'll look good...
Premium Studded Hotpants 
Topshop - £75.00

Denim Flower Short 
Mango - £22.99

Blue and White Stripe Short 
Miss Selfridge - £30.00

Parisian Acid Wash Hotpants 
New Look - £19.99

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ice cream 
Pastel colours and ice cool prints are hot on the high street this season, and not only do they look absolutely adorable, but they are also entirely calorie-free. I'll take one of each...

Ice Cream Crop Sweat 
Topshop - £24.00

Print Jersey Skater Dress 
Vero Moda - £16.00 
Ice Cream Collar 
Topshop - £20.00
White Print Denim Shorts 
River Island - £25.00

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Jewellery statements
Plain T-shirts have never looked better thanks to the invention of the glorious statement necklace. The bigger the better in my opinion... 

Unique Cobra Collar
 Topshop - £65.00

Statement Necklace
 ASOS - £55.00

Western Fringe Necklace
 Urban Outfitters - £28.00

Gold Aztec Pendant Necklace
 Miss Selfridge - £14.00

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Kat  Maconie
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Known for her edgy but wearable designs, and slightly hefty price tags, Kat Maconie can create one beast of a shoe line. Thankfully she has teamed up with Dune and decided to hit up the hight street. As these beauties aren't available just yet, here is a Maconie taster to get you in the mood...

Sylvia Heel
 Kat Maconie - £240.00
Maude Grey Flats
 Kat Maconie - £180.00

 Erica Heel 
Kat Maconie - £200.00
Audrey Bow Flat
 Kat Maconie - £175.00

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Lovely Lace
Drape it with denim, layer it with leather, or simply wear it alone; lace is back on the catwalks in its usual crisp and elegant form. An absolute summer classic…

Skater Dress with Applique Detailing 
ASOS - £85.00

Natural Classic TOMS 
Office - £45.00

Darling Lace Midi Skirt 
ASOS - £85.00

Cropped Lace Poncho 
Pieces - £26.00

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Freshen things up in your wardrobes this season with pale, icy green. If you're afraid of too much colour, just think of this little beauty as an updated neutral...
Coloured Ultra Skinny Jeans 
Warehouse - £40.00

Sheer Sleeveless Blouse
New Look - £14.99
Maddie Eva Sole Brodues 
Topshop - £32.00

Double Side Dplit Maxi Skirt
 Miss Selfridge - £37.00

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Absolute. Summer. Classic.

Sweat in Stripe with Pockets 
ASOS - £25.00
Two-Toned Striped Shopper
 Mango - £22.99

Stripe Vest Dress 
French Connection - £47.00

Aqua Flat Espadrille 
Office - £10.00

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Brighten up the dullest British summer days with a splash of orange. Scrap the fake tan though, as you will end up looking like a traffic cone. Or naked. I speak from experience...

Drape Tux Blazer 
Miss Selfridge - £45.00 

Jersey Maxi Skirt 
Matalan - £12.00

Slit Back Stripe Shirt 
Topshop - £32.00

Super Short Denim Hotpants
 River Island - £20.00

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Another updated neutral that can easily be hardened up with a leather jacket or statement jewellery. Gorgeous for both spring and summer...

Midi Skirt With Pleats 
ASOS - £38.00

Jacqueline Playsuit 
Motel - £48.00

Colour Block Bucket Bag 
ASOS - £35.00 

Coloured Skinny Jeggings
 Denimocracy - £66.00

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Step aside aviators, the funky shades have taken over and quite frankly I'm obsessed. I look like Ozzy Osbourne in my latest pair, and I couldn't give a damn...

Lennon Sunglasses 
Henry Holland For Le Specs - £70.00

Square Sunglasses with Cut Out Lens 
Mauricio Stein - £45.00

Round Plastic Sunglasses 
Topshop - £16.00

Cat Eye Sunglasses 
ASOS - £15.00

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Not quite a Mulberry Bayswater, but there is something about these casual rucksacks that I particularly enjoy. It's just a shame they weren't this cool back in year 7...

Stone Stripe Rucksack 
River Island - £30.00

Leather Backpack 
Pieces Orli - £95.00

Caramel Canvas Beacon Backpack 
Barbour - £159.00
Acid Wash Backpack
 Topshop - £34.00

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Sports Couture 
This super fit collection mixes smarts and casuals with neons and pastels to create a vibrant high street look with a sporty twist. Amazing to wear, amazing to look at, but probably not particularly sport-friendly...

Burnout Tee 
Topshop - £20.00

Sporty Chiffon Maxi Skirt 
New Look - £19.99

Blue Colour Block Front Zip T-Shirt
River Island - £20.00

Colourblock Dress 
Miss Selfridge - £39.00

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Fashion has once again taken an exotic turn with an explosion of tribal looks. Liven up your wardrobe this season with graphic prints and earthy tones with this aztec-inspired collection...

Blanket T-Shirt 
Allsaints - £50.00

Gold Tone Statement Tassel Necklace 
River Island - £28.00

Print Panel Leggings
 Miss Selfridge - £22.00
Tie-Dye Maxi Dress
 Mango - £79.99

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US of A
God bless America…and our wardrobes...
Flag Top 
Mango - £9.99

MOTO Bleach Flag Print Hotpants
 Topshop - £34.00

Black American Dream Print T-Shirt 
River Island - £15.00

American Flag Wraps 
Nail Rock - £6.60

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Vertical Limit
Dressed up or dressed down, monochrome stripes look a treat. The simplicity of black and white is effortless, chic, and looks good on anybody. Add a splash of colour with some (much loved) statement jewellery and you're ready to go...

Long Sleeve Stripe Shirt 
Topshop - £38.00

Zip Stripe Dress 
Rare - £39.00

Striped Blazer 
Mango - £59.99

Jordan Jean
 Motel - £48.00

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Water World
From designer to high street, photographic prints on clothing is a growing trend the season. Walk around looking like a postcard all summer in these exotic summery prints....
Water Print Bodycon Dress 
Miss Selfridge - £42.00

Photographic Ocean Print Midi Tube Dress 
River Island -£30.00

Beach Print Dress 
Primark - £17.00

Donja Contrasting Printed Silk Scarf Dress
 Dries Van Noten - £670.00

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X-Ray Vision
A maxi and a mini in one. Genius! Pasty legs are no longer an issue…

Maxi Skirt In Mesh Spot 
ASOS - £45.00

Mesh Maxi Skirt
 Dahlia - £60.00

Sheer Maxi Dress 
American Apparel - £58.00

Long Skirt With Splits
 Zara - £39.99

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Whilst initially quite scathing over the concept of walking around looking like a highlighter, I have actually come around to this neon delight. Add a zing to any neutral outfit, be it with a subtle blouse or a full on maxi dress. I'll probably start with the blouse...

Full Pleat Maxi Skirt 
Mango - £44.99

Short Cape Shirt
 Zara - £25.99

Maxi Dress 
Sunspel - £65.00

Cropped Trousers 
ASOS - £25.00

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Somewhere in-between stripes and tribal prints we have ended up with the zigzag, and this Missoni inspired pattern has well and truly hit up the high street…

Print Column Maxi Dress
 Miss Selfridge - £47.00
Ombre Skirt 
Topshop - £16.00
Coloured Aztec Shift Dress 
Warehouse - £26.00

Washed Print Trousers 
Topshop - £36.00

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