Play-school polka-dots, sugar-pie sweetness and a scandal-inducing hemline (Lolita eat your heart out)…this has to rank as one of my favourite frock-finds so far. The faded-denim jacket is the perfect foil to all that cuteness adding a casual edge to kids-party kitsch. And the piece de resistance? The cherry on top? The icing on the sartorial sky-scraper of a cake? That prissy-pastel retro bow of course!
And Lo! From the loud and the lurid to the chi chi and the chintzy, The Powers That Be hath delivered a plethora of punctilious prints unto the people. With more ways to wear than the legendary wrap dress and with clashes all the rage there’s no better opportunity for some gratuitous trend-whoring. Aint life grand.
Reminisce in reworked classics like all-American checks, flirty-fifties polka dots (a personal favourite), preppy-pinstripes or muted Sunday-best florals and relive those nostalgia-tinted daisy chain summers on the school-field in gingham.
Or (not for the faint hearted) make a statement and work seventies-style geometric prints – remember to balance bold patterns with simple accessories and neutral shoes to avoid optical overkill!
Stand-out abstracts in provocative paint-pot brights provide the perfect foil for a summer sun-kissed glow and how about graphics – the super-brave should look for splashes of neon and futuristic shapes; think electro meets disco meets a stonking techno-rave on acid. If you’re eyes aren’t watering it’s not bright enough.
Something more muted? Try a blousy-boho look and go for the clash in layers of loose-fitting florals, stripes, spots – and whatever-else takes your fancy – keep colours faded and textures interesting.
Go on a global sartorial adventure in extravagant yet earthy tribals, ikat prints and a hotchpotch of cultural references – keep hair sleek, make-up minimal and throw on a pair of gladiator flats. A warrior is born.