WSW Styling Tips

March 22, 2011

Ask The Stylist, Daily Digest

WSW Styling Tips

Pictured left to right Camilla Belle, Sienna Miller, Alexa Chung

 By Ann-Marie Proudfoot

Talking about spring summer’s trends is one thing, but translating them into something you can wear is what we here at WhatSheWears.ie enjoy most.

At Penneys press room last week, there was strong Moroccan theme and real holiday feeling about their summer collection – not something that we can wear everyday here in Ireland  – but we do think that certain key pieces stood out to inspire today’s Styling Tips instalment, something we hope to bring you more often.

Style tip #1:  Team white dresses & crochet with chunky brown boots to nail off-duty cool

White is always around during the summer months but this year especially, the catwalks are full of it. This time it comes with a strong 70’s influence with fringing, tassels and crochet coming to the fore.

Neon accessories will add a punch of colour to your white look but for casual wear or festivals, brown boots add that real cowboy feel.

Brazilian actress Camilla Belle shows us how to wear this look at the Coachella music festival in the US;  layering a delicate crochet cardigan over a floral dress, and toning down the girly elements of her outfit with a chunky pair of boots.

To recreate Camilla’s look, liven up the brown boots you already own by layering Penney’s fringed crochet waistcoat (€14, in stores now) over a Jasper Conran for Debenhams tea dress (€67.50).

fringed-waistcoat

Penneys crochet waistcoat €14

Style  tip #2:  Moleskin is a great alternative to suede; it’s lighter & easier on your purse too

The colour palette  of nudes, khakis, sand and soft earthy tones of rust are yet again key colours for spring summer.
Penney’s have a gorgeous pair of nude hot pants (€15, in stores early May) in moleskin, sometimes referred to as suedette, which can be worn a la Sienna Miller with a grey crop tee from American Apparel (€24), a stainless steel ck dawn cuff by Calvin Klein jewellery at Arnotts (€110) and Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony buckled wedges (available at Brown Thomas, Dublin).

suedette-shorts

Penneys moleskin shorts €15

Style tip #3:  Dip your toe into this summer’s neon trend via accessories

With so many exotic colours around this spring – burnt reds, tangerine oranges, and bright turquoises – wondering how to wear them can seem daunting.  Jeanie-like harem pants in hot pink and electric blue are not for the faint hearted, hence our first styling tip comes into play!

Accessories are a safe way to wear these bold colours, and Penney’s Square Lock Box Bag (€8 shown below, in stores end May) reminds us of  Alexa Chung at Matthew Williamson A/W 11 at London Fashion Week (pictured right).

Penneys Yellow Bag €8

Penneys Yellow Bag €8

Alexa’s minimalist approach to spring’s bold colour trend is simply refreshing.  Chung wore a Celine Breton striped dress, Burberry trench coat and Topshop’s Pippin Suede Heel Ankle boots with a vintage yellow cross body bag and coral red lipstick.  This is a great look for conservative dressers, adding a sartorial twist to a nautical striped top which you probably already own.

After all, it’s about adding affordable pieces to revamp your existing looks without investing in an entire new season wardrobe. What do you think?

As well as contributing to WSW, Ann-Marie Proudfoot is a stylist over at Proudfoot Style.

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