Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Style Guide / PRE Buy Your S/S14 Wardrobe In The High Street Sales!

As Spring/Summer 2014 nears, new items of clothing and wardrobe refreshing will be a necessity. Clothes, however, don't exactly come cheap - if anything, for those of us who are fashion -obsessed, buying clothes becomes almost our worst enemy. Clothes tempt us in and trick us into spending our money. What's even worse is that usually they're only wearable for about two seasons until it's time to re-update your wardrobe with new fashion items to suit the new stream of trends that come with a new season. However, buying clothes doesn't have to come at a big expense. I've been doing some research and have pieced together the top trends of S/S 14 and put together a collection of items from the high street sales that would be perfect for the new and upcoming season. You can get your Spring/ Summer wardrobe ahead of time and even better, at a lower than average cost. 
So, here are the new Spring/Summer trends summarised and pieced together so you can get buying now in preparation for the seasonal change. 

Please Note: By the time that this post has been published, unfortunately some of the items will have sold out, so I apologise if this is the case! 

Trends - I've selected a few of the S/S14 trends that can be found in the A/W13 high street sales. Some newer trends can't be found in the sales so they aren't included in this post, but the trends that can be found are all included below! 

The sporty trend is a massive one this S/S14. I've only included the popular over-sized team-style t-shirts which are all over the A/W13 sales. The sport trend includes velcro fastenings, bomber jackets, tracksuits, high-tops, running shorts and all popular sports wear! Don't be afraid to be daring with the sporty trend and even include embellished sporty pieces - push the boundaries. 

1. Urban Outfitters Oversized Dress WAS £90 NOW £50 - At £50 this dress is more pricey than most sale items but you'll definitely get a lot of wear out of this Oversized Dress. Numbered oversized tees and dresses are particularly on trend this season so this would be worth the investment. Pair this outfit with a pair of high tops and you've got a casual and easy outfit! 

2. Boohoo Olivia On 1 Printed Jumper WAS £12 NOW £8 - This monochrome sporty jumper is a perfect addition for any casual outfit. You're combining the monochrome trend and the sporty trend all in one jumper. For £8 it's the perfect bargain buy - you can't go wrong with this jumper. 

3. ASOS Hilfiger Denim 3/4 Sleeve Top SOLD OUT - Typically by the time that I had edited this post and started writing up about the sale items this Hilfiger Denim Sleeve Top had sold out. A top similar to this would be ideal for a casual and easy S/S outfit - throw over a denim jacket/ bomber jacket with tracksuit bottoms and high-tops - you have the essence of the sporty trend. 

4. Zara Sporty T-Shirt With Number WAS £30 NOW £12 -  This sporty t-shirt is another perfect casual piece for your S/S wardrobe. Throw it on and pair it with a pair of tailored shorts and heels to dress it up! 

5. ASOS Damage T-Shirt With Team Loser Print SOLD OUT -  This monochrome T-Shirt has a sporty edge without a typical focus on the number - a simple addition to your wardrobe.

The metallic trend has made a return this S/S14 - think chrome, silver and gold. Here I have picked some of my favourite A/W13 sale items which are relevant and ideal for your Spring/Summer wardrobe. 

1. Miss Selfridge Gold Shimmer Maxi Dress WAS £65 NOW £20 - This daring dress is a statement metallic piece that will be perfect for the new seasonal trend. This dress is a love/hate piece, take it or leave it but there's no denying that this dress is a piece that will serve you well this upcoming season. 

2. Urban Outfitters Vintage O&O Foil Blouse in Gold WAS £45 NOW £22 - This is one of my all time favourite pieces found in the A/W13 sale that will be an amazing addition to your S/S14 wardrobe. The metallic trend definitely lends itself to really bold and statement pieces, this foil blouse is an example of that. I think this foil blouse is literally the most amazing thing - I may sound pathetic being so passionate about a piece of clothing but this blouse would go with most S/S trends and you could pair it with almost any outfit to give it an edge. 

3. Kelly Brook black and Gold Aztec Jacquard Midi Dress NOW £14 - This dress is a formal outfit because of its well-tailored form - pair this dress with a simple heel and you're ready for an evening of style and fun! 

4. New Look Fashion Silver Oriental Floral Crop Top WAS £18 NOW £7 - This top is so season relevant - the metallic finish, the monochrome and the oriental print, piece together three key S/S trends and for £7 you can hardly go wrong! 

5. New Look Vila Cream Metallic Donetta Sleeveless Blouse WAS £30 NOW £17 - Although this hasn't got the typical metallic finish that the other pieces have, this Sleeveless Blouse would be perfect for a subtler hint of the metallic trend. If you want a piece that will ensure that you've got the metallic trend nailed without having to go too bold and brave, this blouse is the sale piece for you! You can pair this with casual wear or dress it up and make it a bigger statement with a statement pair of leggings or with the simple addition of jewellery. 

 6. New Look Misumi Black and Gold Boroque Print Leggings WAS £13 NOW £5 - These leggings won't be everyone's cup of tea that's for sure, however, if you want a versatile statement piece that you can wear casually, this is what you've been looking for! These leggings can be played down with the addition of a simple logo tee or paired with sporty high-top trainers. Alternatively, if you're looking for a pair that you can wear into the party hours, you can team them with a crop top and some statement heels and jewellery. Versatile, fun and mastering the metallic trend - these leggings are worth splashing that fiver on for sure! 

Patterns - Although some of the A/W patterns are being carried into the new season, some new and fresh patterns will be arriving in your wardrobe; nothing too crazy though, I promise. Here are some of the major patterns that will be floating around this S/S seasons.

A little note: Click on image to buy. You will be re-directed to iblogthefashion Polyvore page where all outfits and pieces can be bought  directly by clicking on the piece you want. 
Florals have made a seasonal comeback this S/S, with slight variations in patterns and style. These pieces will sort you out for each floral trend. My favourite floral trend for the upcoming Spring, is the floral patterns pasted on a midnight black colour block background - so I'm sorry if the items are a little biased towards this trend; I couldn't help myself..Also, I'm going to have to apologise because the items I have chosen are from Urban Outfitters and Topshop sales, which is also biased as these two of my favourite high streets stores - but hey, they're bargains and good quality pieces so who's really complaining?  Here are my favourite pieces from the high street sales.

1.  Urban Outfitters Reformed Floral Playsuit WAS £75 NOW £35 - Florals are looking even better now on a black canvas. Their bright, uplifting patterns are contrasted with the darker shades of midnight. The trend for black and flowers is really big this S/S, so this playsuit is a perfect addition for your new seasonal wardrobe.

2. Urban Outfitters Pins Needles Peekaboo Playsuit in Black WAS £60 NOW £20 - Although this piece is another playsuit, playsuits are ideal for the warmer(ish) upcoming Spring/Summer climate. This one piece can be worn as a top (as seen on the model) or as a playsuit - making the outfit versatile.

3. Topshop Tiny Flower Dungarees WAS £60 NOW £20 - I think these dungarees are really, really cute. They remind me of an outfit that I used to wear as a child, which, now that I'm many years older, should be off putting, but it's bringing back a bit of happy nostalgia and who doesn't love that? These full length dungarees will be a perfect piece for your wardrobe when the colder Spring days hit us - pair them with a fluffy pastel jumper and you've combined two seasonal trends - pastels and florals.

4. Topshop Floral Embroidered Bomber Jacket £65 - So, although I sort of broke the rules here and put in a piece that isn't a sale item, I couldn't help myself. This Floral Embroidered Bomber Jacket from the Topshop sale mixes three key trends this S/S 14 - monochrome, bomber jackets and midnight florals. This jacket will serve a great deal of purpose and get an immense amount of wear if you plan on being fashionably tuned in this year. The sporty influence of S/S is portrayed with the bomber jacket, monochrome is passed into the new seasonal trends and it has one of the major patterns of S/S - florals. Basically this jacket is the answer to all of your problems if you are looking for a statement piece for the new season. For a jacket that does all this, a mere £65 isn't all that expensive.

5. Topshop Spot Floral Tunic Dress WAS £45 NOW £20 - This floral tunic dress takes on the theme of romanticism which is popular in the upcoming seasons. Combined with the floral patterns, the flowing fabric will be a cool addition for your wardrobe in preparation for the hotter days of Spring and Summer. 

6. Topshop Dark Floral Flock Treggings WAS £28 NOW £15 - These leggings  combine the two trends; monochrome and 3d effect florals. These 'Treggings' are a definite statement piece and love 'em or hate 'em, you can't deny they're cool and edgy. I love the leggings for nailing the S/S 3D floral effect - it makes them an even more bargainous buy.

Make sure your wardrobe also includes some pastel floral patterns. Although I haven't included any pastel options, brighten up your S/S wardrobe with the lighter colours of Spring to bring a more vibrant colour palette into the new seasons.

A little note: Click on image to buy. You will be re-directed to iblogthefashion Polyvore page where all outfits and pieces can be bought  directly by clicking on the piece you want. 

Although the checkered prints existed in our A/W wardrobes last year, they're progressing into Spring/Summer a little differently..Think less complex checkered patterns, leaving the 'laundry bag' look behind and bringing it back to the basics to just, quite simply - squares. Make sure you have an element of geometry in your S/S outfits - here are some ideas.

1. Topshop Oversized Check Shirt WAS £30 NOW £15 - Simple, casual and covered in squares - you have a trend covered in just a simple casual shirt. You might not even have to spend your money, lots of us have a checkered shirt lounging around in our wardrobes - whip it out and wear it!

2. Dorothy Perkins Black And White Check Dress NOW £17 - This dress is also an easy outfit because when it comes to dresses all you need to think about is what jewellery you're going to pair it with and whether you're going to dress it up or down with heels/flats. This dress is a perfect 'go-to' dress and would be ideal for if you're just popping here and there throughout the day. A comfortable yet smart addition to your new seasonal wardrobe at a discounted price - happy days.

3.  ASOS Midi Kilt Skirt in Plaid Check Print WAS £45 NOW £32 - Although this skirt lends itself more to the typical A/W13 checkered print, you could get away with it for the updated S/S14 checkered look.

4. Zara Checkered Coat WAS £145 NOW £61 - This coat looks super warm and snuggly and will keep you snug as Spring nears. For £61, this Zara coat is of an amazing quality and is a fantastic bargain. Snap it up while you can!

5. Dorothy Perkins Navy/Ivory Check Fluff Jumper WAS £29 NOW £15 - I see squares - need I say more?

6. Topshop Check Velvet Tee WAS £28 NOW £15 - Although this S/S 2014 we're waving goodbye to velvet and leaving it behind in 2013, this Check tee would just about pass for the newer square trend. There's just one rule - squares - I see squares, you're safe.

A little note: Click on image to buy. You will be re-directed to iblogthefashion Polyvore page where all outfits and pieces can be bought  directly by clicking on the piece you want. 

Monochrome is taking off in Spring. You may think that monochrome is a little bleak and bland for the brighter seasons of Spring and Summer but that's where you're wrong. Brighten up your outfits with the patterns you wear while sporting the monochrome trend. Here, I have selected my favourite monochrome and pattern combo that can be found in the current high street sales - take a look!

1. Urban Outfitters Cooperative Mono Tartan Bomber Jacket WAS £75 NOW £35 - This patterned Bomber Jacket pieces together numerous trends of the new seasonal time. You've got the sporty trend nailed with the Bomber Jacket - simply pair it with a pair of tailored tracksuit bottoms and high-tops and you have your outfit. The other trends it's nailed are the squared patterns AND the monochrome. This jacket may be worth the minor splurge at £35 but some things are totally worth it.

2. Dorothy Perkins Black and Ivory Art Deco Dress WAS £25 NOW £15 -  This monochrome geometric dress also nails two major trends - geometric patterns and monochrome. A simplistic but tailored dress that could lend itself to a more formal outfit or a casual/dressy day-to-day look.

3. Miss Selfridge Mono Floral Sweat WAS £30 NOW £15 - This busy floral sweat also has the floral element of Spring and Summer nailed as well as monochrome - it's a 2-in-1 investment for your money.

4. ASOS Mono Sequin Jacket WAS £65 NOW £31 - The best thing about the month of January has got to be the January sales. For those of us with the luxury of a few extra pennies lying around, a splurge on some sale items can well and truly pay off - especially in light of finding items like this Sequin Jacket. With a hint of embellishment, this monochrome Sequin Jacket is a perfect buy for your Spring/Summer wardrobe because it's so versatile. Dress this jacket up with the addition of a tailored pair of shorts/midi-skirt or alternatively dress it down with tailored tracksuit bottoms and high-top trainers. This jacket will fit in with almost any S/S14 trend making it the perfect addition to pretty much any outfit.

A little note: Click on image to buy. You will be re-directed to iblogthefashion Polyvore page where all outfits and pieces can be bought  directly by clicking on the piece you want. 

Matching patterns are taking off in a big way this upcoming season. Popular midriffs/bra-lets/ bra tops - whatever you want to call them, are going to be a key component to your S/S outfits, along with a matching bottom half. You can wear this trend in whatever style you want: either go lace, simple, grunge or playful and fun - the main thing is - wear the trend! There aren't a lot of these matching exposed midriffs scattered around in the sales that are relevant to the S/S trends, but I picked out my favourites and the seasonal relevant ones and collaged them here!

1. Topshop Eye Bralet WAS £34 NOW £10 & Topshop Green Ghoul Skirt NOW £10 - Although this has a halloween vibe to it, this matching bralet and skirt is on trend with its matching prints. Quirky and a pushing the boundaries a little, this matching piece will add an interesting contrast to the rest of your S/S wardrobe. 

2. ASOS Bra Top with Stud Embellishment WAS £55 NOW £33 - The saying the bigger the better applies with the S/S of embellishment. Dazzle and sparkle into the new seasons, even casual sporty pieces need a bit of embellishment. This Bra Top and available matching midi-skirt is a perfect outfit for the S/S season - a perfect party outfit! This is one of my favourite A/W sale items that will serve you well for S/S14.

3. Miss Selfridge Floral Texture Bra Top £7 - Although this isn't a sale item, it's as good as, with that price tag! Unfortunately this is now a sold out item so I'm sorry but look out for floral textured crop tops because you're combining two major trends - florals and crop tops!

4. Miss Selfridge Floral Jacquard Bra Top WAS £32 NOW £15 & Miss Selfridge Floral Jacquard Short WAS £34 NOW £20 - This outfit is a perfect addition to your S/S14 wardrobe. With a slight embellishment effect, due to the sheer texture and the floral patterns, this is the most S/S14 relevant outfit out of all of these outfits, because you're combining lots of the hottest trends of the upcoming season.

Not all Spring/Summer 14 trends have been included in this post. I will also be doing a Catwalk edit and another Style Guide for when all the official S/S 14 clothes are in the high street stores.


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