Published: 4th March 2014
Author: Bethanie Lunn

The SS14 High Street essentials


So it’s well and truly behind us, isn’t it? The sun has been shining and I am slowly pushing my winter clothes towards the back of my wardrobe and finding freshness in spring colours at the front of it. Whilst the last few months have been awash with, dare I say it, AW14 fashion weeks, we’ve been patiently waiting for spring. Well I can safely say, it is has arrived and it’s time to reflect on what’s hot in the stores right now. From candy coloured pastels to florals and shimmering metallics, there’s something for everyone this spring.

With a slight nip in the air, we’ve still got to consider our outerwear and this season it’s got edgier. Layering has gone glamorous with jackets made of silk with fine metallic detailing and oriental prints. Straight from the catwalk, we saw jackets turn boxy and streamlined, making them the ultimate transitional fashion piece and if you can find one without its collar, then you’ve hit fashion gold. I love this on-trend embellished jacquard cropped jacket from River Island in Churchill Square Shopping Centre. Team with cigarette pants or a pencil skirt for the perfect spring ensemble.

Working well to compliment outerwear on the catwalk were embellishments. From denim jumpsuits to dresses, skirts and crop tops, there was embellishment and embroidery galore at Balmain, Burberry and Topshop Unique. If you’re brave enough to take on this season’s crop top trend, wear it with an embellishment, as seen on River Island’s cute bralet.

River Island embellished jacquard jacket1

Pic credit: River Island embellished jacquard jacket


Pic credit: River Island embellished bralet

Fashion’s obsession with pastels has moved into yet another season. This spring candy colours are back in a rainbow of sherbet tones, think pink, lemon, mint and powder blues. They were seen dominating nearly every designer’s show from Henry Holland to Jasper Conran and Ashish. To compliment pastels, fashion’s gone romantic with feminine, romantic pieces. I love the elegant full skirts and pleats this spring. Origami crafted skirts with both fine pleating and razor sharp pleating were seen at Christopher Kane, Victoria Beckham and Alexander Wang. The softer fabrics such as organza worked the pleat best this Zara peachy silk pleated mid length skirt is a winner for me. Find it at Zara in Churchill Square Shopping Centre.


Pic credit: Zara powder blue knit


Pic credit: Zara silk pleated skirt

It wouldn’t be spring without flowers and they are back in all their glory. Think romantic meadows to English country gardens, there’s a blossom for everyone. Matthew Williamson always gets it right when it comes to flowers and as long as they’re worn with soft pretty hues and in ultra feminine shapes, then you won’t look too green fingered. I found these perfect floral shorts by Red Herring in Debenhams Churchill Square.


Pic credit: Red Herring floral shorts at Debenhams

Saving the best for last is my all time favourite. Yes molten metallics are back. They are timeless and work in both spring/summer, autumn and winter and I can’t get enough of them. I’m not quite adventurous enough to wear a gold boiler suit (as seen at Lanvin) but I’m all for gold shoes and shimmering skirts. I’ve hunted high and low and found two key metallic pieces perfect for spring. Wear these Zara mules with rolled up boyfriend jeans and sweatshirt and team River Island’s high-shine pencil skirt with a slogan tee or sheer blouse… I’m off shopping.


Pic credit: Zara metallic mule


Pic credit: River Island metallic pencil skirt

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