March 5, 2015

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LFW Wrap Up by Shinythoughts

Hey Italian food aficionados! Lucy here from London lifestyle blog ShinyThoughts.net. I blog about my outfits and cool places in London to eat and do fun things. I’m always keeping my eye out on new season’s trends and what other stylish bloggers are wearing and there’s no better time to start watching than during Fashion Month!

As London Fashion Week comes to a close, I’m digesting all the weird, wonderful and wishlist-worthy looks I’ve spotted on the Somerset House cobbles this week. Just what do you wear when it’s near 0 degrees outside but the fashion industry is stocking for summer? A careful pick of the trans-seasonal trends is what, and an added fur coat isn’t such a bad idea either!

If there’s one thing you need to know about the summer trends to come, it’s this word: seventies. Yes the decade is back in full swing (quite literally with kick flares and crochet cardies!) and the street style princesses have been going all out. The seventies trend works perfectly for now because of the cosy fabrics and layered up style.

What you need to know is that Suede will be your best friend. It was all over the catwalks last fashion week (we’re looking at you Saint Laurent Paris) and now it’s all over the streets. Invest early in cute a-line suede skirts (ASOS do amazing sell-out skirts so get in quick.) Choose burgundy, orangey brown, beige or mustard and stick to that palette when composing your seventies look. We saw button down suede skirts all over LFW as well as little patch suede jackets and suede fringed bags. However far you want to push your look, choose something suede now. Just watch out when you’re ordering the spaghetti pomodoro, you don’t want tomato sauce on that one!

Another big part of the seventies revival are the prints. Paisley came back in various guises this LFW, whether bolding adorning a maxi dress (buy vintage for extra points) or featuring on a skinny scarf. If you’re feeling bold, mix your prints with other ‘good vibes’ styles on flared trousers or on coats.

Your second key trend as seen in LFW street style was denim.

‘Denim?!’ I hear you cry. Yes denim, but not as you know it. We’re talking clean, untreated fabrics in deep indigos and quirky cuts. The flare shape is key for the summer and can totally be worn now for a flattering effect. Also in fashion are wide cropped cuts, with or without a raw edge, dungarees, boxy jackets and lace-up Woodstock-style tunic dresses. Spruce it up with a little sparkle or a bright contrasting shade and you’ll have ‘straight out of Somerset House’ style down.

So what did I wear for a mid LFW lunch date to Zizzi? A full seventies style outfit with denim of course! My ‘Marrakesh’ flares are by far the kings of denim, MiH and my tile print pajama style blouse from ASOS. Paired with the jeans, it adds a relaxed, lounge feel to the fairly formal bottom half. Hunting for the perfect suede jacket is no easy task but for added authenticity I went for a vintage piece from a boutique on ASOS Marketplace. My beloved Mulberry Leah bag has come out of the woodwork to play in my seventies story but it could just as easily be a patent leather version in teal as much as this beige tone.

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Time to play a bit of matchy-matchy with my footwear – linking the purple in my blouse to my toes. These Kat Maconie snakeskin look boots add the perfect amount of androgyny and shine to balance the look. I’ve accessorized with an oversized scarf (hell, it’s still cold out there!), a long thin gold necklace (perfect for twiddling whilst you pensively gaze across the room) and the most important piece – the fedora hat. I must have spotted one in every shade at LFW but if you’re new to the hat game, invest in a classic black colour.

If you’re on a dinner date or want to pump up the glam-factor for the evening then you’re half way there! Just switch up the boots for metallic platform heels and the drawstring bag for a star print clutch. Loose the hat and pop a cute bedazzled clip on one side of your head and swoosh your hair over to the other side. Add a dark gold eyeshadow and deep lipstick. Pout, you’re good to go.

So your day to night LFW inspired outfit is sorted! Time to talk food. What does a fashionista on-the-go choose to eat? I went for the new duck and roasted butternut squash salad, which not only looks super pretty and colourful but is tasty too. It left me just the right side of comfortably full, perfect to dash off to another show or to order before a cheeky desert and glass of something sparkling!

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