When the weather starts to change, we all start to consider the alterations we can make to our existing wardrobes. Whether that may be an investment in a fashion lead piece, or an up cycle of an old favourite, the upcoming summer season is a key time for your transitional look. Any change that you make to your wardrobe should be one that you feel comfortable with, yet pushes you out of your comfort zone. Innovation is key to finding the right balance between function and fashion, so opening your eye to collections and designers that usually wouldn’t appeal to you, is a step in the right direction.
If I were to suggest key trends that are worth investing in now, I would step straight in with the metallic trend. Seen everywhere, from the abundantly available street style looks, and mastered in the cruise collection at Louis Vuitton and resort drop from Marc Jacobs, metallic is set to be a huge thing for the remainder of this Summer season. As we head back into the Fall season, metallics will become transitional, and more wearable than any other styling piece for the foreseeable future. Where do I pick up this key trend, you ask? Look no further than avant garde designer boutique, Olivia May. No where else can you muse over the latest and most trend aware offerings of designer pieces from Magnolia Pearl, Studio Rundholz, and Lilith (amongst many others.) Olivia May encapsulates all that is unexpected, utterly stylish, and each piece (whether in store, at their boutique on Little Clarendon Street, in Oxford, or on the online store) creates a connotation of self awareness in stylish dressing.
A Day in the Life of a City Woman. This was the premise for the photo shoot I was fortunate enough to attend, in order to promote the summer collection on offer from Olivia May. Many women juggle numerous tasks, on an hourly basis, whilst still maintaining their own look and notion of fashion. The Olivia May woman is sure of her own style, and wants to demonstrate this creative flair in all things. She wants to wear pieces that flatter her shape, and that create the illusion that she has the time and inclination to spend on her look. Each look, styled by in-house stylist, Denisa, gives a connotation of complete trend acknowledgement, and are all aimed at variable age brackets, body shapes, and tasks.
Take this look from Nuovo Borgo. Versatile and inexplicably chic, this could be worn with anything, from a box bag and shoe boot for a more daytime look, or with a classic black court shoe for a more work-wear take on this beautiful two piece. The colour palette is the interesting factor in this case. The caramel and black tones compliment each other perfectly, and make for a wearable and functional look, yet still with that nod to style and trend.
If you’re in the market for something a little more playful, or an outfit for an upcoming summer event? Why not try this adorable ensemble? In a beautiful shade of lilac, and soft linen fabrication, this two piece would look stylish and classic with a fun, embellished heel and clutch bag. I cannot think of anything more perfect for an English, country wedding. Worn with a chunky boot, black chocker, and leather jacket, this could be a well considered nod to the nineties trend that is set to stick around for the entire summer.
Another take on the nineties trend that can be styled numerous different ways, is this soft, feminine dress, by Ewa I Walla. Shot in the beautiful grounds of Christ Church Meadow, in Oxford, this gorgeous piece encapsulates all that is romantic and reserved, yet it is how you style this piece that really sets its aside from a lot of designer offerings. Worn in this manner, this piece would be great for those long, warm, summer evenings. With a sandal, or flat shoes, for a great, day time look. I would also love to see this piece with a classic Chelsea boot and statement bag.
For a little added drama, take a risk with high fashion tailoring. A wide legged cropped pant is an astute alternative to the classic black trouser that we all fall into the habit of wearing in the cooler months. They are also a lot more flattering and calculating than a classic fit, as they show the ankle, and give more room for the shoe choice to do the talking. Paired with a classic blazer, also from womenswear brand, Lilith, in a feminine and flattering cut, this ensemble gives the impression of knowledge when it comes to style and fashion. Either pieces would be a great addition to a transitional wardrobe.
A visit to the Olivia May boutique is just what you may need to update your Summer wardrobe. Whether that may be a purchase of a soft, feminine, classic cut summer dress, or something that expresses individual flair or a passion for high style. The looks on offer, both in store and online, give us a viable outlet with which to nurture our admiration for all things high style and high fashion. Inky, black tones, complimented with on trend metallics and chunky accessories make for stylish looks, that are versatile and individual. This summer, invest in those key, fashion lead pieces, and make sure you’re investing in Olivia May.
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