Trending: Tropical Prints Get a Serious Upgrade

I'm crazy about the island-print trend—it's just so fun! The bright patterns and colours let you take a journey without leaving your hometown. But remember, a little goes a long way, so choose one tropical piece and keep everything else simple.

Tropical prints are everywhere this season. Vibrant hues and lush blooms instantly transport you to a style paradise, and this easy, breezy trend works just as well in the boardroom as it does on the beach.

It's all in the pattern. Look for palm leaves, snakeskin, ikat, tie-dye, and tropical birds on everything from gauzy tunics to silk scarves.

In muted shades or rich tones, these are prints that deserve to stand out. Think deep emerald greens and cobalt blues, cherry reds and poppy corals, and splashes of yellow, aqua, and violet. Colour-shy? Pair with understated neutrals like olive green, khaki, black, and white. Throw in a metallic bag or sandal, and you're ready for a taste of island life.  

Try combining textures for a chic look. I often stack thin gold bracelets between wooden bangles and love mixing linen, silk, and chambray. Leather accents in a crossbody or gladiator sandal will take you from land to shore in an instant. 

You can dress like you're on vacation without even having to leave your house. Whether you opt for a palm tree printed pair of hot pants or a Hawaiian bandeau, you'll definitely look the part of tropical paradise.
Take these prints from day to night with some hip jewellery and hair accessories. Dress like the best day tripper by mixing prints and layering. Do not be afraid to throw a bunch of random prints together to make a crazy outfit... the crazier the better! 

Here are a few chic tropical print pieces that will ensure you are on trend this season.

PrettyLittleThing Tropical Print Asymmetric Dress

For a little more inspiration, take a look at how these fashion bloggers are styling their tropical prints this season.


I hope these tropical print style tips have given you some inspiration! Till' next time xo


Editors notes:  This post was originally posted in February 2014 and has been updated

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The Ditsy Floral trend

The upcoming warm seasons found the leading fashion designers all obsessed with floral canvas artwork, covering the models with tons of itty-bitty flowers. We've all seen the traditional "ditsy" floral print - dainty, feminine, and totally classic, a total contrast of exotic flowers such as lilies or orchids that we've been seeing.

Floral prints are a wonderful wardrobe addition, so why not minimise your blooms this season and opt for tiny ditsy florals. At first glance, it’s a throwback to the 1990s, but floral prints can be fierce. It's all in how you style them.

A ditsy print is a very small scale all-over pattern that adds character to a classic shirt, dress, skirt, trouser or jacket.  The design motifs are usually small and scattered or random rather than in rows or stripes. At a distance, a ditsy print looks almost like a solid colour, the scale is so small.
Floral accessories are never over-the-top, experiment with handbags, shoes, and jewellery. Floral accessories can easily find a place with any outfit and occasion. The best part is, you don't even have to worry about whether or not the colours match the outfit.

Here are a few chic Ditsy floral pieces that will ensure you are on trend this season.

Lizzy Ina Dress Black Floral R639
Utopia Ditsy Print Tunic Dress R299
G Couture Ditsy Flower Print Maxi Multi
Blu Spiral Boxy Tank Top Frill Pink Floral R340
Mix Floral Playsuit Green Leaf R599
For a little more inspiration, take a look at how these fashion bloggers are styling their Ditsy floral prints this season.

Altuzarra Pre-Fall 2017 Collection
Victoria Beckham's take on blooming buds for the cooler months.




Maud Le Fort by Zoltan Tombor for Stylist, Paris Fashion Week, floral 70s pantsuit

I hope these Ditsy floral print style tips have given you some inspiration! Till' next time xo


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How to wear Pretty Pastels



It’s true what they say; all things old become new again and isn’t that true for the timeless, ever-so feminine and beautifully classic pastel trend. Pastels always find their way onto our radar at this time of year. Pale, romantic and pretty pastels are a simple yet playful colour palette to keep in your closet. Soft and gentle, pastels can give you the ultimate feminine look. Pastels are a reoccurring feature in summer fashion so it's no great surprise that they are back on the high street again. However, this year sees even paler tones.

Look for colours such as pale yellow, blush pink, icy blue, or light lavender, it's both pretty and appropriate for the season. Feminine and pristine this trend is probably one of the most suited to summer as it looks beautiful combined with subtle ditsy floral prints. This trend will ensure that you look cool, girly and stylish. 

Here are just a few fashion tips to help you wear this popular trend:

I am a massive fan of casual dresses which come up in pastel hues for that luxe carefree look. If you’re looking for the ideal way to look sweet and pretty, then aim for a solid pastel dress. A delicate pastel piece can be used in a variety of ways and is unbelievably versatile. Add a tan bag for the perfect finishing touch.

One of the easiest ways to wear pastels is wearing prints, if you prefer not to go for an all-over print choose one pastel printed item such as a skirt and team this with a neutral coloured top with no print! 

You can separate an all over pastel outfit by keeping neutral shades in your accessories. Turn to tan or grey in particular with belts, shoes, handbags and hats. These break up the colour and help you avoid looking washed out.

Pastels can be mixed with darker colours such as navy and grey. These muted tones are a great slimming technique if you’re worried pastels highlight problem areas.  

Wearing pastel coloured pants would be the most timeless option. It can easily be worn with a neutral top; white, grey, black, etc. All depending on the chosen colour! try wearing your trousers with pumps of the same colour but in a darker shade. 

Choose one colour and stick with it throughout your outfit. Pastel coloured clothing itself looks good without too many finishes – the simpler your pastel tone clothing, the better.

You can never go wrong with denim, and pairing your pastel top with a pair of jeans, it adds a touch of sweetness and modernity to the look. A darker wash will give it a more formal look, so if you want something fresher, a lighter wash like chambray will do the trick.

Wear Pastels as Accessories, Wear a neutral outfit-it makes pale accessories really pop.  Choose a statement necklace or a light-coloured handbag. Cream and beige tones are the most versatile of all the pastel shades. They go with any other pastel or neutral shade. 

Yet another way to tackle the pastel trend is to colourblock.  Wear Pastels with Other Pales but Make sure all your pieces are in the same colour family and Make sure that pastel tones you pick do not look like a continuation of your skin.

The most important rule of pastel shades is not to overdo it with all the sweetness. Instead, try to tone it down by accessorising your pastel clothes with pieces in black, white or other neutral tones. Beige and grey shades will also help you balance things out.  

Here are a few chic pastel pieces that will ensure you are on trend this season.

ASOS UK Cord Jacket in Pastel Blue
ASOS UK - Pastel Stripe Rib ruffle bodysuit top
ASOS UK Pimkie Pastel Pink Ripped Detail Skinny Jeans

Zeagoo Women's Loose Ruffle Sleeveless Chiffon Pastel Blouse
AX PARIS Bodycon Midi Dress Pink
DOLCIS BEATRIX Sandal Pastel Pink
CALL IT SPRING Mateare Sandals Blue

For a little more inspiration, take a look at how these fashion bloggers are styling their pastel colour this season.









Elle fanning pastel fashion
Kristina Bazan - Paris Fashion Week street style




I hope these style tips on wearing pastel colours has given you some inspiration! Till' next time xo


Editors notes:  This post was originally posted in August 2012 and has been updated

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