Bethanie Lunn - Summer style 2013

While we’re all waiting and praying for summer to begin, the stores are finally fusing in clothing for the warmer months. Whether you’re off on your jollies or enjoying a staycation, be sure to stay in style and have fun.

JESSICA FOGARTY speaks to Meadowhall’s resident fashion and beauty expert, BETHANIE LUNN, to find out what’s hot in the shops this summer season.

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Trend overview:

Have fun with stripes — seen on everything from shorts to blazers. Wear with this season’s monochrome trend and opt for black and white stripes. A pair of Riviera style white skinny jeans and simple tee worn with oversized sunglasses, wedges and a striped blazer looks very chic. River Island, particularly the new collection, Rihanna for River Island, has plenty of choice.

Ombre

How to wear ombre — the trend summarised for hair, nails and your wardrobe

Ombre is a popular trend for SS13 initially championed by Missoni and Burberry. You’ve most likely seen it on many a modern-haired gal with the likes of Caroline Flack and Rachel Bilson as previous fans.

Ombre for hair is when the colour subtly graduates from dark to light as you work down the hair shaft, getting lighter toward the ends. The effect is gorgeous and now ombre is cool for your nails and wardrobe too.  Look out for clothing in bright shades that graduate into a lighter hue at the hem.

Neon and monochrome

Two leading trends are in complete opposition this season — the loud and proud neon versus the classic monochrome look. Generally speaking, neon is a look not for the fainthearted. You should go all out and have fun with this one and prepare to stand out.  Monochrome combines the failsafe shades of white and black and without fail, looks timeless. You can wear black from head to toe with a white blazer or vice versa or opt for garments that embody the trend in one. The truly modern way to wear mono is to mix prints and patterns in black and white.

Swimwear

Look out for tribal swimwear — BANK has an amazing Aztec print range. There’s also a nod to 50s style swimwear which is perfect for covering up your more wobbly bits and is gorgeously figure flattering.  Think high-waisted bikini briefs, halter necks and cinched in waists.

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It’s that difficult time of year when we don’t know what to wear as the weather changes more than a teenagers mood. The key is to layer up.

Wear a lightweight t-shirt in a breathable fabric like cotton. Choose one with a slogan on the front to be bang on trend. Layer that with a cashmere cardigan and classic rain mac (invest in this one, they never go out of fashion) and team with skinny jeans or this seasons statement trousers.

Bring the mac up to date and add personality by changing the belt. Whip off the one it comes with and choose a neon or striped belt to introduce a key trend more subtly.  Shoes can be awkward, it’s terrible when you get caught in peep toes or flat shoes and no socks and then it starts to pour down, but it’s also too warm for long winter boots. Opt for ‘shoots’ instead (shoe-boots), that reach just below the ankle - they're the perfect compromise. Office has plenty.

Finally, every true Brit should carry sunglasses and an umbrella in their handbag.  Buy a tote to fit in all your essentials and never be without both and you'll always be ready for any eventuality.

For the latest fashion tips, visit Bethanie's blog at http://www.meadowhall.co.uk/blog/

 

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