5 Tricky Summer Trends You CAN Wear (Yes, You Can)

The SS14 catwalks were filled with looks that had us thinking ‘how on Earth will we ever wear that?!’

The key is to pick trends that work for you that you can incorporate into your existing wardrobe – and, of course, have fun with.

1. The Mule

The love affair with mules this season means your heel will become a main focus. Chloé sent arty, black leather slip-ons with gold wedge heels down the runway, whilst Altuzarra’s pointed versions screamed power-dressing. Wear your’s with a floaty, patterned midi-dress for a total 70s vibe, or sharp black tailoring and an orange lip for truly modern look. Try Aldo’s little midi-heeled babies that are surprisingly pavement-friendly.

ALDO Acaren heeled mule shoes, £80

2. Say It Like You Mean It

For the first time, in a long time, slogan-mania hit. One DKNY model was sent onto the runway head-to-toe in the fashion house’s logo. Ashish incorporated Coco-Cola branding onto oversized white t-shirts, and Marc Jacobs plumped for the iconic Pepsi wave motif on black sweats. Those who fancy going full pelt on this should try out witty creations such as Henry Holland’s ‘More Taste Than Money’ tee, and wear with a kilt skirt and trainers. If you’d prefer a more understated take on the trend, you might like Bella Freud’s cult ‘1970’ jumpers (Alexa Chung has one and that’s always a good enough endorsement for us). Just pop on with some distressed denim jeans, or culottes, over a white shirt and you’re good to go. We also love this Sister By Sibling jumper below.

Sister By Sibling wool jumper, £295

3. Sheer Cheek

We sighed at how pretty all the soft-reveals on the catwalk were – primary coloured crochet at Sibling, modern lace at Stella McCartney and futuristic plastics at Simone Rocha – but we also felt a little hot under the collar at the thought of flashing the flesh. The trick with this trend is to make like the designers and opt for outerwear and layer underneath. For example, Simone layered sheer, lace macs over silk slips and Sibling popped ruffled mesh jackets over their knitted twin-sets. We love the transparent biker jackets from Wanda Nylon and will be wearing our’s over pastel knitwear.

Wanda Nylon trench coat, £510

4. The Pool Slider

It’s time to take pride in the slide. Céline led the way with fur-lined sliders and the rest of us have been lusting after them ever since. The sunny-ish weather has seen the whole of East London, and fashion insiders, ironically marching about town in the ultimate fashion faux-pas: socks and sandals. But, somehow, they’re pulling it off. If you’re not up for quite such a bold statement, then try out one of the high street’s more sedate options. Take the Whistles version: pared down, minimalist and so chic. They will spruce up tailored trousers and balance out an A-lined girly midi-skirt.

Whistles Elena flat mule, £195

5.The Floral Bomber

Don’t fancy giving Ryan Gosling’s Drive character a run for his money? Or Mary Berry for that matter? Then opt for subtly embossed botanical bombers as seen at Jonathan Saunders. They’re the perfect way to broach the craze for sports-luxe without looking like you’re off to the gym instead of drinks. If Carven’s heavenly denim number is a bit of a stretch, Topshop have some delightful floral offerings.

Topshop blurred flower bomber jacket, £55

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