Spring and summer 2014 is very exciting in terms of trends. There really is something to suit every style and body shape, with shoes ranging from evening stilettoes to comfortable ballet flats. If heels aren’t your thing, don’t despair because SS14 is seeing the comeback of the flat, flatform and platform sole. For the hottest designer picks, check out retailers like Morgan Clare. Remember that you don’t need to splash out on every item, as you can choose a single statement piece then simply build on it with cheaper high street offerings.
The Sporty Shoe
Sports luxe is have a real moment this summer, and it combines classic sporty styles with luxury materials. Silky bomber jackets, leather jogging pants and anything with sheer panels provides an easy way to rock the trend. The sporty shoe should have a feminine yet alternative feel, with multiple strap detailing and pastel colour blocks. Think wide straps, box shapes and chunky, cleated soles. Pair platform wedges and trainers with a metallic clutch, and keep your jewellery large yet minimalist. Wide cuffs in simple metal tones are a must, and they will keep your look fresh and simple.
The 90s revival is still going strong for the summer, and it’s a perfect festival look for those who suit a more bohemian style. Think chunky heels and classic tartans. Pair your heavy platforms with a loose check shirt and small denim shorts, and layer up on the gold chains. This trend is quite pliable when it comes to jewellery, and more really is more. Think chokers and stacks of bangles to get that alternative grunge look. Your leather boots can work equally well in the summer, matched with ditsy florals and an oversized felt hat.
Soft and Feminine
This season’s pastel obsession doesn’t stop when it comes to choosing the most on-trend accessories. Get your pointed courts a la Mad Men in girly shades of lilac and blush pink. Your pastel clutch should be oversized, in a block colour or embellished with flowers or crystal detailing. Romantic fabrics including lace and crochet are perfect for festival wear and summer parties, and these are being transferred to ballet flats and evening purses. Remember that if you’re wearing feminine pastels in the form of a pleated maxi or chiffon blouse, you can add attitude to your look with tough platforms.