Back to basics

Simplicity is the key to looking great this season. Bright and breezy colours, minimal shapes and more relaxed styling are big fashion news, according to Anthony Ryan’s fashion show which showcased the latest looks for spring/summer at The Ardilaun recently.

So what should we all be wearing? Checks and classic stripes are winners on the catwalk and you can embrace the trend whichever way you choose. Opt for big horizontal or slim vertical stripes (ideal to give the impression of an elongated leg ) on trousers, dresses, tops or jackets to be on trend. Check shirts look great when teamed with the season’s favourite, white slimline jeans, and will take you through the summer in style.

Colour is everything this spring. Forget the dark and dreary shades of winter and embrace the brightness ahead. Choose the citrus colours and say yes as well to reds, powder blues, blushing pinks and cheery oranges. White is popular and can be worn head-to-toe or teamed with a bright shade to liven it up.

The only time that black is permissible is when used as part of 2013’s monochrome trend. This will give you a chance to revitalise all the black and white garments in your wardrobe which have been languishing at the back in recent times.

Florals are making their presence felt and will be a powerful influence this time round again. They add panache to summer dresses, tops and jackets, and offer a hint that sunny days are on the way.

Pencil skirts, narrow leg trousers and cropped jackets with three-quarter length sleeves create a polished, fresh look while platforms and wedges tend to be the footwear of choice this spring. Nude patent platform court shoes (a la Kate Middleton ) are good buys because they tend to go with everything. Wedges provide comfort and style and can be paired with jeans and a top for a casual look or with short, flowing skirts for a more dressed up style.

Oversized bags in bright, summer colours accompany everything from casual looks to more elegant choices.

For glamour, look no further than Anthony Ryan’s extensive collection of after-six wear. Dresses and coats were very evident in rich jewel colours and pretty pastels with matching bags and hats for more formal occasions.

 

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