Sun, surf and sea is finally upon us. Although we all love the sunshine, the holidays, the longer days and nights, summer also brings along that dreaded swimwear devil. This year however, trends have never been kinder to all shapes and sizes.
Never before has a sport been so timely in the name of fashion. Wimbledon will be soon making its annual mark with tennis-lovers and sport enthusiasts glued to TV screens and keen tennis players trying to serve their own wins in parks across the country. The colour white will be ever present on the court as well as in the audience.
We may be more educated than ever but stats prove that we are still ignoring everything we know about sun protection.
According to dermatologist and suncare expert, Dr Sam Bunting, most people rack up to 14 hours of casual UV exposure per week. This is considered unintentional tanning, so when you put your hardcore sun lounging into the equation, the figure increases dramatically.
Colour rules were broken on the catwalks this season with an entire spectrum on show. Dark hues take the reign alongside bright neons. Stark black liner, block-coloured lips and heavy eyes ensured editors, buyers and designers alike were left questioning what next. The usual pretty sorbet accents usually associated with spring had almost vanished into fresh dewy air.
Originally designed for soldiers to protect them against wind and rain in the early 20th century and during World War 1, the trench coat has now become a wardrobe staple of fashion and culture for both men and women. (2014 marks more than 100 years of the ever-so-popular Burberry trench).
If ever a successful US sitcom title is more apt, it is now. The colour orange is not only taking over our screens but our wardrobes and makeup bags too. Vibrant hues from tangerine to more subtle burnt orange shades are everywhere. Casual coral is the nice go-between for a wearable colour that's on-trend and easily flatters. Team with dark navy for a punchy colour palette.
Earrings have long hovered somewhere between a teen staple and a fashion afterthought. This season, eaarrings are as big as they get. Boho glam chandeliers dazzled almost every catwalk as the latest coveted item to emerge from spring's jewellery trends. Your initial Pat Butcher territory is now officially cool and necessary to transform not only your clothes but your face too.