H&M jumper (similar here) River Island trousers (here) Topshop bucket bag (similar here) Office mule loafers (similar here)
A key trend for spring/summer 2016 is set to be what's touted in the glossies as 'the maximalist.' In non-fash speak, I think this means that you pile everything on and hope for the best-it's a very mixed up, mish-mash-y kind of look that incorporates clashing prints, colours and textures. Interestingly there's also a leaning towards granny-chic, which I have to admit is very much of my personal style; a sensible loafer, a bit of cable knit and a classic leather handbag all hold key positions in my wardrobe.
The idea of maximalist dressing frankly frightens me a little and I don't know how well it would work away from the catwalk. It's that whole Carrie Bradshaw schtick of inspiration vs reality; would I really just nip to the shops dressed like I'd raided my wardrobe and decided to wear everything?! Probably not. So, in order to be able to allude to the trend without being overcome by it, I thought I'd try and pull together a look that I would wear.
Choosing one really statement piece is a simple way to dip a toe into the trend without being overwhelmed. I really like these River Island trousers and they are on my radar for the spring capsule; I've felt the fabric in store and it is really lovely and thick, and a simple cigarette shape is much less scary than swathes of fabric in a wide leg style. The print is also very pretty and the colours are beautiful. I noticed that there was also a top to co-ord to the trousers but sadly the fabric is nowhere near as nice so they don't look good worn together.
In that respect I thought it would be cool to grunge the trousers up a bit with a cable knit jumper. I have bought an absolute cracker from a chazza recently and I would team the trousers with that, but this one is also really nice if the chazzas don't deliver! Choosing a neutral like cream or even black would be a good counterbalance to the busy print, and also from a practical point of view-it might be 'spring' but it's still freezing!
I kept accessories simple to avoid overcluttering the look, and I know a key shoe trend for the upcoming season will be the backless mule slide. Office are way ahead with these Laguna points (now sold out, but there's an excellent slingback version here) and Topshop have brought a smooth leather bucket bag to the market which is a great way to complete the look. The matte black accessories also toughen up the look and take away the femininity of the trousers, making them more chic than sweet.