We’re over halfway through the year now, but fashion is moving forward like it always does! If you want to stay up-to-date for the rest of 2017 (and possibly into 2018), here are five tips you need to know.
As you know, I’m all about functional fashion. There’s no point wearing something if it’s so uncomfortable that you don’t enjoy you night, so I try to stick to tips that I personally enjoy wearing.
For that reason, none of the tips involve crazy heels or other such nonsense!
If, like me, you thought that metallics are a one-off item (probably for New Year’s Eve), you might have to rethink! Shine metallics are definitely on the upwards trend as we move towards the second part of 2017, and they match great with similar accessories.
One thing I really like about this trend is that metallics look great during both night and day.
If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’ll know that I’ve enjoyed this year’s trend of slip on shoes.
The good news is that this doesn’t seem to changing. Backless loafers, in particular, seem to be making a strong finish to the year. The great thing about this type of shoe is that they can look classy while still being comfortable.
Floral designs are definitely in right now – which is great for me because I love them!
Don’t go for just any floral dresses though. Look for darker prints, as they still provide a feminine appeal whilst being a little more moody than classic floral designs.
On a side note, H&M have some fantastic floral dresses that match this criteria. So check them out if you like the sound of this tip!
Bombers are one of those clothing types that never seem to go away. I’m not complaining though – I love me a bomber jacket!
It seems like there’s a trend towards floral or intricate bombers rather than plain ones though. If you’re wearing them during the day, this type of jacket goes well with denim.
Pinafore dresses aren’t just for school anymore. Denim and darker colour pinafore dresses are right in fashion at the moment.
There are plenty of places you can get these dresses, but my top recommendation at the moment is Zara. They aren’t the cheapest, but they look amazing.
In the fashion world, it’s easy to focus so much on clothing that we forget every item in the home has its own style. A great example of this is coffee machines. I’ve been searching for a coffee machine for a few weeks now (I had no idea there were so many different types), and it’s quite clear that coffee makers have their own style and trends.
Take the JURA range of coffee machines. These are known as bean-to-cup coffee machines because they produce coffee straight from beans. I expected these machine to be quite big and bulky, but they actually look great. Many have angled designs which I really like – and the black colour scheme is perfect for my kitchen.
Other models have different styles. Delonghi coffee machines, for example, are more modern and sleek. I don’t like the appearance of these as much, but it’s interesting how Delonghi have gone in a completely different direction to Jura.
It’s not just the machines themselves that have style though. There is a whole community based around crema art – which I find fascinating! The picture at the top of this post is a great example of some simple art, but it can get really complex. It’s great for getting inspiration.
Searching for a coffee machine is also a good analogy to explaining fashion and style to friends who don’t know much about it. We’re all so caught up in fashion and spend most of our working time talking to other people who also love fashion. This can lead to a weird “bubble” where we assume everyone has a high level of knowledge when it comes to the latest fashions and styles.
This obviously isn’t the case. I was very confused when I was learning about grind coarseness, tamp, how to make a cappuccino and why bean-to-cup coffee machines were different to filter machines. Even though I’ve just bought myself a Delonghi machine and loving the coffee, I’m still not sure about all the different features and settings. To an experienced barista this would all be obvious, but to me it was like a whole new world. It’s a reminder that everyone, including yourself, is a beginner at some point in almost every field – which is a humbling thought.
This has been a bit of a rambling post. But what I really wanted to get across is that style and fashion ideas can be found anywhere. Even from coffee machines!
P.s. If you’re looking for a coffee machine I highly recommend the Delonghi Eletta. It makes amazing coffee that wouldn’t be out of place in a coffee shop. It’s also simple to use – even for a beginner like me!