The A-Z of 2014 Fashion Trends

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2013 is like sooo last year and so are the trends! It’s time to take a look at the hottest 2014 fashion trends due to hit the high street any day now.

We’ve made it nice and easy in our A-Z of top trends which will see you through the year in style. So sit back, relax and let’s start at the very beginning…

A is for Androgynous: Big in 2013, even bigger in 2014, the boy/girl divide is closing and it seems we are embracing dressing like our other halves. Sharp tailoring, crisp white shirts and the one-off boyfriend jumper thrown in and you’ll be sorted.

B is for Bohemian: Free spirits rejoice! Paisley prints, mixed fabrics and fringed accessories all make up this trend and will start to filter onto the rails in their droves come early spring, so snap up the key pieces early and you’ll be set for festival season in style.

C is for Checks: We teased this as a trend to watch in our SS14 preview last year- checks are set to be the print to watch this season, mark our words! Think loose checks in candy colours as your must buy now and tightly woven checks in darker colours for later on in the year and you can’t go wrong.

D is for Denim: Remember B*witched? No it’s a bit fuzzy for us too! But back in the day they were arguably the Queens of all things denim. This season the designers have given denim the luxe treatment with New York, London, Milan and Paris all showing signs of denim on their runways. Our top pick? Denim tees in a pale hue- gonna be huge!

E is for Embellishments: Think you’ve had enough of all things sparkly? Think again! If you have an embellishment hangover from Christmas you’ll love this update for SS14. All over sequins and jewels have been relegated for minimal updates instead. Neck embellishments on jumpers and t-shirts will be particularly big this season. Look to River Island to update your look.

F is for Funnel necks: One for the guys, although we reckon funnel necks could catch on for us ladies too if the AW14 runways follow the example set by the London Collections: Men. Topman Design showed off funnel neck knits in cream and orange last week, which we’ll certainly be snapping up for the men in our lives!

G is for Going 90s: We are sooo excited by this one! If AW13 was all about 90s grunge (tartan and punk, natch) then SS14 takes its lead from the GREATEST chick flick of all time… Clueless! Cher and co. will be your style icons for the season ahead, so bulk buy the over the knee socks, embrace faux fur accessories and invest in checked suits and shrunken sweats to channel high school chic in style!

H is for High waisted trousers: After a season of low slung and boyfriend jeans, high waisted trousers are making a comeback this spring. High waisted and wide legged styles in particular will be the ones to invest in, with Palazzo pants being our top pick.

I is for I Love Pink: If you invested in pink last season then you’ll be pretty smug right now, because this pastel colour du jour is going nowhere! Pink jeans, dresses and t-shirts will be a great addition to your wardrobe this SS14.

J is for Just lace: Update your LBD (little black dress) for an LLD (little lace dress) this season and you can’t go wrong. Pastels once more would be a safe bet, or pure white teamed with a denim jacket and ankle boots to channel that festival style we all love.

K is for Kooky biker jackets: A good biker jacket is worth investing in- never goes out of fashion and can finish an outfit perfectly. This season, update your trusty biker jacket for a coloured version. Go bold with block colours or think faded pastels (pink or mint green would be our pick) to rock the biker chick look in style.

L is for Look-at-me dresses: No use being shy this spring, cut-out and bold colours will be the dresses to buy when the new season drops hit the high street later this month. Our money is on Topshop and Zara offering the best selection this SS14.

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M is for Mint green: A colour to watch, if ever there was a colour to rival pastel pink for popularity then this is the one! We envision cutesy pleated skirts, cropped cardies and vintage touches aplenty touching down in the high street soon. We reckon Primark and Miss Selfridge will embrace this look well, so check out their offering once it lands.

N is for Neon florals: Oh we do love a bit of neon! With last season all about the girly, dare we say “nicey nice” colour palette, we’re glad neon is making an appearance this SS14. Festival and rave season will see flashes of mesh t-shirts and dresses crop up, but we think neon florals will be the surprise hit of the summer.

O is for Orange: The hue which is both loved and loathed in equal measure is back! Yes bright orange, neon orange and burnt orange (basically all colours of the orange spectrum!) are all going to be big news this year. Go for accessories only if you are weary of the oompa loompa shade, or if you’re feeling brave make your statement purchase this season an orange dress.

P is for Peekaboo: Sheer in spring has become evitable and although designers did flirt with some sheer appearing in their AW13 collections, the peekaboo look definitely belongs in a season where the sun is shining! Prepare to flash the flesh in cute sheer sundresses, blouses and skirts come SS14.

Q is for Quilted: Another trend which took hold in AW13 is back for SS14. Quilted coats have been replaced, however with quilted skirts, jumpers and bags being the items to snap up when they start to make an appearance on the high street. Stick to black and grey if you’re buying to invest- this will be a trend that will stick around for a good while!

R is for Rock: For those of you who fully embraced last season’s grunge look, fear not it’s still around for SS14 only this time it has more of a rock vibe. Think leather leggings, logo t-shirts and ripped jeans aplenty.

S is for Silk: Another one for the guys, silk shirts were seen on the AW14 runway last week, but again we reckon this is a trend which easily translates to womenswear as well. Silk bomber jackets are still very much in fashion, whilst the underwear as outwear trend continues to be a good investment- think silk slips teamed with chunky knitwear and boots for now and a light jacket and ballet pumps come summer.

T is for Tight pleats: Pleats please! That’s what you will be saying later this season as pencil skirts make way for looser fitting, playful tight pleats in a variety of colours. We reckon ASOS will have the best picks early on, so head there ASAP for some inspo on how to style it up.

U is for Uber colourful: Muted shades will take a back seat this season, leaving strong colours to lead the way on the catwalk and high street alike. Block colours- cobalt blue and burnt orange- will be the ones to invest in teamed with plain accompaniments to really make them stand out.

V is for Very white: Cream simply will not do this season, pure, brilliant white is the ONLY shade that will do. Apply this rule to white shirts, dresses, skirts, accessories and look to this year’s Wimbledon for some serious style inspiration and you’ll be ‘all white’ (sorry couldn’t help it!)

W is for Wet look fabrics: Remember the sheer horror we all had when wet look leggings went mainstream?! Well, we survived that and even embraced it, so this season experiment with other wet look fabrics to make a statement- think wet look t-shirt teamed with jeans and a pair of sneakers for a quirky off-duty style.

X is for Xtreme print: Yes OK we cheated a bit, you try thinking of a trend beginning with X! Anyway, back to business, this is all about head to toe print. Again we sampled the idea last season with matching prints (suits mainly) but this season sees the clash returning again. Florals teamed with checks, why not? Oriental prints matched with tartan? It would be rude not to!

Y is for Yikes! Shoulders on show: cut-out has moved north! Showing your shoulders will be all the rage come summer with cut out tops and dresses focusing more on the upper half of your body. Still not convinced? Strapless and off the shoulder will still be in as well, so start exfoliating and fake tanning now in preparation for a summer on show!

Z is for Zips: We’re tempted to credit VB single-handedly for making the zip such an iconic trend! Her collections and their unique zip feature has translated to the high street in almost everything! We think the skirt is set for the biggest zip exposure this season, with side zips also going to be popular.


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