Summer is literally round the corner and if you’re anything like me, you’ll have been collecting little pieces for your warm-weather-wardrobe here and there for months now. A few weeks ago I got a really cool opportunity to go to an exclusive preview of The Arcadia Group’s Summer 2017 collections as a guest of LinkHive. Just in case you’re not familiar, The Arcadia Group owns many of our highstreet faves including Burton, Topshop and Topman, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins and more.
Here’s a breakdown of my favourite pieces and styles from the collections:
1. Sandals and Slides
If the change in season isn’t a good enough excuse to get yet another pair of sandals then I don’t know what is! Evans has a great selection of sandals specialising in comfort and wide fit. I was immediately drawn to these two styles – the flats and the heeled sandals.
You guys know I’m West African and my culture features very vibrant fabrics and patterns known as ankara. The pattern on these sandals reminds me of exactly that – very summery! I can definitely picture myself wearing these in Nigeria. I also love these black leather strap sandals for their simplicity and the criss-cross detail. Black goes with absolutely everything and the quality of these sandals means that you can wear them for years to come, a real investment for your summer wardrobe.
I was really surprised to see how much Wallis – a traditionally “non-trendy” brand – has stepped up their game! These comfy sliders can be styled in a number of ways – you can wear them at a formal occasion to go with a long dress, more casually on denim shorts, or even to run day-to-day errands. This metallic colour and the ruffles/layers trend are both appearing everywhere in stores at the moment and I’m loving it.
2. The Cold Shoulder/Off-Shoulder
I am such a huge fan of off-shoulder pieces, it’s a great way to look stylish and well put together without showing off too much skin if that isn’t your thing or you don’t want to. It’s like… weather appropriate but still chic, you know? This baggy light pink off-shoulder blouse from Miss Selfridge is one of my faves from the collection preview. Yes I know, it doesn’t look like anything special on the hanger so use your imagination with me a little… picture this blouse (ironed lol), underneath skirt-dungarees or paired with an a-line leather-look skirt, high waisted jeans or a pencil skirt. There’s so much you could do with it.
Equally this polka dot cold shoulder top from Wallis can be styled in the ways mentioned above too. White always looks great in summer because it’s fresh and clean – I also feel like the spots give this piece a bit more character.
This next piece from Wallis would look amazing paired with one of the floral co-ords that I will discuss shortly in the section below (the co-ord is pictured either side of the top). It has a lot going on with the style from the V neckline to the ruffles, the cold shoulder and the spaghetti straps. It’s also very light so you can layer it with other clothing easily. And let’s quickly address the colour… how beautiful is this coral?! Orange tones look extra nice on my skin tone so if you look like me – you need this lol!
3. Two Pieces and Co-Ords
Matching outfits are so great – they do all the hard work for you and make you look like you’ve actually made an effort to co-ordinate. In a previous blog post, I recommended a camel culottes co-ord from Boohoo, but these two piece casual suits from Wallis are just as perfect for the summertime. You really can’t go wrong with floral print or bold bright colours which reflect good weather and good vibes.
4. Cool, Vibrant Prints
My wardrobe is pretty plain throughout the majority of the year but when the weather is good, I love to wear prints and patterns. I noticed a massive focus on cool prints in the Evans’ summer collection which I love because it gives off a youthful, care-free vibe. Again, the materials are very light and airy so you can easily combine these summer dresses, tops and co-ords with a denim jacket or a cardigan and you’ll be good to go.
In line with the theme of cool prints, I’m sure you guys have clocked onto the embroidery trend also. I’m not the hugest fan because sometimes brands can go overkill but I did honestly really like the look of Miss Selfridge’s denim jacket. The embroidery on this piece is white and simple – it doesn’t overpower the denim of the jacket.
And lastly, I love these culottes from Evans’ collection. The stripes are so flattering and generally, the wide-leg design of culottes is super comfy for getting around in summer. You can dress these versatile trousers up with heels or wear them more casually with flats depending on the occasion.
Huge thank you to LinkHive for the opportunity to preview these collections from Arcadia. LinkHive is a new influencer network which enables fellow bloggers/influencers to make money from our social following. Click here to sign up.
God bless you!
16 The day is yours, and yours also the night;
you established the sun and moon.
17 It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth;
you made both summer and winter. – Psalm 74:16-17