Fashion insider Lila Flint-Roberts is back with her monthly shopping column, and this time she’s falling in love with colour…
It feels odd to discuss Resort Wear/SS19 in February, doesn’t it? Traditionally, it’s a season of collections tailored for consumers who would typically be spending their time in warmer climates come the New Year. I mean, we all desire to be in warmer climates, but the harsh reality is that we’ve spent all our money on useless gym memberships and matching gym gear and will therefore have to make do with rain, rain and more rain. Nonetheless, that shouldn’t stop us prepping for actual summer by taking style notes from the Resort catwalks. In last May’s shows (aka the trends for this year), we saw a huge injection of colour and print to the once monochrome DNA of many Fashion houses, and as this is the season which will remain in our shop windows for the longest, it’s about time you added some vibrancy into your wardrobe, too. With that in mind, here are my February Five.
The Neon Piece
Neon brought delight to many of the Resort shows, and this filtered through to SS19 too (specifically at Prada, House of Holland and Valentino). Historically, I’ve veered away from colour and sunk into the ‘Fashion Assistant Uniform’: high-waisted black jeans, a Breton top and Stan Smiths. However, I’ve come to realise that wearing colour is joyful, and makes the wearer (and onlooker) smile. It’s important to note when buying ‘on-trend’ pieces, to look for those that will serve you in the long-run and not just for one season. This neon bright bodysuit will lift any outfit, and can be worn as a top or as a layering piece. Additional happiness will come with it’s price point at a lovely £12.99. Style with a simple pair of jeans and a biker jacket for an understated cool look, or add a printed skirt and a baggy jumper to spice things up.
The ASOS Tea Dress
Who was lucky enough to bag the original version of this dress last year? I wasn’t, and am thus THRILLED that it has come back with a new twist. This collared wrap midi dress screams 70’s, will flatter most body shapes and, at £35, it won’t flatten your wallet. Typically, ASOS comes up slightly large, so if you are a borderline size, go for the smaller. You want a dress in this style to hug your body, not hang off it.
The 00s Bag
For the majority of my life I have underestimated the impact that a bag can make on an outfit. But this month I am fully appreciating the block colour baguette bag. If you’re intimidated by too much colour, this Zara number is a great way to inject some vibrancy without going full-rainbow. And for £39.99 it is a small price to pay for a bag which you can wear with most of your outfits. Since the Dior Saddle bags made a return last July, its vintage inspired silhouette has been all over the high street. As well as (obviously) being quite practical, carrying a bag can instantly update and finish off your look.
I am extremely aware that I’ve been harping on about colour for the last three items, however, it is important to not get carried away with one thread of fashion. As we are all becoming more ethically-focused, it’s important to make purchases that act as a base for multiple outfits and will endure multiple seasons. These Isabel Marant jeans, at £215, should be a staple in your wardrobe. They’re a high waisted, straight fit, and would make even the most basic of outfits look incredibly chic. As it’s still chilly, may I suggest pairing these jeans with a cashmere jumper, boots and the Zara red baguette bag. As we move to warmer climates, I suggest a slouchy tee, Birkenstocks and that same red bag.
The Modesty Dress
Lastly, we need to talk about the modesty dress. Rather, I need to talk about the modesty dress – because I am OBSESSED. I’m over the moon that covering up is becoming sexy, as this is when I feel most comfortable. I spent my youth covering up my breasts and legs as they were what made me most self-conscious. Now, while I do feel proud(er) of my body, it’s still a dress like this that makes me feel most empowered. Ideally, we’d all have vintage Laura Ashley or beautiful Vampire’s Wife dresses, but let’s be real – how many of us have that kind of budget? This & Other Stories dress is £79, and a real contender as one of my favourites out there.
Words: Lila Flint-Roberts
Illustration: Camilla Ackley