Bright and Colorful Pieces to Add to Your Summer Wardrobe

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Summer is a season for bright colors and vibrancy, so if your wardrobe is filled with dark and neutral shades, then it may be time for an update. From high-waisted trousers to fun, summer dresses, here is some inspiration for some colorful pieces to add to your closet.

Jelly Sandals
Sandals are essential in the summer months, and the Geli is a sandal, by Katy Perry Collections, that is so fun and retro. Inspired by the classic jelly sandal, the Geli comes in three different colors, lemon, watermelon, and peach, and features a print of their respective fruit. To top it all off, fruity prints themselves are bang on trend for the summer, making this a must-buy.

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High Waisted Trousers
High-waisted trousers are flattering on so many different body types, and are a great way to enhance your feminine curves. While the majority of women opt for darker shades when it comes to high waisted trousers, use the summer as an excuse to purchase a pair in a brighter, bolder color. Whether this may be the pink trousers from River Island, or the yellow/orange pair from Wolf & Badger, these will soon become one of your go-to pieces of clothing this summer.

A Printed Tote Bag
Even if you would like to keep your outfit relatively simple, bags are a great way to still add a pop of color to your look. The Kerrington Square Tote by Tory Burch is a fantastic example of this, as the style itself is ideal for summer, its water-resistant fabric perfect for the beach, and the wide variety of seasonal prints are right on trend.

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Summer Dresses
Flirty and fun summer dresses are a must at this time of the year, and while soft, pastel shades may be perfect for spring, summer is the time to brighten up your looks a bit more. The Fit and Flare dresses from Jack Wills are a great choice, as these will beautifully flatter your figure, while the summer dresses from Boden come in a wide variety of styles and prints, meaning that you are bound to find one that you love.

Floral Hair Accessories
Floral hair accessories are another popular item in the summer months and are a great way to add some style to your look. For those who would prefer something subtle yet delightfully feminine, give the Tropical Flower Hair Comb by Lizzie Fortunato a try, as this features floral and beaded accents, as well as a freshwater cultured pearl detailing.

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Printed Shorts
Printed shorts may be harder to style than solid colors, but the effort is definitely worth it in the end. The Ruffle Floral Printed Bermuda Shorts from Zara are a great style to opt for, as these are high waisted and ruffled at the hem. Pair this with a casual white t-shirt and some sandals for day wear, or dress them up with heels and a blouse for the evening.

Your summer wardrobe should be bright and cheerful, and each of these pieces mentioned above will help you to achieve this. From fun, floral printed ruffled shorts to flirty and flattering summer dresses, these items are guaranteed to add some color and vibrancy to your closet.

Keep These Fruits in Your Closet

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In terms of keeping your body healthy, fruits are vital, but, this season, they are key to your fashion looks too. From tropical fruit earrings to fruity printed dresses, these are the fruits that you should be adding to your closet.

Tropical Earrings by Noir Jewelry
Noir Jewelry has a range of tropical-inspired earrings, and there are quite a few that feature fruit. Their Tropical Linear Drop Earrings are guaranteed to bring a tropical flair to your outfit, with parrots, leaves, and watermelons, while their Strawberry Hoop Earrings boast cubic zirconia accents.

Watermelon Basket Bag by Charlotte Olympia
Charlotte Olympia’s Watermelon Basket Bag was inspired by Carmen Miranda’s fruit headdress, and it is easy to see this when you look at the bag. Shaped to resemble a wedge of watermelon, complete with black seeds, this pink, white and green bag will look stunning against a chic white summer dress.

Cherry Denim Strappy Sandals by Gianvito Rossi
Gianvito Rossi showed his first footwear collection at Milan Fashion Week in 2007 and received plenty of praise for it, which is no surprise considering he learned his skills from his father, Sergio Rossi, a legendary shoe designer. Gianvito Rossi’s Cherry Denim Strappy Sandals are chic but fun at the same time, with the denim stonewashed sandals featuring a crystal cherry, and cherry leaf, appliqué. Made in Italy, these shoes have an adjustable ankle strap and a four-inch block heel, making them elegant but so comfortable at the same time.

Hammond Printed Silk Top by Altuzarra
The Hammond top by Altuzarra is another item that features cherries and has been seen being worn by Jennifer Lawrence on numerous occasions. This plunging top is in a sky blue shade of silk and features a print of navy and red cherries, a kitsch but chic motif that has been seen throughout Altuzarra’s latest collection. While this may be quite a standout piece, it is surprisingly versatile, and can be worn on its own with a ruffled skirt, or layered over a t-shirt and worn with jeans.

Tie Banana Top by MSGM
The MSGM Tie Banana Top is so fun and playful, and will definitely be the focal point of your outfit. The banana print on this top is in a watercolor style, adding a softness and feminine quality, while the sleeves are accentuated with knotted ties, which really enhances the fruity aspect of this top.

The Geli by Katy Perry Collections
Jelly sandals were once loved by just about everybody, and Katy Perry Collections have given this classic style a modern makeover. The Geli comes in either lemon, peach or watermelon, each style in the color of their respective fruit, as well as featuring a small print of that fruit at the top of the shoe.

While you are likely adding a number of summer fruits to your kitchen, think about incorporating some fruit into your outfits too. Whether this may be a fruity printed top of a fruit-shaped bag, these items are guaranteed to brighten up your look and provide any outfit with a one-of-a-kind flair.

Five Must-Have Memorial Day Fashion Picks

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Memorial day is just around the corner, along with the three-day weekend that this brings. No matter what your plans for the holiday may be, here are five must-have fashion picks that promise to inject a dose of serious style into your weekend.

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A Printed Maxi Dress
Maxi dresses are always a go-to item in the spring and summer months and are able to flatter just about every body shape. While there is nothing wrong with choosing a dress in a solid color, a bold print will never fail to brighten up your day, while giving your outfit a strong focal point. Try to find a dress that is made from a lightweight material, with comfortable and secure straps and sleeves, as this makes it more versatile, and means that you will not have to worry about accidentally showing too much skin if there is a breeze in the air.

A Wide-Legged Jumpsuit
A wide-legged jumpsuit, in a neutral color, is a great piece to have for Memorial Day, as it can easily be taken from day into night. Whether you dress it down with some flip flops and daytime accessories or dress it up with a pair of stylish heels, this is a garment that will give you plenty of freedom to move around in, making it perfect for everything from a day of sightseeing to a night of dancing.

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Comfortable Sandals
No matter what you may have planned for the weekend, it is likely that there will be quite a bit of walking involved, which is why your footwear needs to be comfortable yet fashionable at the same time. Sandals are ideal for the warmer weather, but, if you plan on spending your weekend around the beach or pool, make sure that they can hold up to the water. A low heel, as well as good arch support and a cushioned footbed, may be necessary if you plan on staying active, so make sure that you take all of your plans into consideration before choosing a style.

A Chambray Button Down Shirt
If the weather forecast for Memorial Day weekend is warm and humid, then you will likely not need a jacket or sweatshirt. Instead, opt for a chambray button-down shirt, as this can be worn on its own, or as outerwear to give you a bit of extra coverage and warmth.

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A Leather Backpack
Backpacks are bang on trend for this season, and, unlike many of the other accessory trends you have likely experienced, this one is extremely practical too. Rather than opting for a cool tote to cart your belongings around in this Memorial Day, go for a chic and durable leather backpack instead.

Long weekends do not come around very often, so you are likely to want to enjoy your time rather than worrying about what to wear. By planning all of your Memorial Day outfits in advance, you will be all set when the weekend arrives to simply kick back, unwind, and make the most of the three days.

Outfits That Keep You Weekend Ready

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Weekend outfits should be casual and effortless, but many people feel as though they need to sacrifice fashion in order to achieve freedom. However, as these following outfits will show you, looking chic but being weekend-ready at the same time is much easier than you would think.

A Jumpsuit
When it comes to effortless fashion, jumpsuits are key, as these all-in-one pieces mean that you do not need to worry about mixing and matching garments to put an outfit together. When it comes to choosing a jumpsuit, opt for one with a print and style that really suits your personality rather than current trends, as this is a piece that you will be able to wear over and over again. From artistic geometric prints to military-chic styles, this is a weekend-ready outfit that can easily be dressed both up and down.

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Pleated/Full Skirts
Full and pleated skirts are a great way to dress up a casual street style look, and can be weekend-ready depending on what you pair it with. Chunky heeled sandals and a chunky sweater will emphasize a casual look, as will a tank top or tee. Alternatively, if you are seeking a more feminine and sophisticated look, you could always wear the skirt with a chic blouse and delicate heels.

Fitted Jeans and a Blazer
Denim jeans are a wardrobe staple, and pairing them with a smart, fitted blazer immediately ups their smart factor. If you want to give this outfit even more of a flair, opt for a pair of jeans in a bold and daring color, such as red or yellow. While this may seem over-the-top at first, the blazer will help to keep it all relatively toned down.

Leather Shorts
Shorts are so versatile, making them perfect for a weekend filled with activities, as they allow for plenty of movement. However, rather than going for a denim or cotton pair, jazz your outfit up a bit by choosing a pair of leather shorts. Not only are these durable, but they will also make a statement, although you need to make sure that you always keep them as the focal point of your outfit. Ensure that the rest of your outfit is quite simple and minimal, pairing dark shorts with a light colored top. Since leather shorts draw the eye to your legs, your choice of footwear is equally important, and you will likely need to experiment with a few styles before you find a pair that works with the look you are going for.

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Printed Pants
Printed pants are usually bold and bright, with the print that you choose reflecting your personality. Prints can also be used to highlight certain features of your body, or to downplay any that you would like to hide, and they will always add some extra interest to your look. In order to keep your outfit looking cohesive, pair your printed pants with a plain-colored top, unless you want to emulate the fashion-forward trend of wearing prints with prints.

No matter what you may have planned for the day, putting together a weekend-ready outfit does not need to be difficult. From feminine pleated skirts to edgy leather shorts, these outfits should provide you with plenty of inspiration to experiment with.

Add a Pop of Summer Color to Your Summer Wardrobe

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A pop of color is a great way to brighten up your summer wardrobe, and there are countless ways in which you can incorporate this into an outfit. From sunshine yellow to candy pink, here is some style inspiration for the upcoming months.

Shocking Pink
One of the hottest color trends for summer 2017 is shocking shades of pink, encompassing everything from candy pink to deep cherry. A shocking pink dress is beautifully feminine, and can be paired with neutral accessories to tone it down if needed. Alternatively, a deep cherry or raspberry colored cardigan is perfect for brightening up a chilly summer evening, and will also give your face a warm, rosy glow, while a bold pink skirt, in an easy silhouette, is unexpectedly versatile.

Vibrant Stripes
Bold, geometric prints are going to be huge this summer, especially when it comes to stripes. While classic, horizontal stripes will always be popular, criss-cross stripes are a great alternative, and provide an outfit with quite an unusual dynamic. From a pleated, flowing maxi dress, such as the one from Chloe, to graphic, striped accessories, such as the bags from Sonia Rykiel, stripes add color as well as pattern to an outfit, making them a worthwhile investment.

Yellows
Yellow is another color that will really be making a huge statement this season, and while the runways were filled with full-on, completely chromatic yellow looks, all you need is a pop of this color to really make a statement. As always, accessories are the best way to go if you do not already own many clothes that would work with yellow, but a cheeky yellow sundress is also well-suited for the season. If you are really feeling bold, go for a classic pair of trousers in a sunny yellow shade, because while this may seem quite out there, they can easily be styled down with a simple white t-shirt and some black flats.

A Patchwork of Colors
On the summer 2017 runways, many designers turned to patchwork, creating everything from pants to shirts to outerwear. Many unexpected fabrics and textures were put together, and this really creates an interesting look, as well as a vibrancy that perfectly emulates summer.

Florals
Printed florals are always popular in the spring and summer, but, this season, they are set to be even brighter and bolder than ever, making them an absolutely perfect choice for those wanting to add colour and pattern into their wardrobe. Pieces that nod to the 70’s are especially on trend, but, other than that, just look out for items that feature plenty of contrast while still being feminine, such as with the floral off-shoulder top from Chloe.

While dark and moody outfits definitely do have an ambience about them, summer is a time for color and vitality. No matter what your wardrobe may already consist of, these tips will help you to incorporate a bit of extra color into your closet, making use of pieces that can be styled in so many different ways.

Add These Accessories to Your Summer Wardrobe

Now that summer is on its way, this is a great excuse to splurge a little and invest in some seasonal accessories. From chokers to giant earrings, here are a few accessories that are right on trend for this summer.

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Oversized Earrings
Oversized earrings are going to be all the rage this summer, and the Spring Summer 2017 runways were definitely proof of this. The earrings seen were heavy and large, sometimes featuring jewels and sometimes featuring bold, graphic details. For those who prefer sparkling gems, check out the earrings from Gucci and Alexander McQueen, while the cugg earrings from Delpozo are bright and extremely spring-worthy. Of course, feminine earrings never go amiss, and some great versions of this can be found at Dsquared2, where the earrings feature everything from ribbon bows to hearts and lips.

Ankle Bracelets
While those who have quite a bohemian personal style are likely to already own a couple of ankle bracelets, this is an accessory that will become much more mainstream this summer. These are the perfect way to decorate your feet after a long winter of keeping them wrapped up, and work well whether you are barefoot on a beach or wearing sandals in a city. Lanvin took this trend even further by promoting tasselled ankle bracelets on both feet, while Attico has some lush, velvety anklets that feature stylish buckles. For a more elegant touch, take a look at the collection from Fenty x Puma, where you will find delicate pearl strands.

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Statement Belts
Many summer outfits tend to be quite simple, and a statement belt is a great way to jazz this up. For those who want to add an edgy attitude to their outfit, the leather punk belts from Alexander McQueen would be a great addition to your wardrobe, while Custo Barcelona, Bibhu Mohapatra and Carven have some more feminine, delicate, bejewelled options available. To take their statement belts even further, many designers even styled them by tying them into a knot, which really transforms the whole outfit.

Multiple Rings
You likely already own a number of rings, and wearing these with multiple other rings is a great way to do things a little differently. Try this in a few different ways, from subtly, with just a couple of rings on each hand, to extravagantly, with bejewelled rings on all five fingers, which is something that has been seen recently at Gucci.

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Chokers
Chokers were huge in the 90’s, and have been making quite the comeback in recent seasons. If you have not yet purchased a choker, thinking that they are likely to go back out of style soon, think again, as these seductive accessories are set to stick around this year. To really emulate spring, opt for bright, seasonal colors, or for the delicate, fragile chokers from Christian Dior, as well as Coach 1941.

Even if you do not plan on updating your wardrobe much this year in terms of clothing, new accessories will still be able to transform your outfits. From a statement belt to a seductive choker, these are some items that are definitely worth adding to your closet this year.

Great Ideas for Supplementing Your Capsule Wardrobe

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A capsule wardrobe consists of a collection of essential items that will not go out of style, and can feature everything from pants and skirts to shirts and jackets. While the whole point of a capsule wardrobe is to put together a selection of classic, timeless pieces, you can still supplement these with seasonal items throughout the year to keep your wardrobe fresh and interesting.

Trendy Accessories
When putting together your capsule wardrobe, it is likely that you tried to avoid incorporating trendy pieces, as these are usually not at all timeless. However, staying in touch with current trends is a great way to keep your outfits looking young and fresh, so do not be afraid of supplementing your capsule wardrobe with a few trendy items each season. Accessories are usually the easiest way to do this, as they will not detract from the essence of your wardrobe, meaning that you can go as bold and bright as you want to. From stylish handbags to statement jewelry, feel free to really experiment when it comes to accessories.

Added Texture
If you are seeking a few new pieces to round out what you already have in your wardrobe, paying attention to texture is a great way to ensure one-of-a-kind looks. If the majority of your wardrobe is filled with silks and other soft, fine fabrics, think about adding an edgy leather jacket to this, while those who have a wardrobe that consists of plenty of ruffles and other textured details may want to go in the other direction, opting for minimal, relaxed items instead.

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Color Palettes
You likely already have a color palette for your capsule wardrobe, as this is essential to provide cohesiveness, but there is no reason why your color palette cannot change with the seasons. From the florals and corals of spring to the greens and pinks of summer to the muted neutrals of fall and winter, switching up your color palette each season will make it much easier to find new supplementary pieces that will work well with the rest of the clothes that you already own.

Quality Over Quantity
When you have a small, capsule wardrobe, it can be easy to get carried away while out on a shopping trip, as you know that you will physically be able to fit several new garments into your closet. However, as tempting as the fast fashion stores all around you may be, it is always worthwhile to opt for a few high quality items of clothing rather than multiple cheaper ones, as these will last for much longer, which is essential when it comes to a capsule wardrobe.

Capsule wardrobes are not a new concept, with the term first being coined in the 70’s by Donna Karan, but they have definitely experienced quite the buzz in recent years. While refining your wardrobe down to under 50 pieces may seem like quite the challenge, knowing how, and when, to supplement this with additional seasonal items will ensure that the outfits that you put together always look stylish and current.

Strut Your Summer Style on Your Next Beach Vacay

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Whether you plan on spending time at a local beach, or are heading off for a tropical island getaway, everybody always wants to look their best when strutting their stuff on the sand. From boho chic to feminine and flirty, here is some inspiration for those who are looking to update their summer style.

Boho Chic
For those who are looking to create a boho chic look, a bikini is best, and preferably one that has some added stitching details or embroidery. Crocheted bikinis also fit into this style well, but they often do not hold up properly in the water, so this is something to consider if you were hoping to do a fair amount of swimming or try out some water sports. To complete your boho look, add a flowing beach cover-up, such as a caftan, and top this with a wide-brimmed hat.

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Colourful and Fun
Summer is all about brightness and vibrancy, meaning that it is a great time to put together a fun and colourful beach outfit. Look for a bikini or a one piece that features a bold print, whether this may be feminine florals or statement graphics. For a cover-up, opt for some white shorts and a single coloured tank top, as you do not want these to clash with your bikini, but jazz this look up with accessories, whether this be colourful stacked bracelets or beaded sandals.

Mismatched Two-Pieces
Buying new swimwear each season can be tiresome, especially if you already have a wardrobe full of different styles. This year, rather than purchasing several more, try to mix up your look by donning a mismatched two-piece. Whether this means mixing a printed top with solid bottoms, or a frilly top with bikini shorts, this is a great way to add more of your own personal style into your look.

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Maxi Dress
If you do not plan on baring all of your skin at the beach, then a maxi dress is the perfect style to go for, whether you wear this on its own or over your swimwear. A bright print is ideal for a day at the beach, and can easily be dressed up later on in the evening with a pair of heels and some added accessories.

Tankinis
Tankinis are similar to bikinis, except for the fact that, instead of featuring a regular bikini top, the top section is styled in a similar way to that of a tank top, offering you more coverage. This makes it well-suited for those who do not want to show off their stomach on the beach, but who still want a two piece style. Tankinis are available in so many different styles, colours and prints, meaning that they can be adapted into all of the beach looks mentioned above.

Now that spring is here, this is the perfect time to begin planning your summer wardrobe. Whether your style is boho and down-to-earth or bold and colourful, these ideas will ensure that you look nothing but stylish this summer on the beach.

Smart Street Styles for the Savvy Woman

Street style fashion always has a fresh and edgy feel to it, but when a smarter dress code is required, many of these looks are simply not suitable. For all of you savvy women out there who want to incorporate some street style into your look, while still keeping it smart, here are a few ideas to inspire you.

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A Voluminous Midi Skirt
A voluminous midi skirt will never fail to add some drama to your silhouette, and are always a popular street style look during major fashion weeks. The added benefit of a voluminous midi skirt is that it can be dressed both up or down depending on what you wear it with, and can even be styled to make it suitable for a day at the office.

A Cropped Leather Jacket
Leather jackets are an investment piece that will end up being a go-to item in your wardrobe, as they are so incredibly versatile and will work with such a wide range of outfits. When paired with a feminine dress, a cropped leather jacket gives the look so much attitude, while pairing it with skinny pants and a tailored shirt will always be chic. If you are struggling to choose a color, black is always the safest bet, as this gives you the most choice when it comes to styling it with other garments.

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A Pencil Skirt and a Fuzzy Sweater
Pencil skirts are beautifully classy, and they are also the perfect canvas onto which designers can add statement details, which is why they are constantly being photographed by street style photographers. When a pencil skirt is paired with a fuzzy sweater, this creates a look of contrasts, but, when worn with some chic heels, the look is toned down quite a bit, and becomes much more wearable.

On-Trend Jeans
Jean trends are constantly changing, and street style fashion is often the best place to look when seeking out the hottest new jean styles. While jeans may not be that smart on their own, you can most definitely dress them up by picking the right elements for the rest of your outfit. From a tailored shirt and jacket to simple accessories to enhance the clean lines in your look, there is no denying just how versatile jeans are.

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Play with Silhouettes and Colors
Street style is all about taking chances and trying something new, so even if you do not own many specific street style pieces, it is still easy to incorporate the concept into your look. The majority of successful street style outfits tend to play with silhouettes quite a bit, creating dramatic and unusual shapes, and this is something that you can try with whatever you may already have in your wardrobe. You should also be brave when it comes to colorful clothing, making sure that at least some part of your outfit contains a striking, vibrant shade that really stands out.

Smart street style is all about having fun with your outfit, but refining it down at the same time. From pencil skirts to trendy jeans, these are all ideas that you can easily incorporate into your own style.

That Hat Gives You Attitude

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Hats are an important wardrobe staple for the spring and summer seasons, as they not only provide your skin with some added protection from the sun, but they also add a sense of attitude and refinement to just about any outfit. From cowboy hats to berets, these are set to be some of the hottest hat styles for 2017.

Cowboy Hats
Out of all of the headwear trends for 2017, the cowboy hat is one of the most down-to-earth styles, but, as always, has been significantly jazzed up by a number of different designers. For those who are after a more eccentric design, Anna Sui’s cowboy hats feature everything from topless dancing female figures to purring cats, all in statement-making vivid shades. If you were hoping for something slightly more subtle, take a look at the collection from Blugirl, which honors the color white, while Sonia Rykiel has some beautifully chic two-toned cowboy hats made from straw instead of leather.

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Boater Hats 
Boater hats are another key hat style for this season, with unisex versions being especially popular in streetwear looks. This is another style that is incredibly versatile and can be styled in so many different ways, adding a sporty element to your outfit.

Headscarves 
While not technically a hat, headscarves are beautifully elegant, and, when worn in the right way, incredibly chic and stylish. At Miu Miu, the headscarves are bright, with graphic prints, and, in their runway shows, were tied over the hair in a style that was reminiscent of the 50’s. However, at Giorgio Armani, the 20’s were the decade of choice, as the brightly colored scarves here were tied tighter around the models’ heads, keeping the overall silhouette much smaller. Gucci took it a step further when it came to experimenting with headscarves, opting for luxurious satin fabrics and tying them off in bows or buns at the front of the head rather than the back.

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Berets 
French in origin, berets seem to frequently come and go in the fashion world, and this season they are back with a vengeance. Rather than subtle, classic French styles, the most popular berets this spring and summer will no doubt add a blast of attitude to your outfit. From the mythical jungles featured on the Desigual berets to the graphic piano keys and bold shades at Undercover, these hats will definitely add a whole new focal point to your outfit.

Baseball Caps
There are always some wonderfully wearable styles that are produced when fashion meets active wear, which is exactly what can be said for the baseball caps making an appearance this season. Chanel’s baseball caps in feminine pastel shades are simple and sweet, while the caps from Moschino are much more urban. At Phillipp Plein, expect the hats to be much more extravagant in vibrant shades of gold, while the Elie Saab baseball caps are fantastically flamboyant with all of their sparkling sequins.

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Of course, when it comes to baseball caps, you can add even more attitude to your outfit with the way in which you wear them. On the Chanel runway, the hats were worn sideways, nodding to the 80’s, while many of the Moschino models were wearing their hats backwards, adding an edgier feel to their look.

A hat has the ability to really shake up an outfit, adding a whole new element to it. Whether you opt for a sparkly sequinned baseball cap or a low-key, straw boater hat, there is no denying that each of these styles will give your look so much more attitude.