The beginning of the year can sometimes appear grey and depressing. It is filled with all sorts of trials from struggling to hold on to your remaining New Years resolutions, to battling through the never-ending cold. That’s not to mention the pressure of Valentines Day that February brings. However as the season of fashion shows in St Andrews is upon us, there is no excuse to sacrifice your wardrobe to this grey epidemic.
Follow the designer’s gaze and look to the seventies for glittering inspiration. By day indulge in bohemian print dresses, crocheted tops and suede A-line mini skirts, worn with black tights and knee high boots while the luxe sandals wait in the wings for summer. Adopt the easy laid back swagger of Jane Birkin, and you’ll feel those February blues melt away into a sea of colourful felt hats.
Still not feeling that spring in your step? Then make way for the invasion of the floral prints. There is nothing that can cheer an outfit up more than an attack of flower power, be it cartoon blooms or romantic chintzes. If your style is more muted, dip your toe into this trend with an applique clutch or floral platforms. But if you’re feeling bold work this cartoon print dress from Zara, remembering to keep shapes simple for maximum impact.
Just because Valentine’s Day is behind us, that doesn’t mean you can’t still wear that seductive red dress. However if you venture away from the Fifty Shades of Grey cliché, take your boy on a laid-back beach walk. Wearing your heart on your sleeve in a cosy jumper and worn-in denim, it’s all in the effortless charm.
Unfortunately for some of us, Valentine’s Day and the days following hold more miserable chocolate boxes than love declarations. Still this is no reason to escape into mourning clothes! Ditch the red and deck yourself in regal shades of purple. Be a queen for the night in head to toe lilac, whether it is at a fashion show or enjoying a mate date with your closest friends. A man will never love you the way a lilac swing dress will.