There is a good reason why certain items of clothing are called fashion basics, and also why staple pieces like boyfriend jeans and a simple camisole will never go out of style.
The trick is to find fresh new ways to style these wardrobe essentials, while staying up-to-date with the latest fashion trends. Here’s where we come in: We’ll show you how easy it is to pick basic pieces that last from Dorothy Perkins Spring Summer 2014 collection, while keeping up with the styles of this season.
Be it lace tops in sweet pastels or the feminine new mid-length skirt, these fab finds from Dorothy Perkins will help up your style credentials. So try out three trending looks with these pointers:
Pastels can give the classic lace top a chic new look this season – style it right to make these hues pretty and flirty instead of saccharine sweet!
1. Pair your white lace top with a pastel jacket or blazer to toughen up the lady-like look, while embracing this season’s penchant for confectionery sweet hues.
2. Try colour-blocking. Pair two contrasting pastels like baby pink with mint green or sky blue for a surprisingly modern and pretty touch. Even the tricky lilac can be easy to wear. Take cues from Burberry Spring Summer 2014 and pair your lavender lace top with a deeper or brighter purple two tones apart.
3. Tote a pastel handbag, the smaller, the better. Petite afterall, is the most covetable handbag size this season.
Nothing says effortless chic like menswear-inspired fashion. What’s more, you don’t necessarily have to suit up like Angelina Jolie to rock this look.
4. If you’re wearing your shirt oversized, roll the sleeves up to just above your elbow. This roomier silhouette may be more forgiving but it’s in the tailored details that keep this look stylish. Same goes for the sleeves of your oversized blazers.
5. Give your outfit a feminine flourish with a lace shirt worn with boyfriend jeans cuffed up to the ankles for a better fit.
6. Again, it’s all about the proportions. A menswear-inspired look still has to fit well. So pick a statement shirt that ends just at your hip, to wear with cigarette pants or your favourite tailored pair of shorts. For that same reason, don’t forget your heels. These will give your tomboy look feminine edge; the more vertically-challenged amongst us will appreciate the added height too.
These skirts are the epitome of feminine poise, while being so much more practical than miniskirts. There’s a good reason why the cinched waist remains so timelessly stylish. For that same reason, don’t rule out a midi dress either.
7. Play with sheer layers to keep it more sexy secretary and much less matronly. Pick out a skirt with a sheer panel near the hemline or opt for a mesh or lace top with matching lingerie to embrace this “peek-a-boo” effect. Then cover up with a matching blazer to make this look more office-appropriate.
8. Get an hourglass silhouette by keeping your blouse or sweater tucked into your flare skirt, for a modern take on Dior’s seminal waist-cinching “New Look”.
9. Find a skirt that falls just below your knees for the perfect fit. While taller, model-esque girls can pull off midi skirts and dresses of most lengths, the petite will find this hemline most flattering and lengthening.
10. Step up with block heels. The trick here again, is to elongate. So balance the lower hemline with taller heels. Block heels will give you the illusion of height, while being more comfortable than stilettos too.
The Dorothy Perkins Spring Summer 2014 Style Essentials collection is available in stores from March 2014. For more style tips, visit
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