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Five key wearable fashion trends from Lizzie Pardey of Elli Fashion in Frome

Last Friday I opened my overstuffed, overnight bag on the train up to London and a pair of my M&S knickers fell right into the lap of the man sitting next to me. Awk.Ward. Then I had to sort of scrabble on his thigh to retrieve them. In silence. Without making eye contact. Eeeugh. That sort of embarrassing sartorial situation would never happen to super smart Lizzie of Elli Fashion in Frome, who’s just given me a quick tutorial in this season’s key fashion trends (and happens to have a good selection of the latest styles in her shop, too).  So putting the pants behind me, here’s what she said…

The sleeves have it

L to R: French Connection, Cos, Jovonna

Big sleeves, waterfall sleeves, sleeves with huge frills (a touch of the New Romantics), sleeves with lace and other detailing – this spring and summer the focus is on the arms. If you’re wearing impact sleeves, keep everything else simple and sleek, like slimmer leg jeans, although these ‘flare out’ trousers from Jovanna are fun. Continuing on from last season is the ‘cold shoulder’ top, with sections of the shoulders cut away– or even completely missing – if you want to channel La Bardot.

Think pink

L to R: Zara, Orion London, Whistles

Pastel baby pink, hot fuschia pink, all kinds of pink – wear different shades of pink together or layer to clash, stylishly, or colour block with a darker colour. Pale pastel pinks work well with navy; match hot pinks with nude and black. All shades of pink look good (and less girly, if that matters to you) with khaki. Love the bright pink Orion London culottes in the middle.

Up and down hems

L to R: Zara, Ted Baker, LK Bennett

It’s said that hemlines reflect the state of the economy – when it’s doing well, skirts get shorter; when it’s going badly, they get longer. So this season’s up and down hems are probably just about right. With an asymmetric hemline, you can show a bit of leg but it’s not just skirts, tops are uneven too.

Mad crazy florals

L to R: Zara, Zara, French Connection

All kinds of everything: embroidered, appliqued, printed, on clothes, shoes and accessories. Wear pieces with different floral patterns together or look for items with panels of different floral fabrics – like this dress.

Bomber jackets

L to R: French Connection, Ichi, French Connection

The classic bomber jacket design but this season it comes in all sorts of fabrics and patterns: floral printed satin, velvet, embroidered, lace. Wear with jeans or a finely pleated skirt to create a straight shape.

Elli Fashion, 15 King Street, Frome. Somerset, BA11 1BH. Tel 01373 461000.





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