Stock Up for Spring – 2013’s Style Essentials

Hi Ladies! Today I'm sharing a fabulous post on behalf of BANK Fashion with you all. As soon as they got in touch with me to ask if I'd be interested in collaborating on a post, I jumped at the chance. I found this a great read, its all about Spring Style Essentials and trends that are set to be hot for S/S 2013. I've also fallen head over heels in love with the featured fringe dress from BANK and its currently in the sale for only £15.00, such a bargain. I've popped a little collage together with some shoes I think would match it perfectly, also from BANK, and I now want them both - whoops. Its the perfect outfit to tie in with this seasons Monochrome trend which you can find out more about below ...

The A/W 2012 season was as opulent as it gets – jewels, metallics, luxe fabrics, and lashings of gilt brocade. It’s all a little too heavy for the warmer months ahead, so it’s time to change things up. This season, designers have given their collections a spring clean, freshening up and paring things back.

There’s something for everyone, from slick new tailoring alternatives for the office, to breezy new fabrics that are made for a weekend getaway. So get ready to strip back your wardrobe and get back to basics with these simple, chic style tips for spring.

Make it monochrome 
After seasons of colour blocking and popping shades, the time feels right to get back to black and white. Monochrome was the colour palette of choice on the runways at Celine, Jil Sander and beyond, where black and white was worn together to create delicious contrast. Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs went mod-ish with stripes, while Calvin Klein wowed with a truly grown-up take on the colour trend. One of the easiest colour combos to work into your wardrobe for spring, it’s clean, chic, and really packs a punch. If statement stripes are too bold for you, this gorgeous fringe dress from BANK shows you there are so many more ways to wear it. 

The tunic
This season there’s a new wardrobe staple in town. With sleeves or without, the tunic featured heavily on the S/S runways, with Gucci revealing a whole new luxe tunic line. Incredibly flattering on every frame, the loose-fit shape skims over lumps and bumps and keeps things light and breezy for the warmer spring weather. Designers layered the new look tunic over leggings, knee-length shorts, and skirts too, showing just how versatile this little number can be. Look out for more structured fabrics like cotton that are great for a smarter office look but, to really stay on trend, stick to the soft silks and sheers spotted at Gucci.

The new look kimono
It was hard to escape from the kimono shape at this season’s shows. Designers looked to the Far East for inspiration, and everyone from Pucci to Dries Van Noten had a new take on this classic. Haider Ackermann tailored-up with some jaw-dropping kimono-inspired suits, while Dries Van Noten kept the look laid back with longline kimonos in feminine, slouchy cuts.

Barely there
The pared back look has been taken to the next level with spring fabrics. Transparency is the watchword, with sheer fabrics floating down the runways alongside chunky transparent jewellery. Barely there dresses, tunics, blouses and trousers were layered up at Cavalli and Reed Krakoff, lending an ethereal feel to this season’s collections. Another breezy look for the warmer months ahead, this look is less top-to-toe sheer than last year’s sheer maxi trend, and more about working in sheer elements to create a sophisticated veiled silhouette.

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I hope you enjoyed reading this ladies - I found it really interesting and I hope you did too!

What are your favourite trends for S/S?


  1. Oh my goodness the fringe dress is awesome! I'm so tempted :s

    Amy| The Little Koala Blog ♥

  2. I've never been one to wear too much black and white. Though I have to admit that the dress is rather nice. x

  3. Lovely dress, but is currently unavailable on the website :(?


  4. The dress is so cheap.. and gorgeous! It's sold out though :((( xxx
    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

  5. That dress is so amazing for the price - gorgeous!
    Megan xxx

  6. Adore this dress & the shoes...oh no, I feel a shopping spree coming on!

    Catherine xx

  7. Really love that dress and it's usually something I wouldn't even look at! The shoes are a great match, love the whole outfit overall!

    Leanne @ Makeup Blast xo

  8. I seriously love this dress! My favourite spring trend is definitely floral print, I have always loved it and I get super excited when I buy something floral or see it on any one! :D :D xx

  9. ooooh that fringe dress is quite similar to one i saw in topshop a while back but a lot cheaper! definitely going to go to bank soon, need a new dress for some nights out!! xxx

  10. The fringe dress is really beautiful, I am really tempted to get it! xxx

    Maddy from

  11. That dress is actually amazing I can't believe its only £15!

  12. i love monochrome, it's my favourite spring/summer trend! xxx

  13. I love the fact that the shoes have a hint of Neon!:-D
    - From Annie ToadRoad

  14. That dress is so cute and I LOVE the shoes too! :)


  15. Bank in the UK also has 20% off for students right now will need to go and purchase !

  16. Just want to say that I love your blog :-) such amazing posts and very interesting too so now following you! cant wait to read more and I really love the fringe dress so pretty xx
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  17. That dress is gorgeous and it matches those shoes perfectly!

    Tania x

  18. And what about designer eyewear..? Isn't it essential..?


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