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Lydia's look for less: rainbow colours

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Every September, the fashion world inundates us with new trends, a small preview of what the upcoming SS season has in store.

For SS18, we're set to see everything from ruffles and polka dots to the more risque visage of transparent skirts. You know it - this season has got it all!

Unfortunately, our student budgets won't stretch to investing in a new designer look every week, but that doesn't stop us wanting to wear the trends.

But, don't panic - this fortnightly column has got you covered.

Every other Wednesday, I will be bringing you a different trend, and showing you how you can encorporate it into your wardrobe for a fraction of the designer price, without skimping on style!


This trend is about more than just adding an accent colour to an all black outfit, it’s about using all the crayons in the box to create outfits that are full of fun and flair.

There are two ways to approach what can be a very overwhelming trend - first is to go down the rainbow route.

Designers such as Libertine and Dolce and Gabbana have created stand out pieces that showcase all the colours of the rainbow. Peter Pilotto and House of Holland showed how to make rainbow hues wearable with colourful striped dresses and skirts.

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This online exclusive H&M, Block-Coloured Dress, is a great Peter Pilotto look-alike and is the perfect way to wear head to toe colour without looking like you’re wearing a technicolour dream coat! And, it's only £39.99.


Wear it with a trench coat and white boots in the Winter and when Spring eventually rolls around, pair it with white trainers and a straw bag for an effortlessly chic.

The other way to approach this trend is with bright colour blocking.

There are no prints to be found here, only solid colours and exquisite tailoring. Designers such as Calvin Klein, Acne Studios and Aalto have all created looks that feature two harmonious strong colours with a bright contrasting third colour to tie the look together. The easiest way to incorporate this look into your wardrobe is through your outerwear.

MSGM’s entire collection was super vibrant, with this pink and blue trench coat standing out as a particularly eye-popping statment piece. Though luckily, not too difficult to recreate.

To get this standout catwalk look, pair this ASOS Oversized Vinyl Mac with bright blue trousers and an orange turtleneck, for a sharp and daring approach to colour blocking.

Come back in a fornight, for another debrief on how to wear the latest trend!

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