For a fresh, clean and sophisticated look for summer the minimalist trend is the answer to all your fashion needs. While bright colours and bold prints are always gorgeous, sometimes less is more when it comes to clothes.
Wearing clean lines, crisp cuts and understated yet elegant minimalist clothing will make you look effortlessly chic. The minimalist trend is great for weddings and evening soirees as well as ladies who lunch.
The key pieces in the trend include suits and occasion dresses which are simple but also have a luxurious feel to them. Trousers will have a different shape to traditional bootcut trousers, and dresses may feature sharp geometric cuts which will add to their unique quality. The main colours are white, black, beige and nudes. We’ve picked three outfits to make the minimalist trend work for you.
Outfit 1 – Summer Wedding
The minimalist trend is great for occasions as the simple lines and crisp colours. Evans black pleated maxi dress is stunning and has a timless appeal so you can keep this in your wardrobe for years. Keep your accessories equally understated with some black diamante flip flops, a black chunky bracelet and vintage style gold oval drop earrings.
Outfit 2 – Summer Drinks Party
For a smart and chic formal outfit the white crepe trousers are a simple colour but cut so they float around your legs creating a stylish silouhette. To enhance this lovely but laidback look add an ivory pleat sleeve top, fabulous but flat and comfortable gold loop and weave sandals and simple gold hoop earrings.
Outfit 3 – Lunch With The Ladies
Impress your friends with an outfit that looks luxurious and expensive even though evans floral extra wide trousers are just £32 and a black ribbed cotton vest is a bargain at £5. A mixed metal link necklace can be worn on many occasions and it’s just £14. Finish with black flexible footbed sandals to stay relaxed and comfortable.
To celebrate American Independence Day let’s have a closer look at one of the best dressed women in the US – First Lady Michelle Obama. The wife of the US president makes politics more interesting, always looking effortlessly chic and stunning when she’s photographed at international events.
Michelle may be a busy working mum but she’s found a simple yet smart style that she can put on every morning so she’s ready for any photo opportunuity.
Do you wish you could be equally glamorous? Well you can! The key to recreating the mum of two’s look is to have a good selection of shift dresses and cover-ups in your wardrobe that you can mix and match. Michelle proves that blue and beige really complement each other but the beige floral dress would look equally good with a white jacket or you could team a blue cardigan with a black shift.
What do you love about Michelle Obama’s style ?
Hi, I’m Kellie B from Fatshion Insider! This week Wimbledon began and to celebrate here are my top tips on how to wear white and look great!
One of the best things about summer is wearing crisp white pieces. Here are a few of my choices for must have white in your wardrobe:
A white t-shirt . . .
No matter which shape you prefer, a white t-shirt is essential! Try mixing brights when wearing a simple white tank and jeans. The fuchsia sandal and cobalt bag work really well together. The bag mimics the blue in the denim so it doesn’t feel like it’s competing but still looks fantastic.
Another fun tip is to mix tonal colors, try the neutral outfit with a white t-shirt, brown harem pants and tan accessories. This outfit has depth giving it an ease. Very stylish without showing too much skin.
The white dress . . .
Another key must have for this season is a white dress. I love the idea of simple yet chic printed white dresses. These classic stripes and polka dot dresses when mixed with unexpected accessories really stand out. I think that mixing black and brown is really cool, it looks very polished and still edgy. I also love the idea of a red shoe with a polka dot dress.
The white pair of trousers . . .
White trousers are simply fabulous. A great way to wear white pants is to pair them with bright colors. The floral kimono top below really adds to the luxe look. Add a bright colored bag and you’re off and running.
Wearing all white can seem daunting but it’s really quite simple. It’s all about the shapes. Structured weighted pants and a flowy top create great lines. The black purse strap and silver accents on the top break up the white and add interest.
Which look is your favourite?
Have you bought any tribal print clothes yet? You may want to clear some space in your wardrobe as evans has a gorgeous new tribal print maxi dress on sale soon.
This stunning 100% cotton maxi dress with a flattering v-neck is absolutely perfect for festivals. You can wear it with gladiator sandals or wellies and if it gets chilly then just add a cardigan and a denim jacket and stay warm in style. With a maxi dress as fashionable as this you can stay gorgeous and glamorous at any event this summer, whatever the weather.
Combine it with some of evans tribal jewellery like a charm necklace or pendant earrings and the result is a spectacular summer outfit that’s guaranteed to impress. Need a handbag to go with it? Check out evans fringed bags which are the ideal size to take you from day to night without being over-burdened with stuff.
Where would you wear a dress like this? Think about it and look out for the dress in evans stores and online in July.
There’s a new campaign group called Models of Diversity to encourage the fashion industry to use more diverse women in TV and magazine adverts. How fabulous! Evans met one of the plus size models, Kate Blackett, to find out how she got involved and what’s coming up next.
Job: Plus Size Model
Describe yourself in 3 words . . .
Curvy, bubbly and creative.
Tell us a bit about yourself?
I trained as a make up artist and then moved to New Zealand for a while. Then I decided to come back to the UK and become a plus size model and got involved in models of diversity campaign.
What’s Model’s of diversity about?
It’s a non-profit organisation we are campaigning for more diversity across models in the fashion industry, magazines and TV. I’ve been involved for the past 6 months and I’ve met some great people, it’s something I’m very passionate about.
When’s the next Models Of Diversity event?
We’re planning a Plus Size Fashion Show for our next major event this summer – very excited, can’t wait!
What’s the best thing about being a plus size model?
I love that I’ve been able to make a modelling career from my curves.
What are you’re plans for the summer?
This summer I’m heading to Ibiza mainly for work, but I’m really looking forward to it.
What item can’t you live without on holiday?
Can I have two?! I love salt spray to achieve the tousled beach hair look and a pair of cute wedges because they go with everything.
What are your favourite picks from evans?
I love the shoes, you have such a great variety and the fit is perfect for me. The spot espadrilles are my favourite . . .
My name is Debz and I am a 28 year old wannabe princess! I currently own and write a blog which details my life in general, plus size chick issues if you will. I write about any plus size news I hear about, my dating life, my friends and family and fashion. The Secret Diary Of A Wannabe Princess has been up and running for almost a year now and I have loved every single moment of writing it.
I believe in finding yourself when it comes to fashion. Not all of us have a set style in the way that we dress and this is a good thing. However I think that variety can only ever be seen as a good thing when it comes to your wardrobe!
I would say that I am a subtle dresser – I don’t wear lots of make up or bundles of accessories, I keep things simple. That said I love pretty tops, I have recently started wear long tops and leggings, which I really think is the ideal choice for summer. The great thing about this look is that it can be dressed up or down and makes a great day time to evening time transitional outfit choice. Thankfully there are lots of items that can help brighten up your summer wardrobe !
Here are my favourite tops . . .
The most important thing I would say when it comes to fashion is to dress for you. Just because everyone else is wearing a style doesn’t mean you should feel you have too !
Do you have a holiday planned this summer ?
We have a style exclusive for you today: check out this gorgeous new box shaped gold chain handbag.
In a gorgeous biscuity tan colour with striking gold detail, this beautiful bag goes with everything. And to make it extra wild the material has a snakeskin effect making it an easy way to get involved with this season’s animal print trend.
However, we think the coolest feature of this chic evening bag is it’s gold chain detail. You can double up the straps so the bag sits above your hips, or lengthen the straps if you want to cross it over your body. You can even push the straps inside and wear it as a clutch. It will be available in evans stores and online from end-July.
That means you have a month to decide whether it will look better as a clutch or a shoulder bag. What do you think?
If you thought evans model Marquita Pring looked like a cool chick then we have video evidence to prove it. Check out the interview evans filmed with her on set of our recent Barbados swimwear shoot to see a woman who’s confident in her skin and loving her life.
The curvy model is also a hit with the couture fashion designers and recently made fashion history when Jean Paul Gaultier picked her for his Spring 2011 runway. It’s a miracle she remains so down to earth despite the demand surrounding her.
In our exclusive video, Marquita talks us through some of the highlights of her five year modelling career, which includes several shoots she’s done for evans, of course.
And then she shares her top tips about what she likes from evans summer clothing range and evans holiday shop. We recommend watching the video to see what supermodels take on holiday.
Do you agree with Marquita’s picks? Let us know what’s on your packing list!
I’m Donna, the writer of Curvalicious UK. I started my blog last year after becoming increasingly frustrated at the lack of fashion advice for us ladies with a few more curves. With most of the websites I looked at, I found that I loved the clothes but knew they wouldn’t suit my body shape. So I decided enough was enough and started my own blog! I have been pleasantly surprised by the positive feedback I’ve received from my friends and readers alike. Although I mainly write about fashion, I love writing in general and would love to go on to write about a wider spectrum of subjects. However I may struggle to squeeze anything else in at the moment, as well as running my blog I have a full time job and am a single mum of two beautiful girls . . . . who are already fashion mad!
Anyway, enough about me there are plenty more exciting things to write about, for example; Summer and more importantly Festivals! I love summer, not only does it bring the best weather, it is also festival season. I adore embracing the festival spirit, spending time with all my favourite people and listening to live music in the great outdoors come rain or shine. And I love looking fabulous whilst doing it!
Being plus sized doesn’t mean we don’t also want to look our best whilst hanging about in a field. I find the best way to do this is to keep it simple. Firstly you have to think about packing these items, there isn’t exactly a vast supply of plugs for your irons in these fields. Also I recommend avoiding playsuits and jumpsuits . . . . the last thing you want is to be stood naked in a cold and dirty portaloo !
I tend to stick to maxi dresses, maxi skirts, floral ditsy dresses, leggings , denim knee shorts, lightweight tops, wellies, across the body bags and more importantly a rain mac!
Here are a few of my favourite Evans festival pieces at the moment:
Ruby Rocks Yellow Floral Printed Dress This dress can be worn with leggings in rainy weather or without in the sun. Either way this will look fabulous paired with a thick brown belt and a brown across the body bag .
Silver Butterfly Rain Mac Like it or not, a rain mac is an essential festival item! This one is ideal as it is lightweight and will go with anything you choose to wear.
Red Border Print Maxi Dress I love this dress, it’s both casual and glamorous all at the same time and will look gorgeous teamed with some big earrings, chunky bangles, a denim jacket and a huge straw hat.
These denim knee shorts are a key item for any festival as they will look great with both wellies and gladiator sandals. Team them with a lightweight gypsy style top or bandeau and you are on to a winner.
I absolutely adore these coral ditsy wellies. The colour is totally bang on trend and are fun and funky too.
This tan fringe suedette bag is also a must have item. It will look splendid on any festival goer.
Evans have so many items I will be taking to the festivals this year, I can’t fit them all in my post! Take a look at their festival fashion section for more inspiration. Overall, if you remember the main festival rule of keeping it simple you can’t go wrong.
Are you going to a festival this summer?