Is it summer yet?

Posted on: 2nd July, 2018

Category: Health & Lifestyle

Contributor: Louise O'Dwyer

Summer 2018 is all about pulsating primary colours! I adore cobalt, kind of like emerald green, and when it comes to bright yellow…well, it really depends on how well it works with your skin. Tomato red is my ‘precious’ colour. I am hypnotised by it and as a result, I only wear it on occasion. Why? Because by wearing it sparingly, I will never tire of it.The bright colours of the 80s are still alive and kicking, the crazier the better and the longer the lovelier.

While BIG, BOLD and BRIGHT is striking, some prefer the more subtle shades, and if this is you then don’t dismay, as the almond and blush pink hues of the last few years are staying firmly in place this summer. Lilac has made a major comeback…a bit mumsy you might think but I have to say that with the right skin tone and hair colour, it can look powerful and boldly romantic.

Do the names Alexis and Crystal ring any bells? How about Dynasty? This show was the guilty pleasure of so many people. It was famous for huge shoulder pads and bitchy women; the storyline was never really that great but the clothes…now they were the only reason why anyone would have watched it!  The bigger the shoulder pads, the puffier the dresses, the better the ratings. Puff-sleeved jackets, high waisted jeans, big shoulder print ed dresses and white slouchy boots are not just ‘IN’, they are ‘IN IN’. Cowboy boots have made a comeback, yet again, so if you held onto yours, polish them up and get wearing them.

How do you feel about fringing or should I say major statement fringing? Well, it’s everywhere, on necklines, hems, under boobs, on bags, hanging off boots and swishing around pockets. Perfect for the young ones but I simply could NOT handle the knots, getting attached to door handles, getting caught in car doors….not for me but very definitely a fun look for the young and energetic.

One of the things that I love about fashion is that it changes…very regularly. While I may not like something that is ‘very in’, I love watching the trends come and go. This most definitely brings me on to the shellsuit comeback. I’m talking about ‘those shiny tracksuits’ that make you look like you escaped from a Soviet Olympic training camp in the late 80s and have been wandering aimlessly  ever since. Of course it is the first time that the ‘young ones’ are seeing them and brace yourself…they LOVE them. Hilarious really and just shows you that style is what you must seek, not fashion. So how do you wear a shellsuit without looking like you are filming a re-make of Roddy Doyle’s The Van? We were living in New York when that movie came out and as much as I miss that wonderful champagne city, you simply cannot beat the Irish sense of humour, we laughed til we cried in the cinema in downtown Manhattan. Sadly, as Irish people, we have lost a lot of what we were once famous for …the days of the hundred thousand welcomes with a smile is now a money making machine with a wry smile….but we still have our crazy, off-the-wall, sarcastic, horrific, hilarious and poignant sense of humour. I would still like to believe that we are better at laughing at ourselves than pointing the finger and laughing at others. And back to the shellsuit, how do you successfully carry off this trend? Wear the jacket with a super sexy dress…the only way to go.

It just wouldn’t be summer without a sea of pretty floral dresses and this season follows that trend. Get out your sweetest dress and wear it with your head held high, the look is one of sheer lovliness. There is nothing as glorious as the perfect summer dress and whether you bought it at a market on holidays for €5 or it’s a designer treasure, wear it. If it still fits and you bought it years ago…lucky you! I’m sure that you still have some maxi skirts at the back of your wardrobe, now is the time to ‘freshen’ them up and get them ready to see some action. They are especially great for hot days when you don’t want to show off your legs. Throw on a little skimpy summer string top and ready you are…for whatever, wherever.

Over-the-top earrings are exactly what you need to complete your look, the bigger, the better. I am a disaster when it comes to earrings; I wear the same pair almost all of the time. Yes, they are an expensive pair and seem to match everything but I have to say that throwing on a long black feather pair recently, gave my outfit the ‘umph’ that it needed. Note to Self: Make more of an effort with earrings!

There is absolutely no way that I could finish without mentioning bags, especially when the XL TOTE is back in style…yahoo. I have an ongoing love affair with big bags, you know the kind that is so big you can never find anything in it – that’s the one! Yesterday I asked one of my boys to clean my sunglasses while I was driving. ‘The tissues are gone, what will I use to clean them?’ he asked. ‘Look in my bag’ I replied. ‘What in the hell are you doing with a scarf and gloves in your bag and it’s 24 degrees outside?’ He used the scarf to clean my glasses. I laughed, that’s what I love about big bags, you just never know what you might find down the bottom of them!

Stay cool, enjoy the sunshine and if you can’t bear to sit out in the sun, make sure to sit in a room with the biggest windows so you can absorb the rare beauty of a sunny day in Ireland!

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