This weekend is my favourite time of year – the clocks are going forward! Finally!
And after a glorious week of weather, I think most of us are getting in the mood for summer.
We are finally able to turn our attention to the spring-summer 2022 fashion trends. While we might still need to have a chunky knit on standby, rest assured, balmy eves are just around the corner.
So with that in mind, it’s time to clue up on all the biggest styles, colours, prints and It-pieces set to dominate the season ahead.
And fortunately Harrogate has some incredible clothes shops – both independents and chains – so you don’t even need to travel to get kitted out.
Here are some top picks from three fashion boutiques in Harrogate:
Infinity & Co, Victoria Shopping Centre Piazza
Sheer pink top with tassels: £99
White trousers: £45
Straw bag with statement tassel, sparkly trim and leather strap: £92
Shoes: Model’s own
Sam Gallagher, owner of Infinity & Co boutique, which moved from a pop-up unit to a bigger space at the Victoria Shopping Centre seven weeks ago, said:
“Across the whole of this season we are seeing lots of bright colours coming through and I think we are all ready for that after the last two years.
“What we are seeing as we are coming into summer is the brights are becoming more neon and we have seen a lot of Aztec influence – in bag straps, in embroidery, so this top is a typical example of what we are seeing coming through. We are also seeing the bohemian trend going bigger this year. So this top is a combo of both the Aztec and bohemian trends.
“The white trousers are a “magic pant”, which is a new technology of fabric, which doesn’t go see-through when it stretches, so you can buy a size 10-16. For an independent this is great as it means we can stock a lot more styles. They also have an elasticated waist, which I call ‘lockdown clothing’, so when you are feeling a bit bloated it’s comfortable.
“Then you have this gorgeous straw bag with a statement tassel.”
Dress with gold embroidery: £99
Bohemian-style tassel pendant: £28
Shoes: Model’s own
“This is from a new collection that we have got in, which has really pretty gold embroidery and, again, lots of beading.
“I’ve teamed this with one of the bohemian-style pendants, which we have got in loads of different colours. It’s just great for layering.
“It’s so pretty and would be great for going beach to bar or a garden party, or for a drink on West Park.”
Mint Velvet, James Street
Tan casual leather jacket: £299
Bronze sequin ruffle top: £69
Hazelnut Monroe crop wide trousers: £79
Anges white leather saddle bag: £119
Fern gold metallic wedges: £169
Manager Suzie Poole said:
“This year there is lots of tonal dressing with neutrals, such as whites, creams and golds. There is usually some sparkle added to this with sequins. It’s kind of a reaction to the pandemic – casual but with a bit of extra sparkle. It’s about making you feel a bit more special about the outfit you’re wearing.”
Ivory gathered back shirt: £79
Zest chunky v-neck tabard: £79
Utility slim jeans: £89
Camille tone leather loafers: £99
Gold ball pendant: £29
Supervisor Terina Daly said:
“Lime green is really on-trend at the moment and bright colours in general. It just looks really fresh. The lime seems to be a colour that suits everyone, even though people can be scared of brighter colours.
“We have noticed more people coming in since the pandemic saying they need some more colour in their wardrobes.
“Animal print is also huge and it’s coming through a lot in accessories. So if you don’t feel confident enough, you can just wear a headband and have a little pop of print.
“The military trend is still big and these khaki trousers are really popular. We also do them in other colours.”
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Porters, James Street
Universal Works navy bakers jacket: £249
Oliver Spencer navy and cream conduit stripe T-shirt: £85
Universal Works light olive fatigue trousers: £135
Hoffs Bangkok City beige and orange trainer: £99
Carhartt Nomad script bucket hat: £45
Carhartt WIP Vista tie dye socks: £20
Website manager Charlotte Woodhead said:
“This outfit is smart/casual with some nice layering. With the warmer weather coming, it’s nice to have a bucket hat for summer vibes, which you can use to dress down an outfit.”
Traffic People ITJ Cleo animal print jumpsuit: £120
Matt & Nat chili vie vintage bag belt: £70
Rebecca Jones, website assistant, said:
“The jumpsuit is made with a really lightweight fabric, it’s really floaty with three-quarter length sleeves and a wide leg, which is great because if it’s too long it’s really easy to hem up. It has a really flattering waistband.
“Jumpsuits are here to stay as it’s an outfit in one, you don’t have to worry about what you have got on top and bottom.
“They are really smart and easy to wear. You could dress this up with a pair of heels and a nice blazer, or down with a pair of trainers and a leather jacket. We do this jumpsuit in different colourways.
“The bag is made from a sustainable vegan leather. It’s what you would call a ‘bumbag’ and it’s really on-trend to wear them across the shoulder as it’s a more stylish way to wear them. We do them in black as well.”