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 Ginger Orange Guide to Fashion Trends for Summer 2016

Summer 2016 has embraced the late 90s, shunned the bikini and taken tips from Broad City’s Ilana. Ginger Orange talks you through the season’s erogenous zone, why you need a baseball hat even if you’ll never watch a game and how to get away with going out in your pyjamas.

Here’s Ginger Orange’s guide to this season’s fashion must haves:


From surfers on NY’s Rockaway Beach to Monaco’s yacht set, everyone is slipping on their one-piece this summer. To nail the look, stick to plain colours and let the cut and detail do the talking. For a chilled feel, sport a 90’s inspired high leg and scooped back costume. For something that screams ‘hand me a martini!’ go for bondage-inspired traps and cut out sections.


Backwards, forwards, sideways, wide-brimmed, logo’d, printed, leather… There are many ways to wear this season’s baseball hat. And it won’t just keep the paparazzi from spotting you. Although, since GO has been wearing one, there has been a distinct lack of papp at the door…. A S/S2016 baseball hat will also keep the sun off your face (or neck) and give a cheeky 90s hint to any hat


In 2015 we were introduced to the cold shoulder of fashion. Cut out circles appeared in jumpers and dresses and smooth-skinned shoulders flashed through. This summer, style is taking a more relaxed approach. Wide-necked t-shirts and fine-knit jumpers are sliding over shoulders in a breezy almost accidental way. We say ‘almost’ because, like the best bed hair, it is carefully styled and definitely deliberate. Baring two shoulders is too much like the bardot tops of last season. Make sure you’re bang on trend by casually showing off just one smooth-skinned shoulder aka this summer’s erogenous zone.


Weren’t allowed to go out in your pj’s as a kid? Well now you can, because this summer, ever day is a slumber party! Slip on a silky slip dress, wrap yourself up in a floral kimono and wear your pyjama bottoms with pride. Nightwear is now street wear – just keep it luxurious, silky and flowing to nail the trend. And no, going to the shops in your slippers and terry towelling dressing gown doesn’t count…


Not your conventional summer hue, black is making a resurgence this season. Nothing says sophisticated, calm and in control like striding out in black on a hot summer’s day. Wear a flowy black dress with huge shades, bare legs and sandals like the best of LA’s fashionistas.


Spring brought us gingham dresses and prairie tops. This summer make your checks bigger and bolder to bring a bit of edge to the trend. Go bold with a fully plaid dress or playsuit. To stop it looking too cutesy, pair with broad-strap sandals and good ‘bitchy resting face’.


Baggies or skinnies, culottes or skirts – clothes are no longer ‘girls’ or boys’ clothes’ and gender-neutral dressing is huge this summer. Wear a tux to a wedding, pair an oversized vest with your culottes or pull a long white shirt over your wide-leg trousers. And it doesn’t mean looking lost in the guys’ section of stores like a role-reversal of men trying to buy their partner a birthday bra. Forward thinking Zara has released it’s own gender-neutral line and Selfridges has introduced a gender-neutral shopping area.

Written by Martha

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