- Shorts-as-trunks – kids have been getting away with it for years, but designers have introduced the shorts-as-trunks concept to women’s clothes as well. Not your normal baggy shorts, these look smart and confident as shorts, but buy you some extra time in the water by allowing you to jump right in. If you’ve dressed your shorts up with some designer shirts or tops, don’t forget to take them off before you get wet.
- The Sixties – there are some definite Sixties influences in women’s clothes this Summer. Cardigans, drainpipe-type trousers and owl glasses are just some of the offerings, along with eye-catching flowery shirts and tie-die effects. Don’t try this at home, though – the designers do it better.
- Back to dark – Autumn and Winter this year go back to dark colours. Paul Smith concentrates on black suits made different with the addition of a zebra belt here and a spotted tie there. Burberry goes back to working class roots with simple shirts and overcoats teamed with fingerless gloves.
- Shine on – patent leathers, shiny trousers and glitzy details are part of women’s clothes trends for the end of 2008. Make sure you can wear these well before you buy them – it’s all very well to wear the latest thing, but you’ve got to make sure it suits you first.