One of my favourite trends of the year and one that has been creeping up on us for a while now. It’s the “dressing from the bedroom floor” idea of throwing together prints and florals, summer and winter threads, clashing textures, fabrics and colours to create a glorious riot of, almost, anti-style.
This mad mix has long been a staple at DSquared2, where designers Dan and Dean Caten are the experts. But, this season it’s taken hold across the board from gentle layers at Replay to flowers, velvet and punky tees at Alice and Olivia. Coach and Kenzo hit two trends in one, pairing plaid with layers, while Zadig and Voltaire and Bershka ignored the threat of cooler weather to feature cropped pants and flash a little flesh.
This “style” is perhaps the most democratic of all – your layers don’t have to cost much, though it does up the stakes a little to have, maybe, one designer piece in the mix. However, judicious use of great accessories will do the job. Hats like this one from Longchamp are popping up in many of the high street retailers and Desigual’s clothes seem to be made with this trend in mind. This look is very definitely a relaxed option, perhaps best kept for out-of-work hours. However, it can be adapted to look semi-professional by topping off with a luxe look jacket like this shimmering affair from Marc Jacobs.
One piece of advice though, this trend is all about looking as if you don’t care – it’s not about really not bothering. A bit like nude make-up, a lot of work goes into making this trend work, so, actually dressing off the bedroom floor is not an option!