STYLE TALK SS/16: CUT & SPLICE

SS style talk

So we’ve already brought you stripes for summer but sometimes one print just isn’t enough…that’s where the cut & splice trend comes in, with contrasting patterns and clashing colours mashed together in one piece. Given that it’s summer, florals is a popular print to mix and match. Geometric patterns that are cut and spliced together often include monochrome alongside other shades, so this is a good way to go if you don’t want anything overly feminine. Another alternative is to look for tonal patchwork pieces…it nods to the trend without diving right in, perfect if you like to keep it minimal. Basically you can go as understated or as mad as you like, but more is definitely more.

Dress, Zara
Zara sure know how to do patchwork and this little number, with its thin straps and frill detail, has summer written all over it. Add black strappy sandals and away you go. www.zara.com

Top, Acne
The asymmetric shape, raw edges and spray paint detail of this Acne top proves that florals can be edgy. Play off it with black jeans. www.acnestudios.com

Dress, & Other Stories
The ditsy floral print and predominantly lilac colour palette make this dress a great choice for a summer party. Echo the sequins with metallic accessories. www.stories.com

Jumpsuit, Neon Rose
If you don't normally do prints, the muted colour combos and cropped, relaxed fit of this jumpsuit is an easy way to experiment...it's on trend but not too brash. Keep it casual with trainers or sliders. www.asos.com

Skirt, All Saints
This All Saints skirt offers a more restrained take on the cut & splice trend by keeping it tonal. Show off the denim waistband detail by tucking in a plain tee. www.selfridges.com

Top, Topshop
Thanks to plenty of green and the cold shoulder sleeve, this blouse doesn't look overly girly. Team with denim cut-offs and biker boots for an easy festival look. www.topshop.com