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Picking up any sort of mainstream fashion magazine this week will give you a quick round-up of this season's trend inspirations. The key trend that both worried me and excited me was the aquatic trend: do we have to wander around dressed similarly to a mermaid? Is the boho-inspired look really 'back'? I thought I'd tackle this trend in this week's Ways to Wear, and get back to normal posting next week.

The aquatic trend covers light/pastel hues, deeper and richer tones and a soft, relaxed silhouette, and understandably, if you're anything like me, you will have taken one look at the fashion pages of a mag and scrapped the idea completely. Take this all with a pinch of salt, I'm sure you already have similarly coloured pieces in your wardrobe, and similar clothes hanging around waiting to be worn again!


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(Shirt, £38, Topshop;
Skirt, £30, Annie Greenabelle;
Cardigan, £24.99, New Look;
Anchor ring, £8.50, Topshop;
Shopper bag, £14, Urban Outfitters;
Shoes, £30, Urban Outfitters.)

Look One is very loosely inspired by the aquatic trend, and taps more into the pastels trend, which is equally as terrifying - to me at least! Featuring that gorgeous shirt from Topshop, it ties in a peach, high-waisted skirt for the classic preppy shape and Look, with bare legs (yep, that kinda thing does happen once upon a year!) some woven accessories and a big cosy knit, than looks at home both indoors and by the beach. To make this Look work transitionally, add a darker knit, a knitted headband/turban and some boots.


daisybutter - UK Style Blog: ways to wear, british fashion, aquatic trend, pastels, high street, ss12


(Tunic, £28, Topshop;
Heart collar blouse, £17.99, Missguided.co.uk;
Jumper, £22.99, New Look;
Ribbed knee highs, £6, Topshop;
'Lenny' wedges, £65, Topshop.)

There's something about the cutesy pastels that Meadham Kirchoff showed for their SS12 collection that I can't seem to step away from: this Look is a toned down version with sandy, Earthy hues to keep it looking sleek and sophisticated within reason. I love the metallic pleating detail of the tunic from Topshop, and the tunic wouldn't look out of place come day or evening. Score! Wear the blouse on top of the tunic, with the heart detail collar (LOVE!) peeping out from this boxy New Look jumper. Hair could be topknotted or left unruly with this look, you don't want to look primped and preened at risk of looking like an overgrown five-year-old who has been styled by their Mum!


daisybutter - UK Style Blog: ways to wear, british fashion, aquatic trend, pastels, high street, ss12


(Tee, £30, Topshop;
MOTO Leigh jeans, £38, Topshop;
Snood, £12.50, Miss Selfridge;
T-bar shoes, £10, Urban Outfitters;
Trench coat, £27.75, Forever 21.)

Finally, this is a sophisticated and more mature approach to the aquatic trend. Keeping things simple with a tee, jeans and trench combination, this is every British girl's dream: I love the textured foil look in stores at the moment, but keep it classic with everything else in the Look. Navy 'Leigh' jeans provide a welcome yet subtle pop of colour to the outfit, and the accessories are simple and understated. Wear with a bright lip and sleek, neat-and-tidy hair.

Hope you enjoyed this week's little feature! Let me know what your thoughts are on the aquatic trend? Also, I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everybody who has already voted for me in the Marie Claire Blog Awards - I've only been longlisted, but with your support, I'd love to make it to the shortlist and be in the running for Best Fashion Blog and the chance to write for Marie Claire's website! Voting closes on the 20th Jan, after which the shortlist will be announced! 

49 comments

  1. Look 1 is very pretty (they all are!) but 1 is my fave. I love pastels! x

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  2. mmmm gthe aquatic trend is soo lovely! Never though I'd be able to pull it off but the first set looks lovely - just bought a blouse really similar to it aswell so I'll have to get my fashion thinking cap on!


    Kavita @ http://www.shewearfashion.com xx
    <3

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  3. I love all of these looks, particularly the last one. Gorgeous xx

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  4. Gorgeous looks, I love the pastel colours and that knitted cardigan in look 1, I'll be looking out for that! I adore look 3 too, nice and casual but chic, love the foil top :) x

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  5. oh I love this post. Weirdly I didn't see it in my news feed though (I follow on google friend connect). Anyway, I found it now :) Love the selection and still love your swirly font too :) Massive congrats on the Marie Claire awards :) Well deserved xx www.mediamarmalade.com

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  6. I'm loving that anchor ring.. can't wait to be wearing pastels in Spring! xx

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  7. Thanks Sarah! I can totally see you in Look One actually (:

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  8. Aw thanks Kavita! So lovely to have you back! xx

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  9. The NL cardigan is similar to that Hollister one that I'm forever wearing actually! (: Thanks Caroline, hope you're well! xx

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  10. It's so sweet! Mm, I'm still a little apprehensive, but gearing up to embrace the Spring! xx

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  11. I love your ways to wear posts! All three looks are lovely but my favourites are two and three, especially like your description of how to wear two! :) & congrats on being nominated for marie clare! x

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  12. Definitely feeling the 'sea' inspired look the most, those t-bar shoes are adorable!! x

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  13. Rebecca Thompson13 January 2012 at 20:21

    Love the first look! xx

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  14. I'm so looking forward to the lovely pastels coming in the shops.. weird for me as I'm normally a black clother lover lol! Absolutely love the first look!

    The Deer Head

    x

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  15. gorgeous combinations!.x

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  16. Love the lookbooks! Spesh love the metallic tunic and the box tee!
    Fashion Crossing ♥

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  17. Thank you Victoria! Haha the whole five-year-old comparison? ;) Thanks again, it's really surreal to have been nominated and placed on the longlist! xx

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  18. Thanks Toni (: Can't believe they're only a tenner from UO of all places!

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  19. That's exactly how I feel! I'm excited to branch out a little (:

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  20. Absolutely love that last tee! gorgeous!

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  21. Love the first look! Sounds a little scary but pastel colours are quite easy to work with so it should be easy aha!
    Ashleigh x

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  22. I absolutely love these posts, you have such a good eye for fashion! I especially love the slit back shirt, gold tunic and the moto jeans!

    http://thatismystyle-styleguru.blogspot.com

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  23. Mysentimentalheart13 January 2012 at 23:59

    I adore look three, that top is a beauty!
    x

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  24. I love the second outfit so much, that dress is absolutely gorgeous! If you want any more ideas for these posts, I thought of a couple while I was going through my wardrobe. You probably get loads of suggestions though! :) xx

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  25. ella @ belle vintage14 January 2012 at 12:40

    I love all of these Michelle! The colours are so pretty, I just want spring now. Topshop has the nicest spring stuff at the moment xx
    Ella @ Belle Vintage

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  26. Thanks! I saw it in store yesterday and it's even nicer in real life (:

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  27. Thank you! Yup, they're surprisingly versatile if you give them a chance!

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  28. Gah I know right, would be so nice with a gold collar necklace! xx

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  29. Thanks Hayley! Ooh send them over, I have a few ideas pencilled in but feel like I'm covering the same pieces over and over again haha (: xx

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  30. Aw thanks Ella! Apparently Primark have some nice things in too, haven't looked myself but everyone's raving about it on the ol' Twitter! xx

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  31. I actually love the sound of an aquatic/pastel trend! haha :) the metallic flippy tunic is gorgeous! as is the whole first outfit! Great choices xx

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  32. I love the second outfit, that gold dress is gorgeous! Pastel colours scare me a bit too, they're so pretty but I'm used to wearing black all the time!
    The third outfit is lovely too, I could definitely see myself wearing something like that.

    Gillian x
    elevatormusik.blogspot.com

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  33. Love all 3 of these looks. I do love pastel colours they always make me think of summer, which is nice seeing as it's so cold atm! I do love the cardigan in the top picture I actually have it in my wants list atm :P Hope you're well

    L x

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  34. Ohh, I love the first look! I can never resist pastel shades!

    x
    Lost in the Haze: Fashion Blog

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  35. Love the aquatic trend! It's actually one of my favorites this season, and your picks are just perfect!

    -Elodie
    http://www.elle-yeah.com

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  36. All of these looks are gorge, but I think the third one wins because of those beautiful t-bars! x

    josielovesshoes.blogspot.com

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  37. These are all so wonderful! I love the aquatic trend and you definitely pulled off the vibe in all these looks! I really love the flats in the last look especially :)

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  38. I'm quite excited by it all too, I've convinced myself that I need all three Looks in my life ;) Thanks Carina, hope you're doing well lovely! xx

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  39. Thanks Gillian, I'm a neutrals and blacks lover too, but ready to embrace the pastels at long last (: Hope your diss is coming along ok, read your post yesterday and I totally feel your pain! x

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  40. Thank you Laura! It's always nice to look to the future ;) I adore the Winter, but even my jumpers and shirts are bored of the cold now hahaha. You too lovely, should meet up for a coffee soon and drag Rosie along too (:

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  41. Thank you lovely! Can't believe the T-bars are only a tenner!

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  42. Agreed! I'm on placement until mid feb, but then I have 6 weeks at uni before easter so we'll definitely have to arrange it!! :) x

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  43. As for me I also like aquatic style and the tradition blue and white colors of it!

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