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Fashion files: Spring/Summer 2016 trends


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Whether you are all about simplicity, stripes or the spotlight, fashion trends for Spring/Summer 2016 is all about celebrating your individuality. Invest in stand-out pieces, cobble together styling tips from Instagram and play around with colours, textures and detailing to unleash your inner fashionista. Whatever fashion capital you are surrounded by, this is the year to be yourself!

The rebellious romantic is one of my favourite trends from the runway. It’s your regular rock-chic look but a tad more toned down, soft and personal. How do you do that you ask? Pair your regular leather and silver jewellery with lace, ruffles and softer colours.

Colour burst in an array of rainbow inspired shades is also in-vogue this year. Forget restrictive colour blocking, now it’s all about paint splatters, freestyle, stripes and animal prints all injected with a heavy dosage of the colour spectrum. Team with chic neutral pieces to let the trend take the limelight. Finish off with bracelets, necklaces and earrings that are fizzing with bright and bold colours.

Rich metallics need not be something that you reserve for the ballroom or night outs. Spring/Summer 2016 has officially granted permission to don silver, gold and literally anything that reflects in your casual wear. Modern molten metals are just as acceptable in the boardroom as they are at fashion week. The key is to be unapologetic about it and invest in new pieces that reflect the season’s spirit than digging out outdated staples from the 90’s. Dramatic silver jewellery is a part of the trend so go all out with chunky chains, drop earrings and statement pendants.



Take the leap and jump onto the entrepreneurial bandwagon

Like what you read? Well, you can actually do more than just sport these fashion trends on the weekend.  With the whole new year, new you shenanigans still relevant at this time of the year and with a huge boom in fashion start-up’s, why not bite the bullet and start your own business? Aiming to become a all-round fashion mogul can sound a little daunting so experiment with jewellery instead. 

Sketch out a business idea: Work out how you will go about finding a wholesale silver jewellery supplier in the country (a great one is Mainlysilver), how the logistics will work, who will handle your accounts, admin, sales support, IT and legal issues and take it from there. There are a plethora of things to consider but don’t be disheartened by the sheer amount of things to be done, just take it one step at a time.

Focus on branding and make it unique: This is your brands USP. The sole factor that will distinguish your business from every competitor in the market. It can range from making the packaging quirky, including a range of kids jewellery, to having an award winning customer service team, a no-fuss return policy, worldwide shipping, a blog that gives excellent fashion advice around the jewellery, to all of these! This process would also include thinking of a brand name, registering your company etc.

Think of a sales outlet: Most fashion and jewellery entrepreneurs these days start their venture online. It’s affordable, accessible and global. Think ebay, Amazon, Etsy alongside your company website. If you have the means to set up a physical store, voila!

Etch a social media presence: Regardless of all the above factors, don’t forget to go social. Social = global these days. Hashtags are a great way to get your business mentioned in a particular story and you never know who comes across it, a fleet of international customers or the possibility of a franchise.


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