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by Claire Munday

New finds and block colour … blue is the new black

Summer is finally here and with that so are proms, weddings and general get-togethers to enjoy the sunshine whilst it lasts. So what to wear? Well, it’s too hot for your favourite little black dress and black tie is ever so formal. Why not try going blue? Blue suits are smart and on trend (our National football teams rocked them pre-Euros) and when it comes to dresses, tops, skirts, trousers etc, blue is never in short supply! Of course with trends it’s always important to still remain unique, that’s why we’re sharing some of our favourite off-high-street finds. Ranging from budget to high-end, you’re bound to find something that fits.

If you’re after an edgier style, check out upcoming designer Liam Hodges. His collection examines masculinity in a contemporary way. In his words “I’m taking something quite normal and making it beautiful.”

There’s not much choice in blue, but what they do have is unique. Also, you’ll be contributing to charity, as they use their profits on good causes like building a school in Tanzania and giving back to the local community.

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If you love colourful, cartoonish and weird fashion, Lazy Oaf have got you covered. As quoted from their website: Our design philosophy is not trend driven but focused on our unique directional vision referencing street wear and youth nostalgia. We like to design clothes that will make you smile.

Vintage is never unfashionable, but can be expensive. Here is an affordable source of vintage inspired dresses, all designed by the Lady V London team and catering for all sizes and shapes! – I know, everyone shops here now, but…

I love shoes and if you do too then you probably already have too many. Too many, I hear you cry? Ok, there’s no such thing as too many shoes! Whilst you’re on asos, check out the marketplace. In there, you’ll find a plethora of independent labels: (as found in asos marketplace)

Every outfit needs great accessories!

On her site her style is described as heavily influenced by British gang culture, street crime and thuggish lads, she juxtaposed this with a sickly sweet pastel/neon hybrid palette.” Her creations have been worn by Rita Ora, Alexis Knox and Tanya Lacey. Not bad for a girl from Doncaster! Be sure to check out the swimwear collaboration with contemporary illustrator Allison Bamcat.

They don’t just do gifts! Nuff said.

If you’re in need of something specific e.g. a blue suit, and you love a lot of choice, then is where to go. They have thousands of items covering any given scenario, so you’re sure to find something you like. Shipped from all over the World, you’re also less likely to bump into someone wearing the same outfit

Seriously after all that you’ve still not found what you’re looking for? Don’t despair, check out  and support our young upcoming designers!