It was a dreary winter followed by a chilly spring, which means we've spent the majority of the past few months dressing for comfort rather than pleasure. Between the spells of rain and unpredictable drops in temperature, it's been easier to layer up in cosy knits in preparation for the next big turn in the weather. But the good news is, like a break in the clouds, summer is coming, and it brings with it longer days, sunny skies, and a steadily filling social calendar that will require you to dust off your party shoes.
In celebration of the new season comes a splash of rainbow tones. As we throw open our wardrobes and begin optimistically planning outfits for fabulous occasions such as weddings,holidays and parties, we intend to dress to match how we feel—joyously. Trying bold, bright colours can instantly refresh your look (and your mood), so in place of the monochrome basics that we've come to rely on, take this as your sign to put on the brightest outfit you can find.
IMAGE COURTESY OF & OTHER STORIES
One store we can always count on to bring the feel-good factor to our ensembles is & Other Stories, and its latest offering of summer, holiday, party and occasion clothing and accessories delivers in spades. It manages to nail almost every colour trend that's gaining momentum on social media, so now is the time to get ahead of the masses and showcase some of the next It shades. Keep scrolling for our pick of the best—and brightest—& Other Stories pieces to buy now, from the strappy sandals that will tempt you away from your trusty black pair to the minidress that we can't stop thinking about.
1. Citrus Orange
A sunny, Californian shade that adds a freshly-squeezed dose of vitamin chic to your wardrobe is the most effective way to beat the blues and counteract grey skies. This complexion-lifting colour is an instant mood booster—trust me. Wearing it is the perfect way to start your day.
There aren't many outfit dilemmas that an oversized shirt can't fix. Date night? Wear it with a satin midi skirt and heels. Weekend shopping? Pair with jeans and leather sliders. And most importantly, wear it on the beach, where it's best styled open over a simple bikini.
The teeny, tiny bag trend on a micro level. The only thing you really need is your purse, right?
2. Electric Green
Green has enjoyed a revival as of late, from subdued sage to spring-pastel pistachio (with a little khaki thrown in for good measure). But we're starting to fully embrace the idea of bright green. It’s impossible to ignore the apple greens that have dominated the runway for the last two years. The only way to top them? Turn up the vibrancy with texture, shine, and unexpected details.
Platforms are everywhere this season, but if a 9-inch heel isn't quite your everyday go-to, the flatform is a more comfortable (but equally cool) variation.
3. Power Pink
If you thought "pretty in pink" meant soft, rosy shades of blush, think again. This summer calls for a commanding shade of hot fuchsia that isn't for wallflowers. Instead, it's a colour as bold and fearless as the person wearing it.
Mini hemlines are still a talking point this season, and a dress this cute is a sure-fire conversation starter.
4. COBALT BLUE
Blue has a tendency to be serene and calming, reminiscent of open skies or still waters. While that might be true (and evident in 2022 collections), bright blue is the colour of freedom. It stands out from the crowd, breaks the rules and still manages to be effortlessly stylish. Think of cobalt blue as the universally flattering gateway to bright dressing.