Fashion evokes the balmy days and steamy nights of Havana this season. From peek-a-boo shoulders and leafy prints to ocean blues
and corals, this trend is hot. Cuba is blessed with lush forests, tropical
blooms and vivid coloured birds, so it’s time to be bright and beautiful.
Think sultry dresses to salsa the evening away in and relaxed separates
that stand out against colourful houses and vintage Cadillacs. Mostly,
though, this look says, wherever you are - have fun in the sun.
The prints in this look are not shy of making a statement – they’ll stand out in a festival crowd or summer party. Just one piece of print can add a hint of Havana to your neutrals but you can be bold with it too.
Clashing prints shows you know what’s new this season. To look pulled together, keep your colour palette co-ordinated. You can try out two different prints as long as they share the same hues. Or team the same print in two contrasting shades.
When mixing prints, a neutral key item will help break them up - a plain white t-shirt, a pair of boyfriend jeans, or a leather jacket takes care of overkill. Stylist Brix Smith Start, says: “Try everything – if something doesn’t work, it’s not a mistake – it’s something to learn from.”
Brix also recommends trying on a rainbow to find the shades that suit
your colouring. "Hold it up to your face in a mirror and see how the
colour looks against your face. It’s usually best to do this with no
make-up on because then you can see the real truth.”
When adding Cuban cool to your wardrobe, bright is always right, but
this monochrome print top with a neon trim is great as a backdrop for
Like the laidback Havana vibe, this trend works best with
fabrics that are soft to the touch.
Cool cottons and lightweight draping keep things easy. Chiffon is ideal for the float factor in a summer breeze, while silk is a winner in the heat for its
breathable nature - and for
feeling as good as it looks.