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Stylish Weekends | March 19, 2016 |

The new casual:

off-duty, on-trend

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Casual remained a major style statement on the spring/summer 16 catwalks – good news for those of us seeking to stay on-trend but also enjoy real life.

From hardworking denim to today’s loungewear, we’ve rounded up the don’t-miss dress down trends for the next few months.

Denim staples

Jean dresses, shirts, skirts and more: denim elements were embraced by the likes of Gabriela Hearst and Jil Sander Navy in their spring 2016 collections.

Our pick: It’s good to see Whistles capturing the catwalk look with its chic Carrie denim shirt dress (£110): throw it on with a pair of chunky loafers for laid-back chic.

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Image source: Whistles

Elevated pyjamas

Languid loungewear was all over the spring runways, with Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Alexander Wang all putting their stamp on sleepwear to be seen in.

Wear your silky separates from head-to-toe or team a piped satin pyjama top with a leather skirt or favourite jeans. Accessories are paramount for releasing your pjs from the confines of the bedroom: think chunky heels, big jewellery and clashing lipstick.

Our pick: Boldly embrace the two-piece with these silk satin Drop Spot pyjamas from nightwear specialist Sundays (£400).

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Image source: Sundays

The Half-Moon bag

We couldn’t miss out Victoria Beckham’s ferociously-coveted, huge half moon bag, as shown in New York. It’s Instagram gold, it has enough room to house all your worldly belongings, while remaining super chic.

Our pick: Until we can get our hands on VB’s oversized versions, Chloé’s Drew bags (Selfridges, £1,105) are a nod to the trend and work perfectly with those denim separates.

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White shirt redux

Not quite back to basics – this year’s revival of the staple white shirt comes with a souped-up remix.

New York brand Tome has caused a sensation with its White Shirt Project, with proceeds from the garment going to anti-slavery charity Freedom for All. So it’s no surprise to see designers Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin put so many variations on the classic down the catwalk for spring 2016, including a daring plunge/ruffle variation.

Monse also took the garment as the basis for several looks for spring 2016, among a rainbow of colour pops, heading a number of designers taking the shirt in a bold new direction.

Our pick: Create your own crisp silhouette with Armani Collezioni curved collar shirt (Harrods, £170). Relaxed glamour at its finest.

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Slip into style

Relaxed footwear is still trending thanks to brands such as Alexander Wang, Edun and even Victoria Beckham sending flats down the runway.

Our pick: Forget laces and buckles and elevate your off-duty look with Oscar De La Renta’s embroidered mules (Farfetch, £658.56).

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Image source: Farfetch

Bombs away

The bomber is back. Lending a casual touch to everything from dresses to leather trousers, the cropped cover-up is timeless and cosy. Spring catwalks saw it made over in everything from soft leather to sporty stripes.

Our pick: Enliven your off-duty layers with the Liberty manston shell bomber jacket by Rag & Bone (Selfridges, £610).

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Image source: Selfridges

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