Chinoiserie Ming Blue Dresses and
Accessories for Summer of 2011
The star dresses for this summer are inspired by Ming blue and
white porcelain. The dress designs are beautiful, feminine
and stand out in crowd as a breath of fresh air. Another
indication that this is a strong trend is that there are so many
variations, both in the styles of dresses and in the breadth of
Blue and indigo denim
is strong in all garment pieces especially 70's skirts, pants and
jackets. The top trends in the summer of 2011 focus on brilliant bold colour
prints and the best dress this season is the Ming inspired
chinoiserie. You will also see white, lace, and 1970's styled blouses, wider
trousers and maxi dresses in women's
fashion this year.
All the blues, but especially KLEIN BLUE
blue dominate. Denim is back, is as blue as ever, and sometime
features metallic prints. Blue acts as a complementary hue to orange
corals. Read more below.
At Rodarte, wood was an inspiration, and there were grained knot patterns
of wood and plank prints. Other prints were slices of redwood
Memorable clear blue and white Chinoiserie styled flower
accents of a Ming vase to airy fabrics. This is a very
attractive clean fresh summertime look.
Above Top Left and Centre - Catwalk Fashions - SS 2011.
Right & Below Left - Oasis high street interpretation of a
beautiful china blue dress.
Oasis Blue/White 100% Viscose Tiered Print Dress £50 - Oasis Spring Summer 2011.
Women love dresses and are fascinated by
Mad Men styles. A new
website set up by Jane and Marilyn features a limited selection
of some of the best
Mad Men inspired styles. The dresses
grown up glamour for real women, come in plain or rich prints.
exactly the dress style
Mad Men fans adore. The blue and white
dress below has a Ming quality to the print, making it hot on
trend and the best dress to buy this year.
Maxi dresses are a holiday staple again in the summer of 2011, and these all look so
fresh and airy in blue and white patterns. The Ming dress below
is styled for plus sizes and is from Ann Harvey.
Above - Easy relaxed fashionable women's plus
size fashion at its best - Blue multi floral maxi dress worn
with blue Hannah shrug and ivory delicate lace scarf. Dress
£60/€95, Shrug £18/€29, Scarf £12'€19 - Ann Harvey Spring Summer
It's not just dresses that get the ditsy Ming blue abstract treatment, swimwear like this stylish
cut out swimming costume also follows the trend. Cut out
swimsuits were all the rage in the 1970s.
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A shirt in your beach bag makes for an instant cover up when the
sun gets too hot or you suddenly decide to wander to a nice
restaurant. A playsuit like the chinoiserie print one below can
also act as a great cover up or even be worn instead of a bikini
or swimsuit. This beachwear is so pretty and feminine as well as
Above Left - Geri Halliwell models for NEXT online and wears
this blue Ming inspired beach cover up at £35. It teams well
with denim, but would just as good over the Ming inspired New
Look swimming costume beside it.
Above Centre - New Look SS2011 - Blue Paisley Cut Out Swimsuit £24.99/€32.99. New
Right - Petal Print Playsuit 863052 £50/€85 - SS 2011 Monsoon -
Stockist Number: 08448110068.
The top and pants below are also ideal holiday wear. The
cool crisp fresh blue and white always looks terrific at the
seaside. The delicate, yet unsullied look makes a
refreshing change from nautical pieces, or the multi coloured
Above Left - Blue Print Swimsuit - By Marshall Ward's ISME
Summer 2011 Collection.
Mauritius Baggy Harem Printed Holiday Trousers £40/€68 SS 2011 -
Monsoon Beach Stockist Number: 08448110068.
Plus sizes and fuller figured women have not been left out of
the blue and white Ming trend. This lovely white background
peasant top is from Alexon's Plus
Sizes specialist Ann Harvey.
Above Right - Ann Harvey Spring Summer High 2011 - White/Blue Cut
About Tunic £42/€67, Navy Cotton Twill Jeggings £30/€49,
Necklace £15/€24, Earrings £10/€16.
At Pucci bias cut silk dresses and light bright colours of blue and white gave
a fresh feel to clothing, which every store has picked up and
made their own translation for their customer.
So look out for Ming inspired blue and white china
Aran texture, blackberry stitch and bobbles give textural
surface interest and a folksy look to knitwear. Right - Phase Eight SS11 Bobbly Cardigan £69 - Stockist
Number: 0800 032 8808 or
Other knit texture utilises Missoni style zigags, geometric blocking, bold and narrow stripes
and overprinting of knits.
Left - Inspired by Missoni - Blue/White Pattern Knit Dress £59 -
Kaleidoscope Womenswear Stockist Number:
pretty knits use both ballerina and floral trends for print
cardigans and sweaters.
Right - Phase Eight SS11 - Saffron Cardigan £69.
Watercolour, tropical and nautical
anchor motifs pick up on other fashion trends in pattern and give
knitwear a novel appeal that makes a little pattern go a long way.
Navy as part of the blue spectrum is also on the rise again,
threading its way through the denim indigo range where it soon
meets lavender. Inky blues look terrific in tie dye too and look softly natural
against indigo dyed denims.
Variations on viola purple progress to make
lovely soft lilac tones.
Coloured leather accessories also fit in with the focus on colour blasts
throughout Summer 2011 trends. Check out Prada's royal blue clutch purse and
rich draped ruched Sea Green bag from Miu Miu.
Matchy-matchy means colourful footwear and is very strong this
summer. These bright saxe blue gladiator sandals easily inject a pop of uplifting
colour to an all white look. The gladiator sandal is a true
fashion trend that has stood the test of time, each year
reinventing itself with minor tweaks that quickly update this
look. Above Centre - Embellished Blue Gladiator
Sandal - www.bonprix.co.uk.
These blue sandals are typical of Gladiator and thong styles
of summer footwear for 2011. The fringed version and rose flower
version give the 2011 styling touch seen in so many other
Above Top Left - Blue Suede Fringed Sandals £35
- Simply Be.
Bottom Left - Dune - Cala - £55/€64 - Dune 2011 Womens Footwear.
Top Right - Dune - Cala - £55/€64.
Bottom Right - Iman blue printed flip flop 841213 £25/€42 -
Monsoon SS 2011 - Stockist Number: 08448110068.
Chinoiserie Ming Blue and White Dresses for Summer 2011
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