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TONI THORNE: Fashion hits for summer


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THIS WEEK, we planned a special televised event which will review fashion trends for 2016. I also watched every fashion-oriented show which reviewed the Met Gala outfits – from Dish Nation to The View.

As a result, I decided to dedicate this week’s column to a topic a bit more fickle than my usual topics – fashion. What will be on trend for Summer 2016? What should you wear to the 600 fetes occurring in the final two weeks of Crop Over? No need to fear, this column is here.

Slip dresses

Ladies, we all have lingerie in our closets which we have never worn, for whatever reason. Summer 2016 provides the perfect opportunity to wear slip dresses sans an overdress. This 1990s trend is breathing a new life this summer, thanks to labels such as Calvin Klein, Yves Saint Laurent and Burberry.


Hedi Slimane, the French and Tunisian designer, formerly of Yves Saint Laurent, has stated that the accessory for summer 2016 is the tiara.

Tiaras to Puff of Colour, Bliss and on Kadooment Day, I presume. I always liken wearing tiaras to birthdays and bachelorettes parties. It is very hard not to come across self-consumed wearing a tiara outside of those occasions. However, we are all queens so I am looking forward to seeing many pageant queen look-a-likes this summer at the various Crop Over fetes.


Although Hedi Slimane is fashion royalty and every suggestion he makes is seriously considered, a glance at the global fashion trendsetters, the Kardashians, would indicate that chokers trump tiaras as the main accessories. Available in all colours, sizes and added charms, chokers are on many local boutique owners’ order lists for summer stock.

Paisley prints

Imagine a modern day version of Little House on The Prairie. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, paisley prints are a staple for this summer and Bohemian looks will be on every major clothing rack on the island.

Denim (acid washed)

Personally, denim will never go out of fashion. This summer, acid wash and distressed jeans will be all the craze. They will be best paired with vintage tees and heavily logo’d T-shirts. The coveted, high-waist, distressed, cut-off mini skirt will also be in demand. The skirt must not have a hem.

Neutrals and pastels

Leave the bright colours to the traffic lights. We are all being advised to continue to get acquainted with neutral tones and pastels. I shared this sentiment with a friend this week and she had never heard of pastels. Pastels are simply put, baby colours. Neutral tones would be nudes and greys.

Off the shoulder

This is my favourite trend for summer. It is sexy yet tasteful and chic. A serious tip for ladies attempting this trend would be the fact that once your décolletage is exposed, no other part of the body needs exposure. Keep it classy.


The fashion community is consumed with this relatively new concept of a type of clothing that can be worn for either athletic or leisure activities. Examples would be Beyonce’s Ivy Park. Believe it or not, this trend involves dressing up gym clothes. I sent a picture of the trend to a male friend recently and his response was “Look igrant as ever.” To each his own. Yes, people are attending non-exercise events in gym clothes. Some even pairing them with heels. Welcome to the era of athleisure.

Toni Thorne is a young entrepreneur and World Economic Forum Global Shaper who loves global youth culture, a great debate and living in paradise. Email:


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