I went to a VIP fashion event at Matalan and spotted two key trends for summer

The VIP event opened my eyes to some new summer styles
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It's officially time to start sprucing up our summer holiday wardrobes, and popular retailer Matalan has some perfect pieces on offer to get you going.

The retailer is known for its attractive price points and focus on key trends, offering a range of different options from basic staples to special occasion outfits. Currently, the store is giving shoppers 20% off for the bank holiday, so now might be the perfect time to treat yourself if you like any of these pieces.

Whilst visiting the store for an exclusive VIP summer trends event, I spotted two key trends that are not to be missed this year. It looks like this summer is going to be all about monochrome and crochet.

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Monochrome prints offer a chic aesthetic without too much going on, because let's be honest, there's nothing more classy than a black and white outfit. It offers a simplistic vibe that's easy to mix and match with other products.

Crochet was hugely popular during the 70s, and now it's back with a bang. The retro style is filling an array of different high street stores from New Look to River Island, and offers something a little different for your wardrobe.

Whilst mooching around the VIP event, I spotted some trendy monochrome and crochet pieces. Here are some that you can shop online now.

Ivory Plain Textured Shirt - £15

This shirt looks perfect for the office, or for a nice dinner when you're on holiday. I absolutely love the ivory tone, and it would look great with a tan.

On the Matalan website, the full product description reads: "Introducing our Ivory Plain Textured Shirt - a blend of elegance and comfort. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, this shirt features a subtle yet captivating textured pattern that elevates its classic ivory tone. The soft, breathable fabric ensures utmost comfort while the tailored fit accentuates your silhouette with grace. Whether it’s a casual outing or a formal event, this versatile piece promises to be your go-to choice, offering a mix of style and convenience."

Find out more about the £15 shirt here.

Black Mono Stripe Jersey Midi Skirt - £15

Another holiday staple is this Jersey Midi Skirt. With a nod to monochrome, this skirt could easily be dressed up or down.

On the Matalan website, the full product description reads: "Introducing our elegant Black Mono Stripe Jersey Midi Skirt – a perfect blend of style and comfort for the modern woman. Adorned with a mesmerizing monochromatic stripe pattern, this skirt exudes sophistication and versatility. Crafted from soft, breathable jersey fabric, it ensures utmost comfort while making a bold style statement. The fluid drape and midi length offer a flattering fit for all body types, ensuring you look your best from every angle. Pair it with your favourite top and accessories for a chic, timeless look."

Find out more about the £15 skirt here.

Black Mono Viscose Bardot Top - £8

This pretty little monochrome top features a gorgeous bardot off the shoulder style, and even comes with a matching pair of shorts. It looks easy and breezy for a holiday and can be dressed up or down with sandals or heels.

On the Matalan website, the full product description reads: "Unleash your inner fashionista with our Black Mono Viscose Bardot Top. This elegant piece, crafted from soft and breathable viscose, promises not only style but comfort. The off-the-shoulder Bardot neckline adds a touch of allure while ensuring a snug fit. Adorned with a monochromatic pattern that dances between modern chic and classic elegance, this top is versatile enough for both casual outings and more formal events. Pair it with your favourite jeans for a relaxed look or a pencil skirt for an ensemble that screams sophistication."

Find out more about the £8 top here.

White Crochet Cardigan - Small - £21

This crochet cardigan is perfect for a holiday, and would look great layered over a bikini.

On the Matalan website, the full product description reads: "Wrap yourself in stylish comfort with our exquisite crochet cardigan, exclusively from our ladieswear collection. This captivating cardigan exudes timeless elegance and effortless charm, making it a must-have addition to your wardrobe."

Find out more about the £21 cardigan here.

Black Crochet Top - £21

I love this black crochet top, it would look perfect with a pair of shorts on holiday or dressed up with a pair of jeans and a vest top.

On the Matalan website, the full product description reads: "Add a touch of elegance to your evening look with this stunning kimono sleeve lace top. The crochet style fabric cascades beautifully over your frame, while the kimono sleeves add a touch of dramatic flair. Perfect for special occasions, this top will have heads turning wherever you go. Length 53 cm."

Find out more about the £21 top here.

Shop Matalan's full summer collection here.

Elsewhere, River Island is selling this Pink Palm Tree Embellished Beach Maxi Dress for £55.

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