Showpo’s head buyer spills her two cents on summer fashion

When it comes to summer shopping and what’s hot right now, Showpo’s head buyer Amber Hodgman took us through the best trends in fashion and what you need to buy this season.

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OK, summer might not have officially started (bring on 1 December), but current temperatures are telling a different story and we could always do with another excuse to shop. Woman of style Amber Hodgman is shining the spotlight on this season’s most popular fashion trends straight from the runway, how to perfect the party look for your next night out and what the #musthave pieces are at the moment.

Think cute suede skirts in dulled-down colours, bare shoulders on and off the beach, and bronzed, beautiful skin. Take a leaf out of our fashion book online and scroll on to get up to date, because this is your guide to doing summer better than everyone else.

Summer trends of 2015 with Amber Hodgman

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Make it maxi

AH: “This is biggest trend to come out of this summer. Dresses, jumpsuits and skirts are all flowy and full length. High slits and plunging necklines have been added to modernise the look.”

Double denim

AH: “It’s not a new trend, but it’s bigger than ever before this season. Lightweight denim is being used in shift dresses, A-line skirts and even trench coats. It's no longer just denim shorts – girls are wearing denim head to toe.”

Exposed shoulders

AH: “Off the shoulder is everywhere. It has moved into playsuits, crop tops, maxi dresses and party dresses. From very casual to occasion wear, baring your shoulders is where it's at.”

Wrap it up

“Laced-up footwear is dominating the market. They’re all over blogs and Instagram right now. Starting with lace-up suede heels over the cooler months, it’s all about the sandals right now. Footwear designers have promised this trend will be sticking around, so it's a good investment for your shoe wardrobe.”

Neutralise it

“Skin tones are the colour of the season. Look to hues like mocha, blush and nude being layered head to toe.”

How to perfect the party dress look:

No one wants to look vanilla, right? We asked Hodgman how to mix it up and catch everyone's attention on your next night out – without overdoing it.

AH: “Select one piece to shine. By that I mean only choose one accessory out of your shoes, clutch, jewellery or headpiece that you want to stand out. My favourite for this season would be a pair of statement heels, [but] remember to aim for the pair that will withstand the evening. There's nothing worst then cutting a great evening short because your feet hurt.”

What's hot to shop right now:

These are the affordable (and hottest!) buyer-approved pieces to add to your collection for the summer ahead. The best part? They won’t break the bank.

AH: “At Showpo, we’re excited about injecting some fresh summer pieces and accessories into our wardrobes. We will be stocking up on flirty party dresses, a sexy swim piece, floaty dresses for the hot summer days, and key summer additions like a new sun hat and a pool toy.”

Festive season style tips and tricks

Grab your notepad: Here’s what you need to pay attention to.


AH: “The festive season is jam-packed with awesome events and you want to get a few wears out of each look without looking like you wore the same thing twice, especially if you felt great wearing it. A multi-way dress is a great solution to help mix up your style.”

Showpo Anyway You Want Dress, $65


AH: “Festive parties are often shared with our work colleges. Prevent any mishaps with nipple covers.”

Showpo Nipple Covers in Nude, $12


AH: “Opt for lip stain instead of a traditional lipstick, lip stains last longer and in my opinion look better! If you're sipping back a few glasses, this will keep you looking fresh all night.”

Showpo Jeffree Star Masochist Liquid Lipstick, $32

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