Milly’s typically crisp aesthetic achieved a more relaxed vibe in its Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear runway show. Designer Michelle Smith took a free-spirited approach to creating the collection, resulting in a versatile assembly of looks. Poplin and linen were paired in combinations of tops, pants, and dresses, layered in unexpected ways. A Bardot shoulder, blue poplin top was layered over a high-necked, white sleeveless shirt. High-necked sleeveless tunics had the same blue poplin material, which then joined with white asymmetrical silk skirts. Along with layering, proportion play was a key part of the collection. Strapless A-line tops were styled with flowing midi skirts. Skin was tastefully revealed via off-the-shoulder tops and deep v-necks. Denim linen maxi dresses had a modern look yet also communicated ease. One standout was a denim linen maxi dress with a plunging v-neck.
The line also featured a mix of prints including strategic stripes, metallic chevrons, and sketched lines. While the simple pieces were most notable for their finesse, the overall collection embraced a clean, playful attitude.
This ensemble shows the relaxed yet neat look recurrent throughout the collection. The minimalistic style relies on details. The flowing, strapless top and wide-leg pants find balance through the cropped and high-waisted cuts, helping the high volume of fabric to avoid becoming overwhelming. Many will find this outfit easily wearable due to its basic color palette. In addition, the simple style does not require accessories, as the look speaks for itself. Flat sandals keep focus on the lines of the look. It is a casual ensemble which would work as well for walking around the city as it would at a seaside vacation setting.
Students on a budget who want this look should search online for shops that have regular sales, like Tobi or Asos. The A-line strapless top is on sale for $32 from Tobi. Pair it with gray, wide-leg pants, ideally a linen blend to capture the relaxed feeling. The pair above is $41 from marksandspencerlondon.com. Add a black strappy sandal, such as this stylish yet affordable $17 pair from gojane.com, to pull the outfit together.
This Milly inspired look highlights the flattering, creative proportions found throughout the Spring 2016 collection. It has an easygoing femininity, a departure from the brand’s usual sportiness. It keeps to Milly’s characteristic minimalist style, doing this in a less structured way. When designers go for simple looks it often results in high-priced for basic pieces, which is frustrating when on a college budget. Even minimalism includes trends that change throughout the seasons, and keeping up with these has a daunting cost. Luckily, searching through affordable sites for replicas of these pieces will often achieve the same look without breaking the bank.
Sophie Fay Shaw is the High Fashion, College Wallet columnist. Email her at email@example.com.