22 October 2018Last updated


6 seasonal looks to rock this spring

Stylist Gemma Jones shows us how to wear and where to buy the latest trends with the help of UAE-based blogger Gertrud Amalwa

29 Mar 2017 | 01:48 pm

Namibian Gertrud Amalwa, a UAE-based blogger at HairByGerty, joins us in a crash course in this season’s must-have pieces...

Pleats Please


Add a touch of cool to a ladylike trend this summer and team some sunnies to edge up a retro pleat skirt. Keeping the tones pastel blue and nude also nods to the S/S17 clouded sky muted palette

Gertrud says: “This is a very sophisticated combo. Personally, I love pairing pastel pieces together – it gives such a nice combination of sweet and edgy”

Top, Dh59, H&M; Skirt, Cos Dh450; Mules, Dh125, New Look; Sunglasses, Dh250, Quay; Necklace, Dh99, Parfois

Sporty Shine


Wear your sportswear smart to keep the look current… to combine more trends in your ensemble, add a striped texture (like in this velvet tee, and the skirt waistband) to nod to the statement stripes story for summer… and inject some metallic into the palette to exude the retro eighties

Gertrud says: “I like this look – it’s sporty, yet classy and comfortable. It gave me a lot of confidence”

Jacket, Dh260, Topshop; Tee, Dh89, Noisy May; Skirt, Dh210, Miss Selfridge; Heels, Dh139, Hot Soles at; Ring, Dh59, Parfois



Chiffon and tulle are making waves again for summer and can be worn top to toe… layered with peekaboo vest underlays. Team your feminine laces with sporty sneakers

Gertrude says: “I loved this dress right away. It is very playful and you can wear it out in the day or put heels on for a night out. Perfect for a statement dress”

Dress, Dh355, Navy London; Sneakers, Dh120, Coco at; Bag, Dh179, Mango

Urban Florals


Ditsy blooms are sidelined for stronger pops of flower and foliage prints this season.You could also try clashing trends and rocking your roses in safari hues or in sporty textiles.

Gertrude says: “The details on the dress are lovely, and I can spice it up with different tops underneath. It’s very vibrant”

Dress Dh330, Jaded London at; Skirt, Dh129, River Island; Sunnies, Dh210, Quay; Bangles, Dh79, Mango

Cold Shoulder


The split sleeve and one shoulder shapes are key this season… this stunning one-piece incorporates tulle as well as shoulder detailing

Gertrude says: “It gives a simple and elegant silhouette to my curves, showing just the right amount of skin”

Dress, Dh650, Wow Couture at; Mules, Dh354, Topshop; Bag, Dh139, Call it Spring; Necklace with pendant, Cos Dh250

De-constructed Shirting


This trend is all about wearing that tailored shirt haphazardly; do the buttons up wrong or wrap one shirt sleeve under the other around your body… Or pick up this ‘done for you in one’ shirt-dress look from Cos to nail the look. Tick two trends here and keep to a khaki palette, as it is one of summer’s hottest hues

Gertrude says: “This is definitely a staple item and very classic. It’s simple yet anything but basic ”

Khaki dress, Cos Dh695; Tan dress, Dh99, Stradivarius; Ring, Cos Dh145

Styling by Gemma Jones
Photos by Stefan Lindeque
Hair by @mybebar
Makeup by The Cure Dubai
Location courtesy of Kaftan Restaurant, Jumeirah

Check out Gerty’s hair blog – – and her Instagram account (@hbg_uae).