Located in the West End of Aberdeen is the independent, family-owned fashion boutique @hamishmunro.
It offers customers a broad selection of womenswear, footwear and accessories from globally-sourced brands, making @hamishmunro’s unique collection stand out from the crowd.
The boutique was established in 1979 and taken over by its director Michelle Clark’s parents in 1999.
It was not until 2015, when Michelle became involved with the business, that the two generations of the family began working side-by-side to meet the fashion needs of the north-east.
She said: “What I love about the shop is that it’s a family fashion retailer. My brother joined in 2017 and my auntie is the store manager.
“We care really deeply for all our customers and our wide selection of clothing allows us to accommodate every occasion.
“Sandwich is a really popular brand with our customers, as is Paul Green, Hispanitas and Superga.
“We stock brands from all over the world giving Aberdeen a real mix of clothing, accessories, jewellery and handbags. There’s everything from daywear to office wear to wedding outfits and more.”
Highlighting key trends for spring and summer 2019, Michelle says animal print and neon will be huge, as will colourful trainers and chunky-soled sandals.
“Leopard print, in particular, suits all ages and is a fun, statement piece that allows for the rest of your outfit to be quite simple,” she said.
“It’s timeless and always seems to be available. It’s incredibly popular at the moment.
“The zebra print items that we’ve got in just now seem to be the biggest hit with our customers. It’s taking the trend and wearing it how you like.
“The pieces are very versatile and can be worn by all ages. The zebra tops are a bit more muted with thicker prints and are great for everyday wear.
“If you’re going for bolder prints it’s best to go simple on the bottom and pair it with a statement top. It would pair well with some nice shorts or a pair of skinny jeans. It allows the print to do the talking.”
The bright, bold trend of wearing neon has resurfaced just in time for spring, with yellow and green hailed the colours of the season.
Michelle said: “There’s a lot of it coming through in the different brands at the moment. It’s definitely come back into fashion, as trends tend to do, and although spring is usually associated with pastel colours, I think people really like that the bolder hues are coming in instead.
“There’s a lot of yellows and citrus colours, and green is very fashionable just now, too.
“Green will also carry through into autumn and winter, but for now it’s the bright greens: winter it will be a collection of greens like jungle, khaki colours to more bold greens. There’s a lot of rose and blush colours also coming through.”
Athleisure wear is also making a comeback and is great for dressing down a suit, or adding character to a more dressed-up look. It’s also super comfortable.
“The latest fashion has gone quite casual and I think that has a lot to do with trainers being so big just now,” said Michelle. “A lot of the clothing we’re seeing is very comfortable and even the smarter looking trousers are taking a more casual approach.”
When it comes to footwear, chunkier, thick soles with a more relaxed feel and polished finish are going to prove very popular this season.
“We’re seeing chunky trainers with big soles throughout all of the brands we stock,” said Michelle.
“White trainers are going to be massive again and there’s going to be a lot of block coloured trainers too.
“Some brands are doing trainers with side zips now, making them easier to get on and off.
“They tend to have laces too, but the zip just adds that different element. They look really cool and are quite functional.
“The same goes for elastic across the front of the shoe. They all look really smart and are always evolving.
“It’s a real mix of suede, leather and fabric trainers that we’re seeing come through. It’s a real diverse range and you can get almost anything on your shoes now.”
And for sandals, wave goodbye to the gladiator style and hello to the mule slider and thicker soled wedges.
Michelle said: “Sandals are the perfect way to dress up an outfit. Wedges are going to be really big and I’ve seen a lot of sliders coming on to the market.
“The wedges will have chunky soles like the trainers and lots of sandals will have this chunkier sole finish.
“The mules and slip-ons will be really big, comfortable and practical; easy to slip on shoes are what’s in.”
As well as stocking a wide variety of fashion items and accessories in store, Hamish Munro boasts a website that offers free UK wide delivery.
Customers can also click and collect items they would like to pre-order and then visit the store to take advantage of the expert knowledge of the nine staff who are on on-hand to assist and give advice.
Visit the store at 19-25 Thistle Street in Aberdeen or www.something-for-me.co.uk