One of Manchester's biggest bloggers talks us through her favourite summer brands

As part of our Stand Out campaign, we had a visit from one of our favourite fashion bloggers and local girl Lydia Jane Tomlinson. During her visit, she picked out some of her favourite brands and top trends for summer this year, and here are the results...

If you've ever visited intu Trafford Centre, you'll know that it stands as a central hub for shoppers looking for all the biggest brands. It’s also a place to eat and socialise, browse the homeware stores, as well as shop an array of designer and streetwear brands.

During my day at intu Trafford Centre, I selected a range of this season's hottest trends and the designers that I am really loving right now. I think you're going to fall in love with them as much as I have!

If you haven't jumped on the Ganni train yet then where have you been?! With its cool, Scandi-girl style, the Copenhagen-based brand's designs help you transition from drinking wine in the sun, to a swanky evening dinner. Their chunky knit jumpers set them as a trend-leader for autumn/winter, and this season the printed midi skirts and dresses take over as key pieces for the summer. My choice here was to go with polka dot silk trousers and printed tee — a look I didn't want to change out of!

The focus for Gucci was footwear, styling the popular Ace trainers and white backless loafers with different looks for more of a relaxed, summer style. Midi is the new mini when it comes to skirt and dress length, striking the perfect 'cool-girl-chic' vibe when paired with classic white trainers like these.

Structure and pattern are the style du jour at Central Saint Martin's graduate Han Chong's brand, Self Portrait. Shoulder cut outs, ruffles and asymmetric designs set the collection apart, making them the perfect pieces to style with jeans for evening drinks, or heels for a summer wedding.

The stand-out trend in store on the day was the printed midi dress. It's all about comfort and wearability with loose flowing fabrics, flattering prints and non-revealing lengths, that mean you can cross your legs and dance with ease (hurrah!). Astronomy prints were in at Stella McCartney and Rixo, while Sandro concentrated on bright colours and silk fabrics.

My top tip: If you're going to shop designer at intu Trafford Centre, make sure you do it in style and get a full personal shopping experience at Selfridges. And yes, you can thank me later.

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