Spring fashion is all about fun and frivolity; 2018 Spring/Summer does not disappoint. It’s ALL feel good fashion. And thankfully the time of “in” and “out” trends is over. Fashion trends are more fluid- they last longer and evolve rather than becoming completely irrelevant season to season.
As much as many of us would love to dress head to toe in designer clothes- it not feasible for the average gal; watch the trends on the runway- invest in a few quality pieces then find those fun trends at fast fashion outlets like Zara, H&M, Forever 21, etc.
You too can have fun with trends-whether you spend a lot or a little, knowing you get more longevity out of them now provides extra incentive to try new ideas and truly craft your own unique style with what you like, that complements and depicts who you are.
FEATHERS, FRINGE AND TASSELS
Forget trimming your tree at Christmas you can wear all the trimmings for spring instead. From marabou ripples at Marques’Almeida, feathers at Celine, fringing everywhere at Salvatore Ferragamo and Calvin Klein’s colourful pom-pom dress- trimmings were everywhere and were playful and more over-the-top than ever.
ICE CREAM DREAMS
Shades of Sorbet and Gelato hues; pastel may not be the most ground-breaking trend for spring, but it sure is pretty! Shades of lavender, lemon, pistachio and pink were especially popular on the runway for Spring 2018. Lavender lead the way, showing up in ethereal dresses or flashy metallics; proving to be the “It” colour for spring. Still pretty in Pink- ultra-feminine pink ranged in shades from blush to light fuchsia. Yellow- a la mode- lemon sorbet showed up at Hermès and tiers upon tiers of pistachio at Sies Marjan. Layer on multiple pastels- select every pastel you have, try a triple scoop, layer 3 colours for an appealing look. You will look good enough to eat!
If pastels are not your thing, not to worry. Crayon coloured brights are going strong: the new primary colour palette is bold and dynamic. Try contrasting one with the opposite on the colour wheel- it’s a truly powerful statement to make and you will certainly stand out in a crowd. Try the look from head-to-toe as seen at Marni.
WHEN IN DOUBT, WEAR DENIM
Dark denim of the 2000’s is back baby! The Canadian Tuxedo just got an iSO 11 upgrade- polished and tailored denim in jackets to jeans, skirts, and suit separates- dark wash denim reigned supreme in every form. Many designers like Tom Ford, Versus, and Nina Ricci showed their best in dungarees proving…what’s old, is new again.
IN THE TRENCHES, IN STYLE
Feathers, ruching, and sheer fabrics; the classic trench coat has been reimagined. Alexander McQueen showed metallic-threaded rose embroidery and a raw edge to a tailored under-coat at Céline. Adding that pop of visual interest to such a wardrobe staple feels super fresh and exciting.
GIVE THEM THE SLIP!
You will be going out in your knickers in 2018. Lingerie inspired looks as tops, dresses, skirts were fresh at Dolce & Gabbana and Dior, tempting us to nearly get naked! Slip dresses are still going strong, judging from the spring catwalks, they are more lingerie inspired than actual lingerie- still sexy as hell. From the gorgeous patchwork at Tory Burch to the tulle at Coach; these looks are perfect for evenings out at the club. Pair with more delicate strappy sandals.
I can see right through you- clear plastic ponchos and colourful plastic trench coats to OTK clear boots; plastic items will be popping up everywhere like fresh spring flowers after the rain, as seen at Valentino, Chanel, and Calvin Klein. This is a nod to the plastic looks of the 90’s and the 60’s- the mod-esque style is functional in the wet season but can be a tad sweaty when the sun comes out- enjoy during weather appropriate times.
SHARP AS A PENCIL
Another fashion staple has been reimagined; the Fifties vibe pencil skirt is shown with new fringes, metallics, tulle- it incorporates other trends to create one great look. Throw on a pair of kitten heels like at Balenciaga and Hermès- the pencil skirt was at the core of their collection. Let your inner 1950’s sex kitten roar!
WHO WEARS SHORT SHORTS
Toss the mini skirt aside; next summer you’ll be wearing shorts, ERR-day. Classic preppy shorts, tailored, long walking shorts worn with blazers, to the sexy 1960’s leather pairs at Paco Rabanne, and brace yourselves-ugh- the return of the cycling short. No matter which style you plan to wear come spring, start your squats and lunging now- get those gams ready to hit the street.
FLORALS FOR SPRING?
Groundbreaking. All “Devil Wears Prada” jokes aside, these big 1960’s style florals are bigger and better than ever thanks to Balenciaga and Marni. Think Grandma’s couch or curtains- over the top, big florals in a variety of colours and retro-inspired prints to breathe fresh air into your wardrobe.
No matter what trend you try, no matter how much you spend- focus on what resonates with you. There’s a look for nearly everyone- whomever you are and whatever you’re into, these top 10 Spring 2018 trends will help you to find distinctive clothes this spring that highlight your best YOU!