8 wearable fashion trends to inspire your Spring Summer wardrobe
Hey squaddies, I have been feeling inspired to curate some of this seasons latest trends since attending London Fashion Week last month! This weekend marked British summertime and it's the perfect time of year to plan that summer holiday wardrobe or to do a spring clean in your closet. As a lover of street-style fashion the catwalks have taught me that spring is a revolution, a real take on power play this season.
Whether you are a student, a working mum, or a girl who just adores fashion, the beginning of a new season is a good reason to revamp your personal style. Tailoring is a huge focal point throughout the latest designer collections, a good tailored piece will elevate your wardrobe and can make you feel EMPOWERED through some of this season's silhouettes. If tailoring is not for you, then get ready to unleash the inner rebelle with the more sporty trends such as 80's dressing which could easily compliment your everyday style when put together.
We all scream for ICE CREAM! Now we can officially match our OPI nail shades to our clothing! Lighten the tone this season and feel inspired to try head to toe pastel shades. Investing in pastels could really push your boundaries on tonal dressing to suit any skin type. Victoria Beckham, Emporio Armani, Michael Kors and Tibi catwalks featured some truly delicious shades for spring!
STYLE TIP: For those who can't wear pastels from head to toe, why not buy a cute clutch or a pair of pastel shaded shoes instead?
Polka dots are back, and they provide the perfect transitional style from our fall wardrobes into spring. As a former art student, polka dots always reminded me of Roy Lichtenstein's kitsch artwork. This season the prints are more darling and the cuts are feminine, just like an ode to the late Princess Diana's iconic style. This trend has been quickly adapted from the Dior and Valentino shows straight onto the high street and into the windows of Topshop and Zara! There are no limits to the size of the DOTS and the variation of colours, so if you buy into this trend, make it bold.
STYLE TIP: If you want to add an edgy take on this trend, I would mix up contrast prints and wear them together.
Just like in the 80's when women started to command more power in the workplace, fast forward to 2018 and we are surely making waves with this feminist power-dressing movement! This one is for all of the GIRLBOSSES out there! It is time to strut those shoulder pads, with a pair of tailored trousers and feel EMPOWERED. Acne studios collection has the coolest crisp white suit, Balmain, Tom Ford and Victoria Beckham also feature incredible cuts in their current collections. Whether you are going for a monotone or a full on print this trend will give you a lot of confidence, for all body types.
Denim is going darker and more tailored. There is a real unisex feel to this denim two piece trend. The shift into a darker shade of denim is reminiscent of when jeans were originally created by Levis and worn by workers as STRONG and resilient utility workwear. I expect this denim SUITING trend to be around for a long time. Tom Ford's catwalk featured a STRUCTURED denim suit, Nina Ricci's collection had a 90's style denim jacket and almost trouser-like jeans.
Wear the rainbow! Colours to suit every shade of a box of crayons! The playful take on this trend was seen in the catwalk shows at Marc Jacobs, Versace, Kenzo and Roksanda.
STYLE TIP: If you feel that this trend is too bold for your style, you can style a BRIGHT colour with a basic white shirt which will compliment the look whilst toning down the brightness factor.
Get your bum bags out for this one! Lets throw it back, whether we are talking full on 80's power suiting, or even the street wear track suit, this nostalgic trend is here to stay. In the Stella McCartney show, there were some 'Saved by the bell' style looks. If you want to go really nostalgic, look out for the 'Moschino x My little pony' collaboration designed by the ever so quirky Jeremy Scott. Meanwhile at Saint Laurent, their eveningwear features some sexy one shoulder looks, channeling 'Dynasty' style.
Fashion really has a quick way to respond to all kinds of trends. Imagine all of our delight when this SPARKLE trend came in after we all fell in love with the Kirakira app which adds sparkles onto our pictures?! Now our clothes can do it too! Chanel, Oscar De La Renta, and Christopher Kane feature full on metallic and embroidered looks in their current collections. Footwear designers such as Malone Souliers and Sophia Webster have focused on intricate embroidery and embellishment this season. Not forgetting Gucci's jewelled headbands, which could make you feel like a queen.
This trend is not for the modest!! It should come with a warning sign... plastic is having a huge moment in fashion right now! How do we adapt this high end trend, seen on the catwalks of Chanel, Off-White and Valentino into real life? My answer would be to stick to the accessories! As long as you are okay with publicly sharing 'whats in your handbag' this trend could be quite fun! Perspex shoes and sunglasses could be an edgy addition to any wardrobe. I would probably avoid a Chanel plastic trench coat or visor unless I had money to burn. This trend will (hopefully) fade out and be put into a plastic trash bag after summer! Sorry not sorry!