We’re creeping out of winter and into the spring, but that means more than just slightly improved weather. It also means that a new fashion season is upon us. While this doesn’t necessarily mean upturning your entire wardrobe and trading it in for something new, you may want to keep an eye on some of the trends arising from the runways, glossy editorial shoots, and social media in order to incorporate a few into your signature look. We’re here to help! Here are a few major S/S trends to consider for yourself!
While pastel hues for the Spring may be nothing new, it is once again one of the main fashion trends hitting the runways in a big way. This time, however, they’re coming hand in hand with a different, and rather appealing, name tag: gelato hues. The look is every bit delicious as it sounds.
The way to truly keep on trend with this look is to layer the same pastel color over and over in one outfit. We mean it! Top to toe is the way to go! Sies Marjan recently sent models down the runway in complete pistachio ensembles, and Hermes opted for buttermilk blazers, trousers and handbags in one fell swoop of an outfit, whilst the highlight of Nina Ricci’s latest editorial shoot is a combination of lemon yellow loose fit trousers and vest top cinched in at the waist with a belt of a similar tone. Of course, if you’re not feeling brave enough to don the entire gelato look, start out by testing smooth, toned scarves, handbags, or shoes.
Pins and Patches
Now, traditionally, most of us associate pins and patches with the 1980s punk movement or the serving staff in TGI Fridays. But you can incorporate this trend into any outfit in a much more subtle manner. You don’t have to go overboard like Lisa Simpson in Boy Meets Curl and collect every single pin you can get your hands on. One or two will do. The beauty of this trend is that pins and patches are more than a mere accessory. You can express yourself through them. There are plenty of political pin badges out there that will show your allegiance to a particular party. They are also social movement badges that will help you to show off the part you play in a movement or your solidarity with the said movement. Alternatively, there are pins and patches that are simply fun, with references to popular culture including music, film, television, and even memes.
Of course, denim is always on trend. It is, after all, the titan of textiles. Think about it: jeans are the majority of the population’s go to item when getting dressed each day. However, the fit, cut, and wash of denim that prevails each season does tend to change. So what should we look out for this season? We’d advise keeping a lookout for dark, selvedge denim. This was last big in 2000, but it’s making a come back thanks to the work of Tom Ford, Nina Ricci, and Versus. Look for items with a neat finish rather than rips and tears. Tailored fits are also preferable to more casual styles. The great thing about finding the perfect pair of jeans for you is that while you will be on trend this season, they won’t suddenly go out of fashion or look tacky or behind the times next season. Any pair of jeans is an investment piece!
It’s time to take the trench coat from the wardrobe of novel and crime series detectives and place it within your own. This is the ultimate springtime coat, as you need something that isn’t quite as bulky as your reliable winter coat but still protects you from a slight chill and winds. It’s also a classic which can be placed over almost any ensemble without looking odd or out of place. The classic that people tend to consider is made by Burberry. However, buying these coats brand new can prove extremely expensive. Instead, look for high street alternatives or scour vintage stores. You’d be surprised how many original Burberry trench coats are lying about in charity shops and vintage boutiques. While they may not be from the latest line, they will be affordable, and the signature style has remained relatively similar for years now.
These are the main trends of S/S to focus your efforts on. So, go all out and incorporate them all into your personal style, or go for a more subtle approach, picking and choosing what suits you best!