Fashion trends come and go. But this spring there are so many to choose from that updating your wardrobe is super easy. In this blog we look at colour and fabrics, and which umbrella to keep with you in case of spring showers.
Summer is nearly here and that means one thing – peeling back the winter layers in favour of lighter spring fashions. It means waving goodbye to dark, heavier colours and opting for vibrant, pretty shades.
But how should we wear them this spring? We take a look at 7 easy-to-pull-off fashion trends.
Thornton Bregazzi had them, Alexander McQueen opted for substantial ones and Giambattista Valli paid homage to them as well – ruffles.
If you instantly have visions of short rara skirts from the 80s, stand down because the ruffles of spring 2018 are gentle and feminine, with long flowing dresses being the most used ruffled festooned garment on the catwalk.
But here’s why we love the trend – you can wear ruffles as you like them. So whether that is an understated light spring top with gently ruffled sleeves or a maxi-dress with ‘hard’ ruffles, you have nailed it.
For the must-have umbrella, add an extra layer with a ruffled-edge brolly or keep it slimline in a block colour.
And not just denim but double-denim.
Is there an easier fabric to wear and wash than denim? We think not. Hard-wearing, denim is a versatile material that can be rigid for jackets and jeans, or a softer, floatier material for loose tops and wrap-around skirts.
We are loving the look and noted that Versace, Alexander McQueen and Tibi all had denim in their collection. For a great look, opt for a denim signature piece or to be uber-on-trend, opt for double-denim – the Kardashians are wearing it well.
Or to be really out-there and top of the spring fashion game, go all-out denim and add a denim hat.
For accessories, keep it simple and let the denim shine by choosing a contrasting, block colour brolly.
3) The Trench Coat
Spring can be chilly, and the April showers don’t always pass in April and that means, we need some kind of top layer.
Spring 2018 endorses the camel-coloured trench coat as the versatile piece that will get you right through to the autumn.
Loewe, Celine, and Maison Margiela produced amazing examples from the streamlined, business-like trench coat – team with a long, slender umbrella with a handle to complete the look – to the voluminous, wrap-around trench coat with shoulder fastening.
4) See-Through Outerwear
Fun. Quirky. Chic. Perhaps not the combination of words you would expect to describe the sheet outerwear that graced the catwalk.
Christopher Kane, Emilia Wickstead and Pringle of Scotland all add this rather risqué item to their collections. A fantastic statement outer layer, probably best to pop a vest on unlike some of the catwalk models…
Characterised by high collars and a full, ankle-length finish we think the clear, plastic dome umbrella would be a fitting accessory for this look.
Or, to ring the changes, opt for a vibrant block colour brolly to keep the raindrops off your see-through mac.
5) Colour: Pastels
Sometimes, we assume that the only way to make an impact is with colour that smacks you between the eyes.
But as pieces from the collections of Tom Ford, Hermes and Versace show, pastel colours are not to be overshadowed by their more vibrant counterparts.
There is something instantly gratifying and feminine about pastel shades, even when worn in chic, tailored outfits. For tailored suits to pretty day wear, you won’t be disappointed by the pastel shades and pieces this year.
To keep head-to-toe pastel pieces beautifully understated, accessories should be understated too. Mini-umbrellas are perfect because of the range of complementary colours they come in, and their size don’t over-power soft lines and soft pastels.
6) Pattern: Checks
Ditch your polka dots for checks!
As you would expect, leading the pack on the check front was Burberry with their signature check appeal spreading across most of their spring 2018 collection. There were some punchy numbers a la Burberry but there were softer ones too, such as the pastel, flowing, feminine checks from Loewe.
Or, if you want neutral, not-in-your-face check prints them opt for the neutral tones as seen in Fendi’s spring collection.
In terms of patterns and accessories, mixing and matching patterns can be a nightmare. If you are wearing punchy checks, opt for an understated check brolly or choose a colour that accents one in the check print.
7) Material: Plastic
Occasionally, the quirkiness of the runway does translate into items you will find on the high street.
It may sound and even look odd in some of the quirkier runway items in various designer collections, but plastic is the surprising material for spring 2018 – and into summer. Quite how this will work in a heatwave we are not sure.
There were different plastic items too from the almost-predictable clear plastic coat – full length with different coloured seams and edging – to a plastic cape with hood and frilled edges.
Toga also included an ombre’ styled plastic skirt with a dark coloured edging and a clear plastic waistband. Teamed with a navy tailored coat, there was a certain chicness to the outside but not sure how we would wear it to the office.
However, for a laidback style with a hint of quirky, there is no denying that plastic is the way forward. Of course, it is not a material that is completely alien to us and we understand the beauty of it.
Our clear plastic dome umbrellas have long been best sellers, years before it became fashionable to wear a plastic coat or cape on a runway. Wipe clean, versatile and superbly waterproof, the plastic dome brolly is a must-have accessory for any fashionista.
Which of these spring trends will you be including in your wardrobe?