The Colours and Trends of Spring
Once the Christmas party season has spun on its sparkly heel and danced away for another year, our wardrobes are left feeling a little lackluster in its wake. No more sequins, diamante or feathers for another year and instead we hibernate under fleecy blankets, woolly socks and cosy jumpers until we spot the first glimmer of sunshine.
Just that first hint of a sunny day, even when accompanied with minus temperatures, can be enough to get us dreaming of flip-flops and strappy frocks. Suddenly the magazines are warning us that we may have to unearth a beach body in the not too distant future and the fashion pages are splashed full of Spring/Summer collections.
So what fashion delights will 2015 bring us? Here are the most wearable fashion highlights from the Spring/Summer 2015 catwalks that are tipped to be hitting the high street this spring:
- Vivid Yellow.
- Black/blue and white vivid prints and patterns.
- Head to toe white.
- Military Greens.
- Flowing trench coats.
- Obi belts.
- One shoulder cuts.
- Roomy denim.
- Polo style shirts.
The Colours of Spring
There was no denying that spring really had sprung on the S/S 2015 catwalks, with daffodil yellow beaming out which ever way we look. Throughout the collections, yellow is set to be a big player this season, whether you go for full on canary or you opt for a hint of subtle lemon. Many people shy away from yellow but it needn’t be a difficult colour to wear if you find the right shade to complement your skin-tone.
From block colour brights, as seen in the Oscar de la Renta collection, to Diane von Furstenberg’s pretty florals, yellow was popping up everywhere, not least at The Golden Globes. At the other end of the budget, Top Shop, River Island and H&M are rocking the sunshine shade, with slinky cami tops, lacy pencil skirts and funky fine knits tipped to fly off the shelves.
Black and Blue (and White) All Over
The trend for bold, statement color continues with chunky black and white (or blue and white for a subtler twist). Blocks of colour and geometric prints featured heavily in the collections, with a large emphasis on textures, patterns and silhouettes. Of this season’s colour trends, this is arguably the easiest to wear, as you can keep it simple or push the classic colour combo as far as you dare.
It’s All Going White
White is big this season, and the key to carrying it off is to layer different textures and shades. If you don’t feel brave enough to carry off head to toe white, start with a pair of white jeans and add colour as necessary.
Eat Your Greens
Military style is never far from the fashion radar, with khaki utility wear sneaking back into both Marc Jacob’s collection, and Gwen Stefani’s label L.A.M.B. Buttons, belts and pockets feature in abundance, however, far from the shapeless combat look of the past, this season’s military style is fitted, flirty and form flattering. Olives and khakis coordinate well with most colours, although for a full on fashion statement, it is hard to beat bold red lips.
Top Ten Hot Trends – And How To Wear Them
- 1. Culottes
Culottes first graced the high street in Spring 2014, and it looks like the style is set to stay. They are incredibly easy to wear and can be dressed up or down to suit either chic work attire or casual weekend wear. Here are some inside style tips for carrying off the culotte look:
- Funky work wear: Team structured culottes with a blazer, tailored button-down shirt and strappy heels. Breezy summer style: Choose a lighter cotton culotte and pair with a floaty silk blouse, particularly this season’s off the shoulder styles. High wedges complete the look.
- Chilled weekend wear: Patterned culottes, when teamed with sneakers and a loose fitting T or fitted polo, is the ultimate in urban weekend chic.
- Young, fun and free: For the extra confident, slip into a cropped top to show off a super toned tum. Great for larking around during the day and then team it up with a pretty kimono to take you into a cooler evening.
- 2. Shirtdresses
Far from the dowdy librarian look that we associate with shirt-dresses of the past, the new take on the classic style couldn’t be further from frumpy. Last year we started to see shirt-dresses appearing in the form of loose fitting boyfriend styles, but this year it’s all about the sexy silhouette. Ensure that you are keeping the look right on trend, by looking out for:
- Asymmetric hems.
- Sharp tailoring.
- Drop waists.
- Double high slits.
These new twists, make the shirt dress a versatile front runner in every wardrobe, as it can be dressed up or down, with heels or flats, and taken from day to night, literally at the flick of a button!
- 3. Relaxed Fit (Kimono Style) Trench Coats
Lightweight and slouchy is the new look for the classic trench coat. It appears that there is a trench for all occasions, smart or casual and it can be worn loose and open or tightly belted with the on trend ‘strap’ or Obi belt (as featured below). This incredibly versatile staple can be teamed with almost anything, and it’s looser, less formal feel, allows it to be worn as a cross between a robe, a kimono and, heaven forbid, even a coat!
- 4. Obi Belts
Obi belts were big news in the accessory department, and not only do they make a great statement, they are also surprisingly flattering. Knots and ties in general are featuring on tops, dresses and culottes, adding detail, not to mention a curve boosting cinch.
This season, it appears that flats are here to stay. The top five styles for spring are:
- Sneakers - with everything
- Gladiators - this season takes them even chunkier or with kneee high laced up straps
- Masculine loafers and brogues - proving to be 'stayers' amongst the fashionistas
- Moto boots - providing a gritty edge to shorts or girly skirts.
- Dr Scholl style clogs - the resurrection of the original 'ugly shoe' is finally upon us courtesy of Marc Jacobs
- 6. One shoulder cuts
The off the shoulder look that hit the high street last year has developed into a single shoulder reveal. Dresses and tops are rocking the one shoulder look, adding a sexy, sassy slant to any outfit. Again, patterns and textured, tactile fabrics are key with this look and work equally well when teamed with casual cargo pants, structured shorts or a flowing skirt.
- 7. Roomy denim
Denim features year after year in some shape (or shade) or other, and this season sees the return of loose fitting jeans. Baggy, cropped cuts are hot, especially when worn with slim fitting tops to create a cool contrast. Denim isn’t restricted to jeans, as dungarees and dresses are also very much on trend, with neat, boxy styles being as much in Vogue as the slouchy overall look.
- 8. Gingham
Fashion has gone all ‘Wizard of Oz’ and the tiny check is back! The pattern, however is the only similarity, as the new (and dare we say improved) take on gingham is structured, sexy and streamlined. Far from being limited to classic cotton, gingham is now being spotted on much slinkier fabrics, such as feminine floaty chiffon.
- 9. Fringes
Embrace your inner cowgirl, the fringe is here to stay in 2015! Fringe detail seems to be everywhere this season, from the traditional leather and suede jackets to hemlines on evening wear and detail on handbags. Again, it’s all about texture, and fringes are appearing in all materials including chunky cord braids (think Grandma’s curtains!), sparkling metallics, and slinky silks.
- 10. Polo style shirts ;
There is always room on the catwalk for the sporty, preppy look and this season is no different, with polo shirts making a big comeback. From the obvious choice of Ralph Lauren to Alexander Wang, polo shirts have been seen teamed with everything from floaty maxi skirts, to flirty little skater skirts and even fashioned as a skinny knit, teamed with a pencil skirt.
Don’t Forget the Season’s Wild Card!
And finally, fashion wouldn’t be fashion without the addition of a random idea that gathers steam, and before you know it we are all rocking it. The accessory that we never anticipated to hit the fashion headlines is none other than the fancy apron, yes, seriously! Taking layering to a whole new level, aprons are set to be big news this season. Top fashion magazines suggest that aprons are best worn over skirts long or short, or for a higher contrast, over a maxi dress, or this season’s shirt dress.
For most of us, aprons bring to mind either the conservative Mary Poppins look, or the image of a cheeky French Maid on a Blackpool Postcard, but thanks to DKNY and the other hard hitters, it appears that image is about to change. And as cynical as we may be, there is no denying that on the plus side, a natty apron will certainly keep our skirt clean!