We’ve enjoyed a wealth of fashion shows over the past month, and those designers have thrown everything out there for the coming seasons. There’s a distinct nod to the past in the current designs, with fashion trends seen in the 1990’s continuing to dominate the catwalk, embellished with a modern twist. So which styles will you see on the high street over the coming seasons, and will you be brave enough to try them? Let’s take a look at what’s setting the fashion world en fuego.
Everyone from Stella McCartney to R13 are going gung ho with tie dye. But while we may associate them with the slouchy, hippyish styles of the 70’s and grungy 90’s, this time we’re likely to see more tailored styles. Think a tie-dyed blazer and midi skirt combo with a sheer top underneath. Kaleidoscopic Dior-esque styles have also been seen in pop culture, with Ariana Grande designing her very own ‘God is a Woman’ sweatshirt in saccharine pastel shades.
If you really want to embrace the relaxed patterns of the 1970’s, though, how about creating your own tie dye t-shirt with a home colour kit and some elastic bands? You’re sure to have a design that’s uniquely yours alone.
Shorts may be seen as a fashion item for only the skinny minnies, but those with a curvy figure can also bare their pins in the warmer months by picking a flowing, longer style that hits just on the knee, like those found at Rejino Pyo. The sunshine shades we saw at the end of the last year are continuing into spring and summer, so don a bright pair of mustard shorts and team with a chic belt and navy shirt for a tailored office look that’s ideal for taking you through to drinks after.
The other type of shorts found on every catwalk this season are the dreaded cycle shorts. We’re talking lycra, lycra, lycra, and it’s just as shiny as it was in the 1990’s, too. This time round, anything goes with the skin tight apparel. Chanel teamed their black shimmering cycle shorts with a longline quilted jacket for an approachable style.
Bows, Fringing and Ruching
Less is most definitely not more when it comes to evening dresses and party frocks this year. Calvin Klein and Givenchy were just two of the designers to dazzle their audiences with an array of pleating, fringing and ruching on the catwalk. Klein used it to great effect to create the tiniest of waists on their models, whereas Givenchy used the style to create a floaty, gypsy style dress that will become the staple of all boho mummies.
Bows and fringing add a delicate touch to a number of high street outfits, adding softness to Topshop’s pale toned utility shorts and dresses. This feminine style can be dressed simply or given a little bit of edge with sky high heels and edgy accessories for grunge girl glamour. One of our fave looks, though, has to be the swaying, swooshing leather fringed skirt from Longchamp. Ooh la la, that style is spicy!
Who doesn’t love animal print? This season we’ll see prints of all sizes and creatures, with tiny leopard styles in retro cuts for a vintage look and huge giraffe prints for safari chic. Animal prints are so accessible, suiting young and more mature wearers. You’ll find plenty of high street animal print bargains at Next and H&M, with the latter also incorporating cute zebra print heels into their latest collection.
We also adore the wealth of belted longline jumpsuits we’ve seen on the catwalk and high street this spring, which give a cinched in waist while gliding oh so delicately over the hips. Perfect with chunky perspex heels and a belted mac.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is an announcement. Shoulder pads are officially in this year. Suits and tailored shirts are the stuff power dressing is made of, and believe us you’re going to look like a boss to end all bosses in this year’s styles. Think sumptuous black pinstripe suits, butterscotch coloured long sleeve shirts and puffy shoulders that draw all the eyes to you.