Polka Dots, Pastels and Plastic – Everything you need to know about the latest fashion trends and where to shop them!
This week I am running through everything you need to know about fashion for Spring and Summer 2018 – the prints and textures, colours and silhouettes – all the key fashion trends that have recently hit the High Street …And be warned, there is alot of shopping inspiration coming your way!
Checks were not just for last Winter’s fashion and are still around in abundance for Spring, which is great news for anyone who invested in pieces over the past couple of months!
A good checked blazer is a wardrobe classic but you can also have a bit of fun with this print:
Gingham and plaid were all over the catwalks of Fendi and Burberry recently and did you see the pictures of Victoria Beckham the other day in a purple plaid dress that was likened to a laundry bag?!
Well, they aren’t my favourite prints to be honest, in fact I once wrote a whole blog post about why I hate gingham! (ugly school uniform flashbacks)… but it can be very flattering and if you like it, then it’s definitely worth adding a piece or two to your wardrobe for this season:
Stripes – I haven’t seen many people in the press talking about this print, but I’ve seen tons of it in the shops and there are a number of reasons why I really love wearing stripes.
For one we all know they are very flattering, but also I love putting an outfit together with a print clash and stripes are perfect for mixing with other prints.
Diane von Furstenberg has some beautiful dresses with clashing florals at the moment and Topshop are previewing their – rather similar – more budget versions of this fashion right now, which will be in store soon.
Stripes work with pretty much any other print, but I particularly like them with florals and polka dots …Which brings me on to those.
Polka Dots are everywhere and as they are usually monochrome, they will mix in well with lots of different items from your existing wardrobe.
A polka dot top or dress is an absolute classic that you’ll be able to wear for the long term, so it’s well worth investing in a good quality piece – and they don’t have to be boring, there are plenty of pretty, coloured pieces around too:
Florals – to be honest I don’t know if you can even call this a trend anymore because it feels like they are always in fashion, but again they are huge this year with prints lightening up for Spring, brightening up for Summer and darkening down again for Autumn/Winter… and I for one love wearing floral items at any time of the year!
Again, it’s a classic look that’s well worth investing in:
Crayola Brights – purple, yellow, red, hot pink and bright emerald green – there’s a huge variety of tropical colours heading your way and pretty much anything goes.
This year’s Pantone colour of the year was a little bit controversial with alot of people reacting in a negative way to the jewel toned, rich purple when it was announced… but this colour will filter down in different strengths and shades and I think in the warm Summer months it’s a really vibrant and flattering colour to wear.
If purple isn’t for you, there’s plenty of other bright and beautiful things to choose from:
Pastels – if stronger colours are not for you, as usual for Spring there are plenty of pastels around with delicate lilacs, pale pinks, creamy yellows and gorgeous baby blues which look fabulous on pretty much all skin tones.
They’re always a flattering range of shades to wear and of course, perfect for the season of weddings and summer parties ahead.
Accessories and Embellishment
There’s one accessory that’s very popular this year which I think you have to be careful how you wear and that is…. the bum bag.
The shape of this iconic (or should I say infamous?) item that’s made a return from the 1980s is not exactly the same as the original cheap and baggy affair worn with a shell suit and certainly Gucci and YSL have released rather sophisticated looking versions… but if you’re not investing in a high-end waist/bum bag, proceed with caution – go for something on the more understated side, style it carefully (less is more) and consider how you actually wear it as they can look good worn cross body!
At the opposite end of the spectrum, going extra large is also something we’re seeing with oversized totes everywhere.
They’re a classic, sophisticated accessory and if you’re headed off on holiday any time soon, this is definitely when one would come in very handy to take on the plane as you can fit so much inside them… either way, you’re going to have a good choice of practical but stylish bags.
As seen in Dolce and Gabbana’s SS18 show, big earrings are very on trend and can add a great focal point to a relatively simple outfit.
There are a ton of sparkly, jewelled and statement earrings around, plus lots of tassles too, which first appeared last Autumn but are staying for this season also.
Think about how you wear your hair with them though, to avoid looking overdone – a more simple hairstyle such as a low ponytail or bun shows them off to perfection!
Western fringing and details – I’ll be honest, I’m not sure about this trend as I think you have to be careful not to look like you’re going to a fancy dress party, so less is definitely more with this.
Like the bum bag, it’s one of those trends that’s going to be a flash in the pan and needs to be worn with a bit of caution, so I wouldn’t invest alot of money in anything high-end.
Going for a more chic, western ankle boot is a good way of adding a little bit of the trend in an understated way.
Full on feathers and crystal embellishments are going to be replacing previous details such as embroidery and make a fun statement for a party outfit, but the other really big texture we’re seeing is plastic!
On the catwalks recently there were see-through plastic trenches, dresses and accessories – but on the High Street it seems to be making its way down with more of a revival of vinyl. Personally, I love the striking and sexy vibe of vinyl but I do think less is more and I also think you need to spend a little bit more to get something high-quality, to avoid looking trashy.
Remember those Pretty Woman thigh highs? …Yep. We aren’t aiming for that look Ladies!
Go for one standout item and keep everything else very simple, both in colour, texture and silhouette.
… which brings me on to the final section which is:
Big, 80’s inspired shoulders and puffy sleeves are in abundance and I’ve seen some lovely tops with this balloon sleeve shape, but be careful not to drown yourself in fabric if you are quite petite.
Pencil skirts are also back, so the midi length is still very much in, but a sleeker silhouette has replaced the more flared skirts we’ve seen for quite a while.
So that wraps up my overview of the latest trends that have been hitting the shops.
Have a good look at what you already have in your wardrobe before you go spending though because there’s an unusual amount of both classic and existing trends still around… but if you’re going to have a bit of a Spring splurge, this weekend is a fantastic time to do it as there are sales everywhere for Easter.