If you want to prepare your wardrobe for the coming season, these tips will tell you the key pieces you need to buy. The upcoming trends listed here are sure hits – combine two or more to strike the right notes at any occasion.
Every season sees a new colour palette ushered in, and this time around we’re looking at soft neutral tones. Take a sand for your whole outfit, or pair it with cool shades of Pacific blue (up 20% on sales) and green. Ecru is preferential to stark white, and should be paired with denim.
For sporty types, wear black and white on red backgrounds. The 70s trend ushers in warm orange (stay away from bright shades) in solid blocks or accents. Match it up with golden yellow in low volume and organic greens. Think moss, olive, and camo rather than khaki.
Basic and classic shapes are all the rage this season. Don’t overcomplicate things – take those strong silhouettes and use block colours from the above list to really make an impact. Cross casual with formal so that you are ready for anything.
The oversized trench should be worn extra long, and you can match his ‘n’ hers as this trend is also prevalent in menswear. For another outerwear option, consider the lightweight and retro windbreaker, as seen in the ski anoraks produced by Balenciaga. Make them colourful for extra points. The souvenir jacket, as seen at Gucci and Alexander Wang, marks the return of the bomber in silky and reversible fabrics with a strong print.
What will you be wearing under it? Perhaps a pinafore slip with wide straps, hitting on lace and romantic trends across categories. Or an off-the-shoulder peasant dress in long evening shapes with embroidered embellishments. The crisp shirt dress is another option, largely traditional in style, with tied belts and long, fluted sleeves. The casual button-down mini also makes a reappearance, especially embellished and matched with a graphic tee.
Try a boyfriend tee for those comfortably days, oversized and worn with a skirt and heels for the “boy meets girl” trend. Classic shirts are styled with a pinstripe and kept just-ironed crisp, while the belted blouse brings the 90s back: a wrap-around style with wide and overlong ties is just the ticket. You could also try a ruffle blouse to key into the peasant trend, with a structured and minimalistic approach.
If you are wearing trousers, make them wide leg, preferably with side splits. Skinny jeans drop by an incredible 74% – hide them in the back of your wardrobe and don’t even admit you own them. Slim and crop jeans are a better choice. The side split also appears in palazzo pants, with either solid tones or stripes (just don’t overdo it). Micro flares on crops give you a subtle widening at the bottom; make it more of a statement with splits and ruffles at the hemline.
Strings and ties should be on everything, so long as they match the fabric of the item they pair up with. Shoulder ties give cold shoulder tops a way back in. Focus on the paper bag waistline with your palazzo pants and pencil skirts.
Ladder trims are a huge key detail, on waists and at seams – and you NEED them on your festival dresses. Volume sleeves are a good match, with soft shapes, and you’ll want to invest in some net and mesh detailing. String vests layer up on shifts, and lace dresses acquire net panelling. Layer mesh with your tops to make a big statement.
Embroidery is a serious trend going forward, and you will be seeing it everywhere. Look at Gucci for the how-to. Make casual items that much prettier, especially with feminine and Japanese-inspired designs. Floral patterns and stripes are both up, particularly chintzy florals with large hand-painted blooms or small buds across the whole outfit.
Digital tropics are hugely in for evening wear and tailored pieces. Keep the prints against a dark background to really speak this trend’s language. The more clashing prints, the better.
Think humble shapes if you are wearing ecru and blue, an update on the nautical look which will put wind in your sails. Mix up the stripes for a bold and colourful approach which takes this to a whole new level.
The babouche slipper with lace detailing is in, in, in. Wear them with wide-leg or crop trousers to show them off. Think Puma for soft slides, or turn it girly with ballet slippers festooned in ribbons. Keep those same ribbons for wrapped espadrilles.
Heels will be blocky when paired with soft straps at the ankles, and chunky mules will bear cross straps as seen in metallic shades at Gucci. Loafers from the same house show us how to take on menswear, with backless designs for added sass.
Woven shoes in rainbow colours give us the colourful craft trend. See Valentino for notes. Tassels make a big appearance here.
Your sneakers should be Nike Cortez in rose gold or olive green, or opt for a luxe skater as seen at Calvin Klein. Satin uppers give it that expensive feel.
For those finishing touches, throw on some layered chain and pendant necklaces. These are the most popular jewellery item of spring/summer, though layered chokers are also a great hit. Start stacking large and multi-coloured costume rings with gems to die for.
As for your sunglasses, these should have a gentle take on the cat eye, with softer edges. Pick out amber and burnt terracotta for your colours.
Shoes and bags both love placement tassels this season, so make sure you switch out those fur balls fast. Make sure you pick up a contemporary saddle bag for your arm candy – either oversized or in mini, never in the expected size.