Some people might think that dressing up is a piece of cake and being fashionable can be done without thinking that much. Well, that’s so far from the truth especially during spring. That’s because the weather is somewhat unpredictable in spring. There’re times when it’s raining and other times when the sun is shining. It might rain in the morning so you have to put on something warm, while in the afternoon can be a different matter when you’ll have to be in lighter clothes.
I can imagine how this can be a problem to some people but in reality, it shouldn’t be such a cause for worry. There’s an SS18 style guide packed with cool trends for the spring fashion season that people can follow.
Kaleidoscope Colour Schemes
The warm days are upon us and it’s time to pack up our winter clothes. Bright, colorful, and bold shades that make even the simplest of outfits pop are what’s in vogue.
SS18 fashion shows were bursting with primary garments that seemed to almost walk themselves up the catwalk, from the tomato red dresses of Preen to the canary yellow gowns of Balenciaga. Wear clothes in vibrant shades such as electric blue, tangerine orange, and acid green. You can likewise mesh your shades together in the form of striped tops and checked skirts or wear them in blocks. This is the time to stand out and be loud with your clothes.
Also fill your wardrobe with the color lilac because it’s the dominant color palette this spring.
Bring Back the ‘80s
The 80’s was a fun time to dress up. Experimenting with clothes was cool and it seems that anything goes during that decade. Just recall what Madonna and Cyndi Lauper wore at that time. Pouf skirts, power suits, ruched tops, and lashings of denim; SS18 is rewinding the clock and dousing itself in ‘80s glamour.
Create an outline of emphasised shoulders, nipped in waists and lean legs. During spring days, go for high-waisted, light-wash jeans and square-shoulder blouses, and at night, go for a top-heavy, ruched-velvet dress enhanced with hoop earrings. Also wear parachute pants, turtleneck sweaters, waist belts, crazy prints, and puff sleeves.
Light Fabrics for Light Evenings
Consider fabric weight when it comes to seasonal trends. It shouldn’t be all about color and style. Incorporate less heavy fabrics into your wardrobe as the days and nights warm up. Too heavy and thick coats are no longer “in”.
Lighter fabrics also usually give us a more undefined outline that can flatter all body types. Furthermore, the soft, floaty silhouette is another big SS18 trend we should be excited about.
2018 Vintage Flower Power
Florals are still very much fashionable but on a more subtle and vintage note this coming season. SS18 fashion shows almost across the board went mad for patterns powered by petals.
Check out the SS18 catwalks of Erdem and Dolce & Gabbana; using soft pastels and intricate patterns, they nailed the spring-ready floral trend. Go for high-neck tops and traditional tea dresses — similar to Emilia Wickstead’s range — and go for classic fabrics like silk and brocade, to pinpoint the vintage floral look in time for blooming season.
Learn to Layer
If you don’t know how to style yourself and dress up, this season will be challenging for you. The weather can be both rainy and sunny. So what clothes should you wear? The answer to that is to layer. If you’re a creative dresser, layering your staple wardrobe pieces opens a world of untapped possibilities. Be able to mix and match outfits and colors easily. Channel the colour-blocking trend we mentioned earlier and build a multi-layered outfit out of contrasting hues.
You should also take into consideration the shape of your layered clothes. You need to contrast your fittings. Go for a bralet that hugs your body then pair with culottes, flares or wide-leg trousers. Slip on a sheer wrap top over your bralet and top-off with a cropped silk, loose-fit kimono and tailored tuxedo jacket. All these pieces work perfectly together. Add and remove as the day and evening goes by to suit the dress code and weather. Mixing outlines is key to this developing fashion trend.
From the jackets of the SS18 Bottega Veneta to the dresses of Calvin Klein, fringe hemlines are going to be swinging everywhere this coming season. Everything about SS18 seems to be taking fashion to the max — consider the technicolour outfit palettes and striking ‘80s-inspired silhouettes. Fringed clothing is just another exciting trend this season. Improve your evening wear with long, flowing fringes that swing in sync with your every move. More dancefloor-diva chic than festival-girl boho, SS18 fringes are made to enhance, not just accessorise. Get yours in a long, luxe fabric and remember, the greater the swing, the better.
Throughout SS18 fashion weeks across the world, the plaid pattern adorned almost every outfit scenario. From the trenches of Burberry to the dresses of Fendi, checks came in all sizes and shades, which means you should keep an open mind when it comes to selecting your ideal check colour for SS18. You can go all cute and dainty or go edgy and bold. It’s all up to you. Designers are now investing in versatile prints that can be worn and repurpose as the year goes on, just like checks.
Springtime Suit Shorts
During the day or for off-duty events, you might not feel that the ‘80s-inspired trouser power suit is the look you want to go for. If that’s the case, opt for shorts instead. Forget limiting your wide-shoulder blazer to tapered trousers, spring 2018 is going to salute knee-length shorts that you can pair with tailored jackets and ruched chiffon shirts for a power-ready vibe that is great with the warm weather. At SS18 fashion shows, Off-White did power shorts gorgeously in pink before polishing the look off with an open collar shirt, while Balmain went more office-focused with on-trend checks and a monochrome palette.
This spring, it’s all about athletic-inspired clothing especially the two-piece tracksuit. Blend athleisure gear with glamour-focused accessories. Stillettos and sportswear strutted to the forefront of all SS18 fashion weeks. Wear your joggers and cropped top with high heels and statement jewellery, and you have a look poised to take spring 2018 by storm. This also works the other way. For instance, wear sneakers or cute plimsolls and dress them up when the warm weather hits with a floral dress or checked skirt. Striking the balance between casual urban and dressed-up chic is the key to nailing this cool trend.
SS18 is driving the trend for bumbags and belt bags. Just check out Gucci and Balenciaga’s SS18 fashion shows. To keep in line with the power of the ‘80s, opt for waist belts that pull you in for that iconic Dynasty-esque silhouette and put the final stamp on the look with over-the-top earrings.
During April showers, bring your chic and sleek umbrellas. Cat-eye and tinted aviator sunglasses will be the style-of-choice as the sun shines again in May. As for shoes, bring out the espadrilles and flatforms for daytime then get ready for sunny evenings with wedges and open-toe heels.
Overhaul your wardrobe with these key SS18 trends and get ready for stylish looks that will carry you perfectly in every occasion.