6 February 2016

SS16 Trends

Although I look forward to new trends, I also find it overwhelming seeing more than a few trends at one time. Having worked in store and fashion head office, we usually kept to four main trends making it easier to follow. The catwalk, however, is full of many and magazines always seem to have one trend different from the others. For anyone thinking trends are too much to comprehend, I've highlighted the main ones below.

Spring/Summer runways were awash with stripes, from the likes of Jonathan Saunders, Missoni and Prada to name a few. Colours were definitely the key to this trend but monochrome was popular too, try bright bold stripes or colour clashing.

Top row: Missoni
Middle row: left and middle Prada, right Stella McCartney

Bottom row: left Jonathan Saunders, middle and right Christian Dior
All images from www.vogue.com

Tommy Hilfiger also used stripes, however, it was more subtle and wearable for everyday looks. You can't go wrong with a classic Breton top but if you're not a fan, try stripes on accessories.

This trend is all about femininity, think the 1870's/Victorian or the little house on the prairie style clothes. Ladylike dresses and tops with lace details, floral prints or frills and ruffles is essential for this trend. Initially, I wasn't keen on the trend as I tend to dress less girly, but have slowly started to love the ruffles and delicate fabrics. This is one trend to try for wedding season for sure. (Below left: Simone Rocha, right: Alexander McQueen)

The 90's was one of my favourite decades, not sure how I feel about it coming back but loving the laid back casual looks. Think sportswear, slips dresses, big jackets, trainers and crop tops for this trend. Try wearing sporty cropped tops under dungarees or wearing a bomber jacket over a slip dress. (Left: Chloé, Right: Alexander Wang)

Mix metallics and sparkle with your everyday wardrobe, whether it's silver shoes or sequins make sure you're adding some shine. Try pairing a sparkly top over jeans or silver shoes with a casual outfit. I'm liking the sound of metallic shoes and accessories, not sure I'm ready for anything else. (Left: Isabel Marant, Right: Marc Jacobs)

Other Trends within trends:
Off the shoulder, slip dresses, slipper shoes, graphic prints, denim, monochrome and geek chic are just a few others that have popped up during the SS16 shows.

Most of the trends this season are wearable and easy to blend into your everyday outfits. I would invest in stripes, silver and something from the romantic feminine trend, it's worth spending money on some of the pieces that will last you season after season.

Some things from the High Street:

Top left to right: New look shirt £19.99, Adidas top £26, & Other Stories Trainers £95
Botton left to right: Mango top £39.99, Topshop skirt £55, Warehouse dress £50

Showing off your shoulders were big last Spring/Summer and although I didn't buy an off the shoulder top or dress, I may look into buying one this summer. To be honest, I haven't worn one in years, but fashion has a way of repeating itself and I may as well try it again. This one is from Marks and Spencers, it's priced at £39.50 but have seen cheaper alternatives if you don't fancy spending too much, a great holiday piece too. I'm loving a few things in M&S at the moment, fell in love with the below pieces, but haven't seen them online yet, one to watch out for.

Well, I for one can't wait until Spring, what spring buys have you made?
Happy shopping and thanks for reading as always.

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