How to interpret the catwalk trends

Flicking through your magazine and met with an abundance of runway images of outfits that you couldn’t possibly wear? Unsure what the trends are for this season? Let us help…
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As we’ve said before, we’re all about helping you look your best regardless of what’s ‘in and out’ of fashion. However, we still like to keep an eye on the new seasons looks in order to remain relevant with the style advice that we are offering. Deciphering between looks that are strictly for the runway only or are actually suitable in day to day life is not easy, and with so many shows and designers it can get overwhelming. Not everything shown becomes a trend nor is wearable and sometimes a trend will happen but it might not be right for you.

 

1 – The first rule is never buy or wear something because ‘it’s on trend’, if it fits you, suits you and you feel comfortable and confident and it just so happens to be a trend then great. If not, don’t worry. That’s why we have our capsule wardrobe and sometimes trends are so short lived it’s actually better to stay away from them and buy classics, see our piece on your 10 items spring capsule wardrobe here.

 

2 – Pair it back. Think of runway shows as creative art galleries allowing designers to show off their work. So whilst they’re showcasing an exaggerated version of trends, if you see something you like, scour the shops for a more wearable take of it.

 

3 – What would it go with in your wardrobe? Can you think of at least 3 items it could work with? – We’re all trying to buy less and buy better to help the sustainability cause so make sure whatever you’re buying, you’ll wear.

 

Now you know how to shop and interpret the catwalk trends, here’s what’s ‘in’ for this spring/ summer…

 

Brilliant brights –

From golden yellow at Oscar De La Renta to bold orange at Salvatore Ferragamo to mint, bright and even lime green across Tibi, Balenciaga and Versace runways. Colour is in and this season, it’s the brighter the better. If you tend to steer clear of brights, add a subtle pop of colour to your look through accessories. Or if you love experimenting with shades, have fun with it. Our tip? Just stay away from the lime green!

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Boweautiful –

Whilst the bows seen at Roksanda Ilincic, Erdem and Emilia Wickstead (to name but a few) were large and lavish, this is a trend you can easily tap in to. In a slightly more petite form, bows can add an extra detail to blouses and are a wearable way to incorporate a runway trend in to your wardrobe.

 

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Tie dye –

Save this one for the surfers because unless you spend 90% of your time abroad, this is a trend that just won’t look as good on the streets of London as it does on a beach in the Bahamas.

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Craftwork –

This is a trend we can get on board with – crochet dresses are a holiday must have,  just like those seen at Sonia Rykiel and Chloé. Wanting to add a summery touch to your wardrobe? Then look to this style from Zara for a well cut, crochet summer dress that won’t date. Fringing detail also comes in to this trend, which when done delicately like on the dress below, really works and gives a fun yet easy to wear detail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shorts –

Cycling shorts have been pedaled aside by some designers (breathe a sigh of relief as they are not the easiest to wear or flattering), in favour of less fitted and more relaxed styles. Bermudas like shown at Rejina Pyo and Alberta Ferretti is the style we’re coveting – ensure yours are fitted at the waist and don’t balloon out for an ultra flattering short shape you’ll be wearing all summer long.

 

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80s influence –

The 80s reigned supreme throughout tailoring with Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton debuting power shoulders and large lapels. Whilst this looks fabulous on the catwalks, it’s not such a practical trend – if you’re looking to buy a lighter blazer for spring summer, stick to a classic shape as it won’t date.

 

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Finally, but most importantly – wear what makes you happy, trend led or not.

 

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