It’s that time of year again when swimsuits and short-shorts slowly begin to replace sweaters and scarves on the racks of our favorite retailers. And what better way to celebrate the season than a new look influenced by the world’s most popular designers?
While some of us find it difficult to imagine hitting the streets of Texoma in some of the styles sported on the runway, we can certainly take a tip from fashion’s top minds and incorporate their vision into a practical wardrobe full of the latest trends. Whether that means turning back the clock to turn up the psychedelic vibes in 60s- and 70s-inspired prints or getting back to nature in utilitarian earth tones and sustainable fabrics, there’s a little something for everyone in this spring’s hottest looks.
Hearkening back to the golden era of disco and funky bohemian style, designers like Louis Vuitton, Prada and Marc Jacobs are “serving up mod home decor realness” this spring à la vintage wallpaper patterns and distinct lines, according to Harper’s Bazaar. Stylists recommend adding a little Saturday Night Fever to a basic button-down ensemble by choosing wide-collared tops and blazers in contrasting colors.
“It is customary to keep your shirt collars tucked beneath your blazer lapels, but this spring, designers styled their ’70s-esque collections with big (emphasis on the big) collars pulled out from their usual hiding places beneath blazers and jackets alike,” says Lauren Eggertsen of WhoWhatWear.com.
Bright colors, kitsch-y patterns and flowy fabrics will also rule for followers of this spring furor, with stylists suggesting shoppers cast aside familiar florals in lieu of something a little more fun and flashy — all the more enjoyable if it brings back memories of your grandmother’s old love seat.
All things raffia
Whether or not you actually intend to spend any time outdoors this spring, it is entirely possible to look the part — especially in nature-inspired prints and styles — and simultaneously do your part for the environment by buying clothing and accessories made with sustainable fabrics and fibers. Raffia, a natural fiber made from the leaves of certain species of African palm trees, is all the rage this season, showing up on the runway in everything from skirts to bags made by the likes of Dior, Oscar de la Renta and more.
“...(The) prevalence of the raffia and the fashion world’s embracing of it is just one small part of the bigger shift toward prioritizing environmental consciousness,” Eggertsen says. “In short, consider this trend a step in the right direction.”
Beat the Heat
Flowing, silky fabrics
This spring promises to bring back the sizzle (did it ever really leave?) — but not to fear: If a pair of Daisy Dukes isn’t your style there are plenty of alternatives to showing some skin. Shiny, flowing fabrics were a hit on fall runways, with Burberry, Elie Saab and other designers previewing a fresh take on scarf-like tops and draped dresses, while the old favorite Bermuda shorts returned for a third season to show off their range.
“Wearing Bermuda shorts off-duty … is harmless. But wearing them in a corporate setting can be tricky,” says Kerry Pieri of Harper’s Bazaar. Her pro tip? “...(Keep) colors dark, and pair them with sleek button-downs.”
Whether you prefer to mix or match your Bermudas with a blazer for a business casual look, or you’re going for something a little more glamorous, be sure to choose appropriate footwear for your height. Gals on the shorter side will want to pair these slacks with flats.
Ah, the universal question: What colors will everyone be wearing this spring? Luckily, this season has something to offer to everyone, from the brightest of sherbet-esque hues to the simplicity and timelessness of contrasting black and white. Those with an eye for color will appreciate designers like Gucci and Valentino for their foray into peach, pink and mint tones.
“Conveniently for consumers, designers also played around with both pastel and highly saturated takes on the hues, so whether you like to go bold or fly under the radar with your color choices, there’s likely an iteration that will speak to you,” says Eggertsen.