Spring is a time for new beginnings, and what better way to celebrate the new season than with an on-trend wardrobe inspired by the catwalk? Whilst London, Paris, Milan and New York may have showcased their looks last year, we’re just about ready to take off our coats, reduce the layers and think about shaving our legs again. The countdown to spring has officially begun, so step into the new season with fashion’s biggest 2018 trends.

Pastels Please

pastel fashion spring summer runway 2018

L-R: Michael Kors, Victoria Beckham, Hermès

An annual classic, nothing says ‘spring’ quite like a pastel palette. The spring/summer catwalks were awash with delicate colours, but the trend has toughened up; embrace tailored separates cut in the softest sorbet shades, or make a statement in head-to-toe ice-cream hues. As the pastel colour du jour, lavender or lilac tones are an obvious choice. Perfect the palma violet trend with an unashamedly ladylike dress that’s got ‘summer wedding’ written all over it; throw on a white or cream coloured blazer for an eclectic, runway-inspired finish.

80’s Glam

L-R: Gucci, Stella McCartney, Tom Ford

Sequins, shoulder pads and sharp, oversized silhouettes have put the glamour of 80’s cocktail dressing back in the spotlight. Bold, beautiful and ostentatious styles dominated the spring/summer catwalks, and the trend has already caught on in celebrity circles. Think Joan Collins circa Dynasty and you’re on the right track. Embrace the trend by turning your look up a notch; think big and embrace it with sequinned separates, bodysuits and strong-shouldered blazers.

Summer Checks

L-R: Sonia Rykiel, Balenciaga, Jil Sander

Shrugging off its status as a staple of the winter wardrobe, the humble check comes to the fore once again – just in time for summer. From heritage plaids on dainty dresses to vintage-inspired gingham on everything else, designers proved the year-round appeal of this versatile print on the spring/summer catwalks. Whether you keep it casual by pairing a checked shirt with your favourite jeans or embrace a prim and proper look with a checked tailored dress, coordinating with your picnic blanket never looked so good.

Fringing

L-R: Balmain, Elie Saab, Bottega Veneta

Textured styles have been in vogue for quite some time, and fringed details are a firm favourite amongst the fashionable. Whether it’s the bohemian appeal of a fringed jacket or the Gatsby glam of a fringed cocktail dress, there’s just something satisfying about an outfit that moves with you. Stick to the classics this season with suede or leather-effect fringing, and pair with your favourite sandals come summer.

Sheer Delight

sheer fashion spring trend runway 2018

L-R: Dior, Alexander McQueen, Topshop Unique

Romantic ruffles make way for something more streetwise when it comes to sheer this year; bold skirts of layered tulle and grunge-inspired slip dresses hint at bad gal glam, whilst mid-length styles strike an appropriate balance between edgy and ethereal. Channel the trend with chiffon, mesh and lace, toughening up your ensemble with leather accessories and urbane separates

Ruched and Ruffled

spring summer women's fashion trends ruched ruffled clothes

L-R: Y/Project, Self Portrait, Jason Wu

Whether it’s got ruching or ruffles (or both), clothes are coming with a side order of flourish this season. From cocktail dressing to sportswear, pulling some strings should be first on your checklist. A ruched midi dress will add a sultry edge to your next night out, whilst ruched separates have a modern elegance. Ruffled styles are a subtle way to incorporate the 80’s trend too – especially if you’re looking for a more understated affect;  choose a ruffled blouse to team with your tailored trousers when in need of a desk-to-dance floor ensemble.

 

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