You’ve had your eyes on this year’s summer trends since they walked down the runway, and have been waiting excruciating months for them to drop. Now it’s time to put your engines into overdrive, because finally… summer style is within arm’s reach! Last year was a pretty distinctive one for fashion: a twisted emphasis was placed on basics, and silhouettes were split into two camps – athleisure and feminine. And the red-carpet style got more ostentatious and bold, and the streets started experimenting with subtlety. This year, we decided to get ahead and jump on board the trend train. From adding a chekered blazer to head-starting on the poolside look with a high-waisted swimwear, we’ve combed through the summer/spring 2018 collections to bring you the top clothing trends of the season. --- Anisha
Brace yourselves, ladies. You’re about to see sequins and glitter all over your timeline. On runways, sparkle prevailed, starting with Tom Ford’s dazzling knickers and Halpern’s ‘70s disco-inspired collection, to Molly Goddard and Marc Jacobs shimmery accents. But now, sequins have made their way onto our favourite fashion bloggers’ feeds and street-style looks, too. Sure they’re jazzy and shiny, but they don’t have to be tacky. Take a note or two from the fashion girls as they show how sequins can look extremely chic when styled in a modern way.
The big thing to remember when it comes to incorporating sequins is to keep your silhouettes chic. Throw an embellished full midi skirt, a cropped top, and an origami-inspired cover-up like the Russian digital entrepreneur and investor, Miroslava Duma. The stunner shows how sequins don’t have to be saved just for New Year’s Eve.
One jazzy piece can look perfect when worn with a simple T-shirt, a cashmere sweater, and casual sneakers. Take Olivia Palermo, for instance. She proves that wearing sequins is all about mix and match. Her daytime look saw her in an embellished and colourful Elie Saab jacket, which she paired with distressed denim. Slip on a pair of flats to tame a flashy jacket.
Keep your evening options open with a shiny pantsuit. Zendaya looked perfectly festive in a pink ombré, cropped pants style by designer Vivetta. With a youthful accent, feminine design, and a flawless fit, Zendaya’s ensemble was more class than flash.
There’s nothing we dig more than pastel shades. Luckily, this season is packed with a surprising amount of drool-worthy ice cream hues – which aren’t your typical Easter-ready selections. Both ladylike and cool, these modernized shades may seem small, but they pack some major punch. Between the prettiest strawberry shades at Helmut Lang, to cranberry sorbets at Valentino, and tiers upon tiers of pistachio at Sies Marjan, it was just as difficult picking our favourite style as its flavour. However, the explosive colours are surprisingly fast to concoct: select every gelato-hued item in sight, stack them on top of another like a 24-carat Gold ice cream from Huber & Holly, and top with assorted accessories.
If you want to try the pastel trend head to toe, try to colour block, wherever possible. Take a cue from Nicole Warne. The fashion blogger knocked out two pastel shades with one look – a soft grey turtleneck under a pale pink coat at the streets of Fashion Week. If you’re slightly on the heavier side, go lighter with your top half and a darker shade on the bottom to elongate the body and make you look slim around the tummy and hip area.
Keep fabrics plain like Cate Blanchett. The actress was a fashion force to be reckoned with in her extraordinary seafoam green Giorgio Armani Privè creation; the hand-sewn clusters of Swarovski crystals, white feathers, and floral appliqués added a glamorous touch.
Admit it: Fringes are sophisticated, effortlessly cool and genuinely fun to wear at the same time. Shimmying and shivering with every gentle breeze, the classic trend offers an alternative route to this season’s retro mood. Although we feasted our eyes on fringing long before this season, there’s been a noticeable uptick on the street-style circuit, with fresh iterations that feel brand-new. From fluffy marabou trimmings at Roksanda and Marques’Almeida, feathers sprouting from shoes and collars at Maison Margiela, fluttering fringing at Erdem, Calvin Klein, Jacquemus, and Salvatore Ferragamo, not to mention those sophisticated yeti boots at Saint Laurent. This season, it’s all about texture swishing and shimmying.
When it comes to fashion, unfussy looks are considered a comfortable option, in that they don’t involve prints and accessories. Just throw them on and go is the mantra when it comes to fringe. Emma Stone keeps it simple but high-concept with her slimmer silhouette and beaded fringe skirt; it reminded us of a ‘20s flapper dress with a modern twist. Finish with some sensible heels and minimal accessories. Then, you get the wow factor.
For casual styles, deciding what to wear is often answered by turning to your tried-and-tested outfits. And though we love our usual go-to, Gala González’s high-street style reminds us to have fun with this season’s hottest trend, however relaxed the occasion may be. The Spanish blogger rocked her look like a pro when she went for a head-to-toe neutral look with tasselled details, and completed the look with suede knee-high boots. The result? A grunge-loving outfit we can definitely get behind.
What’s white, black, and currently accented in all sorts of colours? The breakaway trend of the season: check print. Having replaced the perennial plaid jacket as our go-to outerwear, the subtly-printed style is no longer just for shirts and blazers, and it’s certainly not reserved for corporate events. Skimpier cuts, lighter fabrics, and brighter colours – the polished trend is getting so much more play lately. In every fashion capital, checkered suiting and tailored pants prevailed, starting with Loewe’s folksy ginghams, bright handbag checks at Mary Katrantzou and blue and red plaids at Alexander McQueen, to Balenciaga voluminous coats and Sonia Rykiel’s floaty feminine number.
How to wear it now? Well, the versatile check print can be worn in a variety of ways. The unsuspecting print doesn’t have to be smart, exact or small. Take Rihanna, for example. The ‘Lemon’ hitmaker is seen wearing an oversized Mango check structured blazer over a Zendaya ‘Aaron’ pointy-toe pump.
Donned by celebrities and fashion girls alike, don’t be afraid to wear the print with other prints. For those wanting to go all-out, try this classic grey suit that is quickly becoming the suit of the season. You can break up your tailored suit by adding a bright turtleneck and trendy black boots, like this fashion blogger.
Find a more casual vibe like this feminine white top and team with high-waisted checkered culottes worn by Serena Goh. It’s no wonder the fashion consultant accessorized minimally and picked black ankle strap heels.
Painting the Town Blue
What once was a basic counterpart to a plain t-shirt and shoes is now a clothing category all its own that’s exploding with style. That’s right, fashion fans – denim-on-denim is back! Often referred to as Canadian Tuxedo, the trend can be glammed up for a night on the town or dressed down for a weekend brunch. From Tommy Hilfiger’s patchwork jeans and Valentino’s distressed high-rise, wide-leg denim to Hellessy Henrick wide-legged pants and Nina Ricci’s polished jeans, this season the designers have reinvented in a range of textured effects and faded blues.
Don’t be afraid to elevate your look with a tuxedo blazer, statement heels or a fabulous red lip. We love how Gigi Hadid embraced the oversize denim jacket with a pair of baggy high-rise jeans, and layered it over an engine red crop top, here. All the super-model needed was a pair of matching leather boots and a bold red lip to finish off the look.
If you’re a total beginner, make sure you start out by pairing different shades of denim together. Ensure you keep the denim confined to your clothing and ‘just say no’ to another denim accessory like a hat or a handbag. Alessandra Ambrosio brought the two pieces together by pairing her sweeping wide-leg crops with an oversized jacket of a lighter shade, cuffing the sleeves and wearing a tucked-in white tee for that extra cool. She paired the look with black shades and a brown bucket bag. So ladies, move your beloved skinny jeans to the back of the closet, and make way for the hottest denim trends this season.
Trends come and go, but some of them take a little longer to go out of style than others. The good news is that the latest in the Summer/Spring 2018 menswear collection has hallmarked a return to classics, but with a twist. From the tailor dressing and bold tropical prints to the vertical stripes, this year is set to be stylish. Read ahead, as we break down the most important menswear trends to look out for, on your next shopping trip.
We know, we know, the bad vacation shirt is making an unexpected comeback, and you aren’t happy about it. But this summer, the exuberant print has channelled the tropics and not the local flower shop that you always hated. In the fashion capitals, a slew of designers emblazoned their garments with naholo leaves and plumeria flowers, including SSS World Corp, Louis Vuitton, and Paul Smith.
In order to copy this look, ensure the Hawaiian shirt fits you well even though the shape is a little boxier than your go-to button-down. Here, Harry Styles dresses as flamboyantly as he sings, but what really sets him apart is the way he styles his hair.
Setting the Tone
The winner for the style of the season is tonal dressing – particularly in bolder colours and pastel shades or lighter neutrals. The real beauty of the tonal look is that it works perfectly well with any scenario that you can think of. Summer wedding? Go for a tonal suiting. Summer holiday? Try tonal pastels. Attending a birthday bash? Look for a tonal navy.
If you don’t like the idea of uniformity and intensity of one single colour in your outfit, then there are ways you can break the rules. Take a look at our style crush, Zayn Malik, who has impressed us by opting for a colour that’s not so popular in men’s fashion. The singer added a neutral colour to complement the look, creating a dynamic twist to his outfit.
Get In Line
Last year, if you didn’t have at least one nautical stripe in your rotation, you were throwing up a brick. This year the trend is all about wearing vertical stripes in bold hues, asymmetrical, and graphic prints. While a menswear classic, the difference this season is that they will be in varying widths; as seen in Qasimi’s collection, E. Tautz’s navy pinstripe safari jacket, and Songzio’s hand-painted suits in thick lines.
Keep your look casual with thinner pinstripes, or go bold with chalk stripes on t-shirt, jackets or even suits. You can also opt for an unexpected use of vertical patterns on the cardigan or a sweater, and team them with darker trousers for a sleek finish to your striped looks. Our favourite way to wear it came courtesy of Tom Hiddleston, who looked dapper in a blue suit.