Easter is now over and the time has come to take a tentative step out of the winter coats and greet the new season. Spring calls for pastels and florals and dressing in one layer too few after misjudging the temperature, mistaking the clear sky as a sign of a warm day. With the warm weather beginning to show its face, here`s a roundup of this seasons must follow trends.
Both mens and womenswear have seen a wave of multicoloured suits this season. The menswear catwalk especially has witnessed everything from Tom Ford`s pastel pink velvet, to Comme des Garcons Homme Plus glittering numbers. Paul Smith - the king of suits himself proves that the sky is the limit with his blue toned blazers, and Moschino`s go faster stripes also definitely deserve a mention.
This season the focus has been taken off the shirt and placed on the blazer, which is characterised particularly by broad shoulders, loose fits and length. Saturated monotones are ruling the runway, think Dua Lipa in the music video for IDGAF. These are best worn with matching trouser but are equally stunning layered over your floral tea dress or half tucked into a flowing skirt. This look is perfect for casual drinks or a café date and is a great transition outfit between the cold winter and the fresher spring.
Transparent materials are another clear trend this spring. The key to updating your wardrobe for this look is to outline your silhouette with a figure hugging base layer - think bodycon and lace, and then experiment with different shapes in translucent materials. Some popular looks involve floaty or delicately embroidered mesh, tulle or chiffon pieces… the more frills and ruches the better. These can be layered over your base layer and all balanced out with a tailored denim jacket and your favourite skinnies. If you have a more ethereal style, then this is the season to buy your mid to full length mesh dress or skirt. For when the weather is cooler, replace the mesh with a wide knit or crochet jumper and pair with chunky jewellery. Meanwhile, raincoats and jackets made from clear plastic materials are a great option for staying on trend in the April showers.
An item of clothing I’ve grown up mocking my Dad for wearing, has now come into its own. The previously unassuming bum bag (or belt bag to those who have an issue with the name) has updated its status of useful and practical garment to iconic fashion piece - if it’s good enough for Louis Vuitton, it’s good enough for me. New patterns and materials have helped to elevate the bum bag to fashion essential status, but what lies at the heart of this items popularity is its pure convenience in a world where clothing lacks pockets spacious enough to safely carry all the essentials. If you haven’t already invested, now is the time to add this Tardis-like item to your wish list. They come in every shape, size and colour from sporty to sequins to luxe faux-leather styles, so you are bound to find one that you love. So whether it be for a festival, weekend break or week of lapping up the sunshine, the bum bag is a must.