Spring has finally arrived and this means designers are creating new trends on the catwalks. Not everything translates well from fashion shows to the high street however.
With this in mind, we have handpicked the best styles that we predict will be the most popular fashion trends for spring this year.
Suede was all over the catwalks this spring, as designers turned this textural fabric into luxurious skirts, dresses, jackets and shorts. Keep to one piece if you are daring to wear suede, but go for all out quality.
If you are unsure of the suede trend, then stick to accessories such as bags or shoes. For a revamped version of the office look, pop a suede skirt on with a tailored shirt, or if boho is your thing, swap the shirt for a peasant blouse.Midi Skirt
This spring the midi skirt makes a comeback, and it’s incredibly versatile. Choose from varying fabrics such as suede, leather or denim, and go for full on prints or stick to colour blocking.
The skirt should sit on your mid calves and flare out to form a circle. Glam it up with a metallic accessories, or keep it simple with a polo or plain tee-shirt.Gingham
Check please! Gingham is probably the only fabric that can bring back memories of summer, America and France all at once. This retro material is indolent of spring and the pattern received major applause on the Spring catwalks.
Pieces included a gingham pencil skirt from Joseph Altuzarra, dresses from Bottega Veneta with shorn edges and chaotic layers, and MichaelKors.com gave the runway a halter dress, skirt and jacket set.
Stick with smaller checks and strong cuts to make sure you don’t look like a tablecloth.
Yellow is a difficult colour to wear, but not when you know which shade of yellow suits you. Redheads should opt for warm, rich golds, whilst blondes should choose a silvery yellow if they have ash blonde or more amber hues if they are golden.
The trick is to find out what colour your skin tone is and then match the yellow to that. And if you can’t believe that yellow is for you, then choose a piece that doesn’t go near your face, such as a skirt or pant suit.
The great thing about shirt dresses is that anyone can wear them, and they come in loads of different fabrics.
This season saw dropped waists, slits in the skirt and even Peter Pan collars.
For an instant seventies look, team a denim shirt dress with long cardigans and platforms. Or for a boho style, pick a dress with a paisley or floral print. For a 50’s feel choose a wider skirt.
Many designers picked army green to highlight their creations this spring. Marc Jacobs reinvented the military jacket by concentrating on the pockets and buttons.
You can wear this trend in a number of ways, from sticking to the khaki green or opting instead for the all out style but in a different colour.
A neat trick to pull off this trend if you don’t want to look like an extra from Private Benjamin is to choose a military style, such as a coat or jacket with a wide collar and big buttons, but in a non-army green colour or with a pattern.
For an instant slimming fix, the olive shades will flatter any body shape.
Wearing white from head to toe is not an easy look to pull off, but there are tricks of the trade if you want to go for this style. And if you do it right, it can look absolutely stunning, we are talking Elizabeth Hurley stunning.
What you need to remember when wearing all white outfits is to mix textures and fabrics and team different shades of white. So mix a brilliant ice-white leather skirt with a cream cashmere jumper. Or match off white denim jeans with a crisp white shirt.
Layering different materials and hues will also give a designer feel to your overall outfit.