A Trend Report can be daunting for some; a long list of “hot” items to buy and incorporate into your seasonal wardrobe so you can be “in style”. For some this can mean a big dent to your bank account or credit card, which can be exhilarating or debilitating depending on how you approach spending. If you are one of the people who want to inject style into your wardrobe this spring but without the hefty investment read on.
Spring is a time to shed the excess layers worn all winter, to adopt lighter colours and a lighter weight of fabric. There is nothing more pleasant than being able to step out of the house in the morning wearing a light sweater or jacket over your outfit to be discarded when things heat up later in the day or to be able to slip your bare feet into some flats when you’re heading out for brunch.
What are the pillars of spring styling? I’ve grouped the trends I’ve observed (from hours on Pinterest and perusing the Vogue style app). The main thing to remember when you are shopping for and compiling your Spring/Summer wardrobe is to decide which trends will work for you, “fill in the gaps” of your existing wardrobe, try shopping in-store and online to find the best price, consider shopping vintage and thrift, determine the longevity of the trend and budget accordingly.
Without further ado, here are my picks for Spring/Summer 2019:
“Keep your heels, head & standards high.“-Coco Chanel
This is one category in general where I think you should proceed with caution when it comes to spending large amounts of money. Footwear falls into two categories; it’s either classic (will remain fashionable regardless of the current trends, think sneakers, Chelsea boots, ballet flats and pointy-toed pumps) or trendy (think “Dad sneakers” animal print footwear, obscure heel shapes, over-the-knee boots, “flat forms”). While the latter category may stay popular for several seasons, they are unlikely to stay in your regular wardrobe over longer periods of time. The main thing to remember when purchasing trendy footwear is how long you think you will wear it and how much are you willing to spend on such an item.
This season I observed on the runways; pointed toe, almond toe, rounded toe, block heel, animal skin/print, leather, ponyhair, furry, metallic, buckles, jewel toned, pearl detail, flat mules, flat-form sandals, classic trainers, ankle straps, ankle boots, cut outs in leather and heel.
Footwear is an amazing way to transform a basic or minimalist outfit from so so to shazam. Don’t overthink it but make sure to buy quality footwear that is both comfortable and speaks to your style.
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.“-Leonardo da Vinci
This is a style that I have fully embraced, I’ve stripped my wardrobe down significantly, shop infrequently (reformed shoppaholic) and I have a board on Pinterest where I post daily Minimalist Looks. I define Minimalist style as looks with either a minimalist color palette (1-3 different colors in the look), a minimalist approach to styling a look (light on the accessories, simple details) and also a very basic approach to the look in general (jeans, t-shirt, blazer, sneakers).
This pared-down style choice makes getting dressed in the morning so easy, even more so if you plan your outfits ahead of time. The key to achieving the minimalist look is to use the “less is more” approach to styling the look. When in doubt follow Coco Chanel’s advise, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” Source
Brown & Beige:
– Francois Nars
“Women have to find their own personality, their own style, and what suits them the best.”
For quite a few years my wardrobe contained alot of different colours and many different patterns, what I found over the years is that although it is beautiful and can make a statement in an outfit it is best worn in smaller doses. A pop of colour here and there on a neutral look is where it’s at these days. Neutrals on top of neutrals (think: beige with brown) is a growing trend because its so easy to pull off.
If you think beige is a snore, try shaking things up by focusing on the shape, textures and volume of the items you wear. Layer a sheer skirt over leggings, shorts or trousers to add a degree of depth to your look.
Just because your outfit is Vanilla, doesn’t mean your accessories must be. Save the pearls for the edgier looks (I love a good dose of contrast) and go bold and glam on the finishing details.
Black & White
“My style motto is pretty classic: you give off a positive energy when you wear what you’re most comfortable in.”– Petra Collins
Sometimes things are just right in black and white. Possibly my favorite new style adaptation is wearing head to toe black, white or a mix of the two. This works great for wearing patterns as well, think: polka dots, snake print, zebra print and the classic black stripes.
By far one of the best things about monochromatic looks is that not one detail of the look takes centre stage and that means that the look stands up as a unified whole. This is the essence of good style; when you are able to create that evokes a feeling of harmony and balance to you and anyone who sees it.
And that’s a wrap on another Spring Trend Report from yours truly at ERINMOSKALSTYLE.COM (formerly FASHIONMAMAAQUARIUS.COM, I did a name swap out!) I hope you have enjoyed this post and found it helpful. We still have snow here in Ottawa but keep an eye out on Pinterest for my daily Spring looks which will inevitably follow the nicer weather. Pssst, want to see last years Trend Report? Click here to see if my style predictions stack up. Like this Trend Report? Share it!