A new fashion season brings ways to try something new, refresh your wardrobe and update your style. As always, I’m excited to see new collections hit stores and can’t wait to get stuck in with my clients, and to try on new items myself. Here are the top trends for Spring 2014, some new and some that have been going for a while.
1. Fluid and Oversized Fits
Wearing your clothes a little looser is one of the most effective ways to create a more modern and updated silhouette. There is less emphasis on body con fits. And tailored fits, which are looser than body con fits and more fitted than fluid and oversized fits, are always in style. Often it’s fab to combine a tailored fit with a fluid or oversized fit in one outfit.
2. Pretty Pastels
Pastels are trending across all wardrobe items. Wear them with light neutrals like white, taupe, caramel, grey and metallics. Wear them with black and white. Wear them with dark neutrals like navy, ink blue and charcoal. Or wear them with brights and other pastels. Wear pastel accessories if pastel clothing or footwear feels like too much of a commitment.
Spring can be cold, so think of cashmere, merino wool, and wool coats in pastels. White and light blue jeans. Footwear in light neutrals, and leather jackets in pale shades.
There is no stopping the knitwear trend. The sweater is the top to wear with bottoms. Think pullovers in all sorts of styles, colours and weights, and match them with all styles of bottom. Thick and cozy Spring cashmere for when it’s cold. Lightweight, gauzy cotton and linen blends for when it’s hot. Dressy or casual. Chunky or fine gauge. Patterned or Solid. Tailored, fluid or oversized. Welted or swing. Layered or standalone. Tucked or partially tucked. High-low hemlines, multiple sleeve lengths, and any neckline. Think of knitwear before you think of blouses, shirts and T-shirts.
4. Cropped Pants
Cropped pants, in both skinny and slouchy silhouettes, are once again a huge trend. From extra tight jeans and roomier rolled up boyfriend styles, to silky track pants and straight legs. Cropped bootcut styles are fringe trending. It’s all about showcasing those ankles. If you prefer full length trousers and jeans, grab them when you see them because they will be scarce over the next six months.
The ankle strap pump, sandal or sandal bootie complements this trend. Showcase the ankle by wearing a pretty strap that’s positioned just above the ankle bone.
5. Cropped Boxy Jackets
This shape started coming through last season. The silhouette is short and boxy. Fabrications range from tweed, wool, ponte knit and cotton blends, to leather and mixed media variations. It’s angular and shapeless, and will not be your cup of tea if you prefer tailored fits with waist definition. That said, the look can be quite flattering when worn over a loose fitting top with slim fit bottoms, and/or over a column of colour. It can also be effective at camouflaging muffin top. The cropped length of the jacket gives it structure, so don’t rule out the shape before you’ve tried it with the right combination of items.
6. Crop Tops
Cropped knitwear, T-shirts, shirts or blouses are on trend. The first trick is to wear them in fluid or oversized fits to offset the shorter length. They also don’t need to be all that short. The second trick is to wear them with roomier bottoms. So combine them with boyfriend jeans, harem pants, slouchies, baggy shorts and full skirts. Furthermore, crop tops aren’t midriff-baring when layered over shirts, tees and blouses. Think of them as a third piece instead of a top if you’re after more coverage.
This trend is defying the odds and gaining even more popularity. Think bomber jackets, upscale sweatshirts and track pants, haute baseball caps, fashionable backpacks, mesh inserts, and sassy sneakers. Combine sporty pieces with dressy pieces for a fashion forward and dramatic juxtaposition.
8. Midis and Full Skirts
Full skirts trended strongly last year, but most of them were mini length. Catwalks have been showing midi lengths for a couple of seasons, both in straight and flared styles, so we should see them filter down to retail this season. Think paneled skirts, pleats, mermaid styles, and trumpet styles.
9. Tuxedo Striping
This trend has been going for a while. Think tuxedo striping down the sides of jeans, tailored trousers and upscale track pants, both in high and low contrast colours, in narrow and broad stripes, across dressy and casual pant silhouettes.
10. Wider Pant Legs
Voluminous and soft wide leg pants are trending, both in dressy and casual styles, and some of the lengths will be cropped. Culottes are there too. Full-length bootcut jeans and trousers, which are more streamlined than wide leg styles, are making a comeback. We absolutely need this variation of jeans and trousers alongside sausage-casing-skinnies.
11. Non-Black Biker Jackets
Biker or moto jackets have been trending for several seasons, but essentially, they’re a classic. A tailored fit is great, although a boxier fluid and oversized fit is more fashion forward. Think beyond black and go for one in another neutral, a bright, a pastel or a jewel tone.
12. Sheer Panels
We’ll see inset panels in sheer fabrications on skirts, tops, shorts and dresses. The placement of these panels can be modest so don’t be put off too quickly. It’s a pretty look that is quite alluring.
13. Shift Blouse
This item is also called the “silk tee”. It’s a woven blouse with a silky integrity, cut in the shape of a T-shirt. It usually has a short sleeve and boxy fit. Sometimes there’s a breast pocket. Think solids and patterns, and regular or cropped lengths.
Flat oxfords (laced and laceless), slipper flats and loafers are stronger than ever. D’Orsay styles, flat forms, Beatle booties and slip-on sneakers are gaining popularity. Round-toe ballet flats and gladiators are a classic and in style every season.
15. Pointy Toes
Another trend that is still going strong. Think pointy toe booties, flats, pumps, d’Orsay styles, slipper flats, ankle strap styles and loafers. Choose an almond toe for a less severe look.
Graphic patterns, classic prints, and abstract florals are in style every season. Collarless coats and jackets, contrast collars on shirts and blouses, “new” shape short sleeves and long tunic blouses are other trends to follow. Masculine dressing, heeled peep-toe booties, peplums, blazers with low stances and narrow lapels, conversational prints, drape-front blouses, clutches, satchels, utility jackets, kimono jackets, mixed media, and Spring leather in wardrobe items like pants, shorts, skirts and tops are still going strong.
All 15 trends speak to me, but some more strongly than others. I am all over fluid and oversized fits, knitwear, pointy toes, flats, boyfriend jeans, midis and non-black leather jackets. I like some pastels, tuxedo striping, shift blouses and slouchy trousers. And I unexpectedly embraced the sporty-luxe trend last season, which still appeals to me.
Over to you. Let us know in the comments what you think of these trends.