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Dare we mention that spring seems to be trying to make an appearance at last?
It might not quite be time to put the jumpers and thick tights away but spring trends are already making a strong debut on the high street, and here’s what the experts are saying we’ll all be wearing once the weather starts to play nice.
Bringing the nineties back…
Apparently the nineties are having a revival. Don’t tell me they are coming back; as far as I’m concerned, they never left! However, according to Vogue, the decade that some of us still cling to for our style references is heading back with a vengeance because most rising designers are nostalgic for their early years; and 25 years ago (no, it can’t be) we were in the midst of Britpop, grunge and probably a seventies revival.
Look out for some ‘90s-inspired fashion, and in the words of one of the icons of the time “remember the first time”… There are never any excuses good enough for a ‘hair curtains’ revival. The reformation of All Saints and another threatened Spice Girls tour (I even heard a rumour about Oasis but I don’t believe it) means that no matter how hard we try, the nineties will be inescapable this season. Dust off your cargo pants, ladies.
Another trend that showed promise on the catwalks was a slightly harder to wear bare shoulders and collarbones look. Off-the-shoulder tops, cut-out dresses and angular necklines are all edging their way into the shops. You could, of course, add Wingz if you don’t want to go completely cold shouldered.
Ruffles and lace
Lace – we never seem to tire of this one, and yet again there were more than a few traces of this pretty fabric in the spring look books. Calvin Klein and Alexander Wang went for a boudoir style but you can just add a dash of lace to your outfit if you want to work the lacy look without overdoing it. I’ve seen Madonna-esque black lace gloves in Claire’s Accessories and if you just want to add allure to a dress or a top, a set of sexy lace Wingz will look fabulous. Check out the latest review of the lace Wingz by lovely Charlotte here:
Spanish influenced ruffles and flounces, along with striking colours (lots of red) were very popular for spring, along with details that added a little bit of sizzle like brocade and floral details. The Spanish trend is one that was enthusiastically adopted by fashion heavyweights like Michael Kors and Oscar de la Renta, and you’ll find hint of it on the high street with gorgeous dresses like this Scarlet Ruffle Sleeved Pleated Midi Dress from ASOS
Orange and Blue
Red isn’t the only colour getting designers all excited – orange is hot and mixed with vibrant blue it would appear to be even hotter! Designers paired orange with blue on the catwalks but it also held up well on its own, in everything from tops and trousers to pretty dresses. Channel a bit of a seventies Boho vibe with this Glamorous Bell Sleeve Dress from Next
…or add a set of Blue Chiffon Wingz to this Simply Be assymetric vest top and go all out to turn heads.
Are you embracing any of the trends from the catwalks?