Is anyone else unsure about what season we’re currently in!?
It was roasting hot a couple of weeks ago, now it’s a nice, appropriately spring-like warm and breezy situation, but we’re looking at next week’s weather and seeing nothing but rain and cloud. Will the weather *ever* be predictable again?!
however, we can predict, is that –
regardless of the climate – an official change in season
welcomes requires a fresh new wardrobe.
This is the surprising trend you’ll see all over Instagram this spring
We may have another few weeks to wait before we can *truly* indulge (or not, who knows?), but before these pieces land and the trends inevitably take hold of the high street (hey, did we or did we not predict the animal print renaissance way back last Feb…?) we can have a lot of fun conjuring up visions of our new season aesthetic.
So which #lewks are going to prevail?
Scroll down to discover what we’ll all be wearing this summer…
1. OVERSIZED HATS
If you so much as glanced at your
Instagram feed last summer, you no doubt spotted a Jacquemus La Bomba hat. Now
entirely synonymous with SS18, it seems brands are vying for similar cult
status next season by producing their own delicious incarnations that we
already can’t get enough of.
Spotted at: Rejina Pyo (left), Xiao Li (centre), Yuhan Wang/Fashion East (right), Ryan Lo and Simone Rocha
2. SENSIBLE SHORTS
Cycling shorts may have stolen
the show last year, but – and thank the Lord – next season things are looking a
little looser. Tailored, micro, knee-length… skirts may be given a few months
off as we all look to the more boyish alternative for our new summer go-to.
Spotted at: Alexa Chung (left), Margaret Howell (centre), Rejina Pyo (right) and Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
3. TIGHT PLEATS
Having had a successful run last
year, pleats are back for SS19 but this time they’re a whole lot more
intricate. Tighter than before, the micro pleat provides maximum impact as it
generates not only more movement but also a more fluctuating silhouette as it
expands and contracts. Science-y, eh?
Spotted at: Givenchy (left), Preen by Thornton Bregazzi (centre), Balmain (right), Pringle and Roland Mouret
I know. We were all surprised at
the recurrence of this 60s print, but alas it seems tie-dye truly is back in
fash. Admittedly, 2019’s take on the trend is a hell of a lot chicer. Make like
Stella with a no-holds-barred approach and opt for a bold matching two-piece,
or – if you’re anything like us – you’ll likely favour a more subtle beach
Spotted at: Stella McCartney (left), Prabal Gurung (centre) and R13 (right)
5. FANCY FLATS
While models over at Halpern,
Ashish and David Koma were teetering precariously atop stiletto heels, things
at Valentino and Simone Rocha were a whole lot more down to earth. About six
inches closer to said earth, to be precise. And boy are we looking forward to
spending next season in comfy, fancy flats for the sake of #fashun.
Spotted at: Valentino (left), Simone Rocha (centre), Temperley London (right) and Burberry
6. SUMMER WATERPROOFS
If last summer’s unpredictable
weather taught us anything, it’s that you can never be too prepared. So
providing you also carry a bikini, sunglasses and knee-high
wellington boots with you at all times, these
fair-weather waterproofs should serve you well.
Spotted at: Max Mara (left), Marc Jacobs (centre), Jil Sander (right), Sportmax and Etro
With last autumn’s obsession with
the cowboy boot, it was almost inevitable that there would be another
Western-inspired trend infiltrating our wardrobes next season. Adorning
everything from jackets to skirts via handbags and everything in-between, who
knows… maybe we’ll be cutting our hair to fit too.
Spotted at: Coach (left), Tom Ford (centre) and Cushnie
Not one for the faint-hearted,
vibrant zesty hues are back with a bang this year after endless seasons of the
fashion pack drooling over all things pastel. If you’re feeling extra brave opt
for a double-dose à la Jasper Conran.
Spotted at: Natasha Zinko (left), Jasper Conran (centre), Roksanda (right), Rejina Pyo, House of Holland and Ashish
9. PUFFED SHOULDERS
Bold shoulders are no new thing,
but rather than padded, boxy numbers, next season’s take is a whole lot
puffier. Often gathered at the shoulder with pleats of elastic, they work
particularly well with square necklines on feminine dresses. Here’s hoping
the weather allows us to forgo a jacket, or that volume could provide a
Spotted at: Brock Collection (left), Rodarte (centre), Saint Laurent (right), Mara Hoffman and Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
Have sequins ever *not* been on
trend? Perhaps not, but they were so prevalent at this month’s shows that we
can’t ignore them. Offered up in endless incarnations, opt for a more gently
beaded style – like Ashish’s mint green jumpsuit – for a friend’s birthday
dinner, before swapping into blindingly glitzy Halpern-like number for your
Spotted at: Ashish (left), Halpern (centre), House of Holland (right), David Koma and Roberta Einer