Spring Summer 2018 Fashion Trends

I absolutely love these kind of posts.  I did one for Fall Winter 2017/2018 and wanted to continue on for this Spring and Summer.  Whilst watching a couple of runway shows when working or on the Vogue Runway app, there were a few trends I noticed.  In addition, these seemed to have translated to the shelves of, but not limited to, TopShop, Primark, and Forever 21 for example.  I was super excited to be able to put together this list of the top Spring and Summer trends of 2018!  I can't wait to try out a few. 

Pastels.  So. Shocking.  Obviously, pastels have to come back in season every Spring because it isn't Easter without feel good colors.  However, the twist comes into play when using the same color, for example, pastel green, and mixing multiple shades of it into one outfit.  This layered look is very cohesive and can transition from runway to street without being too bold but does require some courage.  Lilac is the color to look out for this season.

Inspirations: Nina Ricci, Valentino, Chanel, Hermes, Michael Kors, Tom Ford

Canadian Tuxedos.  I remember this being a Fall/Winter trend which has entered Spring and Summer.  Considering the common thread being cohesiveness, I am not surprised that denim on denim is coming back into style.  If you're a bit shy trying out this look, I suggest investing in an oversized denim jacket with a statement or plain T-shirt paired with fitted jeans.  It's a simple yet stylish way to try something new. 

Inspirations: Tibi, Tom Ford, Calvin Klein, Fendi, 

Trench Coats.  We can say goodbye to puffer jackets and hello to Spring trench coats for these warmer months.  They're a classic statement piece that just oozes sophistication and class.  Many coats on the runway are diverse with pattern, textures, and colors.  The options are endless. If you're bored of black or beige, try out blue, red or even pink!  I certainly want to invest in a burnt pink trench coat in the future.

Inspirations: Hermes, Burberry, Bottega Venetta, Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga

Color Blocking.  I absolutely love this trend.  If you're scared or not sure how to pair bold colors together, try investing in one piece color blocked dresses or tops.  It's a great way to express confidence and stand out in a crowd of neutrals.  Two-toned outfits are more than enough to express this trend.  Try pairing solid colors on the opposite side of the color wheel!  You'll be pleasantly surprised with the turnout.  

Inspirations: Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, Versace 

Plastic.  I personally was never a fan of transparent rain coats or accessories.  Nevertheless, this trend is sweeping the shelves.  Transparent and plastic jackets, bags, shoes, and even tops are extremely popular.  It's a great way to show off your cute outfit on rainy days, especially in England! 

Inspirations: Chanel, Calvin Klein, Valentino, Burberry, Marc Jacobs

Feathers.  Feathers need to be done well to cross the line of 'tackiness'.  However, the designers on the runway successfully and subtly incorporated feathers into their outfits, either in shoes, on the collar, or the sleeves.  This can look extremely classy, chic, and luxurious.  

Inspirations: Saint Laurent, Elie Saab, Balmain

Pencil skirts.  These are a staple for interviews and working professionals.  I was so thrilled to see variations of this closet must-have that transformed something 'square' into fashionable and stylish.  Designers played with patterns such as plaid and pinstripes, textures like plastic, suede, or silk, and colors like red, black, and yellow.  They were dressed down to look sporty with string and ties to rock that Adidas or tennis-dress vibe or very professionalised with a pinstripe grey print.  

Miu Miu, Calvin Klein, Gucci, Prada

1980s.  The 1980s fashion would include flowy or puffy sleeves, strong shoulder pads, high-waisted skirts or pants, alongside low necklines.  I feel that these attributes have been incorporated in a lot of pieces that also follow the other trends listed here.  

Inspirations: Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Saint Laurent

Sneakers.  These are easily my favorite footwear because they're easy, comfortable, and sometimes gives me a bit of height.  There are so many glammed up sneakers available on the market.  Therefore, if you find plain white tennis shoes a bore, go hunting for cute designs either from Adidas, Nike, or even the likes of H and M and Forever 21.  Designers played with patterns such as floral or tropical prints, colors, and even textures. 

Inspirations: Prada, Louis Vuitton, Ted Baker, Michael Kors 

Trouser Suits.  Don't like skirts? No problem.  Sometimes I prefer wearing pants instead because it makes sitting a much easier task.  Although some of these suits are more editorial compared to a work setting, you can have fun in trying bold prints or colors such as pink, red, and green! 

Inspiration: Chloe, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs

Polka dots.  These are one of my favorite prints.  I think this was in Fall/Winter 2018 as well and a great way to incorporate these into your wardrobe are simple polkadot bow clips in your hair if you're feeling too shy.  Otherwise try a one-piece polka dot dress or culotte trousers with a bold lip and accessories.  

Inspiration: Valentino

Vintage Florals.  I don't think it is possible to outgrow florals for spring and summer.  This pattern can take many forms to be flattering for any sort of setting.  It can easily transition off of the runway into the streets and even as a form of occasion wear as a tea dress.  

Inspiration: Erdem, Dolce Gabbana, Alessandra Riche

Sequins and Crystals.  Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and sparkle.  Having outfits or accessories with a bit of dazzle is nothing less than fun but can be sophisticated if subtly placed (like on handbags or heels).  This trend was especially seen in the form of heels to mimic 'cinderella shoes'.  

Inspirations: Versace, Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Gucci, Tom Ford, Miu Miu, Preen

Checks and plaid.  As mentioned previously, plaid has been a print that has intertwined with many of the other trends listed here.  Although predominantly winter patterns, I think both of these can be dressed up or down and woven into accessories such as handbags or trench coats to give off an elegant and preppy-anglaise impression. 

Inspiration: Burberry, Victoria Beckham, Balenciaga

Wicker.  I've never been a massive fan of wicker or picnic-basket styled handbags but I am growing to love them.  They're an adorable pairing with floral, polka dot, or pastel dresses.  It's classy yet still playful and youthful look for those of any age.  I think this is a very fun trend to be seeing on the runway as well as on the high-street.  

Inspirations: Zara, Mark Cross, River Island

Those are the top trends I've noticed on the runway!  I hope this has inspired some of you to branch out or head to the high-street to create some of these outfits.  I'm very excited for these warmer months to wear less layers and inject more color into my life.  

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