With summer just around the corner and spring already well-in bloom, the need for a new wardrobe this season is imperative. As it's time to pack away and bid adieu to your cable knits and wool trousers, the warm weather brings fourth the need for loose, colourful garments that will keep you chic and cool this summer. From the street to the runway, 2018's hottest Spring / Summer trends are hard to miss.
Whether you're the kind of woman with a flair for the extravagant and a love for all that glitters is gold, or a woman with a simple sense of style and a love for understated luxury - there is something for you. After all, this is fashion. The juxtaposition between the maximalist and the minimalist makes for a surprising match made in heaven depending on how you wear it. Your wardrobe is your canvas, it's up to you how you'd like to paint it.
However, not all of us are so lucky. The task of exuding how you want to express yourself through clothing doesn't always come naturally to some. If you're the kind of individual with a love for fashion and a desire to give life to your visions but don't know where to start - not to worry. Fashion is art and art takes time and practice. So we're here to help. If you find ready-to-wear slightly discouraging but you also can't help but 'ooh' and 'ahh' at the runway pieces, we've got you covered.
Check out this year's biggest Spring / Summer 2018 trends below and how to style them.
Hues of lavender, dusty rose, baby yellow and robin's-egg-blue never fail to embody summer fashion. Though pastels may not specifically be on trend for Spring / Summer 2018, they remain the signature colours for the warmer seasons every year. Pastels are seen everywhere when designers present their Spring / Summer 2018 collections. Yellow-checked button ups paired underneath sheer rose-coloured skirts were seen at Victoria Beckham. Tweed, light pink mini dresses were displayed at Chanel. A matching sky-blue silk set graced the runway at Mansur Gavriel. The prettiest shades are displayed in the most romantic way possible, as seen below on the runway:
However, if these particular looks don't appeal to you, there are always ways to stylize garments to suit your preference. Remember that pastels compliment each other, don't be afraid to match lilac purple with carnation pink to create a real subtle statement. Naturally, like any other colour, pastels and monochromatic shades (especially grey) are the ideal match. Pastels also exude classic femininity, daintiness and elegance - but who's to say you can't edge them up a bit? The yellow-checked tunic is a prime example of balancing the masculine with the feminine. The soft colours displayed on a structured, lumberjack-esque garment makes for an unlikely pair - but it works. Wear this piece with a pair of ripped jean shorts and open-toe shoes for a more easy-going look. Pair the mini pink tweed dress with some white sneakers and a white Gucci Marmont beltbag to combine the dressy and the casual. Silk and pastel-hues make the ultimate lady-like combination, but that might not always be for everyone. Grab the silk culotte trousers and pair them with a band t-shirt and sneakers to not only dial down the "prettiness" but also create a more youthful look.
To all the glitzy, glammy women of the world - this one is for you. Sequins reigned supreme on the Spring / Summer 2018 runways in various different forms. From clothing, to shoes, to accessories, shimmer and sparkle was seen everywhere. It's not uncommon for most women to shy away from the opulence and extravagance of glittery garments. However, it's hard not fall in love with sequins this summer, especially when the sun is shining. It all started at Tom Ford's NYFW show when a long sleeved, cowl-neck sequinned mini dress was seen glistening down the runway paired with a matching sequinned shoulder bag. Yellow gold, silver and black knee-slit sequinned skirts were seen at Marc Jacobs, giving us major Gatsby vibes when paired with a glittery faux-fur shawl. Emilia Wickstead took sequins to a whole new level when a model wearing a shimmery bronze-sequinned jumpsuit walked down the runway wearing a matching sequinned bag and heels.
Though it's hard to not make a statement when it comes to sequins, there are ways to tone down the dressiness when wearing such ostentatious pieces. Sequins and sparkles will always appeal to individuals with flairs for flamboyance. However, if you're the kind of person who enjoys playing with fashion and taking unconventional risks, incorporating sequins into casual looks is a step in the right direction. Pairing a sequinned skirt with some kitten heels and a basic tee not only tones down the extravagance, but rejects the traditional notion that sequins should only been seen in the evening. Yes, you will still look glamorous and you will still make a statement - but you won't look timing-confused. Throwing a simple black blazer over the Emilia Wickstead jumpsuit will still allow you to look chic for evening cocktails on a patio with your girlfriends, but won't make you look like you're attending a gala - especially when paired with black, open-toe sandals.
Yes, sexy can be tasteful. Revealing can also be mysterious and somewhat innocent depending on how you wear sheer garments this spring / summer. The whole "less is more" notion is clearly quite apparent, but fear not - you don't have to expose yourself to follow this trend. On the other hand, if you're comfortable portraying the #FreeTheNipple movement, we're not going to stop you. The transparent trend has been seen everywhere lately, depicted in a number of different fabrics and garments. Polka-dotted tulle skirts were seen paired overtop of pink and black striped body suits at Dior - prima ballerina meets hard-core rock chic? Again, the juxtaposition of clash at it's finest. Next-to-nothing mini sheer dresses with plunging necklines were seen at Jacquemus. An oversized, plastic blue coat was seen on the runway at Burberry underneath another transparent tulle skirt. This Spring / Summer is all about opacity in clothing.
Let's be honest, come July / August, we all wish we could just wear nothing and get away with it. Unfortunately, laws exist. The definition of "modesty" is changing - and modesty itself is becoming less and less of a requirement and more of a personal style preference. Exposed underwear has been a fashion trend for quite some time now and it's not been seen as sexual. Naturally, given this trend, granny panties have simply been disgraced - and with good reason. There's no excuse for why you can't wear your lace Agent Provocateur bralette underneath a sheer Jacquemus dress with a pair of sneakers if that's what you feel good in. It's 32 degrees for crying out loud! That being said, there aren't many of us out there that are truly comfortable with bearing it all, hence why slips exist - a perfect alternative to wear underneath a sheer dress or skirt. An amazing thing about transparency in outwear is that it allows you to show off your look underneath, whether it's open or done-up. Pair this Burberry piece over an all-white outfit to emphasize the colour of the summer-coat but also draw attention to your outfit. Accessorize with black shoes and sunglasses to achieve a more subtle look.
By: Isabel de Carteret