Apologies for the blogging hiatus! I did have a post scheduled to go live before I left for New York but after some technical difficulties – I suck at using the WordPress app – the post was deleted. With no time to recreate the post, I had to leave it and head on my holidays. But now I’m back and ready to dive into the Spring Summer trends!
I was lucky enough to be in New York for Fashion Week and it was pretty crazy! I didn’t head to any shows but I will be giving you a full trip breakdown soon so keep a look out for that.
So back to NYFW. As always there were incredible designers showing such as Alexander Wang, Thakoon, Victoria Beckham, Calvin Klein, Zac Posen, Vera Wang, Rag & Bone, Proenza Schouler, 3.1 Philip Lim, Oscar de la Renta… the list goes on and on! Here are some of the top trends that I spotted from NYFW.
1. The Slit
I think we can blame Angelina Jolie for this one. The thigh high slit is one of the most dominant trends from NYFW. This hip grazing trend is not for the faint of heart but you can manage to make it look elegant if done correctly. Aim to find a dress with a higher neckline or covered shoulders to balance out the flesh to clothing ratio. If you go for the skirt and top combo, look for a looser fitting top, again with a higher neckline and the outfit will balance out.
2. The Crop
Ok, I’ve been hearing a few reports lately that the crop top is done. I beg to differ, and it looks like the runways do too. Yes, crop tops are looking a little tired and need a fresher look. But I do think, come next spring, after hibernating in our warm coats and jumpers for months on end, the crop top will be embraced again.
3. Muted Tones
I am loving the understated and muted tones that were all over the runways. So refreshing to see for Spring Summer. Rosy pinks, soft khakis, off whites, muted berries and greens. It’s a fresh take on summer colours and I really enjoy it. The soft khaki will look incredible with sun kissed skin!
I have had an aversion to gingham since I was forced into a particularly nasty gingham dress as a child, when all I wanted to do was wear my jeans. However, the blue gingham co-ord below might just change my mind. Tread carefully with gingham and keep your accessories and other clothing simple and in similar tones.
5. The Low V
So the choice is to go high thigh or low v in the front it seems. Personally, I am small chested and I have always embraced a low cut top or dress. I think it can look elegant as long as you’re not showing too much other skin. Ladies with curves, embrace this trend too and remember that double sided tape is our best friend!
6. All Sorts of Stripes
Stripes always make an appearance for Spring Summer, something to do with sailor vibes. This season, designers injected some colour, shape and size into the stripes, elevating them from the classic stripe. Watch out with horizontal stripes, it has the ability to undo all that healthy eating and exercise you’ve been doing in an instant!
7. Full of Volume
Ok, I know the Olsen twins are my height, and I know they pull of the excessive volume look often, same goes for Miroslava Duma, but I still have my reservations about diving into this trend myself. I’m still looking for a full midi skirt that doesn’t instantly shrink me. I think it’s all about confidence with this trend. Tall girls of the world – I am endlessly jealous.
So if showing of your thigh or having a plunging V going down your front isn’t risque enough for you, then there’s always the transparent trend. Buy yourself some nice underwear, put on a smile and strut like you’re walking the New York runway yourself.
Personally, I am a huge suede fan. There is something so luxurious about the fabric. Never mind the fact that I am terrified to wear suede in the rain. I bought Chelsea boots a few months ago, and I’d say I’ve worn them twice because I am too scared that it will suddenly, spontaneously rain and ruin them forever. A suede top or skirt would be the perfect addition to any wardrobe and will instantly update several outfits.
10. Belt It
Another simple outfit update is to add a belt to your outfit. Jackets, dresses, skirts, waistcoats, you name it, you should belt it. Instantly slimming and so simple, anyone could do it. Invest in a couple of decent belts at the start of the season and you won’t regret it.
Obviously there we’re other trends on the NYFW runways – fringing, primary colours, the subtle bell bottom, ruffles, orange, etc, but these are the trends that stuck out to me. Feel free to add your thoughts on your favourite NYFW trends below!
I will be posting my London Fashion Week review very soon so keep a look out for that!