Finally it feels like the winter chill is starting to subside, which means we can now look forward not only to spring, but also spring dressing. It’s time to put those heavy fabrics and autumnal shades away and make room instead for a burst of life in the way of fresh, vibrant shades and exciting new styles.
If you’re in need of inspiration though, then we’ve got just what you need. Here we have put together a list of the top spring fashion trends that you need to know right now and how you can best implement these into your wardrobe. From shapes to fabrics, and shades to patterns, this one-stop list will provide all the information you require.
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Block colours always come around every few seasons as one of the most popular runway trends. Spring is a perfect time for this as it calls for bright, vivid colours which are sometimes best shown simply in block form. This guarantees a bold, fashion-forward look that treads the line between simple and glamorous without ever being too much.
For example, be sure to stand out in this stunning cobalt blue party dress. This bright shade of blue is perfect for making an impression without being too bold or too much, and has been extremely popular with high-end designers for a number of seasons. The brightness of the colour is also balanced and harmonised by the simplicity of the silhouette, but if you want to add something a bit more exciting, accessorise with an embellished headband or clutch bag.
Similarly, for those of you looking for something bright and eye-catching, yet still soft and feminine, look no further. A pastel pink gown is a fantastic choice for tea parties, birthdays and gatherings, and will make any girl feel ready for the warmer spring months. Despite its seemingly simple outline, this piece features a stunning soft frill detail at the back and is a beautiful finishing touch that brings the whole look together. You can wear it with a matching pink bag or shoes for an on-trend monochromatic look that will turn heads when you walk in the room.
If, however, these brighter colours aren’t your thing, don’t worry as one thing is certain: every girl needs a little black dress in her wardrobe. Ideal for almost any occasion, and a go-to in an emergency, a little black dress never goes out of style. It instantly calls to mind images of sophisticated, elegant women – think Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Get Audrey’s iconic look by taking this wearable, versatile piece which can go from day to evening, family dinner to garden party, and can be teamed with any choice of accessories to make the look complete and totally transform it for whatever the occasion.
Block colours mean that you always have a solid base around which you can build an outfit, and this piece in particular is both chic and fabulous.
Florals are another trend which is a staple in any Spring collection. They are a prominent feature every year and flowers are perhaps the most iconic motif when we think of Spring/Summer dressing. While remaining classic and timeless, reminding us of what we can expect after winter passes, it is always exciting to see how fashion rethinks and reinvents the floral theme to keep things new and exciting.
This ivory and pink peony-clad tea dress is spring in a gown; the perfect example of how art can inspire fashion and bring it to life. The particular shade of light pink is delicate while also remaining strong and full of energy, and the intricate detail of the flowers is sure to impress. Designers such as Oscar de la Renta are famed for featuring impressive floral patterns in their collections, becoming synonymous with spring dressing for this reason.
The simple silhouette of this David Charles peony gown is complimented by a feminine ruffle neckline, adding an extra level of detail. To complete the look, you could wear this with a neutral shoe option and simple accessories so that the focus is sure to remain on the impressive features of the gown itself. Perfect for weddings, formal events, or any kind of party this Spring/Summer season, this unique design is one of a kind and is sure to turn heads.
If you’re looking for a subtler take on the classic floral trend, then something like this swing dress is going to be perfect for anyone looking to take a gentler angle on spring dressing.
With an eye-catching, simple-yet-striking A-line cut, the pastel pinks and greens are instead allowed to stand out on this piece. The drop waist is a must-have feature in the collections of high-end designers at the moment, creating a modernised look which you are sure to fall in love with. It was a hit in the SS19 collections at fashion week, from Coach and Rodarte in New York, to Erdem in London. This dropped waistline gives off a relaxed look that is reminiscent of the glitz and glam of the 1920s. Details of this gown include a sheer polka dot mesh underlay and softly pleated hem which accentuates the shape of the skirt. This is the perfect piece to create an ensemble for a spring tea party or garden party – pair with simple flats and a beaded headband to finish the look.
If you’re looking instead for something particularly sophisticated, this maxi dress inspired by botanical gardens is extra special; its long-line hem adds that extra touch of maturity and elegance. Perfect for more formal events, it can also be worn to daytime garden parties with a simple flat ballerina pump. Containing a subtle polka dot chiffon fabric, the watercolour floral print is again an homage to the Impressionist painters who were so often inspired by the serenity and blissfulness of nature, particularly at springtime. This piece also features elasticated cold-shoulder sleeves and a tied-waist detail which also contribute to the elevated look it already creates. This ankle-length style has been particularly popular in the collections of many designers as of late, recalling the glamorous gowns of 30s Hollywood movie stars, ensuring elegance and timelessness. Recent Christian Dior haute couture collections have notably featured many pieces with these ankle-skimming hemlines, giving this elegant look an updated makeover.
Since spring is a time when things such as florals and patterns emerge onto the fashion scene and into our wardrobes, it can be refreshing occasionally to pare things down and keep it simple; sometimes less is more. This season, opt instead for simple shapes and silhouettes when it comes to spring dressing and you won’t regret it.
One way to get this look is with this stunning powder blue gown which is the perfect springtime piece for a number of reasons.
Firstly, its simple shape and silhouette allow the colour and ribbed fabric to stand out. Secondly, its simplicity allows for versatility; wear to a garden party, birthday party, or any event where you want to feel your best without looking like you’re trying too hard. This satin-striped gown has an A-line skirt and a ruffle trim to flatter the neckline and add some intricate, subtle detail. You could pair this with matching blue accessories for a striking monochromatic look that is certain to get heads turning.
But if you’re not one for patterns or bold colours, this ivory bridesmaid-style gown may be just what you’re looking for instead. It doesn’t get much simpler than this; in a sleeveless A-line silhouette, the diamond-cut mesh fabric plays into the popular athleisure and sports luxe trends which have dominated the runways of high-end designers in past seasons. Though geared towards weddings, this dress is also perfect for any day time spring parties or events. Dress up with sparkly accessories or make it casual with sandals or a fresh white trainer to really get that sought-after athleisure look.
The athleisure trend is certainly one that might be perfect for you if you’re style is more relaxed and laid-back; because its inspired by sportswear and activewear, it tends to centre around comfortable fabrics and wearable shapes that flatter a range of body types to move around at maximum potential. New York-based designer, Alexander Wang, has long been a pioneer of this trend, and often incorporates these sporty styles into his collections, showing that fashion can be pretty and practical.
Silver and Gold
When we think of spring colours, we tend to think of pastels and fresh hues that evoke the beauty of nature; pinks, blues, greens and yellows all easily remind us of the sun, sky, and beautiful flowers around us. However, if you’re looking for something a bit different this season, choose instead to gravitate toward metallic tones, which can also be mixed in with more typical ‘spring’ shades to create an updated, elevated look for this season.
For example, this pale pink and white gown, flecked with champagne sparkles, is perfect for any birthday within the spring/summer season, or any extra special occasion.
Even if pink is not your go-to colour, this piece is perfect for any girl looking to add a feminine, delicate touch to her wardrobe. This gown features a fitted bodice, soft tulle layering and matching pleated tulle details in addition to ruffled cap sleeves with embellishments for that perfect finishing touch. Echoing the warm, hazy pink sunsets of spring and summer, this dress is sure to make any girl feel fabulous and ready for the occasion.
Then, on the cooler toned side of things, this ballerina-style gown combines all the elements of a party dress and the tutu of a prima ballerina’s dreams. Comprising of soft white, pale blue, and interlacings of gold, this gown’s careful design echoes the hazy, dream-like nature of Monet paintings, evoking images of tranquil spring settings and the calmness of nature. The gowns displayed at couture fashion week often have this regal feeling about them. Inspired also by the theatre, this gown is perfect for any girl with a theatrical, dramatic side; the off-the-shoulder ruffles and ribbons add yet another dimension and touch of elegance. Combine with silver or gold accessories to perfectly balance the subtlety of the gown’s gold embroidery. If you’re looking for inspiration, the collections of Elie Saab are full of dazzling jewel tones and metallics that will give you endless ideas.
There’s no denying that spring and summer are the perfect time for outdoors weddings, but this requires the perfect gown for the occasion. This particular piece in ivory and gold is ideal for any young bridesmaid wanting to impress on the aisle; featuring a delicate floral motif brocade and embossed flower design, there is no doubt that the wearer of this will steal the show. The light colour palette is perfect for spring, yet the regal gold details add that something extra special. While tailored for weddings, you can also style this gown so that it can be worn to any party or formal event.
With any of these trends under your belt, you’re sure to ace spring dressing. Whatever your style may be there’s something to suit every taste and preference. From minimalist to maximalist, spring is a time for joy and there’s no reason to not reflect this in your wardrobe!
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