The SS16 runways were engulfed in a kaleidoscope display of ruffles, stripes, pleats, embellishments and accessories. Now it’s time to get to grips with these hot trends to infuse into your spring repertoire.
Here we’ve put together an exclusive lookbook to bring you all the style inspiration and fashion wonder you need, to have you looking your best for the fragrant and warm months ahead.
Welcome to the new season of maximalism…
Pussy-bow Blouse: Primark – £10 | Mom Jeans: Topshop – £40 | Doc Martins: £100 | Utility Jacket: H&M – £29.99 | Snake Print Handbag: River Island – £25 | Sunglasses: Ralph Lauren – £70
Ruffles, frills, high-collar necklines, you name it, were aplenty during February’s Fashion Week/s, and as romantic and charmingly whimsical this embellishment can be, it also can be a little extravagant for casual wear.
So we’ve paired together a high-street alternative: a sleek white button-down blouse with a front pussy-bow detailing, if this isn’t effortlessly geek chic and cute, who knows what is!
Complementing this style be a black and gold buttoned statement number from H&M, a classy utility jacket that can go with almost any outfit. Mom jeans are also making a huge hit this season, with the return of the 90’s style, this type of jean is so perfectly casual while creating a stylish fit at the same time.
Luxe prints including (faux) snakeskin are sliding its way into fashion again this season. Working the best in moderation, this print adds a high-fashion touch to your day-to-day outfitting, which can also be just as easily transformed into a night-time statement staple.
Playsuit: New Look – £15 | Jacket: Primark- £17 | Fedora: Topshop – £25 | Necklace: Topshop – £17 | Booties: New Look – £ 27 | Handbag: DKNY – £380
Of course stripes are hot this season, they’re a beautifully timeless structure of line that can be worn in every format and colour imaginable! Graphic verticals and bold horizontals were the way forward during the past Fashion Month just gone and we think it’s still the port-of-call for your spring wardrobe.
From Prada’s leather skirts and coats to Gucci’s feminine stripy vintage-inspired tea dresses and floor-length balloon skirts, you just can’t go wrong with this trend. Fortunately, the high-streets have embraced this trend to the max, making no time like the present to get your stripe game strong.
Here we’ve paired a sleek monochrome playsuit from New Look with muted accompaniments and silver metallic decorations to let the statement belted staple do the talking.
Top: Topshop – £30 | Slip-on Dress: H&M – £7.99 | Necklace: H&M – £19.99 | Backpack: Primark- £25 | Loafers: Primark – £14 | Leather Jacket: New Look – £30
Black and white classics will always continue to triumph the runways, and even more so this season; including mega designs like Max Mara, Celine and Osman. Keeping it simple is the rule of thumb to follow, with two-tone monochrome pieces occasionally teamed with a flash of colour to brighten up the look.
Besides the monochromatic theme, a new era has generated a big impact: the era of metal; and with this trend a little goes a long way. The latest additions to add to your spring jewelry box includes a metallic statement necklace to pull your outfits together and breathe dramatic life to your decolletage.
WANT TO SEE MORE LIKE THIS? CHECK OUT OUR SS16 TREND REPORT
Blouse: Jack Wills – £50 | Jumper: New Look – £10 | Leather Jacket: Forever 21- £33 | Jeans: New Look – £22 | Lace-ups: River Island – £28 | Handbag: Ted Baker – £105
Layering is not only a practical method for warmth in seasonal transitions, but also is a timeless fashion ethos in making any outfit more interesting. Plus, why stick to one plush fabric when a wealth of deluxe layers looks so sublime?
Getting to grips with your wardrobe basics are ideal for taking your layer slayer game to new heights, with something as easily accessible as a white blouse working in unison perfectly with a grey chunky knit jumper.
Top: Primark – £12 | Cardigan: Primark – £10 | Skirt: Primark – £8.99 | Bag: Miss Selfridge – £18 | Loafers: Primark – £14 | Necklace: H&M – £8 | Watch: New Look – £12
Pleats? Yes, please! The signature fabrication of the season is officially pleats, especially with the endearing revival of the geek chic facade. The key here is to zone in one one key piece and dress the rest of the outfit around it for the perfect mix that brings your effortless fashion mastery to life.
We channeled this fanciful and preppy trend through sporting a sweet pleated polka dot midi-skirt from Primark with slick black fringed loafers and an over-sized snuggly cardigan for the perfect confidently eccentric varsity flashback. Your accessory this season? A pair of glasses.
Crop top: Miss Selfridge – £12 | Denim Jacket: New Look – £25 | Jeans: New Look – £20 | Ankle Boots: Boohoo – £20 | Slouch Bag: New Look – £19.99
The streetwear classic get-up has gotten a makeover: with the 90’s influence heavily taking a hold of this season’s era style inspiration, crop tops and double denim are trickling down from the runways into our closets.
Without taking the #throwback trend completely into the decades previously, we’ve put a modern spin to this look to make it appropriate for both evening and daytime and the contemporary time.
Think of the distressed jeans, midriff showing tops and faded outerwear as the new alternatives – wearing them with your favourite buckled leather ankle booties, slouchy swing bag and hoodie or bomber jacket for that stylish 90’s Gigi Hadid appeal.
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Shoutout to Jacob Valdez, a very talented photographer who took all of these photographs, check out his work HERE!