This trend report is based on influences from the fashion runways and streets of the northern hemisphere, intermingled with Australasia’s take on it for downunder.
Spring is defined by two key trends - pastels and flowers - fitting for Spring don’t you think.
Please note, most clothes are available online and in stores throughout Australasia.
Delicate, soft, gorgeous - with a big emphasis on Pink, following on from its brief introduction in some Winter ranges.
Pastels don’t suit everyone - they’re fabulous for our girls who suit the Light and Soft/Muted colour palettes, and some of the Cool palette (blue-based colours).
If you don’t suit pastels and are keen to wear them, team them up with another colour, e.g. black, brown, charcoal, navy or even a bright, bold colour. Teaming pastels with a complementary pattern is also a good option.
Portmans Full Leather Midi Skirt AUD $169.95, worn with Portmans Ruffle Crop Top AUD $79.95
Country Road Jacket & Shorts
Taking Shape Eplisse Two Parties Dress AUD $279.95 (two dresses)
Nothing says spring like flowers. If only the clothes smelt as delicious as actual spring flowers. Think daisies, roses…. Tops, dresses, pants, jackets, accessories or accents in design.
EziBuy Urban Printed Dress $64.99
Glassons Floral Quilted Bomber NZD $69.99
EziBuy Grace Hill Placement Floral Shift $129.99
Sporty, athletic influences have made their way into mainstream looks - luxe (luxury) sweatshirts, knits, bomber jackets, cuffed pants, side-stripe sporty threads and trainers.
EziBuy Capture Parka Jacket $89.99 & EziBuy Capture Drape Pants $59.99
Max Textured Bomber Sweat $119
EziBuy Emerge Bomber Jacket $74.99
EziBuy Emerge Joggers $59.99
It’s full on.
Wide leg pants
Floaty, wide leg pants are fabulous for warm spring/summer days. They'll take a little getting used to after slims and skinnies that's for sure.
Skirts have more volume and length, ending midway at the calves (the midi). The Pencil skirt is still very popular.
Witchery Spliced Pleat Midi $149.90
Culottes (wide leg, mid-calf length pants) are making a comeback too. If you’re vertically challenged, pants like these will make you appear shorter. You’re best with a more tapered look.
Portmans Wide Leg Soft Culotte $79.95
Decjuba Flora Dress AUD $139.95
Taking Shape Fireworks Cardi AUD $139.95
Jacqui E 7/8th Print Sateen Pant $79.95
Think room to breathe and you’re 90% there. Relaxed, rolled up cuffs. They’re fab, especially teamed with brogues and flats with socks, trainers, and ankle boots. Show some sock. Show some flesh.
Max Distressed Boyfriend Crop Jean $99
Just Jeans Knit Denim Moto Boyfriend Jean AUD $89.95
I’m not sure if I’ve recovered from my Chambray days of the 90s! Chambray is light denim, in weight and colour. Wear Chambray with floral prints, white, colours and darker denim. Very versatile. Think shirt, top, dresses.
Max Chambray Denim Shirt Dress $119
EziBuy Emerge Drape Pants $74.99
Country Road Wrap Chambray Shirt NZD $139
Pop art and geometric prints. Tops. Dresses. Pants. Skirts. Jackets.
EziBuy Capture Graphic Shift Dress $69.99
Portmans Print Bind Tee AUD $59.95
Jacqui E Anna Cube Print Pencil Skirt AUD $89.95
Other trends to keep an eye out for...
- Boxy, cropped jackets - the boxy nature isn’t going to suit everyone, it can make you look shapeless and big if you’re not careful.
- The Shirt - white shirts in particular but with a twist, literally. Nothing straight about these babies. Count the shirt dress in. Contast collars (contrast colours) are also big.
- Sheer and Mesh add interest, texture and sensuality to tops, dresses, jackets, skirts and pants.
- Crop Tops. Mmm, I suspect only a minority are going to be happy about this :)
- Metallics - as a complete outfit or as accents.
- Micro pleats - check out the fab skirt from Witchery above.
- Fringe tassels - from hippy chick to high street funk, fringe tassels are playful and a must this season.
Glassons Tassel Hem Vest $69.99
- Embellishments - sequins, beads added to tops, dresses, skirts, jackets and pants to take your outfit into another sphere.
EziBuy Heine Sparkle Oversized Top $89.99
Cover image courtesy of EziBuy - Emerge Fit and Flare Chiffon Dress $79.99
You may also be interested in - Spring Styling, a buyer's perspective & Spring '14 Lookbooks