It’s a funny time in fashion that never quite existed before. Large-scale, must-follow trends are becoming obsolete. There are no longer limited strong directions that one must obey or else die a style death. Instead, all of a sudden, everything is in, creating many more interesting and specific micro-trends. In a way, this allows for a lot more individual expression, encouraging us to only adopt the trends that really speak to us. And this Spring, there are some that indeed do. Here are the top 10 must-have elements.
Basically an elevated fanny pack, you can’t get a better fusing of high fashion and high function, than a belt bag. Not only do they allow for hands-free utility and security, SS19’s stylised belt bags really punctuate an outfit. We love Gucci’s and Givenchy’s take.
Highlighters hues are huge and pack a significant style punch. Seen everywhere from Marc Jacobs to Prabal Gurung, neon pinks, yellows and greens not only remind us of childhood’s carefree times, their electric quality provides us with a hit of energy.
Elevated Dad Sneakers
OK, so we’ve been resisting this one for several seasons now, but have finally succumbed. Design houses from Balenciaga to Alexander McQueen have been working hard to recreate the dad sneaker, with lots of interesting details and colourways, and now, a normal trainer just doesn’t cut it. Plus, the chunkiness of the shoe has a slimming effect on the leg.
Floss Strap Sandals
Perhaps created as a direct antidote to said chunky dad sneaker, the barely-there sandal that’s been seen at The Row, Tibi and Jacquemus is elegant and understated. Perfect for fans of ultra-minimalist old-Celine design, the floss strap really allows your pedi to take centre stage.
The Ruched Dress
There’s been a whole lot of ruching happening on the runways, especially all-over on dresses. Essentially, ruching is a gathering of a strip of fabric, making the fabric ripple. The method really works wonders when it comes to creating movement and livening up a silhouette.
When it comes to It-shades, clear and sheer is the coolest. This is a trend that’s been gaining momentum for a few seasons, but coming alive in a no-holds-barred kind of way in Spring ’19, thanks to millennial fervour about showing skin. We especially loved the conceal and reveal dresses at Jonathan Simkhai.
While florals for spring are not groundbreaking, feathers very well might be. Traditionally seen as stuffy and old-fashioned, a new kind of high-colour modern frou-frou has been livening up looks at Marc Jacobs, Rochas and No 21.
If like us, you love design and architecture, you’ll fall prey to puffed sleeves, which use volume at the arm to create a beautiful silhouette. This pretty and poetic trend showed up everywhere from on easy dresses at Rodarte and Brock Collection to on serious gowns at Valentino and Emilia Wickstead.
The Retro Headband
Championed by Prada, and now already sold out on MatchesFashion.com, the ultra-thick embellished headband is back with a bang. With its chic yet regal vibe, we love its crowning and empowering effect. We’ll be here, just waiting for a restock.
Surfwear has become a new athleisure sub-category. Which may seem strange if you, say, don’t live in Malibu or Bondi Beach, but surf-inspired wear made a huge splash (sorry!) on the Spring ‘19 runways in Paris and Milan, and is being embraced the fashion world over for its escapist mood.