Warmer temperatures, sunnier days, flowers in bloom... all signs that it’s time to put away the winter clothes and inject some fresh fashion pieces into your repertoire. Here are some of my favourite trends for the season. The best part is that they're not overly trendy, so you'll be able to incorporate them into your wardrobe for years to come.
I used to consider animal prints a fall/winter thing, but this year, they’ve moved into the perennial category and are now ubiquitous year round. We’re seeing animal prints in camis, skirts, dresses, jackets, sandals, and loafers. The only animal pieces you’ll want to pack away is anything made in an overly heavy material. And, fashion buyers tell me that animal prints are still big for fall, so don’t think of them as trends, they're decidedly staples. The above cami is by Zadig and Voltaire, a French brand. I love it on its own or under a black blazer or leather jacket.
Straight Leg Jeans
There was a time when I swore nothing would come between me and my skinnies. Now, when I put on pair of stovepipe jeans, they’re feeling almost a touch dated, not to mention a wee bit claustrophobic. The hot denim silhouette for spring is the straight leg, preferably a bit cropped, which is easier to pair with shoes than a longer leg. Wear them hemmed, ragged, or cuffed. With sandals, low and high, and of course, with sneakers. The ones above are from AG, one of my favourite brands of jeans, not only because they have lots of great styles but because they're a very environmentally-conscious brand.
We can thank Gucci for this one. The brand brought loafers back in a big way, and I’m very happy that they’re sticking around, mainly because they’re so comfortable. I tend to wear mine with pants, I don’t love them with skirts and dresses, as it can look a little too 80s prep school. When in doubt, go for a loafer in a nude colour. (Or any spring/summer shoe for that matter.) I love these above from Sam Edelman. Excellent price, super comfy, and they go with everything.
Blush and Lilac
When it comes to colour, two of the hottest shades right now are blush (or other soft pinks) and lilac. Never in a million years did I think I’d wear a lilac suit, but there’s something very modern about this shade right now. The above suit is by Part Two. I love the slightly cropped pant, perfect for showing off some cute kitten heel shoes.
Light pink is more versatile, I like to wear it as a neutral. It pairs well with almost any other colour, but my favourites are pink with black, white, navy or olive green.
And in the below, I'm pairing a few of my favourite "trends" together, dusty pink and leopard print, with some straight leg jeans. You can never have too much of a good thing. ;-)