Need help decoding this seasons trends to make them more wearable? We know we do.
Luckily for us, we recently hosted an evening with the lovely Frankie Graddon - fashion and beauty editor for 'The Pool' - who shared her words of wisdom with us on which wardrobe updates are really worth investing in this spring.
For those who couldn't talk trends on the night, here are her 6 ways of condensing catwalk style into your everyday wardrobe...
So here we are, days into spring and the question is, what should we be wearing? Our winter coat is too heavy, our ankle boots are too clompy and our black handbag is too, well, black. Not only has the season shifted outside, it has inside our wardrobes too.
‘Spring trends’, that’s the answer. Or is it?
Underwear as outerwear, statement sleeves (read gigantic soup-sploshing cuffs), head-to-toe ruffles and tablecloth gingham. Fancy any of those? Humm. Me neither.
Fortunately there are a handful of new season trends that work off the catwalk and, with some carefully selected pieces, they will slip into your existing wardrobes with minimal effort.
Perhaps the biggest trend of spring 16 is sportswear – in particular tracksuits.
At Chloe we saw zip-up track tops worn over floaty dresses and side-stripe tracksuit trousers paired with lacy tops. Label of the moment Vetements reinvented hooded sweatshirts, layering them over the top of slip dresses or under leather jackets.
How to do the look at home? I will be trying a pair of jogging bottoms in navy or black worn with a lightweight jumper and a pair of white trainers. Smarten up the look with a tailored jacket and block-heeled sandals – a modern take on a trouser suit.
Denim has been upgraded this spring we’re not just talking jeans, but also shirts, jackets and dresses.
London designers Marques ‘Almedia pioneered the trend a few seasons ago reimagining trench coats, cropped jackets and one-shouldered cocktail dresses in indigo. This spring Stella McCartney took denim to sophisticated heights with sleek shirt dresses and jumpsuits, whilst Alexander McQueen made the case for embellished denim frock coats worn with shredded jeans.
I like the idea of a denim shift dress with a frayed hemline – a key detail for this season. Wear it with jeans and ankle boots now and a pair of sandals when it heats up. Just throw over your head and go.
The military trend is a savvy one to buy into for two reasons. One – it’s forever being seen on the catwalks and so perennially “in”. Two – it’s perhaps one of the easiest trends to wear. Pea coats + gold buttons + khaki = happy days.
This season it was Burberry who did the military thing, putting boxy drummer boy jackets over long silky dresses. This high/low pairing is a clever styling trick that we can all learn from.
It might sound odd to talk about trench coats when rounding up new season trends – after all they have been around forever.
Nevertheless, along with bomber jackets, trench coats are key outerwear options this spring. Vetements did classic camel trench coats on the catwalk causing a deluge of them to be seen on the backs of fashion editors during the most recent fashion weeks.
I, however, prefer a navy option which I will wear open (unless it’s too cold, in which case belted) and with the sleeves pushed up. Lightweight and splash proof, it’s the perfect in between weather coat.
The nineties revival has well and truly taken hold this spring, mainly in the form of slip dresses.
Everyone from Céline to Burberry to Pucci did them on the spring catwalks, whilst Mulberry, Rochas and Valentino have also done them for autumn, meaning they are going to be sticking around. I love them and plan to wear one under a sloppy jumper and with a pair of stompy boots. Very Kate Moss circa ‘92.
My one issue is with the spaghetti straps – incredibly inconvenient for those of us who need to wear a bra. Which is why I am such a fan of this Triangle dress, as it has all the insouciant ease of a slip but will cover your bra straps. My default would be to buy it in midnight, however in the spirit of newness I am going to suggest trying the blush. Which brings me onto my final trend…
This spring is well and truly the season of pink.
Done by Prada two seasons ago, pink was seen again this season at Gucci, Christian Dior, Emilia Wickstead , Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry and Diane Von Furstenburg to name but a few.