Fashion & Travel
March 20, 2018

Dressing up and being fashionable is a challenge to some people and easy for others. If you have a flair for clothes and for knowing what’s stylishly cool, then you don’t have a problem with dressing up this spring season. Otherwise, you have some learning to do. Spring is an unpredictable season. It may be sunny in the morning and then it becomes rainy in the evening. Unlike when it’s summer, all you put on are light clothes and on winter you have heavy, thick clothes.

Lighten up and don’t worry too much because there’s an SS18 style guide packed with cool trends for the spring fashion season that people can adhere to. Use this guide as a means to dress up effortlessly and chicly.

Kaleidoscope Colour Schemes

Forget your winter clothes and get ready to put them away in the closet. The warm days are here and wearing bright, colorful, and bold shades that make even the simplest of outfits pop is the way to go.

SS18 fashion shows were bursting with primary garments that seemed to almost walk themselves up the catwalk, from the tomato red dresses of Preen to the canary yellow gowns of Balenciaga. Wear clothes in attention-grabbing colors like electric blue, tangerine orange, and acid green. You can also blend your shades together in the form of striped tops and checked skirts or wear them in blocks. Don’t be afraid to stand out and be loud with your clothes.

The “in” color this season is lilac so make sure to fill your closet with this color.

Bring Back the ‘80s

The 80’s was a fun time to dress up because it was perfectly okay to be weird. Experimenting with clothes was acceptable and it seems that anything goes during that time. Channel the Madonna and Cyndi Lauper in you and rock it. Power suits, pouf skirts, ruched tops, and lashings of denim; SS18 is rewinding the clock and dousing itself in ‘80s glamour.

Create an outline of emphasised shoulders, nipped in waists and lean legs. During spring days, go for high-waisted, light-wash jeans and square-shoulder blouses, and at night, go for a top-heavy, ruched-velvet dress accessorized by big hoop earrings. Also wear turtleneck sweaters, parachute pants, waist belts, puff sleeves and crazy prints.

Light Fabrics for Light Evenings

It shouldn’t be all about color and style when it comes to seasonal trends. Also think about fabric weight. Incorporate less heavy fabrics into your wardrobe as the days and nights become warmer. Avoid wearing heavy and thick coats and jackets.

Lighter fabrics also usually give us a more undefined outline that can suit all body shapes. The soft, floaty silhouette is another big SS18 trend we should be excited about and look forward to.

2018 Vintage Flower Power

We’ll still see a lot of floral patterns but on a more subdued tone. Vintage floral prints is also in vogue. SS18 fashion shows almost across the board went crazy for patterns powered by petals.

Check out the SS18 catwalks of Erdem and Dolce & Gabbana; using soft pastels and intricate patterns, they nailed the spring-ready floral trend. Go for high-neck tops and traditional tea dresses — similar to Emilia Wickstead’s range — and go for classic fabrics like silk and brocade to pinpoint the vintage floral look in time for blooming season.

Learn to Layer

As I said earlier, this season will be hard for someone who isn’t into fashion and have no idea how to style themselves. Since the weather can be both rainy and sunny, layer clothes so you can just discard them when the weather becomes cooler. If you’re a creative dresser, layering your staple wardrobe pieces opens a world of untapped possibilities. This is what’s fun about fashion, being able to mix and match outfits and shades without much effort. Channel the colour-blocking trend we mentioned earlier and build a multi-layered outfit out of contrasting hues.

The shape of your layered clothes is essential and should be taken into consideration. You need to contrast your fittings. Go for a bralet that hugs your body then pair with culottes, flares or wide-leg trousers. Slip on a sheer wrap top over your bralet and top-off with a cropped silk, loose-fit kimono and tailored tuxedo jacket. All these pieces look good together. Add and remove as the day and evening goes by to suit the dress code and weather. Mixing outlines is key to this cool and blossoming trend.

Fabulous Fringes

From the jackets of the SS18 Bottega Veneta to the dresses of Calvin Klein, fringe hemlines are going to be swinging everywhere this coming season. Everything about SS18 seems to be taking fashion to the max — consider the technicolour outfit palettes and striking ‘80s-inspired silhouettes. Fringed clothing is just another exciting trend this season. Add pizzazz to your evening wear with long, flowing fringes that swing in sync with your every move. More dancefloor-diva chic than festival-girl boho, SS18 fringes are made to enhance, not just accessorise. Get yours in a long, luxe fabric and remember, the greater the swing, the better.

Checkmate

Throughout SS18 fashion weeks across the world, the plaid pattern adorned almost every outfit scenario. From the trenches of Burberry to the dresses of Fendi, checks came in all sizes and colors, which means you should keep an open mind when it comes to selecting your ideal check colour for SS18. You can go all cute and dainty or go edgy and bold. Just make sure it suits you. Designers are now investing in versatile prints that can be worn and repurpose as the years go by and one of them is checks.

Springtime Suit Shorts

During the day or for off-duty events, you might not feel that the ‘80s-inspired trouser power suit is the look you want to go for. If that’s the case, wearing shorts is the best thing. Forget limiting your wide-shoulder blazer to tapered trousers, spring 2018 is going to salute knee-length shorts that you can pair with tailored jackets and ruched chiffon shirts for a power-ready vibe that is great with the warm weather. At SS18 fashion shows, Off-White did power shorts gorgeously in pink before polishing the look off with an open collar shirt, while Balmain went more office-focused with on-trend checks and a monochrome palette.

Dressed-up Athleisure

This spring, it’s all about athletic-inspired clothing especially the two-piece tracksuit. Blend athleisure gear with glamour-focused accessories. Stillettos and sportswear strutted to the forefront of all SS18 fashion weeks. Wear your joggers and cropped top with high heels and statement jewellery, and you have a look poised to take spring 2018 by storm. This also works the other way, like for instance, wearing sneakers or cute plimsolls and dressing them up when the warm weather hits with a floral dress or checked skirt. Striking the balance between casual urban and dressed-up chic is the key to nailing this interesting trend.

Spring-ready Accessories

SS18 is driving the trend for bumbags and duffel bags. If you don’t believe me, check out Gucci and Balenciaga’s SS18 fashion shows. To keep in line with the power of the ‘80s, opt for waist belts that pull you in for that iconic Dynasty-esque silhouette and put the final stamp on the look with oversized, attention-grabbing earrings.

During April showers, bring your chic and sleek umbrellas. Cat-eye and tinted aviator sunglasses will be the style-of-choice as it becomes sunny again in May. As for shoes, bring out the espadrilles and flatforms for daytime then get ready for sunny evenings with wedges and open-toe heels.

Follow these SS18 trends and get rid of your old clothes. Trying out these styles will definitely merit you second glances and make you a true fashionista.

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