January may have been an endless slog of dark mornings, short days and chilly nights but as we make our way through a new month, there's fresh hope that spring is just around the corner. Incorporating some spring fashion trends into your wardrobe now is a great way to transition into the new season. Sure, we won't be donning our lightweight jackets and bare ankles quite yet, but there are some micro movements making their way from the catwalk to the high street that we can adopt now.
When you think of maxi dresses, what springs to mind? If it's floating around in the balmy summer heat, you're not alone, but there are plenty of ways in which this warm weather trend can be adapted. Soft, romantic and able to hide a multitude of sins, the maxi dress was seen gracing the catwalks of Erdem, Armani and Etro this season, making it a trend with staying power.
Wear: Pair your maxi dress with a chunky knit jumper or cardigan and knee-high or ankle boots for a winter/spring take. If your maxi dress is a strappy number, layer it over a fitted roll neck for a chic alternative.
Simple but definitely not boring, teaming black and white is the classic elegance we're all craving this year. From stripes and colourblocking, checks to accents, anything goes as long as it's monochromatic this spring. Although this trend comes into its own for evening wear, it's just as effective during the day when it's kept fuss-free.
Wear: Channel Chanel this season with a black pencil skirt, knee high leather boots and a white tweed blazer or tailored boxy jacket.
Get ready to channel your inner Wonder Woman with spring's hottest trend. Perfect to bridge the gap between coats and jackets, capes are a sartorial smash hit every time. Incorporated into dress necklines, fluid sleeves or worn alone, they can add an old-school glamour to your casual outfit.
Wear: Nothing says elegance like a camel or neutral-hued cape. Team yours with a knitted jumper dress and knee-high boots, fastened with a beautiful brooch for a unique twist.
Seen on the catwalks of Tory Burch, Simone Rocha and Louis Vuitton, the safari hue is coming back in a big way. Mixed with androgynous silhouettes and chic tailoring, there wasn't a chino in sight when the models took to the catwalks in wide leg khaki trousers, cinched-in pencil skirts and jackets complete with over-sized lapels. Worn in a modern way, khaki is shaking off its tourist connotations and is set to be the most wearable shade of spring.
Wear: Combine two trends in one with flattering wide leg, high waisted khaki trousers teamed with a white shirt, knit vest and ballet pump shoes for an effortless daytime look.
Wide leg trousers
Put your skinny jeans on hiatus as wide-leg silhouettes are coming through. While they may have connotations of being shapeless and unflattering, the new shape slacks, or dad trousers as they're also known, cling to all the right areas, elongating the legs and giving a more elegant shape. Pair with a tighter top to balance the volume.
Wear: Bring some femininity to the trend by wearing your wide leg trousers with a sleeveless roll neck tank or crew neck white tee with an over-sized necklace.
If you're a Bridgerton fanatic, you're going to love the modern take of ladylike glamour this season. Combining the nations new found love of hoodies and loungewear (thanks, Covid) and a more dressed-up approach, teaming a full pleated skirt with sportluxe jackets and polo shirts provides us with a more presentable comfort.
Wear: Keep it simple with a pleated midi skirt and zip-up jacket in the same shade or pair a classic polo shirt with a fitted pencil skirt and boots.
Horizontal, vertical and even diagonal – stripes are back and bolder than ever. Seen on the models at Burberry and Christopher Kane, stripes can be applied to any season and any item of clothing, making it the most versatile trend of the season.
Wear: Team a blue and white stripe shirt with black tailored trousers and ankle boots or if you're feeling brave, double up with striped trousers and a striped jumper paired with a trench coat and boots.
Although typically an autumn trend, trench coats can also lend themselves very well to transitional seasons. Whether it's a classic beige a la Audrey Hepburn, a black leather trench or a blush pink hue, the lightweight coat is a lifelong classic for your wardrobe.
Wear: With dark cropped straight leg jeans, ankle boots, a cashmere roll-neck jumper and canvas tote bag.
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