Spring is here and that means it’s time for a whole new wardrobe — but what’s in for spring 2018? If you want to look flawlessly on-trend this season, check out this style guide packed within vogue trends for the spring fashion season. From how to layer in the daytime to what to wear at night, we have your style choices covered…
Reviving the ‘80s
That iconic fashion era is back in 2018 — get ready to style-up your wardrobe with 1980s glamour. Denim jackets, pouf skirts, ruched tops, and power suits, who doesn’t love 1980s’ fashion?
But how do you emulate the look? The first step is to get the silhouette just right — think emphasized shoulders, nipped in waists and lean legs. During spring days, opt for high-waisted, light-wash jeans and square-shoulder blouses, and at night, go for top-heavy, ruched-velvet maxi dresses enhanced with hoop earrings. Be prepared for an incoming of parachute pants, turtleneck sweaters, waist belts, unapologetic prints, and puff sleeves. If you’re lost, take inspiration from Anthony Vaccarello’s collection at Paris Fashion Week SS18.
Technicolour is in
A major trend for SS18 is the drive towards incorporating a kaleidoscope of colours. Now is the time to push cool colours and autumnal tones aside for bright, bold and beautiful shades that make even the simplest of outfits pop.
During SS18 fashion walks, we were amazed by the gorgeous array of shades walking up and down the catwalk — from the bright red dresses of Preen to the dazzling yellow gowns of Balenciaga. To replicate, colour yourself gorgeous by emboldening your look with a dynamic shade — like electric blue, acid green and tangerine orange. Either splice your shades together in the form of striped tops and checked skirts, or wear them in blocks — think cobalt tapered trousers with a scarlet shirt or mustard culottes with a turquoise cami.
Keep an eye out for lilac — this shade is going to rule the spring colour palette, so make sure to infuse your seasonal wardrobe with plenty of it.
Floral movement 2018
Flower power is set to take over in SS18, so don’t skip this gorgeous trend. SS18 fashion shows almost across the board went mad for patterns powered by petals — but don’t go too bold, SS18 will adopt a subtler, more vintage approach to florals.
Need the inspiration to nail the floral SS18 look? The Erdem and Dolce & Gabbana SS18 catwalks are a great example of how you can use soft pastels and intricate patterns for a flawless spring-ready floral outfit. Go for high-neck tops and traditional tea dresses — similar to Emilia Wickstead’s range — and opt for time-honoured fabrics, like silk and brocade, to pinpoint the vintage floral look in time for blooming season.
Tailored shorts fresh for spring
When the weather heats up, you might want to find an on-trend way to stay cool and look incredible. Thankfully, SS18 is all about the tailored, knee-length shorts.
Forget tapered trousers, you can pair SS18-ready, knee-length shorts with tailored jackets and ruched chiffon shirts for a power-ready vibe that is warm-weather appropriate. 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.
Getting creative with layering
Layering is the perfect solution to dressing for unpredictable spring days. If you’re a creative dresser, layering your staple wardrobe pieces opens a world of untapped possibilities. Just remember that the finesse of layering is being able to mix and match fits and shades flawlessly. Channel the color-blocking trend we mentioned earlier and build a multi-layered outfit out of contrasting hues — perhaps an ivory shirt under an emerald sweater finished with a fitted black blazer, boxy red mac and navy jeans.
Of course, it’s essential to bear in mind the outline and shaping of each piece of clothing you wish to layer. Don’t opt for all loose and billowy clothing, but similarly, don’t pull on fitted pieces with each layer. To make layering an art in spring 2018, 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. These pieces all work perfectly together, and you can add and remove as the day and evening elapse to suit the dress code and weather. Some designers have even sent their models down the catwalk wearing voluminous tulle skirts over skinny-fit trousers, again showing that mixing outlines is key to this growing fashion trend.
How about the type of fabric that’s going to be in for SS18? As the days and nights warm up, incorporate less heavyweight materials into your wardrobe — in other words, ditch the wool coat for a cropped, suede trench and sub you faux-fur-lined jacket for a chiffon kimono. Lighter fabrics also usually give us a more undefined outline that can flatter all body types, and luckily, the soft, floaty silhouette is another big SS18 trend we have to look forward to.
The cool, boho vibe has a major role in SS18 — most notably in the focus on fringe clothing. 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.
Want to rock the fringe trend? Ditch clean-cut handbags for fringed alternatives and enhance your evening dress code with long, flowing fringes that swing in sync with every step. 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.
Plaids, checks and tartan fabrics are another leading style to watch out for in SS18. From the trench coats of Burberry to the dresses of Fendi, checks came in all sizes and shades at SS18 fashion shows, which means you should keep an open mind when it comes to selecting your ideal check colour for SS18. For example, Loewe offered a stunning, dip-hem dress featuring baby pink and blue checks, while Alexander McQueen took a harsher line with bold red and contrasting white plaid patterns.
Get ready for a surge in athleisure. This spring, it’s all about athletic-inspired clothing — especially the two-piece tracksuit. But don’t just throw it on with anything. The mood is changing around sportswear and now, we’re being encouraged to think outside the box by fusing out athleisure gear with glamour-focused accessories.
Forget flat shoes: SS18 fashion shows rocked their athleisure with super high heels for a perfect blend of dressed-up and casual. 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. Go for sneakers or cute plimsolls and dress 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 essential to nailing this in vogue look.
Aside from clothing, SS18 also has a few accessory trends you need to keep an eye out for — especially the trend for bumbags and belt bags. Don’t believe it? Check out Gucci and Balenciaga’s SS18 show. 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 over-the-top earrings.
Cat-eye and tinted aviator sunglasses will be the style-of-choice as the sun gets more sociable in May, while espadrilles and platforms will be the shoe-of-choice for daytime drinks and evenings will be all about wedges and open-toe heels.
Style up for spring 2018 with these in vogue looks perfect for every occasion.