Friend Friday is run by ModlyChic. To participate email firstname.lastname@example.org. This week we are talking about Spring trends.
Believe it or not it has only started to really feel like Spring this past week in London with glorious sunshine and balmy temperatures. I actually feel like shedding my coat and woollen layers and wearing some lighter, prettier and more colourful attire.
Thankfully Spring/Summer trends tend to repeat themselves a lot with the same themes running through for years at a time. You can pretty much bank on florals, colour and summer whites in some form or other making a comeback year after year.
As the warm season here is notoriously short I have resolved to not buy too much new Spring/Summer clothes this year and make more use of what I have. I have been delighted to find I have enough in my wardrobe to work several trends without hitting the shops. Now let's see if I can be disciplined enough to stick to shopping from my wardrobe! The five trends I will be working this spring using items from my closet are:
1. The Biker Jacket
The biker is my favourite jacket and my go to wardrobe piece in Spring as a cover up. I own many and wear them constantly whether they are considered on trend or not. Thanks to Burberry Prosurm's SS11 collection in which the biker was heavily featured (and perversely crowned the new aviator jacket), I will also be working a major trend this Spring whenever I wear one of my bikers.
2. White Lace
Dolce and Gabbana has put white lace dresses on the fashion map for Spring. Good thing I bought this white lace number from the Kate Moss for Topshop Spring Summer collection last year then!
3. Florals, Prints, Colour and Brights
Colour is back and the choice of trends this season in which you can work some colour into your wardrobe seems to be a rehash of previous Spring trends: florals, prints, brights and colour blocking. Snake print and chinoiserie are back as print themes.
My summer dress collection is a testimony in itself as to how often these trends come around again. I have hardly bought any new Spring/Summer clothes this season as I've got more than enough dresses to work most of trends I have noted. Note to self: I do not need to buy another floral print dress.
Fashionista cheat notes to save money: convince yourself you are working two trends in one with one set of garments! Neon brights aren't for me but there is plenty of bright colour to choose from amongst my printed pieces! There are two Vivienne Westwood jersey dresses, one in lipstick red and one in purple that would tick the colour blocking box.
For chinoiserie I have a kimino inspired dress from Mango, a mini dress with a blue and white cherry blossom print reminisicent of blue china that I had for over a decade from Karen Millen, and I also have my new kimino top from Zara. There's even a snake print dress from Mango hiding in there waiting to work the comeback of snake as a trend too!
4. Leather Trousers
Leather trousers of the skinny rock star variety refuse to go away. They had been a big trend for the past couple of winters and I was wondering when the magazines would start trying to kill them off. I love my leather motorcycle trousers and leather leggings so I'd be wearing them regardless but I was surprised to see that almost all the magazines here are now hailing them as a wardrobe staple no fashionable woman should be without.
If you haven't already succumbed to purchasing a pair in winter it seems like every online retailer is selling new versions of the skinny leather trouser for Spring. Leather trousers in Spring is not as bad an idea as it may first sound. It can still get pretty chilly in the Spring here, especially in the evenings. So it is a relief that there is a fashionable warm option to turn too when it becomes too cool for floaty dresses and shorts.
From what I saw of the Autumn/Winter 2011 collections on recent buying trips and London Fashion Week, I strongly suspect that a pair bought now will be worn right through next winter as well!
5. Wide Legged Jeans and Seventies Chic
I have been wearing my trusty Love Story jeans since the height of Winter. I'll just keep wearing them into Spring as wide legged jeans are apparently the new skinny. Worn with a blouse and platform shoes, I'll be able to simultaneously work that other trend of the moment - the Seventies!
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