Forget the whole ‘new year, new you’ thing. It’s nonsense – you’re alright as you are, don’t go changing. Instead, simply concentrate your efforts on being considerably better dressed than those in your immediate social circle (it’s much more rewarding). To do this, you need to get your head around our spring trend predictions, featuring a 90s revivial, loads of denim and Ivy League-inspired footwear.
1. 90S REVIVAL
So, as it turns out, the 90s is now long enough ago for fashion to be able to revive it. Not to worry though, 90s style is brilliant – think Britpop references, loads of overt branding and Madchester-inspired everything. Basically, this season you need to know your Jarvis Cockers from your Damon Albarns.
2. COLOUR: INDIGO
Aside from all the denim, we expect indigo to be the colour of the season. When it comes to transitional outerwear, t-shirts and sweaters, you need to need to get yourself at least one indigo piece. Even better, get several and construct a layered look with different washes and weights of the colour – just like handsome young vampire, R-Patz.
The footwear of choice for Ivy Leaguers since the 1930s, loafers are big business again this season. Penny and tassel styles should be worn with cropped or rolled jeans and patterned socks. When the weather warms up, simply remove the socks and wear with ankle-grazing trousers.
4. DENIM EVERYTHING
SS15 brings a renewed focus on denim. With designers such as Tom Ford looking to the Wild West for inspiration, double and triple denim styling was common on the catwalks - often mixed with suede jackets - as were heavy selvedges and 90s-style paint splattered jeans. Prada (pictured above) even took denim down a retro, 70s route.
5. LUXE LOUNGEWEAR
Technical fabrics and relaxed silhouettes are key to this trend, in which sporty pieces have been reimagined in a clean, monochrome look. The crucial item to own is the jogger, which has now become so fashionable we really ought to think of a different name for it.
6. HARRINGTON JACKETS
The king of lightweight outerwear makes a welcome return this season in the form of classic cuts, interesting textures and easy-to-wear colours. Flip through the Harrington’s history and you’ll see it’s been worn by everybody cool since James Dean first gave it a spin in ‘Rebel Without a Cause’.
7. LONGER LENGTH
The oversized silhouette is a key shape for SS15. Slim longline t-shirts and shirts look great underneath light knitwear and cropped jackets, whereas longer sweaters and hoodies work well with the 90s and Luxe Loungewear trends mentioned above.
8. SUEDE JACKETS
From bikers to Harringtons to Western-inspired fringed jackets, the Spring Summer 15 catwalks were awash with suede. Topman Design (pictured above), Oliver Spencer and Katie Eary all sent out models sporting this season’s must-have fabric.
Having covered colour and style, be sure to introduce textural interest – a key trend for SS15 – into your outfit via knitwear, t-shirts and sweats. Look out for loose-weave styles, perforations, performance fabrics and shiny effects.
Combine whites and light shades of great to create a considered, layered look in pale colours. This trend works particularly well with basics – you’ll easily be able to find plenty of pale pieces to pull together full outfits. Just don’t eat anything messy.