Bubblegum, rose, salmon, raspberry – fashion has a serious appetite for pink right now. At Gucci’s Spring 2017 show even the runway carpet and lightning were tickled pink, plus Pale Dogwood (a dusty blush) and Pink Yarrow (a fierce magenta) were picked as Pantone’s ‘It’ colors for this year. Worried about it being overtly girlie and sickly sweet? Opt for plain blocks of color and sleek tailored silhouettes instead of pattern or fussy details.
Pair with charcoal or dove grey, block heels and a sharp clutch to show you mean business, or toughen up with leather or denim for an off-duty look.
Earn your stripes
Our beloved Breton tee is a perennial wardrobe staple but this year the pattern is rippling across our closets in every imaginable combination – think Rosie Assoulin’s glittering rainbow prints, the Crayola colors of Opening Ceremony and Rosetta Getty, and Hermes’ red seaside stripes. Remember: vertical stripes tend to elongate and slim the silhouette (try on wide-legged trousers for legs that go on forever) whereas horizontals do the opposite (so maybe steer clear on bulkier body types).
All eyes are on arms this season. In a welcome change to all those off-the-shoulder styles of recent years, get ready for some period drama with voluminous sleeves. Who knew Henry VIII or Anne of Green Gables would be our style icons? Adorning jackets, shirts or dresses, it’s a surprisingly wearable trend if the rest of the outfit is kept super simple and slimly tailored. You’ll also see the 1980s back in vogue once again in the form of architectural shoulder pads and Flashdance-esque one-shoulder styles.
There were little rays of sunshine aplenty in the 2017 collections – and couldn’t we all do with cheering up when the news is full of such doom and gloom? Invigorating and uplifting Primrose Yellow was a firm favorite with everyone from Dries Van Noten and Chloe to Gucci and Pucci. Others gave us zingy sherbet lemon, chartreuse or banana shades, and it’s been splashed across snakeskin, satin, feathers and chiffon on all manner of garments and accessories. Admittedly, yellow is not the easiest hue for everyone to wear but the most accessible shades are a creamy buttercups or warm mustards. Redheads can look ravishing in chartreuse, while olive and dark-skinned types are lucky enough to suit more daring sunshine brights and honey golds. Unexpectedly, yellow looks great paired with a strong contrasting shade – grey, lilac or inky blue. Still wary? Get happy with an eye-popping accessory or sporty stripes on a darker garment, which will also tick off the ongoing athleisure trend.
Suits and shirts have undergone a stylish transformation, remerging butterfly-like in dramatically deconstructed shapes. Up-and-coming New York label Monse trail-blazed with trench coats-cum-pencil skirts, pinstriped jumpsuits and off-the-shoulder shirt dresses. Self-Portrait is another emerging brand adding playful ruffles and unexpected flashes of flesh to button-up blouses. It’s office attire, but not as we know it …
Swimwear: tassels, crop tops and surfer style
Let’s face it, we spend a fair amount of time on the beach in these parts so why not ditch that faded old bikini for a piece of sensational on-trend swimwear? Plunging or cut-out one-pieces are still hot property, but there are also a few fresh silhouettes and detailing to get excited about. Tassels are cropping up in many a collection, adding a playful folksy feel, as are romantic frilled edges. The string bikini top has been ushered out in favor of more covered up halter-necks or crop tops (though paired with itsy-bitsy bottoms they can still be risqué). This trend extended to some seriously covetable rash vests, reflecting the growing recognition – and infinite cool – of female pro surfers. Board-ready long sleeved and zip-up styles got a stylish upgrade with sheer paneling and color blocking.