For those of you, who like me, are already dreaming of the first day you can walk around in slides.
Perth may have been the coldest city in the entire world yesterday morning (no, that is not just an exaggeration), but that doesn’t mean that I’m not already dreaming about warmer days. Like most people, especially fellow fashion diehards, the lead up to winter is one of the most exciting times of the fashion year. Winter means more layers, which means more clothes, which means smarter, more luxurious outfits. However, the start of August has brought what feels like endless rain and a yearning for summer. I’m over the layers. I’m over the black and white. And I can’t wait to get into some lighter, brighter pieces of clothing. Here is my fashion forecast for what Spring will bring to fashion in Australia - as after all, our Spring is less Springy, rather a slightly milder summer with a side of hay fever.
It may still be a month away, but believe me, I am officially starting the countdown. After months of keeping a close eye on spring/summer fashion in the UK and USA, here is what I believe will be flooding your Instagram feeds as soon as we hit 25 degrees celsius Down Under - because for a brief moment, our bodies trick us to believe that 25 degrees is unbearably hot. It’s a good joke really.
Florals? for Spring? Groundbreaking.
Big surprise - not. However, florals won’t be the only patterns hitting our wardrobes, with polkadots and stripes standing their ground since last summer. For an easy, minimalist edition, I recommend purchasing an oversized blue and white striped button down, that looks like it could have come straight out of your dad’s wardrobe. Better yet, go steal one of his. For those seeking a little more colour after a monochromatic winter, a dress from Realisation Par or high street copy is the one for you. This is nothing new here in Aus, but the ‘Pretty Tomboy’ vibes definitely won’t be ending anytime soon. So snap up a patterned wrap or frilly number, be it a shirt, dress or skirt whilst you still can and pair it with denim and sneakers for an effortless look.
As the days get brighter, denim gets lighter
White, cream, beige - you name it, fashions’ elite are choosing it over classic blue washes. Why? It injects a fresh twist into any outfit, taking a standard jeans and t-shirt uniform and turning it something else. However, if you’re going to opt for a lighter shade, I highly recommend choosing a loser fit or style, something like a mom, straight or flare. Nobody wants to see your tighty-whities.
Buttons Buttons Buttons
These bad boys are everywhere. From bodysuits, to dresses, skirts and even jeans, absolutely everything is being taken to the next level with some nice oversized buttons. And I love it! This trend can transform even the most simple basic pieces, elevating any look. Buttons are definitely this seasons answer to sophisticated simplicity.
Goodbye Body-con (thank god)
With this, comes the ruffle mini skirt. Or midi skirt. Whatever your style, style bloggers can’t get enough of a more relaxed fit paired with a classic white tee. One of my favourite bloggers, Lucy Williams, who I keep going back to for inspiration whilst writing this post, is a huge fan of this combo. And anything that Lucy wears, goes.
I’m sad to say, this summer, it is time to say goodbye to the well loved, well worn, Birkenstock slide.
Yes, the Birks do a good job of holding your foot where it needs to be. But the ugly shoe trend really does have to end. After all, no one would have been caught dead in a pair of these three years ago, except for your retired uncle and aunt who hike on the weekends. It’s finally time to get something pretty back on your feet. This year, slides are more feminine and less bulky, with straps concentrated to the front of the shoe. A bit different from the classic two-strap Birks. However, if slides aren’t your thing at all, Espadrilles are this summers go-to sandal. Healed or flat, whatever the style, this classic shoe can be worn day or night, and fashion bloggers just can’t get enough. My tip here is to avoid styles that have no sole lining, leaving just he woven sole to rub your feet raw all day long. Go for something with a bit of padding where possible, for maximum wear.
You can officially live the dream - this spring/summer season it is acceptable to wear your pyjamas outside of the house.
From silky pyjama style blouses to linen and cotton pyjama pants, this is probably one the most comfortable trends you’ll ever see. If you don’t get around this years most easy and effortless trend, you’ll definitely be missing out. Pair high waisted striped pyjama style cotton shorts with a crop top and some slides and you’re in heaven.
To keep up-to-date with the latest trends and how to wear them, I would highly recommend following the style bloggers above - with a special shout out to Lizzy Hadfield from @shotfromthestreet, Sara Donaldson, the creator behind @theundonestore and @harperandharley, and finally Lucy Williams. Follow me at @magentaporter for my personal fashion and lifestyle posts.