Disclaimer: I am not a fashion guru, but can appreciate a good outfit when I spot or sport one. Last week, walking through Pavillion Gardens, I saw a girl reading a novel on a bench in the sunshine. I went over to her and said ‘I don’t want to come off as weird but I really love your outfit’ to which she grabbed her heart and raised her eyebrows in a heartfelt look of shock rather than embarrassment or disgust. I took this positive reaction as a cue to continue: “I couldn’t just walk past without saying you look lovely”. She was wearing fishnet tights, a bright lilac pleated skirt down to her shins, a fluffy black coat and a beret balanced on her head. The January sunshine, and this obligation to compliment a stranger got me thinking ahead of next season and what people will be wearing; how they will be expressing themselves. Below I highlight five trends that I want to stick around in Spring 2022.
Gingham had a moment to shine last spring however I hope it stays a little longer. I am partial to a hamper full of bread and berries, so why would I not want to dress up like a picnic blanket? Ahead of last Valentines, I bought a dress from New Look which was on sale. It is pink and white, gingham (of course) with puffy sleeves and a skater skirt. It is absolutely my dream dress, making me feel like a fairy about to dance through woodlands with a wicker basket in hand. Or if dresses aren’t your go to, gingham trousers paired with a white knit jumper on cooler evenings, or a tshirt for warmer spring days would create a look which combines cool, casual, fun but also sophistication as an alternative to jeans or plain straight-leg trousers. Gingham is a perfect, whimsical alternative to the classic (yet undeniably timeless) spring florals.
Monochrome means wearing varying tones of one colour. This has always intimidated me personally, but on others it is a look which immediately appears uniform and effortlessly put together. I love the thought of rocking a lilac skirt with a blazer to match. I am thinking ‘Clueless’ vibes where checked print also makes an iconic feature. Or if there is no need to brighten up the classroom in monochrome, the easiest way to pair your colours is through a casual street-wear outfit. A bright blue tracksuit to roam the cold in, or even a beige trouser and trench combo to grab Sunday brunch in. Remember neutral colours count as monochrome too if the thought of wandering around in grass green is intimidating. In fact – maybe that’s it – I am intimidated by primary colours not monochrome! Perhaps this spring though I will brave bright yellow on bright yellow just to channel my inner Cher…
New in highstreet stores Bershka, Urban Outfitters and Pull and Bear, there is an array of abstract swirls printed onto items, adding a hippie 70s flare to our wardrobes. I think these designs are hypnotic and interesting. Sherbert Lemons (owned by and handcrafted garments by Kelly Valli) ALWAYS slays the abstract prints in bold two pieces and jumpsuits amongst her new collection. Patterns called ‘neon lava’, ‘fruit twist’ and ‘dazzled daydream’ are personal favourites.
How do you feel like a Parisian in the middle of Brighton? Throw on a beret. Admittedly hats are not the most ‘spring’ attire. You either wear a beanie in the winter to keep your ears warm, or wear a cap in the summer to protect your eyes from being blinded and your scalp from getting sunburnt. There is no in between – except I would argue that the beret is the perfect middle ground! A level up in class from the bucket hat, it balances on your head so that you can still have stunning curls or plaits dangling from underneath this accessory. Fair enough it takes a few attempts to get a beret to sit on your head just the way you like, but once it is on top of any spring outfit, it can make anything or anyone look city chic. A beret really is the cherry on top of a cake. (For some hat-spiration turn to Lily Collins in ‘Emily in Paris’ and you won’t be disappointed).
Last but not least, we have the puff sleeve. In spring, the ‘to bring a jacket or not bring a jacket’ debate can be rife, so why not just opt for a puff-sleeve instead? Long-sleeved puffy sleeves tend to be airy while other puff sleeves tend to cover at least to the elbow. This style is reflective of Victorian dress, but modernizes the vintage style instead of appearing old-fashioned. Or I believe puff-sleeves can look pretty bohemian: imagine sleeves floating in the wind as you dance around festivals. Either way, puff sleeves add just a littlesomething compared to any ordinary sleeve. I think they look best with a milkmaid neck-line, making your collarbones and chest pop as you embrace farm-yard cuteness.
Regardless of what the catwalks and highstreets demand, these are some of the styles I will be carrying into the next season. If you need me in 2022, you will find me in charity shops and vintage stores plucking out every bit of gingham in sight, or embracing Victorian sleeves. Perhaps I could even start a collection of berets for every month of the year – colours and patterns to match the seasons….
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