This season the main new trend is prints. Patterns, together with colour are adding a vibrant way to step into Spring!
You'll find prints in dresses, pants, skirts, shirts, jackets and accessories. The prints include: Aztec and tribal inspired prints, florals, nature inspired prints, computer generated patterns, scarf prints and horizontal stripes. There are still some animal prints around, but they're in the minority this season.
Continuing in the vein of combining very different fabrics within a garment, and combining 'out there' colours, combining prints is the latest fashion forward trend. You'll find patterns combined for you within the construction of a garment, or, if you're creative and bold, you can combine different prints yourself within your outfit. Beware: it's very easy to get this wrong!
Colour is also a strong continuing trend. Especially coloured jeans and pants. You'll find many fresh, spring pastels, and also bright, jewel tones.
And the peplum is a strong design influence on tops, skirts, dresses and jackets. This style can help with creating the 'perfect' hourglass silhouette. However, it can also emphasise figure flaws around the waist and torso, so take care! This design element works best on those with vertical proportions of long legs and short body, with an hourglass or inverted triangle shape. It can works on other shapes too, just take notice of how full the peplum is, where it falls on your body and what aspects of your body it draws attention to.
There are still many dress styles available. Lengths are mainly around knee length. There are also some full length choices for casual and smart casual.
There's also a selection of 2 length dresses: shorter at the front and long at the back. Another variation is a diagonal hemline.
Add one of the new patterned dresses to your collection to up date your look this season. Or a dress with a peplum.
Since there's still a large variety of dresses, there's still a large selection of dress shapes available. This includes:
Patterned pants, both slim full-length and capri styles are a fresh new look this season. These are mainly in medium-light pastels or clear, bright colours (with, or without patterns).
Obvious patterns (as opposed to subtle patterns) and lighter or brighter pants act as a low focal point. They are best if you are taller and have long legs or a balanced vertical body shape. However, if you like this look and want to try it anyway, try balancing the look with a statement necklace or a lighter, brighter top, to bring the attention back up to your face.
There's a bit more variation in skirt styles this season. These include:
There's still a wide range of jackets, including:
Ankle straps are a prominent theme -- slim shapely legs and ankles are best for this trend. Or look for ankle straps that tone with your skin, to prevent your ankles and calves looking fatter and your legs shorter
Ballet flats and court shoes with a coloured toe cap (metallic or contrasting colour to the rest of the shoe)
Statement Aztec and tribal inspired necklaces in metal and acrylic
The colour trend continues, especially many variations of: