This season I like Vogue UK's summary of the runway fashion trends best.
Here's my version of their summary of the 12 defining trends for this spring and summer:
The 80s influence is still going strong. It shows up in increased volume all over, acid-washed denim, and boiler suits.
In online stores I am indeed seeing many 'high street' versions of the runway spring and summer fashions, listed above.
Below I've focussed on the beige, patterns and prints fashion trends:
This trend can be tricky to wear head-to-toe and not look washed out. The woman on the left hand side, above, has the light coloring and low contrast (between skin and hair) that make it look great on her. It also helps that she's wearing a textured necklace, with a bit of sheen, in her neckline area. (For more on contrast see here).
In the jumpsuit outfit above the darker button and slides help create contrast and balance to the woman's medium-dark brown hair.
When this look is done well it can look refined and elegant, or relaxed and natural.
Patterns and prints in general are really a major trend at the moment. If florals aren't your thing you have a choice of many other options.
If you're a bit afraid of wearing patterns, but would like to give them a try, look for more subtle versions. More subtle patterns can be created in prints with low or medium contrasts in their colour scheme . Also look for medium or small scale prints, and more rounded patterns -- these are usually less dramatic.
I've illustrated the main trends in patterns and prints below:
There's still a wide variety of animal prints available in all clothing and accessory items, especially leopard and snake print. Look for more abstract versions -- animal-inspired, rather than true to life -- if you're not sure about wearing this print.
If you like the look of clashing patterns, but are afraid to try this yourself, you'll love the done-for-you mixed prints. As you can see above, some are more subtle than others. To get it this look to work for you:
The bottom line is that there remains a wide variety of styles and colors available. Even if you're not seeing things you love in local stores, online stores open up a lot more options.
Having a good range of options to choose from is a double edged sword! On the one hand it can be confusing. However, on the other hand if you know what you like its great! The trick is to know what you like and what suits you. If you're not sure what suits you anymore, or what you really like, you should find this article useful.