Spring’s new design approach is one that embraces ease and effortlessness, not least towards tailoring and the styling opportunities that it holds. Slouchy cuts, subtle twists and artful drapery breathe new life into classic silhouettes and result in a soft, more fluid aesthetic that dictates not just the suiting series but the collection in general. For now, we cue the new and present SS18’s vision: a look that masters easy elegance with a touch of the undone.
Previous seasons have celebrated the opulent ruffle, whether to emphasise an on off-the-shoulder neckline or to cascade the length of calf-skimming skirt silhouettes. Now the trend softens dramatically, allowing for a flutter of fabric to bring subtle movement to a look. A less obvious statement? Yes, but it’s more endearing and it mimics the considered simplicity of loosely tailored trousers, lending classic sophistication a feminine edge.
In Homage To Downtime
In a nod to pyjama dressing, layers take a languid turn; think breezy silk shirting worn slightly unbuttoned and outerwear belted loosely at the waist in reference to the classic summer trench coat (a piece that promises to make a reappearance later in the season). Teamed with a knife-pleat midi skirt or wide-leg trousers that lightly dust the floor as you walk, it brings the comfort of off-duty to more formal occasions in a seamless, irresistible sweep.
The Anticipation Of Spring
Man up in SS18’s reference to borrowed-from-the-boys tailoring and your fast-track to effortless cool; the Rodeo suit. Here, we see stripes get a welcome update, no longer sitting discreetly as a sub-story but making a strong stand-alone statement. Plus, the white and navy colour palette is familiar enough to reignite spring’s affection for peppy print without feeling too premature.
There’s little as uncomplicated as a light midi dress and what makes it so perfect for now is its ability to translate well not only between seasons but to various events as well. Deep jewel tones keep the look classic but the season’s new neutrals — dusky pink and apricot hues — are similarly as easy to wear and contribute to achieving a contemporary overall aesthetic. Channel one of SS18’s most easy-to-adopt micro trends and belt it at the waist, highlighting wide sleeves and adding definition to an otherwise relaxed silhouette.
Gender fluidity is something that the runway has adopted wholeheartedly over recent seasons and a grandad collar shirt is arguably one of the most approachable ways to work the look. Sheer fabrications keep a feminine aesthetic just a step ahead in terms of prominence so balance it out and try a half-tuck into low-slung trousers to steer clear of anything too girlish.
The Trophy Piece
The dress is forever in style but each season sees it subtly updated to reflect a fresh perspective. SS18’s statement to make is the single shoulder neckline – a look best achieved with asymmetric cuts and subtle drapery. Linear lines, modernist styling and a minimal colour palette act as further proof that tailoring translates just as well, if not better, to the evening as it does to day so opt for sharp accompaniments for additional after-dark impact.
An Ode To Colour
There’s no denying the continued prominence of dusky pink on fashion’s colour spectrum so whether you’ve been an advocate since it first made its cult-worthy comeback or you’ve spent the last few seasons warming up to the idea, now’s the time to fully commit. Everyone knows that a tee and tailoring make for a cool combination, but when imagined in the colour du jour, it climbs just a touch higher on that credibility ladder. For now, eschew sharply cut designs in lieu of something that veers on oversized for an almost-masculine aesthetic.
Whilst often used to ground an elaborate piece, simple separates take on a look that seems far more conventional when teamed somewhat thoughtlessly together. Re-consider the appeal of a simple white tank top and embrace its versatility, taking it out of your casual rotation and positioning it somewhere a little more prestigious in time for spring’s approach.