The streets have spoken: There are some new trends coming in from Paris, and they’re realistic and shoppable enough to work for your right-now wardrobe (praise be). It’s easy to get swept away in the glamour of what’s on the runways of Paris Fashion Week (the see-through tulle dresses at Off-White, Dior’s intricately embroidered gowns, the minute cocktail frocks from Saint Laurent and so on), but today we’re looking to the fashion editors, buyers, stylists and influencers filling up the arrondisements with their March-friendly outfit ideas. Not everything seen on the catwalks on the backs of fashion's elite always feels relatable, but I guarantee you the next six trends are entirely doable and highly shoppable—so much so that there’s a big online order winging its way to my office. Whoops. Keep reading to give your spring wardrobe a kick-start that comes with an insider’s stamp of approval.
Cher from Clueless would be proud: Giovanni Battaglia basically re-created that iconic yellow plaid combo on the streets of PFW this past weekend. But if this is a little twee for your liking, just check out (sorry) the many plaid blazers and coats trending out there. More menswear-inspired with exaggerated shoulders and roomier cuts, Acne Studios’ new jacket is gathering a loyal following.
From 10-denier pop socks to branded white sport socks, there’s still a huge amount of hosiery actions on the streets. It’s basically allowing the fashion crowds—and you—to bust out the new shoes you can’t wait any longer to wear. Also, less blisters. And affordable. Win, win, win.
Logos have been pretty loud of late, but as the trend matures, it’s softening. Shifting gears towards quieter colours and more retro monograms, if this look wasn’t for you before, it might just be this time around. Leading the new branded pack: Dior bags, Fendi everything and Céline’s plastic shopper. Creeping into visibility: Max Mara’s name-stamped clothing and Paco Rabanne’s vintage-style motif on little bags, jackets and knots.
What else do you need when you can carry your phone? No wonder bags are getting smaller—our lives are streamlining. So now you have 40 million versions to choose from—and the cult ones are more affordable than their big brothers and sisters. Marni’s circular-handle style is becoming increasingly popular, while some trusty little favourites from Gabriela Hearst and Staud are still just as sought-after.
Caramel, camel, tobacco, chestnut… There are many sumptuous, luxe shades within the spectrum of the less-delicious-sounding brown, and when worn tonally, there’s really nothing chicer. Tan bags are the busy girl’s top choice (they work with everything), but they’re also having a fashion moment alongside biscuit-coloured knits, neutral leather coats and praline corduroy.
Now, it’s any offshoot of the cowboy boot. Wear with straight-leg jeans for your most dedicated Western look, or combine with a pretty dress for the cute-to-casual ratio of 2018.
Okay, spring, we’re ready for you.