Blooming Marvellous

Hurrah you’ve almost survived the winter hibernation and the sun is starting to shine a little brighter. So now is the time to emerge from your fashion chrysalis and embrace the new-fangled and fresh. I can assure you that Spring 2017 fashion is blooming marvellous, so here’s my edit for what’s hot this season.

If you’re not yet ready to peel back the warm duvet and don’t feel like getting dressed in the morning don’t despair because the dressing gown has been crowned the glamorous cousin of the onesie. Robes are sashaying down the catwalks in satins, with hoods and kimono belts. You’ll be pleased to know that posh marble print pyjamas with neon trims and slinky fabrics can all be worn both inside and outside of the bedroom. Although if boudoir chic is not your thing then the trusty trench coat and anorak have received an update. Both have inherited a much slouchier silhouette with wide fastenings, buckles, lapels and bellowing sleeves.

Statement sleeves and shoulders are worthy of mention and have evolved to include ruffles, oversized, flounces, frills, scrunched, pleats…and trusty Topshop have a fab edit with shirts and blouses that are easy to wear and bang on trend. Probably the most significant trend is that the eighties are back louder, prouder and glarier than ever with boxy, power silhouettes and the inevitable shoulder pad. Boyfriend style has grown up and has become somewhat serious incorporating boxy shirts and workplace pinstripes. Gone are the slouchy jeans and oversized knits, this time around it’s all about office androgyny with brogues and ruffles.

Casual weekend attire in the form of sport-luxe is still a strong trend for both guys and gals peppered with rainbow brights, hippy-trippy tie-dye, mala beads and political slogan tees which are surely a sign of our times. It seems designers have used their collections as a canvas of escapism, activism and good old-fashioned political protest with pretty florals floating alongside tough-talking feminist slogans.

Finally the colour palette of choice is a confident and clashing assortment of vibrant and tropical hues mixed with tranquil off-white and outdoorsy shades, featuring unisex khaki, moss, fuchsia and canary yellow. Although if there’s one colour that shone through loud and proud on all the catwalk shows it’s pink – from powder to plum with every shade in between.

If all of that doesn’t put a spring in your step then I can only suggest you treat yourself to a bunch of tulips!

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