While the chances are slim that we’d get an opportunity to be fitted for a haute couture gown or one of the breath-taking ready-to-wear outfits that have graced the runways, there are still easy ways of incorporating this year’s trends into our wardrobes.
It’s easier than you think to get inspired and bring a bit of the runway vibe into your life- without the need for insane prices and unbelievable waiting lists. Here are some cues on how you can keep your wardrobe stylish, current and sophisticated.
This year, Chanel made a strong argument for the sophistication and elegance of a well-tailored skirt suit. Worn alongside a midi skirt, a well-chosen jacket will elongate your silhouette and create a professional look. You’re free to choose cropped or tunic length jackets, and remember that you can always mix and match the pieces for fresh outfits! Pair these with bejewelled floral broches (also proudly featured as statement pieces in Prada’s and Gigi Hadid’s runways) or out-of-the-ordinary pearl jewellery for a chic and sophisticated outfit.
Off the Shoulder Tops and Sleeves
Designers such as Chanel, Alexandre Vauthier and Giambattista Valli have showcased delicate outfits with off-the-shoulder designs and cut-out sleeves. Other designs from Dior and Versace featured futuristic silhouettes with off-the-shoulder tops and graphic, sharp elements, origami folds and architectural cut-outs that you can easily take note of.
If there’s a 70’s influence that’s making a comeback, suede would be it. Gucci and Balmain have both featured suede outfits in their shows, whether alongside disco-ready dresses or denim. Yet modern suede designs boast delicate embroidery, cut-outs and unexpected silhouettes. You can easily incorporate suede into an everyday outfit by investing in a suede jacket as a layering piece.
Solid stripes were another hit on the runways, with designers such as Dior and Armani showcasing bold designs with splashes of colour. Stripes can be easily incorporated into an outfit: choose vertical stripes to elongate and create the illusion of a slender figure or go for a statement, tunic-length jacket as a statement piece.
While the designs of Valentino, Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga showcased ruffles, feathers, chiffon and detailing, there’s one element that can be easily incorporated into our spring outfits: pastels. The runways boasted romantic designs in shades of peach and pink that are enough to make the most sceptical of fashion girls swoon.
If there’s something that a woman has to have on her at all times it’s her bag, so we may as well choose one that’s on trend. 2016 is all about bold prints, stripes and unexpected shapes. While you don’t necessarily have to go for a Stella Kenzo-style bag (clusters of pouches and shapes), you can still pick the trend apart and choose what you most enjoy: be it colour or shape.
Bohemian influences also rocked the runways, with Givenchy and Marissa Webb sporting ensembles that rocked the fringe trend. Tone it down a notch by opting for a leather bag with subtle fringe or a suede, fringed jacket.
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