Considering we’re only halfway through January and there’s snow forecast for Friday here in Manchester, this post may seem a little premature. However, as winter stock is being sold off in the post-Christmas sales, the spring and summer collections are trickling in and I’m starting to curate my wardrobe for the upcoming season. Here are 5 SS19 trends you’ll catch me wearing when temperatures rise and one you definitely won’t.
Cycling shorts, worn for any purpose other than exercise, were first styled by Chanel when Linda Evangelista wore a slick black pair with an oversized bouclé jacket and logo chain belt on the runway in 1991. I can’t imagine anyone asked for their return [I certainly didn’t] but, in part thanks to the Kardashians, here we are and the trend is surprisingly growing on me.
Pairing the stretchy shorts with a tailored blazer and belt bag seems to be a safe bet among the fashion crowd, however I’m more into the idea of wearing the trend with an oversized sweatshirt and chunky trainers or peeking out from under a mini dress.
Utilitarian designs from oversized anoraks to combat pants appeared in the spring/summer collections shown in all the major fashion cities back in September and, while function isn’t usually my top priority while getting dressed, I’m a fan.
While the trend has been presented in many iterations, the boiler suit is by far my favourite. Vogue called it “the ‘it’ item of the season” and its easy-to-wear nature is sure to make it a casual staple in my wardrobe for the season. And, with millenial pink making a return to the limelight, you can bet your bottom dollar that I got my hands on the baby pink version from Urban Outfitters which has since sold out [it’s still available in black].
It could have been easy to presume that animal print reached the peak of its popularity in AW18 but, according to the runways, fashion’s favourite print [as well as my own] will still be going strong through the warmer months. Clashing prints and tailoring are replacing the faux fur coats of winter for a fresh take on the trend.
I’ll be keeping my favourite leopard print pieces from the past few months at the forefront of my wardrobe and probably spending some pennies on a few more.
When it comes to sleeves for SS19, it’s go big or go home and, as a maximalist, I’m so down. Bold shoulders are no new thing but the puff sleeves on this season’s blouses and dresses feel fresh. I particularly love them combined with square necklines and feminine silhouettes. There’s a beautiful dress by Van der Kooij I’ve had my eye on since I saw @emmgurr wear it on Instagram and I’m thinking a splurge may be in order. I’m thinking it could look incredibly chic with a black belt bag around the waist.
Recently, hair accessories of all kinds have infiltrated the runways but 2019 definitely looks set to become the year of the headband. I started getting into headbands about a year ago – pairing an embellished velvet piece with a lace midi dress for a ball I attended in February – and my trend-forecasting instincts were clearly on top form. The pink satin Prada headband above is definitely on my lust list.
And one trend you definitely won’t… Beige
50 shades of beige seemed to be a theme across a number of collections but I’m not buying it. I really appreciate the understated beauty of the muted tones, particularly when combined with simple, demure silhouettes, but “contemporary oatmeal”, as Vogue calls it, and my pasty complexion just aren’t a good match. Trust me.
*I claim no credit for the images used in this post. They were all found on Vogue Runway and edited accordingly.*
Peace and love, Bec