As spring/summer edges closer, it’s time to start considering new season styles. Technically we are still meant to dress for winter, but in reality we’ve all got our eyes on next season’s trends.
So, Brandon and Brenda
A lot of influences this season comes from the ‘90s – a decade of fashion that in many ways makes me cringe, but also leaves me with some fond memories.
After all, anyone who has watched ‘Beverly Hills 90210’ knows it can be both good and bad.
So let’s pick out the good parts; some of them might still be hidden in your closet somewhere.
If there is one trend that defines SS16 collections, it’s the off-the-shoulder silhouette. Forget about cleavage, backs or legs, the erogenous zone of choice this season is the shoulder.
Instead of 90210, I would take a cue from the original style icon Brigitte Bardot who mastered this trend 40 years earlier.
As always, spring/summer comes with seafaring stripes in all shapes and sizes, so why not combine the two trends and invest in an off-shoulder Breton top?
Real deal denims
Denim is always a spring favourite, and we have already seen the silhouette change with the flare, but now something else is happening.
In true ‘90s style the waist is rising and gone is the stretch. We no longer want the ‘fake’ denim spray-on skinnies – we want the real deal 100 percent cotton denim jeans.
A whole lotta love
The fit to wear now is a high-rise straight leg, finishing just above the ankle. This is not going to be an easy transition since firm dude-ranch denim and love-worn Levis 501s only give in after six months of being properly worn. They are not the fast friends you have become used to with the wafer-thin denimish skinnies.
But when you have given them all your love, they will love you back for a long time. The real jeans will give you the perfect peachy bum when broken in – a nice change from the arse-flattening effect the skinnies have.
Raid, braid and parade it!
Just like in the 90s, lingerie dominated on the S/S 2016 mood boards as fashion houses once again looked to the underwear drawer to create romantic and feminine dresses for us to slip into.
A pretty addition to your summer wardrobe will be a prairie dress. You should look like you have plundered Laura Ingalls Wilder’s wardrobe and are about to run down the grassy fields with a big smile on your face and the wind blowing in your braided hair (oh, I’m getting a bit carried away).
Just when you thought the biker jacket had seen its day, a new wave of tough, oversized and motocross styles hit the S/S 2016 catwalks. The biker jacket is definitely here to stay and is a perfect complement to toughen up the prairie or lingerie-style dress.
Colour-wise, designers have unleashed a collage of rainbow hues, from hot pink to tangerine and bright yellow. One thing’s for sure: the fashion world is determined to make the rest of the world a brighter place.