Happy first full week of spring! Spring is one of my favourite seasons because it is the first real opportunity to bring some colour back into your wardrobe after months of greys and neutrals that came as a result of winter. I have done my research and scoured through all the fashion magazines I could find in order to gather up my Spring 2015 trend favourites. The best part about all these trends is that they are flattering to all shapes and sizes, truly levelling the playing field when it comes to fashion.
Culottes - Culottes are the must have trousers for spring. I describe culottes as the lovechild of pants, shorts and skirts, with a classic 70's cut. Culottes are the perfect versatile style, providing the ability to either dress them up or put a tomboy spin on it. Culottes come in a varying array of lengths, from ankle grazers all the way up to fun above the knee short-length. My favourite way to style these spring must haves is with a structured blazer, silk button up blouse and a pair of high, point heels.
Yellow - The colour yellow is making a massive comeback and I couldn't be happier about it. ranging from sunshine yellow to its edgy cousin mustard yellow, this colour palette screams spring. Yellow can be quite an intimidating colour to wear but I am here to reassure you that you can! The trick to wearing yellow is finding your undertone and picking the right shade of yellow for you. Personally, I have a warm, gold undertone so I know that yellows in the mustard range would be the best for me, as opposed to the brighter yellows.
Kimonos - In my opinion, the kimono trend never really went out of style; it merely took a quick nap and is back for vengeance this season. The term kimono is a huge umbrella term that encompasses a wide variety of lengths, styles and patterns. The kimono cut is easy and light, the perfect winter to spring transition piece to add to your closet. My favourite part of this kimono trend is the ability to wear a skinny belt on top of the closed kimono, creating an obi waist style similar to those found all over the run way this season.
White Hot - Chuck those old, tired excuses to only wear white after Labour Day out the window. This all white Spring 2015 trend is making it more than okay to wear white all year. In my opinion, white is such a versatile colour that can be paired with pretty much any colour or pattern. But this spring, we are being challenged to try putting white at the forefront, combining white-on-white for an entire outfit. Tricks to putting together an all white outfit include trying to mix and match different textures and partnering different shades of white (yes, white comes in shades ranging from an off white eggshell to a brilliant white)!
Denim Re-imagined - Denim has been a staple in fashion since pretty much the beginning of time. I might be slightly biased, but there's something truly awesome about wearing a full on Canadian tuxedo, draped in head-to-toe denim. This season, denim bottoms are being re-imagined, straying away from the skinny cut that has taken over for the past couple of seasons, and leaning more towards cropped, baggy cuts. Denim is also being found in both structured button ups and denim dresses, bringing denim back to the front of our closets.
Sports Luxe - This is easily my favourite trend for the spring season. Think bomber jackets, printed joggers and embellished skater flats. This perfect unison of high end fashion and athletics sportswear exudes an air of comfort with a modern twist. I am the most excited for this trend because it allows me the comfort of wearing my kicks while still being able to rock an embellished clutch. It will be interesting to see how the pastel colours that come with spring are integrated into the clean cut simplicity that is sports luxe.
Shirt Dresses - Shirt dresses are following the same trend of re-imagined looks hitting the spring season this year. The shirt dress is a classic that many high fashion designers decided to re-work on the runway. Think drop waists, high slits and fun necklines, bringing a fresh, new take on an old classic. My favourite way to style a t-shirt dress is with open-toed booties, a skinny embellished belt and simple jewellery.
Stripes - Stripes are always a spring essential. I like to treat them almost like a solid hue, pairing stripes with both bold prints and neutral hues. This season, however, stripes are being reinvented, moving away from the classic "left-to-right" pattern. Watch out for vertical, horizontal and even latched stripes to make a huge boom this season.
Romantic Bohemian - Formerly known as boho, the romantic bohemian trend is being re-imagined this spring season. Gone are the days of costumed, 60's and 70's replication, where adding a fringe turned any outfit "boho"; instead, designers took this classic trend and subtly infused it into their collections. The boho look has gotten a modern face lift, encompassing bold hippie patterns with the minimalist simplicity unique to modern fashion. My favourite boho look is a pair of airy printed pants and a simple white t-shirt, coupled with a flower crown and beaded sandals. Less is always more when it comes to this modernized bohemian look.
Fresh Florals - Nothing says spring more than flowers - even Mother Nature understood this basic fashion principle. So it is no surprise that bold floral prints are going to be a staple this spring season. Floral prints, either large or small, add a wonderfully feminine touch to any closet, drawing on the pastels and vibrant colours we find in spring. Designers took this one step further on the runways this season by exploring tropical floral inspired prints, generating yet another layer of intrigue to a classic spring trend.