Fashion trends 2019 – should you follow them or not this spring?
I love the quote from Oscar de la Renta, who says: “Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is about being yourself”.
His wise words are included in this round-up of quotes about fashion and style.
But, that’s not to say that you should completely ignore the trends strutting their way down the designer runways.
It is about taking what is on trend and working out which of those trends fit in with your own style, and how you can incorporate them into your existing closet.
So, what are the trends you should look out for as we head towards spring 2019? Because, it goes without saying that not all trends will suit you and that not all of the fashions showcased are likely to appeal to, or flatter, women over 40.
I already looked at some of the best trends when the SS19 shows started. But, now that we’ve seen all designers showcase their take on what we should be wearing this year, here are the trends to look out for in SS19…
Polka dots are one of those style staples which are always on trend. If you invest in polka dots, you can pretty much guarantee that you’ll still be wearing them for many seasons to come.
That’s why I was so pleased to see pretty polka dots on the catwalks for spring.
Everyone from Burberry to Carolina Herrara, Dolce & Gabbana to Max Mara decided that dots were their print of choice.
For a modern take this Spring, make your dots big or print mix your polka dots.
Dolce & Gabbana – Max Mara – Burberry
If you’re lucky enough to be heading off on vacation this year, or even if you’re staycationing, then the holiday wear of choice definitely took inspiration from glamorous days gone by. Think Capri or Saint Tropez in the 50s and 70s.
I won’t be bearing my midriff as shown at the Isa Arfen show, but I do love the prints which were on display and the beautiful silhouettes of the skirts.
Marni – Oscar de la Renta – Isa Arfen
This can be a tricky one to wear, unless you want to look like Pocahontas. But, you don’t have to go full-on if you opt for this trend. A little bit of fringing can go a long way.
You could opt for glamorous fringing like that seen on Jacquemus’ party dresses, or go for a more subtle approach such as using fringing on your accessories, like on the ends of your scarves.
Fringing has got much more sophisticated this season whereas once it was seen simply as a hippie staple.
Jacquemus – Oscal de la Renta – Jacquemus
Skirts with sweaters
What is casual and what is formal were once very clearly set out. But, increasingly in recent years, the line between casual and formal wear has definitely become blurred.
Part of that is how we wear our winter sweaters. Designers showed how you can wear your summer skirt with a cozy sweater to make an outfit work for transitional seasons.
Calvin Klein – Oscar de la Renta – Sies Marjan
Are you surprised to see animal print again? Or did you expect to see a version on the catwalks?
I thought I’d show you this as most of you have animal prints in your closet already.
Many designers chose to just use elements of animal print, such as on sleeves or belts, while others went top-to-toe with the look.
Burberry chose to print mix with zebra and leopard. I don’t think those two would get on very well together in the wild, but the ladylike silhouette made it work for Burberry.
Richard Quinn also decided to mix his animals, with cowhide, leopard, zebra and tiger all vying for space together on the same dress.
Burberry – Gucci – Richard Quinn
Dressing as an art form
The stunning couture that you see on the runways is definitely a form of art as far as I’m concerned. It has color, form, design, and structure.
And, designers took that a step further by showcasing prints which looked like paintings on their chosen fabrics.
The scarf prints that we saw last season, for autumn and winter 2018, were still in evidence, but designers also chose to turn their designs into artworks for spring.
I’m not suggesting that you need to opt for a hemline as short as that on the Chanel runways (although you could always team short skirts with skinny jeans or jeggings), or as voluminous a dress as shown by Vaquera, but you may be inspired by the prints.
Chanel – Vaquera – Dries Van Noten
Lace is a fabric we perhaps wear more for formal occasions than for day-to-day dressing.
But lace for the upcoming season had more of an easy-breezy feel. Lace palazzo pants anyone?
Chanel – Dries Van Noten – Victoria Beckham
I’m not suggesting you cover up the rest of you like Richard Quinn did to his models, but it certainly made his dresses stand out!
The florals showcased on the catwalk were lovely and could be a great option if you have a summer event, such as a wedding to attend.
Or for casual wear, just team a floral blouse with your jeans and sneakers.
Suited and not necessarily booted
While the two-piece suit, particularly the skirt suit, has fallen out of favor recently because it can look old-fashioned, I loved the streamlined silhouettes seen on the catwalks for SS19.
Some designers opted for outlandishly large shoulders, which wouldn’t work in real life if you still want to be able to fit through a door frame!
But most shows featured a suit in a neutral or bright shade in a feminine shape. I think these could work beautifully instead of a dress at a formal event.
Or, you could add a bit of casual flair to your suit and wear with a t-shirt and some silver sneakers.
Dries Van Noten – Burberry – Giorgio Armani
Earn your stripes
Stripes are another one of those pattern perennials which never go out of fashion.
I think this season it could be nice to look for something a little unusual, such as opting for diagonal stripes, or pattern mixing, rather than the expected horizontal or vertical stripes (although, those are good too!).
Dries Van Noten’s collection was definitely my favorite for this spring. I thought the Belgian designer was just so on point with his use of color, the way he styled his stripes and his beautiful art-inspired prints.
Although, if Georgio Armani were to hand over his collection, I wouldn’t say no to that either! Or Max Mara!
Dries Van Noten
Okay, I’m not usually a fan of pale blue denim as I think it can be unflattering. A darker wash is normally my preference.
However, designers decided to go back to the 80s for their choice of denim for SS19. And, if you’re careful about the choices you make, there are some flattering options out there.
I particularly liked the shape of Balenciaga’s denim skirt. I also liked Proenza Schouler’s take on denim this season. There were darker hues, including structured jackets, along with paler jean skirts which I could see would work for day-to-day summer dressing.
Balenciaga – Proenza Schouler – Proenza Schouler
Designers have gone back to the 90s for inspiration for spring. While that may not always be a good thing, there were some beautiful utility options on the runways.
I would choose utilitywear in a softly draping fabric, rather than anything too stiff.
One of the great things about utilitywear is that you can choose options with pockets or zips in places on your body which are most flattering. So, if you want to create volume on your bottom half, you could add pockets there, for example.
Dries Van Noten – Erika Cavallini – Max Mara
And 3 trends I won’t be wearing
Cycle shorts, giant puffball evening gowns and wetsuits as daywear
While there were some stunning looks on the catwalks for spring, there were also some I will be avoiding.
The cycle shorts as daywear look still seems to be everywhere but it’s not for me. I will also be leaving wetsuits for the beach.
There were also some very big gowns on the catwalk, but you could always take a small element of the ruffling or volume rather than go as big as the one below.
Fendi – Calvin Klein – Marc Jacobs
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How about you? What were your favorite fashion trends 2019? What do you already have in your closet? What are you most looking forward to wearing this Spring?
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