Great news for lovers of color! The spring 2018 runways showcased vibrant hues such as sunny yellows, popping pinks, brilliant oranges and sky blues, as well as quieter pastels in desaturated shades, and now they're here. This optimistic color story is also being seen in trendy plus-size clothing this season, which is all about body confidence, showing through with bare shoulders and statement stripes.
Here are the spring-fresh wardrobe pieces we can expect to see in the shops and the street right now:
Stripes are one way to go this season. Dresses with long lateral stripes in blues, browns, and pinks are made unique with high-low hems. The shirt-dress style of the 80s is back, too. Fun, waist-cinching belts add shape and drama. Also, look for long, flowing dresses that skim the knee. The shoe of choice for dresses this season is flats; ballerinas, slingbacks and all kinds of variations on the gladiator sandal dominated the runways. Women who are daring enough can pair their dresses with sneakers in a spectrum of colors for an on-point seasonal spring look.
Jackets and Jeans
Think Olivia Newton John in Grease when you consider spring jeans and jackets. Big shoulders, nipped waists and long, sleek jeans are the way to go this year. The jeans can be floral prints or even the stringy, acid-wash look as long as the lines make legs look long and beautiful. Pair white denim jeans (complete with the requisite ripped knees) with an off-the-shoulder peasant-style top in a bold color to play off the white. If you want to fit in with the insta-crowd, finish off your outfit with the footwear that everyone is wearing at the moment: white booties.
Long, flowing blouses with an off-shoulder design are everywhere this spring. The peasant-style tops of the 70s are back for another cycle. Shoulders are demanding attention in slinky, spaghetti-strap tops and sleeveless blouses. The key to being spring-ready is showing off your shoulders in bold colors and strappy tight-fitting tops. You can also bare them in plunging v-neck and v-back tops that show off the backbone and shoulder blades. As with the season's dresses, bold, striped patterns make all of the difference in these designs that are meant to stand out from the crowd, not blend in.
Following the direction of the clothing, the accessories for spring and summer 2018 are bold, chunky and sheer. Transparent ball caps, large striped head scarfs, oversize cat-eye sunglasses and even ponytail wraps all aim to draw attention to the wearer. The jewelry is show-stopping this season. Huge ornate butterflies land on necklaces. Earrings are long, large and popped with color. Floral sneakers, purses vivid in reds and blues or completely clear, and mesh boots with flat soles will complete the look.
Sheer panels are added to garments to create a color-block effect. Transparent fabrics in both colors and nude shades are emphasise the skin in designs that show off the decolletage, shoulders and mid-thighs. Sheers with dots, flowers and lace embellishments make up leggings, flowing skirts and knee-high stockings.
Speaking of hosiery, it's huge this season. Socks with sandals are back which is great news for anyone who doesn't keep up with their pedicures, unless you opt for the open-toed version. Take your pick of ankle, knee and thigh-high lengths, in the fishnet style in both tight and open patterns, as well as opaques in stripes, solids, and patterns - and if they slouch, that's fine too. Popular for body confident fashionistas this summer is to pair their stand-out hosiery with high-cut denim shorts or bodysuits.