With Fashion Month in full swing and street style snaps littering not just our social media feeds but the creative part of our minds as well, it’s trend-specific new-season looks that we’re drawn to in order to bolster our wardrobes. Here, we list six key pieces that promise to give the style set (and those fashion week round-ups) a run for their money.
Consider these key pieces your route to a trend-focused wardrobe
1. the straight-leg jeans
The new denim style to know is refreshingly straightforward – thankfully there’s no patchwork or embroidered detailing necessary to comply by the trend rules this season. Instead, it’s cropped, straight-leg silhouettes that steal focus; they lend both classic and contemporary washes a slightly tailored edge and they partner well with a bold shoe. What’s not to love?
For casual days look to heavily embellished trophy slides or alternatively team them with nude heels to transform even the most casual of pale indigo washes into something of a statement.
2. The heritage-check coat
Whilst the trench coat is perennially in style, there’s a statement riff on the look this season and it makes for a modern nod to haute heritage. Classic check evolves from suiting to outerwear and makes its strongest statement when layered with items of the same ilk… because there’s no such thing as too much check this spring.
Don’t be afraid to double up; longline silhouettes worn atop a similarly patterned blazer reference Fashion Week street style trends without feeling too daring but if you’re keen to keep things more classic then play-it-safe black or navy separates fare just as well.
3. the statement weekend top
January feels like a distant memory and as catch-ups start to filter back onto your weekend radar, so too should style staples that promise to put a seasonally appropriate ‘spring’ in your step. Our go-to for this feelgood fashion fix? New knitted dressing.
Designs herald unexpected silhouettes, directional detailing and a cleansing neutral colour palette that’s not only trend-focused but versatile as well. Be it brunch, gallery wanderings or a lazy afternoon in the pub, a vintage-inspired polo shirt will tick all the style-meets-comfort boxes and make for an effortless way to reference the turn in the season.
4. the colour-pop bag
The chicest way to work colour into your look this season is to carry it. Mood-lifting hues like pink and powder blue may seem a little premature to wear from head to toe, weather depending, but they become suddenly more approachable when considered as an accessory. Offering something for every style mood, SS18’s designs span everything from oversized tote bags to compact cross-body alternatives. If you’re looking for a trend piece then the smaller the design the better – there’s something particularly decorative about a mini silhouette and it will add a flourish of colour to even the greyest of days without being overpowering.
5. the knitted pencil skirt
We may well have mentioned knitted dressing with regards to casual wear but it’s similarly as prominent for more formal affairs this season. In fact, it’s a look that bears relevance to just about any occasion. The pencil skirt is a case in point but knitted dressing's increasing prominence in trend round-ups means that whilst the silhouette may traditionally be associated with smart dressing, this new riff works just as well as a fashion-focused off-duty item. Amp up the impact and team it with silver heels come nightfall.
6. the fluted sleeve dress
The ruffle continues for SS18, bringing easy drama to wardrobe essentials and transforming simplistic silhouettes into that of a statement in one feminine sweep. This season’s grown-up take on the trend is the midi-length dress, adorned with fluted, as opposed to ruffled, sleeves. Sophisticated enough to take you from work to post-6pm drinks without so much as an accessory switch-up but similarly designed to suit any early-season invite that you might receive, it’s not only an investment in a key SS18 trend but it might just prove to be a wardrobe staple as well.