Spring/Summer ‘18 Trend Report

By Katie Burke

Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking

Credit: Topshop

The trend has reared its head yet again. Now synonymous with the spring season, as our surroundings begin to bloom again after the cold winter months, florals have been seen on the runways of designers such as Marni and Emilia Wickstead. The key with florals is not to be scared by them. If, like me, you’re not into the traditional cutesy, 50’s style floral dresses, the trend has evolved over the past few seasons to accommodate different style preferences. Whether that be subtle patterns, darker palettes or simpler items of clothing, there’s a floral for you somewhere.

Wild West

From cowboy belts to fringing, as seen with Bottega Veneta; the western look is covered in every aspect. The look has been given a softer edge this season, with the popularity of the loose, flowing prairie dress being seen across the high street. The jacket in the image below would be a key investment piece for this trend, as it is also teamed with the polka-dot trend which is continuing from the Autumn/Winter season when Motley first reported on it.

Pastel Power

Credit: River Island

Another trend that is immediately associated with spring is pastels. The pastel trend is not for everyone, and takes careful styling to avoid going too overboard. However, the trend has been given a makeover for the coming seasons as it has been seen on a lot of tailored pieces, as opposed to the stereotypical frothy, pretty dresses. If pretty dresses are not your thing, then a pastel suit might be more your style as you can style it with other items to toughen the palette up and fit your own personal style.

Check Mate

Credit: Penneys

Our final key trend for Spring/Summer ‘18 is our beloved check pattern. It is safe to say that we are all partial to a check coat and scarf over the winter months. Why should we just relegate it to those months? You can bring your favourite trend into the new year through lighter patterned coats, check skirts and trousers. If you like a pattern, wear it whenever you want and do not let anybody tell you different. Below, Penneys team their check jacket with statement jeans which are another trend for S/S18.