Spring / Summer Wishlist 2018: All of the Trends You'll be Shopping for this Season

Friday, February 23, 2018






Which do you enjoy more: Fall/Winter Fashion or Spring/Summer Fashion? 

I always thought I was a fall/winter dresser. I loved buying different coats and sweaters that I could layer and create various looks with a few basics from my wardrobe. To be honest, I felt like I struggled a lot with summer dressing. I never really knew how I wanted my style to look and I really didn’t appreciate the shorter skirts and shorts which never seemed to fit properly. Last summer I really tried upping my game. I bought items I never thought I would wear which you can see in a blog post that I dedicated to that specific topic (here). Since this seems like a never ending winter season, I realized how much I missed spring/summer fashion. The colours, prints, lighter fabric, and most of all not having to wear tights with dresses or skirts. For someone who really had no idea how to dress in the summer, all I have been waiting for is this damn snow to melt. In the meantime, I’ve been browsing magazines, stores, and different web sites to find some inspiration for the upcoming season. I feel like this next season has something for everyone and I’m so excited to share this wish list of luxury and affordable pieces to get you all excited for warmer weather! 

Finding inspiration is easy when you have websites like Who What Wear that break down runways and street style trends to give you an idea of what you’ll need to be ready for spring and summer! Specifically, their Spring/Summer Key Trends post which you can find here! Ok, so you’ve checked the website, wrote down a few notes on trends that peak your interest from the runway, but now comes the difficult part and that’s applying what you see on the runway to what you’ll be buying in store. Here are the main trends you will be seeing more of for the next season: 


Suits (all kinds) 
Longer Length skirts (pencil or midi)
Denim, moving away from a skinny fit
Prints (Plaid, Checkered, Polka Dots, and Vintage Florals)
Colours (Pastels, Crayon Brights) 
Details (Shoulder detailing, Crystal Embellishment, Logos, and Fringe) 




When you think of spring or summer, most of us automatically think of colour and print. This season's colour ranges from beautiful pastels, to super bright colours. This could be a pop of a colour in an outfit, or dressing head to toe. I know I tend to stick to mostly neutral tones with my wardrobe, but I really want to embrace more colour this season. We can see this in a few examples of different suits which are inspired by pastel shades or pink and blues. 

Image from Zara.com

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Like I said, suits are going to be a huge trend this upcoming season and if you’re looking to inject more colour into your wardrobe, wearing a full suit in a pastel or bright red is a perfect way to do so. If your wardrobe is based more on neutrals, buying coloured pieces can seem intimidating. Instead, opt for a just a pop of colour like this sweater from TopShop. Purchasing one or two colourful items will keep you on trend without pushing your style too far out of your comfort zone. 

Image from Topshop.com

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Now, the luxury item that I adore and I think is a statement piece for anyone's wardrobe is this Fuchsia dress from the brand Off  White. Pink is going to be a trending colour, but let’s step away from millennial pink and give all shades a chance! This dress has structure and tailoring that injects the suit trend of the season, but the bright pop of colour adds more personality and femininity that is perfect for the warmer months. 

Image from Selfridges.com

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As for print, there are three standouts, and those are polkadots, antique florals, and checkered. I know florals for spring, how surprising, but what you want to look for are florals that appear more antique. This means that the print itself wont be over the top large florals, we’re looking for smaller flowers in complimentary colours. What we’re seeing more are already bright pieces that then have a colourful print. The combination creates a statement item in your closet, but at the same time it doesn’t seem over the top or impossible to wear. Take this jacket from Dries van Noten where the colour alone is a standout, and the metallic flower print adds more depth and appears vintage because of these details. 

Image from Selfridges.com

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What’s also trending in regards to print is mixing prints or different styles of one print. Now, personally this can seem like a lot, but when styled correctly, it can easily be worn in your everyday street style. For example, this tunic from Zara combines different checked patterns together, but by wearing neutral or monotone accessories you could easily wear this piece. 

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Detailing for the spring and summer season focuses on sleeves, specifically shoulder detail, embellishment, logo, and fringe. When shopping for items that have those trending details, it’s important to look for items that aren’t too expensive as these are trends which could change every season. Or, I suggest looking for a product you know you’ll get your wear out of, thus a more expensive item would be more of an investment in your wardrobe. The first of details which is very easy to inject into your wardrobe are logos. On the runways, models were walking down wearing either a top with a bold logo or can be seen on accessories such as belts or handbags. Now, an easy way to wear this would be a sweatshirt. These can be worn multiple ways, as we’ve seen them worn even under tailored pieces like blazers to add a cool effect to a more “traditional” look. Here are two examples, one from H&M the other from Balmain as to how you could wear a logo. 






The next trend I see myself wearing more of are embellished pieces. I think it takes a certain person to like something sparkly on their clothing, and I am definitely that type of girl. Personally, it’s about looking for small details which will add depth and interest to a piece. Whenever embellishment is overdone or has too many different types of stones, rhinestones, pearls, etc. it can become gaudy and too busy. An example of something which uses embellishment in an understated way is this Zara tweed coat. The added pearls highlight the colour palette and the jacket as a whole appears more expensive and luxurious.

Image from Zara.com

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When shopping for accessories, you want to insert the trends previously discussed and even make your accessories the statement piece of your outfit. Examples of this could be done in your footwear, such as ankle boots that are made in a shimmery fabric or in a bright red which adds either embellishment or a vibrant colour. You could also add embellishment even to sneakers which can be seen down below. 






Another trend which gained popularity in the previous fall/winter season was wearing hats. Specifically the baker boy hat was basically worn by every blogger and style influencer. It’s great for days when your hair isn’t cooperating and adds a cool girl factor to even the most simplest of outfits. Those hats along with both berets and wide brim hats will also be popular for the spring and summer. 

Photo from topshop.com
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Lastly, let’s discuss handbags. If there is one style that was trending on every online store I looked at, it would be the small crossbody with a top handle. Not only are they practical in regards to carrying necessary items, but we’re seeing them in bright colours, different fabrics, and even in different shapes. Who could discuss the new fashion season without mentioning a bag I never thought we would see again. It has a classier name, but yes the fanny pack is back. Now being called a belt bag, it’s a fun way to accessorize an outfit and define your waistline. These also come in different colours and fabrics and some even have interesting details like this one from TopShop which is covered in stones. 



I honestly can’t wait to start building my spring and summer wardrobe. I think it’s going to be a really fun season for fashion. Let me know in the comments below what trends you’re interested in and if there are any that may seem too wild for your personal style! 

2 comments

  1. Print mixing is such a skill. I definitely don’t have it, so i still with my basics. Great ideas for people like me!

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  2. Haha yeah print mixing is extremely intimidating, when it's done right though it looks great! Glad you enjoyed the post :)

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