There are no great surprises this spring. The designers fortunately didn’t suddenly decide we should all be wearing mini-crinis, suits of armour or fascinators; and neither did they turn to the dystopia of Hunger Games: Mockingjay for inspiration. In fact, you will probably be relieved to know that the usual, but welcome, suspects are back on a rail near you:
50 shades of blue, rather than grey, are there for your delectation this spring. And this can only be good news for myriad reasons: blue is fresh, slimming, easy to wear and goes with everything. Hoorah.
There’s lots and lots of denim around. And it’s looking very workwear: more chain-gang than chi-chi this spring. For the loftier among you, there is also a plethora of loose cut, longer fit, soft denim jackets – the look more artist’s studio than recording studio. Give them a try.
Another easy win is the penny loafer. The loafer is a spring classic, worn with or without socks, and goes with almost anything: formal trousers, beach shorts, the lot. The only thing it tends to clash with is a rotund ankle. Sorry, but it’s best to be honest.
Florals. Again. I know, can’t they think of something new on the pattern front? But, to be fair, florals only made a comeback about two summers ago and they’ve been an enormous retail success: after all, they are relatively cheery to behold, and not as “poofy” to wear as you might imagine. You can either go for fluttering florals on your linen shirts, or a hardcore floral (wooh! scary!) on your Givenchy sportswear.
Back, too, is the printed T-shirt. Another popular summer number... although I’m not convinced to be honest. That might just be because I’m not young and skinny enough to get away with one; or it might be because a plain white or navy T-shirt from J Crew is hard to beat. I just can’t imagine James Dean or Marlon Brando looking quite so good if they’d swapped their white T-shirts for a geometric print one by Raf Simons.
There are some newer trends joining this list, too. Although the more eagle-eyed of you will have noted them once or twice before.
Baggy trousers, as previously reported, continue to flap back into fashion. Pleats abound at the waist, fabric fuller on the hips, but the cut still tending to slim down when it nears the ankle.
Performance wear. I’m not sure when or why performance wear kidnapped sportswear. I suppose sportswear, particularly on the continent, means expensive casualwear rather than shell suits; and performance fabrics aren’t necessarily used for sports games only. But sports-inspired casualwear is still in fashion. And with good reason: it looks and feels good, and serves a purpose. Which is kind of what clothes are supposed to do, really.
The “sports sandal” is a less welcome addition to the performance/sportswear family. Basically, a strappy sandal with a sneaker-style sole. Since sandals are for vacations and weekends, I’m not sure why you’d need a pair you can run in. But designers think otherwise... perhaps they want to help you to get to the front of the queue for an ice cream.
Finally, and I think I’m coming round to this one, there’s the safari jacket. These have been lingering on the fringes of fashion for a while now and quite clearly refuse to give up. Obviously, the first thing that springs to mind is either I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here (or, perhaps, Out of This), or Roger Moore’s debonair but dated Mr Bond. But, to be fair, I think it has found its way in 2015. The modern-day safari jacket no longer has flapping collars and a clunky waist; nor does it come in unattractive shades of sand. The new versions are slim-cut, in more technical-look fabrics and colours, and look good with dark jeans over a T-shirt rather than with matching trousers and a cravat. I may try one this spring. But for now, it’s a cup of cocoa and a onesie for me. Brrrr!