Be inspired by the key spring fashion trends shaping the new season and discover tips on how to wear them from our resident stylist.

Following our style events at The Village, we promised to bring you a round up of the key spring/summer 15/16 trends to watch out for and where to shop for them. The wait is over. Read on for expert insight, inspiration, tips and advice on the spring fashion trends you need right now, plus ideas for your summer wardrobe.

Trend 1: 70s inspiration

Claire models a 70s-style dress from Red Pearl

The 70s is an era we’re channeling a lot – but in two ways, explains our resident stylist Sue Grinsell. “We’re seeing early 70s through metallic highlights, narrow scarves or kerchiefs around the neck, headscarves, and almost mod 70s through A-line skirts. Then we’re also seeing the late 70s, bohemian look in flared denim jeans, wedges, kaftans and cotton lace tan accessories. Here, Claire wears a 70s-style dress from Red Pearl. Citrus, lemon and yellow highlights are a key trend for this season’s colour palette, as are sorbet shades.”

Trend 2: White on white

Monique rocks the cotton lace look

Cotton lace and islet lace are a key trend – and the best news is you can wear them at any age, says Sue. “It’s very popular this season and we’re seeing it in kaftans, dresses and shirts. It ties into the 70s trend, too. Fella Hamilton has mature-age cuts of cotton lace for older women while Sweet Thing has gorgeous Fox & Finch tees for kids. Our little ones love to dress in similar trends to us and at Sweet Thing we’re seeing beautiful, pared-down versions of the current womenswear trends.”

Trend 3: Utility

Jeff is all smiles in his utility shorts and Hawaiian print shirt

The utility look is easy to wear for both men and women and this season is about pairing khaki with other on-trend colours and prints. “Jeff sports the utility colour theme here but I’ve added a great Hawaiian shirt,” says Sue. “Retro prints are still big news, so things like 70s-inspired palm, floral, leaf and Hawaiian prints. The trilby is very on trend and we’re also seeing the softer gelati colours coming through in menswear.”

Trend 4: Prints

Lyn models the sport luxe look

From the late 70s liberty print (a small floral print) to spots, stripes and the return of gingham (small check), prints are here to stay this spring/summer. Patterned trousers, in particular, are a part of the trend. “Here I’ve dressed Lyn in a sport luxe look with a versatile printed trouser as the base,” says Sue. “Lorna Jane’s fashion range is great for this look. Vests with a drawstring waist like this are ideal for apple-shaped women who want to create shape and the illusion of a waist.”

Trend 5: French Riviera

Model Claire sports the French Riviera look

This relaxed look is ideal for trans-seasonal dressing, says Sue. “The French Riviera trend is all about navy and white with splashes of red and a touch of 70s-style inspiration,” explains Sue. “The linen shorts from Trenery that I have dressed Claire in are a nice length and easy to wear. The canvas sneaker is another very on-trend look and the knit provides warmth for cooler days. The trilby, canvas bag and scarf from Sportscraft finish the look off.”

Sue’s 3 top tips:
  1. Reinvent your wardrobe at home and refresh it with on-trend elements.
  2. Choose colours you like every season. Colour is the cheapest and easiest way to keep your wardrobe on trend.
  3. Investment dressing is worth it. It’s when you invest in a beautiful statement handbag or a pair of boots. If you buy a Camilla and Marc skirt for $500, which you can wear in summer and winter, and you get five years wear out of the item, then it really only costs you a few dollars each wear in the end.