Right off the runways of the world's fashion capitals, we bring you the season's hottest trends — from the latest prints to the newest silhouettes (which thankfully are quite wearable). Ladies, we present you the big fashion ideas you need to know this spring (basically, March to May).
1. Prints and more prints
Spring goes bigger and brighter this year, and totally tropical. Who cares if the leopards and reptiles have gone into hiding? We still have plenty to choose from — birds, zebras, food, florals, digital images, ornamental designs, futuristic prints… you get the idea. To keep things in this day and age, the more conservative fashionista may opt to pair a loud printed blazer with a simple black top and pants. But we say, embrace the trend that was the big pattern story of the runways — sashay down town in vibrant, swirling, head-to-toe patterns and you're bound to turn heads.
2. Geometric colour-blocking
It's no secret that color-blocking has been trending for a while now. Likely one of the most exciting styles yet again this Spring, the latest version brings back the art world's twentieth-century geometric abstraction movement. Play it up with two-tones, V-shapes, metallics and bling, you know it's never too late to join in the fun.
3. Sweet tangerines and pretty pinks
If wild hues and sophisticated prints just aren't your thing, fret not — we have your back (and front) covered. From sorbet shades to pastel hues and super sweet peaches to pretty pinks, this spring gives off a sense of airiness with its range of muted tones. Pick a prim skirt suit or a girly dress with lace and ruffles; look low-key, ladylike and lovely all at once. 14 February or not, love is in the air.
And if you haven't heard, colour forecasters have a new squeeze for 2012 — a radiant red-orange aka Tangerine Tango. Invest in any LOD (Little Orange Dress) and hey, you're all set for CNY!
4. The Peplum
The statement skirt steals the spotlight again. Continuing as a trend from last season, the new peplum — introduced in a smaller and sleeker version this Spring — saw its exaggerated flounce reduced to a light ruffle around the waist. Whether worked into a classic shell top, pencil skirt or sheath dress, the touch of volume on chic, wearable silhouettes accentuates curves and adds interest to a piece instantly. And why not? We get to ditch the belt too.
For a different look, modernise the '20s style by opting for a drop waist silhouette.
5. Sports star
From jersey sweats to metallics and silks, the sporty vibe has been elevated to sophisticated places. This season's athletic style doubles up as smart wear with its pieces more tailored and refined. Key items to keep? Bodycon dresses, luxurious hooded sweatshirts and track-style bottoms with heels or booties. Pair sporty signatures together to create fresh, new combinations, then off you go.