Three hot trends guaranteed to put spring into your step

Here are some inspired looks to make sure you are in season

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 29 March, 2016, 1:00pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 29 March, 2016, 1:46pm

White trainers

Recently spotted: Phoebe Philo and her fashion pack have a penchant for wearing crisp white Adidas Stan Smith trainers. Brands including Asics, Puma, Saint Laurent, Jil Sander, Vans and Nike have also increased their white trainer offerings.

Staying power: the fresh look of the Stan Smith has evolved into the footwear item for those who want to look like in-the-know trendsetters while remaining comfortable. “We are now at a point where literally any outfit can be modernised by a simple white sneaker,” says Red Godfrey, vice president of the fashion office for Seattle-based retailer Nordstrom. “It is a classic, and after its fashion fandom moves on, you’ve still got a great pair of sneakers for weekend walks and workouts.”

How to best wear them: “Mixing sportswear with more classic pieces is very now,” Lovell says. Trainers are being paired with athleisure looks, as well as jeans, skirts and long dresses.

Scarves

Recently spotted: Hedi Slimane started showing scarves on the spring 2015 Saint Laurent catwalk. Models wore thin scarves tied around their necks in an effortless, rock’n’roll manner. Now, they’re being worn as thicker bandanas and thin, silky versions tied in bows, often paired with chokers and reinforcing the neck and shoulder areas. Lanvin, Gucci and Rodarte included a lot of scarves in their spring 2016 collections.

Staying power: “This is a very easy way to add texture and personalised effect to an outfit,” says Penny Lovell, Los Angeles-based fashion stylist to Anne Hathaway and Taylor Schilling. The scarf still has the ’70s vibe but can be subtle, depending on the style.

How to best wear them: “It’s more of an attitude than a trend,” says Chutney Hunter, head buyer of designer ready-to-wear, shoes and handbags at Pacific Palisades boutique Elyse Walker. “There are no rules: layer or tie them on with T-shirts, day dresses or with your favourite slip gown.”

Bomber jackets

Recently spotted: on the runways at Gucci and Phillip Lim, and on off-duty models swapping their bulky black leather motorbike jackets for borrowed-from-the-boys outerwear. Now, silky, more feminine versions like those from Gucci are being worn as an updated take on toughness.

Staying power: “Throw it on over anything, and look instantly and effortlessly cool. It’s comfy, youthful, practical, easy to dress down, dress up or borrow from the boyfriend,” says Godfrey.

How to best wear it: use a bomber to add a pop of colour, a bold print or a military look with a slight twist, Hunter says.

Spring fashion 2016: playful Sophia Webster shoes; C is for chic at Carven