As cool winds blow, Spring 2015 may seem like a million months away. But inside the tents at World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto, spring has already sprung. If you want to be a fashion trendsetter, bypass winter entirely and start incorporating these five trends into your look, pronto.
Fresh and crisp white-on-white-on-white is a sleek and stylish look for the office and was featured in several collections, from Sid Negum to Pink Tartan.
Do: Wear at least one piece long and loose; it helps mask lumpy undergarments. Also, keep your pieces clean! This is a high maintenance colour that can look dingy pretty quick so regular dry cleaning is an absolute must.
Don’t: If you want to avoid looking like you’re in uniform, don’t wear the same fabric from top to bottom (and please stay away from white clogs!). Pieces will pop if you mix fabrics, tones and textures. Try a loose silk shirt tucked into cotton trousers or skinny white jeans.
After stuffing ourselves into skinny pants for the past few seasons, it’s a relief to see some looser trousers walking down the catwalk.
Do: Balance out proportions by wearing yours with a fitted top. Then, dress them up a tad with a tailored blazer and structured bag.
Don’t: Wear your shirt untucked or you might look a little schlumpy. And forget the flats. Wedges work well with a wider leg, and stilettos will really elevate jogger-style pants.
There was a time when designers wouldn’t dream of such a thing but it seems stripes have (literally) been turned on their head.
Do: Keep the rest of your look simple and classic. Pair a stripy shirt or sweater with flattering boot-cut jeans and heels and you’ll always give the impression of long and lean.
Don’t: Stripes will definitely make you look bigger, so unless you’re Coco Rocha, you’ll want to stay away from anything boxy or baggy. The blazers at Bustle were fitted so they didn’t add heft (though you may want to wear a shirt underneath yours). If you’re really not convinced about this trend, try your stripes on a pair of shoes, scarf or bag instead.
From long full-circle skirts and flirty dirndls to bow-tie shirts and pencil skirts, there was a little bit of 50s retro in almost every collection this season.
Do: Chanel your inner Grace Kelly by dressing up a full skirt with a pair of stilettos or down with a dark denim jacket and some canvas kicks.
Don’t: Stay away from big updos that are a little too authentic. You don’t want to be mistaken for someone in costume. Add some edge (and keep your look modern) by pairing with gladiator-style heels.
Necklines took a very deep plunge during Fashion Week in shirts, jumpsuits and dresses.
Do: Pair your plunge with a long pendant necklace, and keep the rest of your look modest. Long pants or a maxi skirt will balance out all that sex appeal upstairs.
Don’t: Unless you want people to stop looking you in the eye, avoid push up bras. Deep Vs tend to work best on a smaller bust. If you need a little more coverage, a simple bandeau can do the trick.