Fresh Start

With fresh tulips at the market and spring fashions marking a path toward warmer weather, I sort through my closet to hide away all of my winter staples and clear some space for new additions. I’ve always found that by assessing what I need (and want) for the coming season, that I’m able to adhere to my style without getting caught up in trends that simply don’t suit my overall look. While trends offer a fresh take on fashion and can reinvigorate your personal style, it’s important to seek out fashion staples that will help to maximize your wardrobe for years to come.

Florals of all styles are back again.

Offered in a variety of colours and retro-inspired prints, a sea of florals and pretty dresses were the focus on the spring/summer 2018 runways. Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, Dries Van Noten and Erdem showed bright new florals in striking prints, giving the look a more modern and fashion forward appeal. Soft feminine and 60s florals made a comeback offering an airy and romantic feel with micro-floral prints. Tropical prints were also a key focus with palm leaves and hibiscus flowers, giving the trend a vacation-ready look.  Needless to say, prints are here to stay for 2018.

Leather jackets

Leather jackets continue to pop up on my style radar season after season with no signs of fading into the background. Their versatility allows you to wear them any time of the day and quiet often, for any occasion. Whether you’re looking to invest in a splurge-worthy piece or opt for a faux-leather moto jacket, the options are endless. Stay ahead of the fashion curve by choosing a jacket with embroidery, studded detailing or go for a bold statement shade. If you want it to last for seasons to come, stick with a sleek and simple version. This topper is a must-have for spring.

The Fanny Pack Is Back

Appearing on numerous spring runways and throughout the street style scene The once taboo accessory has been revitalized and reinvented as the ‘belt bag’. The ultra-nineties nylon iteration is still worn around the waist, looped through jeans or draped across your chest like a cross-body bag.  Don’t be surprised when you see this trend being worn around Ottawa tourists and locals alike.