Hit the mark with the look that is spot on for spring

The spring/summer 2020 runways had a myriad of striking collections, with truly something for every taste. Ruffles, colourful leather ensembles and artisanal crochet were impactful trends, but the standouts were everyday classics: traditional colours, polka dot prints and bright hues were notable themes that appeared on a variety of runways.

The new season offers an opportunity for a wardrobe refresh. The most impactful and longstanding trends will ensure that you’ve made a proper investment. Whether you’re looking to add some colour to your wardrobe or simply want to try something new, this selection of enduring trends will carry you through the summer months and beyond.

ABOVE: Spring 2020 Runway from Tori Burch, Michael Kors, Ellie Tahari, Valentino, Moschino, Carolina Herrera

Spotty creations featured prominently on the runway, with designers playing with interesting silhouettes and dots of various colours and sizes.

There is nothing run of the mill about polka dots — it’s all about being bold. Playful dots appeared on pretty tulle gowns from Carolina Herrera, resembled a checkerboard print at Zero Maria + Cornejo, while Gucci and Marc Jacobs gave us oversized dots in interesting colourways. Balmain and Elie Tahari included spotted offerings in the form of matching two-pieces.

Looking to incorporate this trend your day-to-day dressing? A statement skirt or a printed top will lift even the most somber of separates!

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Work from Home Fashion

We know that we should dress for the job that we want, but is it possible to still do that from the comforts of our home? While we may be tempted to stay in pajamas all day, for productivity sake, getting dressed in the morning prepares us for what’s ahead. The solution is to get dressed in an outfit that finds a balance between workwear and lounge wear. A pair of black leggings and a t-shirt is a versatile and comfortable option for quickly getting your day started.

If you’re required to appear over video conference, you’ll want to spend a bit of extra time so that you don’t appear to have just rolled out of bed (even if you have). Put a brightly coloured blazer on over-top of your leggings and t-shirt, add some colour with lipstick, and brush through some dry shampoo for a put together look.