SS18 Live - trend report

The SS18 season is in full bloom, and it’s time to get ahead with this season’s key trends. From Crayola hues to pretty pastels, to plastic fantastic and power shorts, we round up the top style trends to refresh your wardrobe.

Ice cream girl

From mint greens to yellow sorbet, ice cream pastels are set to be huge this season. Inject some sweet style into your look with pastel tones, don’t be afraid to mix shades either, near matching tones work well so combine shades such as blush pink and peach, or Parma Violet and pale bluebell.

LtoR: River Island pink stitch belted culottes - £40 / H&M mint short a-line skirt - £17.99 / Zara smocked crepe dress -£29.99

Denim redux

Dust off your dark denim as this season brings the revival of noughties shades and shapes. Say goodbye to grungy jackets and jeans and hello to indigo washes, smart cuts and tailored pieces. Denim isn’t just for jeans and jackets, this season denim will transform into boots, skirts, dresses and even handbags.

LtoR: Diffusion J Brand Maria high rise skinny jean - £230 / Topshop MOTO zip denim dress - £32 / Next bow slip on skaters £35

Trench dressing

The trench coat is here to stay for spring and summer, however this season designers have given this wardrobe staple the high fashion treatment, transforming the classic beige coat. This season choose from statement prints, shredded hems to cutaway panels and ultra modern cuts.

LtoR: Mango Taba trench coat - £69.99 / House of Fraser print occasion trench - £189 / Marks & Spencer cotton rich puff sleev trench - £89


Crayola brights

It’s time to take a nostalgic trip back into childhood memories thanks to this season’s Crayola inspired trend. Whilst bright hues are nothing new when it comes to spring and summer looks, this season’s focus is on bold, bright paint box colours, from tomato red and emerald green, canary yellow to colour of the year ultra violet.

Dorothy Perkins Green Crochet Pencil Dress - £28 / Monsoon Michaela mini camera bag - £25 / Oasis Isabelle lace dress - £46

Pencil skirts

Stepping out of the boardroom and into day and evening wear, the pencil skirt was a staple on the spring/summer 2018 catwalks. Adopting a slouchier, less skin-tight cut and loaded with embellishment, the pencil skirt is set to be the silhouette of the season. Take a modern spin on this timeless piece and pair with something slouchy or oversized on top.

LtoR: River Island dark yellow front tie pencil skirt - £38 / Zara floral print pencil skirt - £29.99 / Oasis floral pencil skirt - £48

Plastic fantastic

To quote Aqua ‘life in plastic, it’s fantastic’ and this is certainly the case for SS18 with vinyl and PVC finishes proving a hit on the high street. Not sure how to sport this out there trend? Try working plastic fashion around your everyday essentials for a contemporary but wearable spin. Whether you opt for a sleek PVC trench or a plastic bag, this wearable trend is here to stay.

River Island black vinyl baker hat - £18 / H&M vinyl leggings - £17.99 / Zara clear raincoat - £29.99

Short order

Not just a summer holiday basic, statement shorts are set to be a key trend for SS18. From boxer and high-wasted styles to cycling and short suits, this is a trend you’ll be wearing all summer long.

Topshop leather shorts - £125 / Debenhams striped shorts £28 / Dorothy Perkins black blossom shorts - £22

New wax slip

Another 90’s fashion piece to make a comeback on the SS18 runways, was the slip dress. A wardrobe staple, this versatile dress is most definitely a go-to piece during the warmer months. Channel your inner grunge by slipping a printed cami dress over a plain tee, or for a more sophisticated look simply wear a lace cami dress with heels.

Pink slip dress H&M - £15.99 / Topshop ditsy slip dress - £22 / House of Fraser sequin slip dress - £72

Still looking for SS18 inspiration? Why not join us at The Telford Centre on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th April for a fashionable weekend, packed with the latest trends and how to wear wardrobe workshops with our expert stylists.