Whether you’re a clothing collector or KonMari devotee, the start of a new year is the perfect time to re-assess the contents of your wardrobe to discover the trends and ideas that will spark joy in the season ahead. From stepping out of your normal fashion comfort zone to embracing the ease of monochromatic dressing, Spring 2019’s best trends are as effortless as they are compelling.
Buy a colourful suit
Most professionals have a selection of smart suiting in shades like black, navy and grey. But this spring, get inspired by the womenswear collections at Sies Marjan, Boss and Roksanda, and feel like a boss in a tailored, brightly coloured suit.
HUGO Jarera Peplum Knit Jacket and Pant, available at Andrews.
Reconsider bike shorts
The return of the bike short has been a long time coming. Now, it’s time to see if you have a place for the hot, ’80s-inspired trend in your closet. The freshest way to rock these fitted, sporty bottoms? Paired with an oversized blazer or cutaway jacket and cute pumps.
Try head-to-toe beige
Beige is anything but basic these days; on the runways at Burberry, Balmain, Christian Dior and more, it was the colour of the season. Worn head-to-toe, the neutral hue looks put-together and is almost universally flattering. For maximum impact, choose layers and accessories in a similar shade.
Khan B Pant, available at Judith & Charles.
Become a “hat person”
If you’ve always wanted to be a “hat person,” but never felt like you could pull off fashionable headwear, 2019 the perfect time to get inspired. Take a look at the Spring collections at Simone Rocha, Valentino, Erdem and Chanel, and imagine how much personality the right hat can add to each of your favourite looks.
Embrace the surf aesthetic
For both men and women, surf- and beach-influenced styles offer the perfect sartorial escape from the current political climate and stock market drama. The next best thing to enjoying the mild weather and chilled out vibes of SoCal and Hawaii this winter: sporting the season’s must-have tie dye– and water sports–inflected apparel.
Spiritual Gangster Love More Sweatshirt, available at Heidi Ho2.
Rock a double-breasted blazer
The menswear runways for Spring 2019 were full of double-breasted blazers, styled either as a full suit (see: Versace, Stella McCartney) or with casual trousers (à la Paul Smith and Giorgio Armani). To avoid the unflattering silhouettes of yore, pick a jacket that’s on the long side, a little oversized and handcrafted in a lightweight wool.
Lose your fear of pattern mixing
Mixed patterns for men are trending this season, as seen at shows like Louis Vuitton and Prada. Even if styling contrasting patterns head-to-toe is too much for you, there’s always the option of simply pairing a colourful shirt under a printed blazer or jacket.
R13 Denim x Brumal, available at TNT.