Fashion rules to dress by this spring


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Powered by article titled “Fashion rules to dress by this spring” was written by Lauren Cochrane, for The Guardian on Tuesday 27th March 2018 16.28 UTC

Forget millennial pink, it’s all about Gen Z yellow

High-waisted palazzo pants, £69, mango.comOpen-knit sweater, £39.99,
High-waisted palazzo pants, £69,
Open-knit sweater, £39.99,
Photograph: Mango

We’re bored by millennial pink. Even a combination with turquoise for the 90s Miami depicted in The Assassination of Gianni Versace couldn’t save it now. Instead, give the colour wheel a spin until it lands on yellow. But any old shade of sunshine will not do. This is Gen Z yellow – as worn by card-carrying members of said generation including Gigi Hadid and Hailey Baldwin. For your yellow to be the correct shade, it needs to have a bit of a fizz. Think more mango sorbet than DHL van, more ripe banana than a daffodil, more couscous than buttercup. And, whatever you do, don’t mix it with pink.

Frills? Go hard or go home

Floral printed tiered mini dress, £320,
Floral printed tiered mini dress, £320, Photograph: Self portrait

In the new series of Love, the episode where Mickey and Gus go to a wedding is a perfect example of awkward TV, 2018 style. It involves meeting an ex, squabbles about carpooling and uncalled-for toasts. It’s all saved, however, by one look at Mickey’s dress, a midi-length black number with frills from the hip down. This is the kind of frill game that you need this summer when picking the dress to take you through wedding season – it is fun and keeps things light. Self-Portrait has cornered the market in this look with dresses around the £300 mark, and now has a new store in London. Similar ideas can also be found on the high street at & Other Stories and Warehouse. Buy one, wear for all the dates in your diary and let your dress do your talking.

Your footwear should pay tribute to Phoebe Philo at Céline

Joice woven mid heel shoes from Topshop.
Joice woven mid heel shoes, £46, Photograph: Topshop

Fashion people shed tears – or at least wrote totes emosh social media posts – when it was announced that Philo would be leaving Céline after nearly 10 years. You are welcome to join in with the outpouring of grief, or at least use it as an excuse to buy some woven shoes this spring. The designer had the detail on slingbacks in her final collection, and you can find similar looks at Topshop and Next. Not only will a pair allow you to mourn Philo’s departure, but they happily hail the start of summer. After all, shoes with holes in them aren’t exactly fit for snow days, are they?

Give in to the trench hype

OK, hands up – we have been here before. Anyone with half an eye on fashion will know that the trench is a thing this season. It has been favourited by street-style stars and revived on catwalks including Céline, Loewe and – of course – Burberry. But don’t let that put you off, even if you’re the contrary type. Buy yours for a sensible price at Marks & Spencer and resist the urge to belt it. This is the kind of item that is future-proof. You will wear it now and still be pulling it on when we are all getting into driverless cars and asking robots to make us a cuppa.

Wear suits at the weekend

Champion script logo boyfriend hoodie, £65,
Champion script logo boyfriend hoodie, £65, Photograph: JD Sports

Corporate dress codes are supposedly on their way out, with even the most buttoned-up employers, such as JP Morgan, instigating a business casual approach. But fashion likes nothing better than embracing the thing that the wider world has discarded as irrelevant. This might explain the rise of the trouser suit on the catwalk, and on purposeful influencers on Instagram. A trouser suit now is not what it was in the 80s – the attire of a woman out to nail that boardroom deal. Instead, this is slouchy, oversized and worn with trainers. A bit 90s, a bit Bowie in the video for Life on Mars, not at all watercooler gossip. Basically, think Not Suitable for Work and you will be on the right track.

The hoodie is the new blazer

It was announced this week that Virgil Abloh, the designer behind Off White and former Kanye West collaborator, would be the new creative director of menswear at Louis Vuitton, becoming the first designer of colour to hold such a high-profile position. We will have to wait until June to see his first show, but the news has already had an impact on your wardrobe. Abloh is a big fan of the hoodie – wearing a black one almost as a uniform and selling them by the bucketload for Off White. His entry into the establishment means the item is officially allowed anywhere, surely. Garden party? Wedding? It’s all fair game for the hoodie now. © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010

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