Tune in to a fashion-oriented celebrity talk show and chances are you’ll hear the same advice – it’s good to follow fashion trends but it’s more important to dress according to your body shape and comfort level. That being said, there’s no harm in knowing and selectively adding the latest fashion trends to your wardrobe. Dressing well can definitely give your self-confidence a boost and can make you a happier person on the whole. Take a peek at the latest SS15 trends, and choose those that flatter your figure and make you the talk of the block.
1. Waist is in
Big waists are in, apparel-wise. Whether it’s elaborate pleats, cinched bowties or flourishing waist wraps, the trend is the bigger the waist, the better the look. Big waists can also be worn in just about anything – dresses, pants or cropped capris and skirts. And while your wardrobe can always use a new addition, you can copy this trend by using a bowtie belt or scarf.
Seen at Rosie Assoulin, The Row, and Rosetta Getty
2. Go sheer
Transparent fabrics were the rage at many of the SS15 shows – barely-there shirts, layered skirts and peekaboo dresses gathered interest as did itsy-bitsy wraps. An old chiffon shirt or even a sheer scarf layered over a vest can be a good cheat to this look. You can also turn a short dress trendy by sewing on a sheer fabric at the hem and turning it into a maxi.
Seen at Toga, Joseph, and Barbara Casasola
3. Shake them tassels
Much like the fringe of last season, this time it’s tassels but used as innovatively as possible – not just on the hem or seams. Colored, beaded or monochrome, use tassels to breathe new life into an outdated dress, skirt or even blouse. You can also add tassels to pair of old boots or a boring bag to turn into a trendy piece.
Seen at Preen, Whistles, and Paul Smith
4. Play it with polos
Humble, modest and classic, polo T-shirts have been part of casual wear for a long time. You could say that SS15 is no different, except the polos of SS15 play with color and texture, and can be both T-shirts and dresses. Considering you cannot really sew on a collar and turn any T-shirt into a polo, this is one trend best shopped for.
Seen at ICB, J.Crew, and Hugo Boss
5. Gingham and how
The sweetest and most unexpected print trend of SS15 turned out to be gingham. Big checks or small, monochrome or a riot of colors, adding this classic print to your wardrobe is fun and very trendy, be it as apparel or accessory!
Seen at Lela Rose, Diane von Furstenberg, and Altuzarra
6. Go trench in kimono
Half coat, half robe, kimono-style blousons were quite the rage this SS15, be it as dresses, coats or blouses. Their popularity stems from their versatility, be it for a cape-like flair or for a silhouette-crunching waist tie. This is one trend easily copied by any caftan-like outfit you may possess.
Seen at Alexander Wang, Vera Wang, Tome, and Thakoon
7. Say 'yeah' to flats
Ditch the heels this SS15, and opt for flats. From ankle ties to colorful sneakers, summery thongs to manly oxfords, grounded is good this summer. If you still need the elevation, try flatforms. These will give you the desired flat look and feel, be trendy enough for SS15, and still give you some height.
Seen at Peter Som, Marc Jacobs, Ferragamo, and Roberto Cavalli
8. Slouchy pants
From culottes to slouchy denims, pants are no longer about the silhouette but about being comfortably baggy. Paired with skin-show tops and body-hugging blouses, the contrast is feminine and sexy, and very in this SS15.
Seen at Karen Walker, Rodebjer, and Adam Selman
9. Militia mode
Dig out those old army greens you might have or go splurge on some. Designers made quite the tribute to the army with their military green outfits – printed, textured or just plain jungle green. A camouflage dress, a dark green overcoat or just lots of green in your outfit is an easily bought trend.
Seen at Victoria Beckham, Jason Wu, and Marc Jacobs
10. Smooth in suede
From a little layering to the entire outfit, suede is quite the show stealer of SS15. You could do a dress, a shaded top and skirt set, a trench coat, heels or a bag and just about anything in suede right now, and be very trendy...
Seen at Altuzarra, Tibi, Jason Wu, Michael Kors, Derek Lam, and Tommy Hilfiger, Gucci, amongst others
So, there you have it – ten very doable, wearable and easily adaptable trends from SS15. Remember that studies have indicated being well-dressed is key to success at the workplace. These are fun ways of doing just that!