Spring Styles & Staples

Written by Garden City Personal Stylist, Peta Preston. Click here to download and save a copy to your phone.

Bike shorts with blazers -  if this is too much for you to even consider & from a Stylist perspective, I'll be giving the whole "bike pants' trend a miss, then consider a gorgeous tailored short instead. I love this trend as it's so transseasonal. Head out in a tailored short & blazer combo & when the temp heats up, remove the blazer for a cooler, more casual & less structured feel.

Animal Instincts - Bold & wild prints are everywhere. To follow the lead & unleash your own inner jungle cat, choose strong & striking designs with bold & bright colours. Alternatively, consider an all-over leopard print look with matching separates or a dress/jumpsuit. You can even add a leopard print bag or shoes if you want to embrace the trend but the thought of a head to toe animal print boiler suit isn't your vibe.

Boiler Suits - Originally designed as a one-piece protective garment for manual labour, boiler suits are now as fashionable as they are functional. To rock the look for yourself, just pick the cut & colour that suits you best. These jumpsuits are available in a variety of fantastic styles. So, you won’t be short on choices.

Puff Shoulders - Proving once & for all that the minimal trend is over, statement puff shoulders on both dresses & blouses are appearing in various colours, styles and price points in our retail stores. Simultaneously striking and stylish, these puff sleeves add a fun ‘80s twist to modern outfits. Try the look yourself if you’re after a powerful and fashionable daytime style. Just be sure to keep the rest of your look subdued, so you don’t appear over-the-top.

Coloured Tartan - Leopard isn't the only popular print for Spring/Summer 19.. Tartan also features heavily & the traditional print isn't worn subtly. Think eye-catching bold colours. Want to try the look for yourself? Pick up a tartan suit, jacket or pair of pants that features the classic pattern. Zara is full of this trend at the moment!

Bucket Hats - Bucket hats are well and truly back. Yes, the iconic ‘90s accessory is a must-have item this spring & should undoubtedly be on your shopping list if you don’t already own one. Providing both sun protection & style, these casual & cool hats are perfect for weekend ensembles. Whether plain, patterned or featuring a logo, the brimmed hats add an on-trend edge to any outfit. Wear them with dresses, slouchy suits, overalls, and more.

You can't talk about trending colours for SS2019 without mentioning 50 shades of green — from neon to puke, olive to lime & sage green. dusty blue, lavender &, beige are also worth a mention and all shades of yellow, be it lemon, neon, yolk and everything inbetween.

My recommendation for Wardrobe Staples for Spring and beyond:
Blazer Silk slip skirt
Basic linen or cotton tees (scoop neck or V-neck) in white & stripe
Fashion sneakers
Cropped jeans and/or pants
Light weight longline cardigan or bomber jacket
Denim Jacket Floral midi dress
Neutral linen midi dress
Light linen or cotton classic collared shirt

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