A student’s guide…

Once again, a new season has arrived, bringing with it a whole host of new colours and trends to liven up our wardrobes. From romance to modernism, this spring has styles to suit every taste. One of the most prevalent themes seen on catwalks from Marc Jacobs to YSL is the Seventies. They’re back in full force: bright colours, vivid prints, high waists and loose blouses were seen at nearly every designer this season, with the most on-trend item perhaps being the palazzo pant. High-waisted with loose legs and reminiscent of French Riviera glamour, these are a wardrobe investment for spring. But be warned: they look best with heels (the higher the better), not the most practical for lectures. The Seventies trend can be channelled more easily with a pair of high-waisted shorts, which can transition from being worn with tights for cool spring mornings to bare legged for balmy summer nights. Chiffon blouses also feature heavily in the Seventies theme. As seen at Rodarte, they work with both the sheer romantic trend or tucked into a high-waisted short for Seventies allure. Purchase the delicate blouses in spring’s favourite nude palette, or a royal blue for added style.

Further romantic influences can be celebrated with last season’s lace, which once again adorned models at Erdem. This season, go for sheer lace rather than Autumn’s layering. Playful pleats and gathering also underlined the romantic trend, and were seen on runways from Chloé to House of Holland. The texture and movement of these pieces oozes femininity and is perfect for summer parties, but can be worn every day in a more structured fabric. Maxi dresses and low hemlines were once again all over the catwalks. However, this trend still lacks practicality, and often looks staid and dull at our age. The dullness has certainly been remedied by many designers showing far more revealing dresses, though the majority of those are still not practical, being very low-cut, sheer, or with daringly high leg slits. This look hasn’t quite hit the shops yet and unless you’re looking for a stand-out special occasion dress it’s probably best to invest in something a bit more wearable.

Perhaps the most innovative thing about Spring/Summer 2011 is the use of colour. From brilliant whites to delicate nudes or bright neons, there is a shade to suit every taste and skin tone. The new deep royal shade of blue seen at Prada, Miu Miu and Mulberry, to name but a few, is almost universally flattering, and a perfect instant update to inject colour into a tired winter wardrobe. Whites were widely used to create a simple and elegant silhouette, though the anti-colour is tricky to pull off, and not the most practical. The tailored, minimal look, with clean lines and barely any detailing, is perhaps best left to young professionals rather than students. Bright colours, in contrast, are something we can definitely embrace. From all-over colour to clashing jewel tones, these hues are hot for spring.

Charlotte Llewellyn

Image credits:
Photographer and Director: Catalina Bas Flick
Model: *Name Redacted*