Navigating the new season’s trends can be tricky business. It’s often hard to tell which trends will earn you fashion bragging rights and which will make you a laughing stock. We’ve pulled together the most accessible of all the trends featured at the SS14 catwalk collections. Just don’t wear them all at once.
The Classic Preppy Look
The Americans influence us in many ways – think the obesity epidemic, fast food culture and pointless celebrities – but this season, thankfully, US influence has a more positive spin. The catwalks were awash with Americana inspiration, ranging from varsity styling to 1950s throwbacks. Missoni channeled Jack Kerouac with peak lapel shirts and loose cut high-waisted trousers a plenty.
If collegiate is more your thing, the varsity jacket is your must-buy piece of casual outerwear .The now ubiquitous bomber jacket got a facelift with many brands restyling this classic piece, spinning thinner and more luxurious versions in luxe leather. Check out Diesel Black Gold and Carven for the best of bombers.
Men’s floral are not commonly associated with the height of fashion, tending to be more Richard Hammond than haute couture. However, this season the trend which has been bubbling for some time came into full bloom, with brands such as Prada, Dries Van Noten going fanatical for florals.
Whilst the all- over print suits shown on catwalks may be a step too far for most, you can adapt this trend through clever use of accessories. A floral print scarf, cap or canvas plimsoll will be a lively update to last year’s checks and paisley print. Alternatively, pop a floral print collar layered under a simple sweater. Check out River Island and ASOS for some high street horticulture.
As a welcome antidote to the super sartorial trend of late, SS14 brands such as Kim Jones at Louis Vuitton offered athleticism in abundance. Performance fabrics such as neoprene and mesh were featured on hoodies, zip up tops and shorts. Cycling was also a key influence at James Long’s ‘Beyond the velodrome’ show which featured cycling shapes with a hi-tech look and feel.
The running shoe was the footwear of choice at many of the key brands. Check out Nike for an array of colour and material options.
Layer quality sportswear separates in neutral tones, for a look that screams style not scallie. Sprint to Uniqlo and Acne for gold medalist garms.
The armed forces were a commanding fashion influence once more this season as mandatory military was reworked and re-energised. Camo is supersized, recoloured, and reworked in abstract forms which do anything but blend in.
Military-inspired palettes of khaki and sand featured in Christopher Raeburn’s ‘Sandstorm’ collection, which will undoubtedly influence the casual collections on the high street.
This trend can be integrated easily to your existing wardrobe. Chances are you already have a camo pant or khaki jacket in your possession.The all-over print works well in sweaters and shirts teamed with indigo denim jeans. Complete the uniform with a pair of khaki New Balance runners.
More of a spring summer staple than a trend, stripes once again featured all over the catwalk. This season the block stripe dominated, delivering an edgier, more youthful look than the traditional nautical.
Moschino and YMC went for bold horizontal stripes on shirts and outerwear that were more street than sailor. A block striped knit or tee gives a modern edge without seeming too try hard. Check out Topman, Neighbourhood, and Paul Smith to earn your fashion stripes.
Fashion can be a fickle mistress. Our pick of the best SS14 trends will enable you to update your wardrobe effortlessly for spring without treading into dreaded fashion victim territory. Highlight the past seasons pieces you already own, which will continue to be relevant, then start to select some key new items. If your budget is tighter than a body con dress, start small with statement accessories. Spring cleaning your style has never been easier.