Fashion: From beige to bike shorts – seven key trends for spring/summer 2019
Katie Wright looks to the catwalks for all the fashion leads you need to know about this season
IT'S still way too chilly to cast off our coats and slip into strappy dresses, but it's never too soon to start getting excited about what spring has in store for us fashion-wise.
Back in September, the catwalks revealed what high-end designers had in mind for warmer weather – and now the SS19 collections are landing on the high street, so it's time get those wardrobe wish-lists ready.
You just know the 'It' shoes and skirts and bags are going to sell out in no time, so if you want to get your hands on the most desirable duds, you're going to have to act fast.
Plus you'll need to be in the know about the latest looks from the designer collections - which is where we can help.
We've selected the most influential colours, fabrics and styles from the catwalks to help guide your buying decisions, with suggestions on how and where to shop the looks on the high street.
Ready to swing into spring? Here are the seven top trends of SS19...
Think beige equals boring? There were about 50 shades of beige seen at last year's shows, from Tom Ford and Max Mara's trench-inspired offerings, to Balmain's seductive suede and Dior's dramatic full skirts.
:: Girls On Film Sovereign Beige Satin Trench Coat, £45; Liquid Beige Utility Jumpsuit (available March), £24, Little Mistress (shoes, stylist's own)
Lace gets a modern makeover this season, thanks to a profusion of the black floral fabric at Erdem, alongside the bold and bright hues at Christopher Kane. Even brands known for their tough, street sensibilities, like Off-White and Alexander Wang, were getting in on the act.
:: Navabi Lace Dress, currently reduced to £196 from £280
Traditional techniques also got an update for SS19, with crochet, patchwork and macrame coming to the fore at Chloe, Jacquemus and JW Anderson. There was still a natural feel to these loose knits and slinky dresses in creamy hues – we predict they'll be a big hit when summer finally arrives.
:: Topshop Boutique Side Split Silk Shirt, currently reduced to £79 from £95; Boutique Fringe Knit Skirt, £79 (shoes, stylist's own)
While many of those beautifully crafted catwalk creations came with long, loose tassels, there's also a whole other trend for flippy fringing in hyper bright colours. While epic flapper-style evening gowns aren't the sort of thing you can wear on the regular in real life, a bright fringed bag is the ideal addition to summer ensembles.
:: New Look Pink Suede Fringe Bag, £17.99 (available March)
Suits are sticking around for spring, which will be welcome news for anyone who's worn their grey check blazer to death over winter. Now, however, it's all about zesty brights and saturated shades.
:: JD Williams Essential Fashion Blazer, £25
ACID WASH DENIM
Designers doubled down on the 80s denim trend for spring, with baggy bleached blue jeans on the catwalks at Christian Dior and Alberta Ferretti. It's not all about jeans, however. Acid wash denim skirts and dresses also went down well.
:: Simply Be Acid Wash Button Sleeve Denim Shirt Dress, £32
Nope, they're not cycling shorts – you're not actually going to do any pedalling in them – bike shorts are what the fashion world has termed the controversial trend which started on the street and has boomed on the runways for spring. Will this be the season you give in and buy a pair?
:: Miss Selfridge White Long Sleeve Oversized Hoodie, £25; Black Shiny Ribbed Cycling Shorts, £14; Tia White Chunky Trainers, currently reduced to £25 from £39