Spring is on the way and so does the new fashion trends for S/S '19. As always contemporary designers have borrowed (and sometimes blatantly copied) from by gone eras/designers and today we're going to talk about the retro inspirations behind spring/summer 2019 fashion trends. So get a cuppa and get ready to see what you're going to buy, which old treasures you'll dig out of your wardrobe and what you'll wear all summer.
One of the major trends that's been here for a while is leopard print. The high interest will continue in spring/summer 2019 and as you've already seen, the high street is filled with wild leopard print. Your mum or even gran know that leopard print is nothing new. It's been pretty popular since 1920's and been hailed as both luxurious and feminine but also kitsch and trashy. It all depends on the decade and the outfit combinations. So, yes animal print is a quintessential trend for summer but this time round is more elegant and chic nothing like 70's fashion edgier and loud prints and patterns.
Next is 1980's fabulous fashion which we totally didn't get the first time (perms, big hair and big shoulder pads!!!) so obviously we need to revisit in 2019. Well, 80's style has been creeping up slowly for many years; metallic and lame combinations, super mini dresses with big bows, defined shoulders, over sized blazers, color blocking combinations and lots of inspirational looks by 80's Escada and YSL.
Following 80's aesthetic is neon and jumpsuits (or boiler suits) which remind us 60's vibrant colors and of course 70's wide legged jumpsuits. Fluorescent colors already made their appearance to various street style fashion cities by well known influencers so stay tuned. Approach this colorful trend with open mind by adding small dose of neon into your everyday style. A bold pair of heels will do the trick. Then go for a top or a neon skirt and slowly you will have a personalized outfit with timeless pieces. We're definitely going to see lots of wedding guest dresses in neon hues this summer.
Continuing, there are other spring/summer 2019 trends like the prairie vintage dresses which is a totally end of 60's beginning of 70's vintage trend and it's totally coming back. Think Laura Ashley ditzy floral dresses, Gunne Sax, summer of love - hippie style dresses. Expect frilly necklines, high turtlenecks, maxi lengths and empire waists. Gunne Sax was a San Franscisco clothing label founded in 1967 and they specialized in Victorian and Edwardian style designs. Jessica McClintock was one of the partners and the designer behind the brand. I feel though that this vintage inspired trend hasn't got a huge impact just yet. It's still out there but in winter 2019 we will see more of prairie dresses.
Excited or bored by the new fashion trends? As always vintage fashion will always be behind current trends and if you really want to be forward but also timeless keep buying vintage clothing. Trends come and go, style though is eternal!
Happy Spring vintage lovers.
...to be continued...