If London Fashion Week has inspired you to sharpen up that wardrobe, or if a ‘trend’ to you is something to follow on your trading charts and your day is just too jam-packed to pay attention to what’s happening on the catwalks, don’t fret. Our LFX Guide to Spring/Summer 2015 Fashion will make sure you’re up to speed on all of this season’s trends without dragging you away from those charts for too long.
(Don’t worry if you don’t know your designer names or you’re not sure you can pull off head-to-toe fur: we’re keeping it simple and classic, ideal for busy trading days, travelling and weekends, and we’ve included links to all our picks so you can update your wardrobe at a the click of a button.)
It’s time to ditch those winter clothes and inject some colour into your wardrobe. So, here goes…
Denim – but smarter
We’re kicking off with an easy one, since jeans are probably already a staple of your weekend wardrobe. But in SS15, every day is about to become dress-down Friday. The keyword for this season’s look is ‘casual’, so suits are out and denim is in, even in the office. Denim is sharpening up in time for its new role – look out for well-cut denim shirts, tailored denim jackets and smart slim-fit jeans.
Denim shirts for the men – team this Jeffrey Den bleached denim shirt by Acne Studios with chinos, blazer and optional tie and take denim to the office without getting a lecture about the dress code – then ditch the jacket and switch the chinos for shorts come the weekend.
Ladies, opt for this tailored denim effect trench from Karen Millen for an up-to-date take on the must-have spring coat and a way to add denim to your work wardrobe but still look smart.
From nautical stripes and bright florals to tropical-print shirts, everything is patterned in SS15. To avoid looking like you got dressed in the dark, stick to just one pattern at a time, never mix spots and stripes, and keep the rest of your outfit classic and on the neutral side.
This Monty Navy Stripe t-shirt from Reiss for the guys – stripes are a spring/summer nautical classic, so they’re an easy way to channel the pattern trend and will look just as good under a denim shirt for a casual weekend look or with shorts and flip-flops on your travels.
For the girls, go floral – this Blossom Print Shift Dress from Coast will see you from the office to sunny afternoon cocktails and the dipped hem brings the classic style up-to-date.
If you usually opt for ‘safe’ colours (black, navy, neutral), it’s time to step out of your comfort zone – bright colours were all over the SS15 catwalks and they’re a great way to give your usual uniform a little spring/summer refresh. From bold primary colours (red, yellow and cobalt blue) to pastels (peach, lilac and mint green) there’s something to suit everyone.
Polo shirts are a great way for guys to give their wardrobe a bit of a colour injection. We love Ralph Lauren’s Slim-Fit Cotton Polo in this bright blue shade but if it’s not your cup of tea, Ralph Lauren do polos in pretty much every colour of the rainbow.
And ladies, nothing will make you feel like spring is on its way like yellow. This Ted Baker Arwyn Panelled Skater Dress is pretty, flattering and wearable – team it with a blazer and court shoes for the office or clashing Tiffany blue heels for a spring wedding or race day.
As well as bright colours, white is also going to be a key trend for spring/summer – perfect for setting off your summer holiday tan. On the catwalk, outfits were white head-to-toe, but for a more wearable look, mix white with denim and tan leather accessories.
This Burberry Prorsum White Cotton-Twill Blazer for the chaps – team it with a white shirt and jeans to channel the all-white trend without having to don white jeans (which are never going to be a good look).
Ladies, mix this Tod’s Sella medium-textured leather tote with a white dress or a white blouse and jeans for an easy way to do white-on-white. Just be careful where you put it down…
Khaki, camo print and relaxed military style – army-inspired clothing is another key trend for SS15. Get the look with khaki green shirts or trousers, utilitarian-style shirts and jackets, zips and camouflage details.
For men, this Theory Durant Coated Wool-Blend Field Jacket – it’s bang on trend and also practical, with plenty of pockets for stashing your trading gadgets. It’s also warm enough to come in useful in that in-between too cold not to wear a coat, too hot to wear a coat stage.
And for the girls, this Isabel Marant Wayne cotton-poplin shirt will go with everything from leather and denim to your smartest suit.
Spring/summer clothes are also inspired by sports gear – but no, we’re not talking about the tracksuit bottoms you wear to the gym here. Think sports-style jackets, jumpsuits and relaxed-fit trousers but with a luxurious touch of silk, suede or leather and a neater cut to smarten things up.
Bomber jackets are back – for men, this Paul Smith London Harrington Bomber Jacket will update your weekend jeans and t-shirt combo.
Ladies, go for drapey track pants in luxurious materials – these Wool-Blend Track Pants from J. Crew look great with nude heels and a white blouse, or teamed with sandals and a cashmere cardigan for travelling.