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  • on 21.03.2012
  • at 04:30 PM
  • by Jessy Troy

Straight from the Catwalk: Fashion for Spring



Spring is a time of new beginnings and the fashion world is no exception. Neutral is big news at the moment with whites and creams stealing the catwalk shows, especially at Calvin Klein and Michael Kors. From dresses to accessories, simple, light hues were the central focus, adding a romantic, unfussy touch to the catwalk shows.

If you want to wear white you can brighten things up with an occasional flash of colour. Bangles, bags and shows are all great way to add some pop to your outfit.

Prints and Patterns

The most popular prints were stripes and florals. Catwalks shows boasted a smorgasbord of stripes, from skinny to thick, in subtle tones and bright, bold colours. Navy and white are typical, nautical colours but whatever you choose, the key to the newest stripy sensation is to make sure stripes are the centrepiece of the outfit.

Floral was another popular pattern and bright, fruit colours were everywhere. All sorts of prints were seen on the catwalk, from butterfly designs to cherry blossom print at Vera Wang. Anything goes this season when it comes to prints so don’t be afraid to mix yours up; team florals with stripes for some clashing style.

If you liked the Eastern influence seen on the catwalks you can show your appreciation by donning one of many available Japanese-inspired pieces available, from obi inspired belts to kimono shaped coats.

Seventies Glamour

1970’s glamour also made a comeback for spring with bohemian and sophisticated outfits taking centre stage. High waist trousers or jeans coupled with a feminine blouse are great for a day look whilst dresses take on full glitz and glamour for evening. Derek Lam showcased a great collection of 70’s inspired designs so take a look to get some ideas.

Biker Chic

Biker clothing is enduringly popular and made a comeback on the spring catwalks. Burberry did it best with spiked and studded jackets and trench coats with padded sleeves.

You can easily channel the biker look into your wardrobe with just a few pieces, from jackets to accessories. Skinny leather trousers and leopard print mini-dresses are an easy way to get the look without looking scary!

Lace and Crochet

Lace was without a doubt the most popular fabric and was seen in almost every designers show. Lace influences for spring gave a nod to antique-style designs and unique pieces and there is an abundance of lace clothing to choose from on the high street, with pretty, feminine dresses taking centrepiece. Consider adding some fun, like never-old Swarovski to style.

Along a similar vein, crochet was another show stealer. Handmade style designs were showcased by Christopher Kane and inspiration can be taken from the catwalk as crochet pieces are also popping up all over the high street.


Sheer fabrics were another top trend with the maxi dress even going sheer! To wear this look every day, wear a solid top over the top of something sheer so you don’t reveal more than planned!

Kitten heels and clogs were the shoes of choice to wear with all sorts of women’s dresses.

Jennifer is a part of the digital blogging team at who work with brands like Littlewoods Europe. For more information about me, or to keep up to date with the latest in retail news, check out my posts at or visit my Twitter account, @shoutingID.

  • Sharon Biggs

    Hmm… stripes and florals then hey. Well I suppose florals
    were quite predictable as they always make a sneaky comeback every summer. But
    I really like the idea of combining the two together. It’s amazing the amount
    of retail
    that are affected with the slightest change in clothing trends. I’m
    pretty sure all the shops will already be stocked up with the latest striped
    and floral prints then.

  • Graduate_jobs

    Hi Sharon, yes florals are pretty predictable every summer, you can not really go to any university these days without seeing at least one graduate with such a dress on!

  • Formal Pant Suits

    Spring dresses are light and trendy in vibrant color hues to add vigor to life. There are lots of options for women during the season but something in white and light pastel colors looks most exciting and charming.

  • sue welling

    I’ve seen a lot of that seventies glamour about at the
    moment. The catwalk is just swarming with high neck dresses and I’m loving it.
    One of the main reasons is that I can now go on nights out wearing my comfortable
    instead of having to be self conscious about wearing an
    impractical staples bra or something. Woop woop, love this post!

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