Style Counsel: Spring Collection

While researching my favourite trends for spring/summer ’18 I was reminded of this line delivered by the acerbic Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada: “Florals…for spring…Groundbreaking”

The fact of the matter remains, florals will be huge this season, so at the risk of being predictable, and facing the fictitious wrath of Ms Priestly, here are my top floral picks:

This dress from & Other Stories is just so pretty and versatile. The myriad of colours will make it easy to style with a multitude of accessories, and the all-over print is flattering. I can see this working styled with smart sandals for a meeting, but for a more youthful look try ankle boots or trusty white sneakers to bring this dress into the weekend.

Floral Print Maxi Dress, £110; & Other Stories

If you’d like to try a bolder interpretation of the floral trend, I’d suggest this Topshop style. The strong colours on the black background makes the colours pop and I love the slightly asymmetric hem for added detail. It’s already ‘trending’ on their website, so get in quick!

Alpha Floral Frill Dress, £36; Topshop

Florals need not just be applied to pretty dresses, these trousers from Red Herring at Debenhams are fab! I love the unusual colour palette and wide leg cut. I’d go the ‘whole hog’ and wear with the co-ordinating jacket to a wedding or the races.

Red Herring Cordelia wide leg trousers, £29; Debenhams

I have always adored the colour clashing combination of pink and red. There aren’t that many pieces featuring both colours yet, however there are lots of pink and red separates which can be styled together to work the trend. Zara, however, are always on the ball, and this bodysuit is ‘everything’! It looks great with jeans, but I would style it with skinny black trousers and VERY high shoes for a sexy evening look. This bodysuit also nods to another SS18 trend, the 80’s, so you’ll be channelling Saint Laurent in this piece.

Two-tone Crossover Bodysuit, £29.99; Zara

Sticking with Zara, they have also nailed it with this knit dress. I tend to steer away from knit dresses, especially unforgiving column styles. This style is pleated, and has a little swing in the skirt, so I’m hoping it’s not too clingy because I’ve fallen hard for this one!

Long Two-Tone Dress, £29.99; Zara

I’m not going to lie, sheer is not the easiest trend to pull off across all ages. ‘See-through’ may work on the catwalk, not so much in Aldi. Don’t get me wrong, I think delicate wisps of chiffon are beautiful, and in my youth I would totally have flitted about the student union in a see-through dress (and probably did) but when looking at this trend I’ve highlighted more wearable pieces, like this luxurious shirt by Massimo Dutti. I love the slight safari vibe of the styling, but it would look equally as good with black trousers and a little bralette for modesty.

Limited Edition Silk Overshirt with Tie Detail, £119; Massimo Dutti

This French Connection for ASOS dress is perfect for spring and summer weddings. The sheer and lace overlay creates movement and subtle glimpses of skin.

French Connection Lace Applique Dress with Mesh Panelling, £165; ASOS

I know denim is rarely not on trend but this spring it’s not just for jeans. This beautiful denim dress from Jigsaw is so simple and stylish, you could even wear it to the office styled with smart tan sandals.

Denim Dress, £299; Jigsaw

Ines de la Fressange designs a capsule collection for Uniqlo, think typical French nonchalant chic. This denim shirt from her line looks deceptively plain, but there are so many possibilities. Sleeves rolled up, scarf knotted under the collar, or left open over a Breton top. Incidentally, if you are an admirer of French style check out the Ines de la Fressange book, Parisian Chic.

Cotton Denim Shirt, £24.90; Uniqlo

That’s all for now ladies. When the temperature rises I’ll be back with swimwear, sunglasses and sexy summer fashion. With that in mind I also recall from The Devil Wears Prada the deliciously catty first assistant Emily when she says, ‘I’m one stomach flu away from my goal weight’. I feel your pain Emily, if I was at my goal weight I would totally step into spring in this divine jumpsuit from Massimo Dutti

Limited Edition Off-The-Shoulder Linen Jumpsuit, £179; Massimo Dutti

Cathy Owen is a freelance creative with 15 years’ experience in PR, fashion show production, as a photoshoot producer, art director, model agency manager and casting agent. Her greatest achievement to date is managing to style a shoot with kids, animals and a hot air balloon!

Cathy has one son, Dylan, who is seven going on 21. Find Cathy’s blog at or follow on l @cathyocreative

1 Comment

  1. The pictures are very elegant and stylish. I’m searching an outfit for my daughter, and looks like I just need to find something similar.

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