Spring 2012 Trend Report

Spring 2012 Trend Report

I’m so excited to start wearing some of this season’s trends into my daily outfits. I want to rush out and buy up, but unfortunately my bank account is looking very sad at the moment. Nevertheless, there’s nothing wrong with looking and dreaming of what I can create with what I already have, while still investing in just a few pieces from the new spring lines. Although I’ve featured some very pricey designers here, you can find alternatives at most retail chains – Zara is particularly good at runway-inspired fashion for shoppers on a budget.

So here’s my overview of the spring 2012 fashion trends, so you can dream up your own little fashion fantasies.

Bold Floral Prints

Past seasons have seen patterned items mixed with plain colors, denim, and even stripes, but this spring the trend is to mix prints with prints – particularly, bright floral prints. The look is ultra feminine and confident – it commands attention, and isn’t for the faint-hearted, but it’s also super fun. What better way to get in the mood for spring!

Clockwise from left: Dolce & Gabbana dress; Mary Krantzou skirt; Roberto Cavalli necklace; Prabal Gurung dress; Altuzarra jumpsuit; Christian Louboutin shoes; Dion Lee skirt; Christian Louboutin clutch.


Geometric Color Blocking

Color blocking has been the fashion trend on everyone’s lips for a while now, but this season designers have adapted the look using geometric shapes. Like with Altuzarra’s black and white dress (below) geometric color blocking can add shape, or create a slimming hourglass figure like in VPL’s swimsuit (below), or draw attention away from problem areas with the use of bright, vibrant colors contrasted with more attention-neutral shades. For those who like dressing in plainer colors – blacks, whites, neutrals – geometric color-blocked accessories (like the Carven heels below) add a pop of color that you can easily mix in with the basic pieces already in your wardrobe.

Clockwise from left: Altuzarra dress; Preen Line pants; Carven shoes; VPL swimsuit; Marc by Marc Jacobs dress; Reed Krakoff bag; Yves Saint Laurent shoes; Diane Von Furstenberg dress; Gucci mini dress.


Color Trend – Daisy Yellow

The spring sunshine is being infused into retail racks this season as they fill up with varying shades of bright yellow. It’s a color that suits both light and dark skin tones and looks great mixed with neutral colors like tan and white. Tangerine and peach shades are also popular this season and like in Oscar de la Renta’s gorgeous summer dress (below), which is mixed with peach sandals, these colors tie in beautifully with bright daisy yellow.

Clockwise from left: Oscar de la Renta dress; Chinti and Parker skirt; Lanvin bag; Erin Featherston dress; JCrew blouse; Bottega Veneta shoes; Burberry belt.


Color Trend – Pick Pastels! 

Wispy-light pastel shades exude lady-like sophistication. Pastel-infused clothing looks beautiful for casual, work and evening wear, and you have the freedom to mix multiple colors together by keeping within these pastel shades. Stores are stocking a lot of feminine skirts and dresses in pastels, but are also featuring pastel suit sets, which are perfect for work. Pastel pink blazers, pale blue pants and mint green cardigans can all be easily worked into everyday outfits. So, why not add a hint of glamour to your work day?

Clockwise from left: Charlotte Olympia sandals; Essie nail polish; Jil Sander dress; Elie Saab dress; Elizabeth and James earrings; Pink Peonies stylist; Marc Jacobs bag.


Peplum Shirts, Skirts & Dresses

Peplum designs are everywhere at the moment. Take a look at any set of recent red carpet photos and you’ll see a celebrity sporting the trend. The peplum cut is becoming so popular because it adds shape to those who need it, and can cover problem areas for those looking to create a more flattering silhouette. The design is available in plenty of different colors and patterns giving you many different ways to create some super cute outfits. Peplum designs look quite tailored and sophisticated so they’re perfect for a night out, or to wear to special events.

Clockwise from left: Jason Wu skirt; Giambattista Valli dress; Vera Wang top; Kate Ermilio skirt; Marc by Marc Jacobs dress; Mulberry metallic top.



Sportswear-inspired fashion is another trend for spring, and it’s ideal for weekend wear. In particular, lots of designers are featuring anorak jackets which are both chic and comfortable. When you’re in the mood for a no-fuss outfit, athletica paired with jeans or sandals is the perfect choice.

Clockwise from left: Alexander Wang anokak jacket; Ksubi jacket; Alexander Wang dress; Alexander McQueen jumpsuit; Pierre Hardy bag; Sperry shoes; Alexander Wang shorts.


Tribal-Inspired World Traveller

There was a tidal wave of tribal inspired fashion on catwalks for the Spring 2012 season, and it’s a trend that’s extremely wearable for most people. It’s easy to dress-up for a night out (think your LBD teamed with these Burberry Prorsum shoes) or dress-down for a Saturday afternoon picnic in the park (jeans, crisp white kaftan and this woven Jimmy Choo handbag). For more budget-friendly options, lots of weekend markets have accessories along this aesthetic.

Clockwise from left: Zero + Maria Cornejo dress; Proenza Schoula dress; Burberry Prorsum shoes; Jeeyun Ha Designs earrings; Donna Karan necklace; Pamela Love ring; Burberry Prorsum shoes; Jimmy Choo handbag.


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