SS17 Forecasted Trends

The cold months are seemingly never ending as we approach the last few weeks of winter; but Spring is on the horizon, which means there is preparation to be made in order to be your most stylish self for the season ahead. Whilst many of us will still hold onto elements of the 90’s trends that graced our wardrobes this winter, it’s always wise to add in some fresh pieces…especially with what’s on offer, we are loving the return of the 80’s…Club Tropicana here we come!


Metallics, shoulder pads, sparkle, and glitz. It’s return of the era many of us would like to forget; but this time, the hair and makeup are staying firmly in the 80’s. With no return from the beauty nightmares that were once so popular, we can focus on the power shoulder and how to maximise the trend, whilst still being style savvy. It’s all about proportion, mix in a mini skirt and you are pioneering the pad. Break out the metallics, they are back in a big way and now is the time to showcase your hidden collection; wear them with pride and conquer the high street.


‘Florals, for spring? Groundbreaking’. As our fictional fashion guru said so famously, it’s never a surprising thing when florals grace the catwalk around springtime, but this time, the way designers have approached this repetitive trend is really where the magic lies. Taking influence from the brash 80’s presence, we can expect big and bold florals with bright orange, pink and yellow with a hint of Wes Anderson… Now florals sound a little groundbreaking, hey?


Our favourite trend, which has slowly been seeping into the high street stores of most recent, however, SS17 sees the expansion of these fine layers of Tulle adding the ethereal detail that you never knew you needed. Used simply as an overlay, or as the main component an outfit, tulle is one of the most versatile trends we have had the pleasure of wearing. Molly Goddard leads the way in nu-wave tulle, giving thousands of women the confidence and inspiration to be daringly transparent this year. Look out for high street versions to hit the high street stores in full force; we are loving this skirt from the beloved Topshop.


It’s back and it’s bolder than ever; it’s as though Mean Girls has returned with a vengeance through the medium of fabric. Flooding the catwalks this season, fuschia and rose are the colours to go by this season. Whether you layer multiple hues or add little hints, it’s definitely the colour to be seen in this season. This is not to be looked at as a girly colour, but instead the powerhouse shade representing strong femininity and female power. Just think; pink, pink, pink


The return of stripes is always a welcomed one, with so many variations, from seaside, sailor, and school to primary coloured. What we love in particular about the return of this trend is that many outfits on the catwalk featured contrasting stripes, giving off an opulent, daring and fun look. You can choose anything from pinstripe to wide stripes, in varying colours… do you dare to clash?


Floaty white shirt dresses, off the shoulder elegance, casual yet crisp. Some of the styles we have seen on the catwalks this season, and no doubt the high street will be quick to replicate such easy summer pieces. Expect floating goddess vibes, stemming from the geniuses behind Chanel, who adorned their models in draping, crisp white magnificence.

Often, dressing for the warmer months can be a challenge, when you are just trying to stay cool and classy; however, this season sees some fabulous options to keep us stylish throughout the summer days.

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Jamie Bell is the managing director of Illuminated Mirrors. You can find Jamie on Google+; he also occasionally updates the Illuminated Mirrors Facebook page.

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