If it’s style inspiration you seek, look no further than the streets this fashion week season. From power blazers and dotted prints to velvet pants and bold stripes, garments were eye-catching and statement-making in Milan, Paris, London and New York. Displaying a penchant for excess, the street style stars took their looks to the brink of over-the-top without ever going over and, as a result, numerous new trends have emerged. So, if you’re ready to inject more excitement into your wardrobe, check out these top five street style trends from the Spring/Summer 2018 Fashion Weeks.
1. Checkered Power Blazers with Shoulder Pads
While the return of the ’90s fashion may still be going strong, there was a noticeable ’80s item in the mix this season. Yes, the power blazer is back. Complete with bold shoulder pads, this fashion staple from 30 years ago is on-trend once more. To rock it for yourself, be sure to choose a style with a vintage check design and an oversized silhouette. You can even borrow a blazer from the boys if need be. Then, partner it with skinny jeans or a skirt and heels.
2. Upsized Dots
Street style was undoubtedly louder, brighter and bolder for the Spring/Summer ’18 show season. Even the simple polka dot was enlarged to unmissable proportions. Whether it was on a top, dress or pants, these upsized dots instantly became the focus of every outfit. Most often spotted in a traditional monochromatic design, these Dalmatian-style dots added plenty of fun to looks while maintaining a sleek aesthetic.
3. Statement Suits
Projecting power and drawing attention, the statement suit was a natural favourite for those attending the S/S ’18 fashion shows. Far from an ordinary black pantsuit, these stylish two-piece designs were bold and daring. While several featured eye-catching animal prints, others were accented with patterns or stripes. If you want to try this trend for yourself but prefer a subtle style, you can consider splitting the suit and just wear either the blazer or pants.
4. Bold Stripes
Subtle and minimal were two words that the street style set shunned this season. Instead, they embraced loud and maximal, as was displayed by their choice of striped garments. These stripy styles, which featured thick lines with intense colours, were daring and chic. Whether a dress, top, skirt or pants, these items were all eye-catching and almost mesmerising. To add even more intensity, several street style stars also opted to include metallic accessories with their stripes.
5. Balloon Sleeves
The fashion industry has favoured statement sleeves for a while now and it looks like they are set to continue with its preference for big, bold and unique arms. This season, it’s all about the balloon sleeve. Similar to last season’s bishop sleeves, the balloon sleeve is a rounded style with a tight, fitted cuff. Due to its unusual shape, this sleeve style instantly draws attention and becomes a standout feature for any outfit.