Thursday, 25 December 2008

Shop the Sales for Spring '09

Whilst my family finish off Christmas lunch and head towards the living room to catch some Wallace & Gromit and a quick kip, my mind's on other things. Namely the fabulous Boxing Day Sales. I know a lot of sales have already started (Dorothy Perkins, Miss Selfridge, Gap, H&M, All Saints, Faith and Warehouse to name but a few), my sales shopping can't really start until Boxing Day. It's like a tradition, whilst most people are having a lie in and thankful that Christmas is over, I'm up bright and early to grab the cut priced bargains.
But you're never really snagging a bargain if you wouldn't have normally bought it anyway or it doesn't fit right. I'm not encouraging you to go down the boring route though! Magazines are always telling us to buy basics rather than 'trend items' as they are classic items. But I suggest looking forward to the key trends for Spring '09 and snapping them up now! So, behold, Fashion Daydreams Guide for Shopping the Sales for Spring '09!
Colours and Prints Leave behind the African tribal prints of Spring 08 in favour of the new season prints. Florals of course will still be about, but it's now all about super oversize prints and pretty watercolour florals. Fall's tartan will be replaced by checks and stripes in the coming months. Colour-wise, prepare to see the back of black. Strong brights will be one of the key trends, think lime greens and sky blues. Neutrals will also be big, to balance out the bold colours - dove grey, cream, white. Softer colours will be making an appearance, so be ready for cornflower blue and soft lilacs.
The new silhouette
Think long & lean and sleek & sophisticated. Slim silhouettes will prevail, skinny crops and cigarette pants. Controlled volume is also a hot choice for Spring, in the light airy fabrics which will explode next spring. Fabric-wise, think Jil Sander Spring '08.

Shiny, shiny magpie fabrics
Sequins and shiny, wet-look fabrics are still going to be snap up those cut price leggings! High-tech plastic-y fabrics and metallic fabrics are also a safe bet.

Jumpsuits These have been around for a while, though I have been hard pressed to find a jumpsuit that I've liked enough to purchase. The good thing about something that's already been around is that there will be a lot more wearable styles the second time around, from cute casual rompers to hot little after hours jumpsuits. Just chuck on a belt and some statement jewellery and you'll be good to go!
Harem Pants Those two words tend to send a make even a hardy fashionista contemplate a safer alternative, but rest assured they will be everywhere come Spring. During my visit to Barcelona, all the chic Spanish women were sporting theirs with flat gladiator sandals and vest tops in muted colours. That's a cute option for a relaxed summer look, but I think they would work just as well for work (killer heels, smart top and a fitted sleeveless jacket) or even on a night out (again killer heels with a cropped top). The key to pulling them off is to keep everything else simple and let the trousers speak for themselves.
Blazers Good news for you blazer lovers, they will still be perfectly acceptable. For those who are a little bored of the same old blazer trend which has been going strong for a few years now, invest in a sleeveless little number to keep it fresh. Just layer it with a jumper or elbow length gloves til it warms up!

Of course this is just my interpretation of the Spring 09 trends. There's an awesome post on TFS which you must read for an in depth and varied breakdown. There's no need to be a total slave to fashion of course, it's always a good time to plug the gaps in your wardrobe. I'll be shopping for tops in all colours and sizes (been a dress-fiend for too long), flat biker boots and also a leather jacket.
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