2. EMBRACE A RAINBOW SUIT
Switch out sombre shades of black, navy and grey for sunny rainbow hues, guaranteed to sprinkle summertime into your work wardrobe.
3. SQUARE YOUR TOES
Take a nod from the noughties and swap out your pointy courts for cool ‘cut-offs’. Square-toe sandals are clunky (in a good way) and comfy!
4. GO CAMP
Read Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay Notes On Camp, the start point for both this year’s Costume Institute exhibition and the Oscars of planet fashion – May’s Met Gala. Lady Gaga, Serena Williams, Harry Styles and Gucci’s Alessandro Michele will co-host. Visit metmuseum.org
5. REDISCOVER ELTON JOHN
The glasses! The glitter! The platforms! The super-suits! With the Elton John biopic Rocketman out this spring, we’re set to fall in love with the singer’s style all over again. He’s the joyful performance dresser we all need now.
7. JOIN THE GLITTERATI
On eyes and even lips! Glitter is for life, not just for Christmas…
8. BOOK THE MARY QUANT EXHIBITION
The designer who epitomised Swinging Sixties London is honoured in this retrospective exhibition. Go see, and channel Quant’s rebellious spirit in a miniskirt. Don’t miss Mary Quant at London’s V&A from 6 April 2019 to 16 February 2020. Visit vam.ac.uk/maryquant.
10. GET SOME FASHION FORWARD FLIP-FLOPS
Last spotted on a beach near you, the ﬂip-ﬂop follows Crocs and dad trainers to be the latest shoe to get a fashion rehabilitation. Adds an insouciant spin to tailoring. Seriously simple.
11. REDISCOVER ALL SAINTS’ OLD WARDROBE
Spice who? For your ’90s kick, look to All Saints. Khaki, combat pants, chunky trainers and bucket hats – never, ever have they ever looked so cool.
13. PUMP UP THE VOLUME
From the puffball sleeve to the power shoulder, on a day dress or boardroom blazer, this season’s arm message is ‘go big or go home’.
14. LEARN THESE NEW NAMES TO KNOW
Louise Trotter, who returned Joseph to its former glory, is the new Creative Director at Lacoste. Meanwhile, Daniel Lee is new in at Bottega Veneta. The Central St Martins alumnus has the perfect pedigree (Maison Margiela, Balenciaga, Donna Karan, Céline. Yes – Phoebe Philo-era), so we expect great things…
15. TAKE NOTE OF THE MOST MEME-ABLE LOOKS OF THE SEASON
We’re not suggesting you copy (but you can!). Just be in the know. @siduations
16. CHAINS: THE CHUNKIER THE BETTER
Take your jewellery cues from Oscar de la Renta SS19 and Tom Ford’s show in NYC last month. It’s all about bold gold chains!
Tom Ford AW19
17. GET A JUMP ON STREET STYLE
The jumpsuit/coat combo is tricky: what lengths work? How to layer? So we sought inspo from the streets of the New York Fashion Week shows because the one-piece is the one piece that will carry us right through summer.
18. YOU SHALL GO TO THE BALL
This is not just an excuse to show you some dreamy gowns. This is to remind you that grown-up glamour is go! As CS Lewis said, “You are never too old to set another goal, or dream a new dream.” Even when it comes to Valentino gowns.
Dolce & Gabbana SS19
19. D. I .Y. DYE
You don’t need to be a hippy to dip into this trend – on everything from coats to jumpsuits and skirts. It’s the grownup way to do tie-dye.
Stella McCartney SS19
20. BAG SOME HERITAGE
A grown-up handbag is a shortcut to polished ﬁnish. Designers are trawling the archives for inspo: Fendi’s Baguette and Dior’s Saddle Bag continue to reign; see also Celine’s Triomphe and Burberry’s vintage check bags. Monograms are still big, but if low-key is more your style, opt for Chloé’s C Double Carry or Valentino’s VRING – future classics in the making.
21. REDISCOVER THE PRE-INFLUENCERS…
Follow the same people as everyone else and you risk dressing like everyone else. So, seek style cues from before social media. Princess Diana for colour co-ords, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy for city elegance, ’70s Jane Birkin for dreamy vacation looks, ’90s Kate Moss for everything else. No click-bait, just great looks.
22. DON’T FORGET THE BOYS
It’s not all about girls. These men are must-follow street-style stars, Luka Sabbat – 1.7m followers hang on his every style move. The coolest Gen Z-er in the world?
23. TRIAL A TRINKET
Like miniature travel trophies, adorn yourself in trinkets with a riff of far-ﬂung destinations about them. Or shop brands like SVNR.
Giambattista Valli SS19