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Spring Fashion Forecast: Seven Key Catwalk Trends That Will Define The Season

Spring is finally on the horizon, which means it’s almost time for the great sartorial switch, when we wave goodbye to wintry woollies and say hello to fresh, fun new outfits.

On the spring/summer catwalks the mood was optimistic, as designers embraced punchy colours and punky leather, as well as breezy holiday frocks and a smattering of sparkle.

Ready to revamp your look? These are the seven essential trends to know about for SS22, and how to work them in your wardrobe.

1. Biker groove

Supriya Lele SS22 (Supriya Lele/PA)

A biker jacket is a spring/summer must-have.

Contrast with a frothy tulle skirt or team with black flared trousers for a sleek daytime look.

Very Michelle Keegan Ultimate Leather Biker Jacket, £120 (Very/PA)

2. Bold and bright

David Koma SS22 (David Koma/PA)

From eye-popping pinks at Versace and David Koma to tangerine at Emilia Wickstead and emerald green at Gucci and Brandon Maxwell, bright hues shone throughout fashion month.

A floaty midi or maxi dress in a saturated shade is a great summer investment piece. Style with a mini handheld bag and this season’s platform sandals.

Ted Baker Lysette Tie Detail Satin Tea Dress, £113 (Very/PA)

3. Stripe it lucky


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The undisputed print of the season, stripes were seen in many incarnations, from glam gowns at Fendi and Oscar de la Renta to relaxed seaside vibes at Wales Bonner, Max Mara and JW Anderson to classic shirting at Raf Simons.

Play with prints by mixing stripy separates now or anchor your outfit around a breezy frock when warmer weather arrives.

TU at Sainsburys nautical Stripe Sleeveless Knitted Dress, £22; White Lace-Up Trainers £18 (PA)

4. White out

Alexander McQueen SS22 (Alexander McQueen/PA)

Head to toe white – and close cousins like ivory, bone, cream and ecru – is the new black, it seems, thanks to the fluid tailoring at Valentino and Fendi, and chic dresses at Max Mara, Boss and Alexander McQueen.

Find the perfect pair of wide-leg trousers now and they’ll be on high rotation come summer. For balmy evenings, an elevated shirt dress and pair of strappy sandals is all you need.

River Island White Ruffled Mini Shirt Dress, £38; Black Diamante Strappy Heels, £55 (PA/River Island)

5. Summer sparkle

Stella McCartney SS22 (Stella McCartney/PA)

It was all about shimmer in the occasionwear department, with metallic minidresses at Lanvin and Dior, silver foil gowns at Balenciaga, and jewel-encrusted bodysuits at Stella McCartney and Burberry.

The key to making sparkles work for summer? Keep your colour palette cool – think shades like champagne, silver and blush pink.

Coast Blush Sequin Halter Midi Dress, £60.

6. Noughties but nice


The Noughties renaissance shows no signs of slowing down for SS22. Designers including Tom Ford, Isabel Marant and Charlotte Knowles at KNWLS gave us their take on 2000s faves such as low-slung jeans, cargo trousers, halter necks and bra tops.

Not prepared to have your navel on show? High-waisted bootcut or flared jeans in classic blue denim offer a more subtle way to tap into the trend.

FatFace Fly Flared Jeans Vintage Blue, £44 (FatFace/PA)

7. Miniskirts

Ahluwalia SS22 (Ahluwalia/PA)

After being cast into the fashion wilderness when midi skirts took over, the mini is back with a vengeance. The neat, high-waisted, A-line skirts at Chanel, Moschino and Prada were practically prudish compared with the miniscule designs that hung on models’ hips at Miu Miu, Balmain and Missoni.

Tights aren’t (according to the catwalks) allowed this season, but playing with proportions is encouraged: add a longline jacket or boxy blazer to offset a micro mini.

River Island Khaki Utility Miniskirt, £38.

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