TURN UP THE HEAT!

Spring and summer fashion is coming to stay. Find out what to wear in the hottest months of the year to enjoy the happy season in stylish looks.

And even though winter hasn’t arrived yet (it’s definitely been warmer than previous years), spring and summer trends are already invading the fashion world. In the Middle East, we are more than ready to embrace the styles the new season is bringing as we barely took the heavy coats and boots out of the wardrobe.

The trends see a mix of prints, colours and full-on metallics, but with a more minimalistic approach to cuts and silhouettes than usual – no more super volume (still some, but purposely done) or shapeless structures. Apart from sheer fabrics that have been seen everywhere (and that’s why it’s our OHLALA Fashion Picks this month), denim is the other star textile. Flower prints are always a safe pick during the hot season and, this time, they are as bold as can be – forget delicate patterns – with roses being a top pick. Accessories are always the best way to transform a look – consider belts your best friends for the season.

Take inspiration from our favourite looks and styles to plan your spring and summer outfits!

INTO THE WILD

Prints inspired by animal’s coats are a fashion staple in any season. Their usual combination of black, brown and white shades make them versatile and easy to mix and match with vivid colours. This year, giraffe patterns have stolen the show at Michael Kors Collection.

THAT ‘70s SHOW

Flared trousers became popular in the mid-sixties and are a fashion reference to the ‘70s – Sony and Cher helped make them a must-have piece. This season, brands such as Celine and Stella McCartney are bringing bell bottoms back to the fashion scene, with Moschino and Brandon Maxwell giving them an extra flowy approach.

BLUE JEANS

One of the most beloved fabrics worldwide is again at the top of the charts – designers have taken it from casual to posh. Moschino and Saiid Kobeisy used denim to create jaw-dropping dresses, while Kenzo transformed the textile into a long, sophisticated coat.

CLEVER CUTS

Laser cutting has become more popular than traditional methods for adding hollowedout-patterns to clothing. Typically applied in summer dresses, this time, the technique has also been seen in trousers. Brands such as Oscar de La Renta and Valentino have mastered the style.

MERMAID MADE

Just as with flared trousers, skirts come with volume at the bottom. Also known as trumpet skirts, they are tight around the hips and thighs and open at the base – some with added frills. They help to accentuate your curves and create an hourglass effect.

HEAVY METAL

The metallic fashion fever seen in the winter collections is not going anywhere. Spring and summer pieces are in full-on shiny mode! Go for allover silver or gold looks to steal the scene, or opt for illuminated separates to add a touch of flash to your style.

KISSED BY A ROSE

It’s flower power season, and roses are the floret of the moment. They are adorning dresses and accessories in grand style. Alexander McQueen and Kenzo opted for oversized single rose prints. Chloé and Valentino Garavani embraced 3D reproductions of the flower, attaching them to their creations.

POLO MANIA

Borrowed from men’s wardrobes, polo shirts are a more interesting option than basic T-shirts. Wear them with midi pencil skirts for a feminine touch, as seen in Carolina Herrera and Brunello Cucinelli. But if you want a masculine approach, Miu Miu style is spot on!

OVERALLS FOR ALL

Are you looking for an alternative to dresses? Jumpsuits are a great option as they can be quite comfortable and stylish. This summer, opt for utilitarian ones for comfort – check out Max Mara and Saint Laurent’s styles.

PINSTRIPES REVISITED

Stripes are a timeless print and trendy in every season. However, this summer, opt for fine dark lines on a creamy white background for a sophisticated yet laid-back option. Ralph Lauren and Tom Ford have flawless tailored pieces to upgrade your workwear game.

THAT WAISTLINE

Accessories are key elements to transform any look, and belts have more value than you can imagine. They help to create an hourglass effect and give a clear sense of proportion between your upper and lower body. They’ll also hold up your pants and add a touch of colour to a basic outfit – so belt up!

PLIE AND REVELE

We spotted lots of flat footwear this season, and ballerina-inspired shoes are one of the styles chosen by many brands. They are comfy and add a simple but refreshing touch to your looks. MAX&Co. have painted them in metallic shades, and Bally opted for prints and embellishments.

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