8 spring 2014 fashion trends – on everyday women

Nikki Parkinson Everyday Style, Fashion 63 Comments

This is the post where I apologise profusely.

Since Unlock Your Style launched at the end of July, I’ve still be adding my daily contribution to #everydaystyle on Instagram and Facebook but I’ve not had the chance to share with you some of the amazing outfits that the real women of #everydaystyle have been sharing.

We’ve kissed goodbye to winter … well except if you live in the southern parts of Australia and have had to put the heating back on this week (what is it with that?) and our thoughts and wardrobes have turned to spring.

Like the changes in our garden and parks at this time of year (the jacarandas are out and the frangipani trees look as if they’re close to flowering), so too does our wardrobe bloom.

The change in seasons should be a signal to revisit the wardrobe edit, remember what you wore last year and ditch anything that will make you feel anything less than fabulous this spring-summer.

Do all this before you hit the shops.

I know I’m a taskmaster in this regards but trust me it’s worth it. Your news clothes budget needs to work for you; you need to know exactly what you already have in your wardrobe to know what is missing.

And remember, make sure the basics are bought and in place first before you get seduced by those show-pony pieces.

Typically the show-pony pieces are the pieces that give a nod to the current fashion trends. I’m not suggesting that you slavishly follow fashion trends, more check out what’s around and see which trends “speak” to your style personality.

This way you’ll stick to buying pieces that will work for you longer than the fashion industry deems them on trend.

Today I thought I’d share with you eight of the key spring 2014 fashion trends you’ll see in store this summer – as seen on everyday women – the women of #everydaystyle.

As you’ll notice, none of these “trends” is new. All have either been around for a few seasons or have come and gone over the years.

Take inspiration from the looks that best relate to your personality and lifestyle.

Click through to the individual Instagram accounts for details of each outfit.

The white jacket

This is seriously THE buy of the season. It’s the most simple addition to an outfit but it immediately lifts the base outfit from winter to spring. Nothing is as fresh.

Style tip: Buy a lighter jacket that can be easily laundered and you’ll have it working for you throughout the season. Add it to anything for a fresh take on spring.

spring 2014 fashion trends  - the white jacket - #everydaystyle

Left column: @soniastyling | @womanofstyleandsubstance

Middle column: @digella | @stylewithcindy | @redcliffestyle

Stripes

Oh be still my beating heart. Oh I do love a striped garment – or six. Stripes are generally floating around in most fashion seasons but this season there seems to be even more choice. If you have a stripe problem – like me – then stock up!

Style tip: Ditch the notion that horizontal stripes make you look bigger. They don’t. In fact they can create an optical illusion of quite the opposite.

Spring 2104 fashion trends  - stripes - #everydaystyle

Clockwise from left: @mamastylista | @queenofthrift | @morgs71 | @shewrites77 | @creatingcontentment | @istyl

Statement prints

Graphic, tribal, floral … prints reign supreme this season. They will make an instant outfit statement and get you noticed in a good way.

Style tip: If you think a print is overwhelming you, try wearing it in a garment away from your face. Instead of a frock, opt for a skirt or pants. Not all people feel comfortable in all prints. I’m more of a graphic print girl with an occasional floral thrown in for girlie fun. Work out what prints – if any – make you feel confident.

Spring 2014 fashion trends - statement prints - #everydaystyle

Clockwise from left: @styleandshenanigans | @escapewithkids | @middleagedmama | @styleloving2 | @sugercoatit

Printed pants

Oh thank goodness for printed pants. It’s been a couple of years since I first embraced this look but now I can’t imagine my wardrobe without them. Choose your fabric right and they will see you through spring and into summer. Much as I love my frocks, the pant is a great alternative.

Style tip: Look for a streamlined cut but do try up a size for a better drape. Let your pants do the talking and keep things relatively neutral up top.

spring 2014 fashion trends - printed pants - #everydaystyle

Clockwise from top left: @guins_everyday_style | @kimbalikes | @beachstylemum | @irismaystyle

Navy/indigo/ink

In my book I spoke of my mumsy navy phase. Can I just say that the navy/indigo/ink styles that are popping up everywhere are as a far from mumsy as you can get. This colour way is so hot right now and it will still be around as we head into winter.

Style tip: navy looks fabulous worked back with metallic or nude accessories. And don’t think it doesn’t work with black either – it SO does in a dressed up, elegant kind of way.

spring 2014 fashion trends navy - indigo/navy - #everydaystyle

Clockwise from top left: @kimbalikes | @laurensahm | @irismaystyle | @shergb

Sport luxe

This is another trend that shows no sign of going away and very much appeals to the casual nature in which Australians like to dress. Essentially you are including some sporty kind of garment to your outfit and then contrasting it with a dressy piece and/or accessories.

Style tip: Create the contrast – work the relaxed garments with those a bit more luxe. Think casual tee and jeans with heels.

spring 2014 fashion trends - sport luxe - #everydaystyle

@voguefit | @icurvy

Monochrome

Whether it’s a casual, work or evening outfit, monochrome just works it’s classic magic every time. You will always look dressed up in black and white.

Style tip: Don’t be afraid to contrast the black and white with a splash or dash of colour. It can as simple as a red or orange lip, a necklace or shoes.

Spring 2014 fashion trends - monochrome - #everydaystyle

Clockwise from left: @emhawkerblog | @styled_by_bec | @laurensahm | @chasingcait | @anna74x

Metallics

I’m like a bower bird when it comes to hunting down and making things that shimmer my own. Let’s just say that this season there will be lots of hunting and gathering.

Style tip: Don’t just bring out your metallics after dark. Shimmer the day away by contrasting them with a more casual fabric texture.

Spring 2014 Fashion Trends Metallics #everydaystyle

@howcaniwearthat | @chasingcait

… there’s more!

There is a lot going on this month across style blogs and style-loving Instagram accounts thanks to the wonderful fundraising campaign, Frocktober. So many of the #everydaystyle women are taking part and wearing a frock every day this month to raise funds for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.  It’s a cause close to my heart so I’d love you to please donate to at least one of the women doing this.

Check out Kimba Likes here; and Baubles, Bubbles and Bags here.

Kimba Likes and Redcliffe Style have two challenges happening – #springfling (where you add this hashtag to your #everydaystyle post) and the Style It Project (where both bloggers choose a garment each month and encourage other readers to buy the same garment and share how they wear it).

So tell me, do these everyday women inspire you to play with your personal style? Got a favourite trend of the season?

Comments 63

  1. I think these are all fantastic. It’s also great to see the outfits from different angles via various different poses (HINT HINT)

  2. I love all these suggestions, especially because I am wearing print pants today. I have plenty of stripes but need to stock up on more the essentials listed.

  3. Oh my Gawwwwd! I’m in a SY post! I feel so special! Thanks Nikki! Loving the post and I now have at least 3 things to add to my wishlist! Thanks for always #foreverenabling! xx

  4. I adore my white blazer and my print pants, they are two of my very fav items in my wardrobe right now. I’m keeping my eyes open for metallics and stripes to add now.

  5. Nikki, I spent five solid hours yesterday at the local Westfield, searching fruitlessly for a white jacket. Any suggestions please?

    1. My fave at the moment is from Blue Illusion (featured here https://www.stylingyou.com.au/2014/09/blue-illusion-juliette-binoche/) – it’s not online any more but you may have luck in store.

      Others:

      Country Road http://www.countryroad.com.au/shop/woman/clothing/jackets-and-coats/waterfall-knit-jacket-60167901

      Witchery

      http://www.witchery.com.au/shop/woman/clothing/jackets-and-coats/linen-kick-back-blazer-60167733

      Katies
      http://www.katies.com.au/WATERFALL-LINEN-JACKET.aspx?p6377107&cr=5j2r__065333

    2. My fave at the moment is from Blue Illusion (featured here https://www.stylingyou.com.au/2014/09/blue-illusion-juliette-binoche/) – it’s not online any more but you may have luck in store.

      Others:

      Country Road http://www.countryroad.com.au/shop/woman/clothing/jackets-and-coats/waterfall-knit-jacket-60167901

      Witchery

      http://www.witchery.com.au/shop/woman/clothing/jackets-and-coats/linen-kick-back-blazer-60167733

      Katies
      http://www.katies.com.au/WATERFALL-LINEN-JACKET.aspx?p6377107&cr=5j2r__065333

    3. My fave at the moment is from Blue Illusion (featured here https://www.stylingyou.com.au/2014/09/blue-illusion-juliette-binoche/) – it’s not online any more but you may have luck in store.

      Others:

      Country Road http://www.countryroad.com.au/shop/woman/clothing/jackets-and-coats/waterfall-knit-jacket-60167901

      Witchery

      http://www.witchery.com.au/shop/woman/clothing/jackets-and-coats/linen-kick-back-blazer-60167733

      Katies
      http://www.katies.com.au/WATERFALL-LINEN-JACKET.aspx?p6377107&cr=5j2r__065333

  6. Well hey! Thanks for including me! I don’t think I have any metallics, but everything else is covered. Only because until last week, I hadn’t thrown out any clothes for years. Ah, the pregnancy/breastfeeding/post-bub years. So many different sized clothes!

    Thanks for #everydaystyle. Still loving it!

  7. Hey Nikki..this is such a practical and inspiring post featuring some of the women whose style I always adore ..I did a wardrobe cleanse too recently and I’m glad its much leaner and includes all of the above trends with the exception of the white jacket..now I know exactly what I’m after:-))
    So good to have met you on Sunday ..xx

  8. I get so much style inspiration from all of the gorgeous women showing off their everydaystyle – so thanks so much for including me, I feel in great company!
    Loving navy, monochrome, stripes and of course my printed pants…next on the hit-list is a new white jacket and some metallic…maybe you should do a metallic challenge – because I for one don’t have any! xx

  9. I need some striped tee in my wardrobe. Thank you for sharing my monochrome outfit. Love all the spring tips from bloggers I follow. 🙂

  10. Thanks so much, Nikki. It’s been so much fun watching everyone participate and share their style. I’m absolutely in love with all of these trends – and there will be a white jacket in my wardrobe stat. Just as soon as I track one down!

  11. I love this post! And I need to find a white jacket .. In fact I’m searching for a white blazer. Gorgeous ladies! x

  12. I’ve always loved stripes, and now reading this, I feel vindicated that they DON”T make me look bigger, thumbs up to optical illusions!

  13. Hi Nicki thanks I love seeing all the styles on real ladies. One question re jackets – I am well-blessed in the boob department and many jackets just seem to make me look boxy and big all over. What styles are going to look best? Thanks

  14. I love love love how you’ve used everyday women to feature these spring trends!! Thank you so much for including me. I’m a navy fan from way back (wore it to one of my high school formals!) and I must get myself a white jacket asap. Brilliant post xox

  15. What a brilliant way to showcase the trends of the season! It goes to show that you really can rock a trend your own way and make it look fabulous. I’m most excited about the white jacket (thanks for the inclusion!), stripes, statement prints, printed pants…wait. All of them. I’m excited about all of them!

  16. SOOOO glad that navy is a ‘trend’ this season – for several years I have been trying to transition many of my black basics to navy, as it suits my complexion better particularly as I age. I also find it just as versatile for everyday. But decent, reasonably priced navy pieces have been few and far between! Really hoping to find a great pant suit and some printed pants.

  17. What a great post today Nikki – well done putting it all together – so wonderful to see the different styles of summer on “real life women” 🙂 Yesterday I did a major “chuck” – I didn’t even look twice – they hit the wheelie-bin or St Vinnie’s, so now I’m left with 3/4 tights, 2 fitted skirts and 1 dress. This makes it so easy to figure out the style of tops I need (and bags and shoes!!!). And Melbourne is so amazing for clothes shopping – yippee (and coffee)!

  18. So exciting to see my face here- thanks for making me feel great about my recent clothing choices! I definitely love monochrome and navy, and am on the hunt for some printed pants once I have found a perfect basic t-shirt in black, white, grey and navy as I am seriously lacking in plain t shirts right now. Lauren from SAHM I am.

  19. What a great way to showcase the current trends. So easy to get inspiration from these fabulous and lovely women. I am really really in love with navy/indigo/ink and as I have the others covered this is probably the one I want to get a few things in.

  20. Love these trends and all the bloggers look gorgeous in what they’ve chosen. You’ve encouraged me to wear more stripes, I love them, but was always wary of the fattening-up myth.

  21. Thank you so much for the feature Nikki ,that dress was a cheapie off eBay!! I follow all these women I think and they all look great.
    I did the wardrobe edit last weekend and got rid of quite a few things.
    I have a jumper on today the wind I’d freezing and thank you for this #everydaystyle roundup so many fab outfits xx

  22. So many inspirational ideas there Nikki. I’m planning a trip to Adelaide for a couple of days with family and then a conference, so thanks for the ideas to help keep my wardrobe current and multifunctional.

  23. some great looks here thankyou for sharing good tips … always helpful nikki!
    🙂
    hello look at me! I’ve got sandals on and my leg has cramped up! … too cold yet!
    I love stripes, I love all sorts of patterned pants and looking for that white perfect jacket … I think!;0
    I put a white scarf on and it lit up my outfit and my face … peter morrisey says white does that if one is feeling tired! … yes! lol m:)X

  24. I love all these trends so am ready for a fab summer ahead. Especially happy to see navy back in the mix – one of my summer staples, especially with white or metallics. Thanks for including a pic of me too Nikki! x

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