As obvious as it may sound, reinvigorating your style for a new season doesn’t have to mean buying a whole new set of clothes – often the pieces that will inject life into your looks are already sitting in your wardrobe. The secret? Being smart with your styling. Whether it’s a colour combination, silhouette, hemline length, or even just a particular way to wear a belt, often it’s the most subtle changes that can make the biggest difference. Take Bottega Veneta’s viral flannel-shirt-and-jeans look from its autumn/winter 2022 collection – so starkly simple, yet also revolutionary in its simplicity.
While social media is a treasure trove of outfit ideas, we find that the fashion week runways are the richest, and most original, source of inspiration in this department. It’s where the industry’s most skilled creatives experiment with sartorial topes and encourage us to look at certain items in new ways. Of course, every brand and creative director has its own signature style, so it can be helpful to acquaint yourself with the different brand DNA’s to work out which one best aligns with your personal style.
For team Vogue, Miu Miu and Prada are always worth taking note of when it comes to new season ideas – the former came through spectacularly for both spring/summer and autumn/winter 2023, thanks to its high-fashion reframing of wardrobe basics, such as the humble hoodie or long-sleeved top. Maximilian Davis’ Ferragamo, meanwhile, has become a key reference point for colour, with “Ferragamo red” fast becoming the shade of the season. Wear the colour head-to-toe for a real head-turning date night ensemble. Add to this Bally’s XXL denim silhouette and Fendi’s skirt-over-jeans Noughties throwback, and you have yourself a winning springtime line-up.
So if you’re looking for easy styling tricks to give your wardrobe a fresh injection of energy, scroll down to see and shop our 2023 moodboard.
1. Try a flash of Ferragamo red
Bring a little fire into your spring wardrobe with a flash of, what shall henceforth be known as, “Ferragamo red”. Whether you go head-to-toe or just add a pop of colour via a handbag or shoe, this shade is sure to reinvigorate your style for the new season.
2. Add a hoodie
Trust Miu Miu to make us want to wear hoodies outside of the gym. The Italian design house sent models down the runway this February in unassumingly simple outfits: think camel coats, grey hoodies, legggings and loafers. It’s the perfect layered look for cool spring days. Too warm? Just swap out knitted joggers for a miniskirt and a wool coat for a light blazer.
3. Throw a skirt over trousers
Forget the boho hemlines and skintight bootcut trousers of the Noughties, because this year the skirt-over-trousers look has been given a high-fashion makeover. Take your cues from Fendi and stick to one colour palette – navy, grey or black would be our preferred shades – and finish with polished accessories.
4. Supersize your denim silhouette
Denim was everywhere this season, both off and on the runway, however the most notable difference to previous seasons were the proportions: it was all about the oversized silhouette. Bally’s spring/summer 2023 show is our primary reference point, and we’ll be pairing a baggy denim shirt with wide-leg jeans and chunky gold jewellery for an easy high-low look.
5. Layer-up your basic tops
This is probably the simplest styling trick you can experiment with this season – essentially all you need is a jersey top and a T-shirt or tank top in complementary colours. Just layer your T-shirt over a long-sleeved top to bring a grungy twist on polished separates, be it a pencil skirt or tailored trousers.
This article was originally published on Vogue UK.