PHABRIK Magazine

Buy Less Wear More: 2015 Women’s Spring Trend Guide

By Mark St. James

March 2015

There are a few key trends each season that steal the show and resonate with a fashion-focused few, and the truth is that only a vast minority of people are privy to that group. But when you break down a trend to its wearable root, you’re left with pieces you’ll love and love to wear. Styling becomes less of a chore and pairing pieces together comes naturally. I decided to do something a bit different this season: instead of prattling off trends that you’ll never be able to fully incorporate into your budget, I’ve broken it down into Bankable-Budget-Breakers, Quantity-Over-Quality and Call-A-Friend. To make this completely “shoppable,” there are items you need—period, items that will slay a trend but will not break the bank, and trendy pieces you know your fashion-forward bestie has in his or her closet and now’s the time to borrow them.

The Bankable-Budget-Breakers

Any style-starved sister will tell you that suede is the biggest trend this season and that vintage borrowed suede looks tired and worn—adjectives you never want to have surrounding you come spring. Suede skirts, dusters, over-the-knee boots, and gloves are all items that will dip you in that 70s chic trend that swept runways from NYC to Paris.

Theory, Halston, Gerard Darel Gucci and SAINT Laurent Paris have all embraced the trend and it’s definitely one you’re going to have to invest in too. Remember, time does suede no favors, especially if it’s pig skin or if it hasn’t been properly stored.


I’m the first person to justify an impressive price tag when shopping, but sometimes it’s simply not necessary when fast fashion retailers have caught up to the trend. You can save a few pennies and it’s perfectly okay. However, these next trends are going to be a flash in the pan or are already on their way out, so if the less-than-stellar style only lasts a season, you’re not out a whole lot of cash.

A gummy-soled sandal. We’ve all seen them in bulk at places like Forever 21 and Aldo. Spending a fortune on a Giuseppe Zanotti sounds like a fun Saturday afternoon, but it’s totally not necessary to achieve this look.

Another trend that can be achieved cheap and cheerfully is head to toe print. Be it a jumpsuit, maxi dress or slammin’ separates, you can get this look for a tiny fraction of what it would cost off the runway.

The Call-A-Friends

You know them well: that close pal who invests in trends like they’re going out of style; you know they’re fashion hills to die over and you have probably saved them from a few unfortunate fashion faux-pas in the past. Well, your expert styling advice comes with a price, it’s time to call in some favours.

If ever there was a time to wear culottes, that time is now. Those bell-bottoms she has need a serious hem job…think mid-calf. Convince her to turn wide legged pants into culottes, and then convince her to borrow them.

Unlike previous seasons, the more pleats up top, the better. Cool culottes are the mini skirts of last spring so you know what they say: beg, borrow or steal. Let’s focus on borrowing.

Other borrowable items include any shoe with a chunky heel and thick sole. Compliment that shoe with a wide waist cincher or thick belt wrapped around your hips over your high-waisted culottes.




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