Essential 2012 Spring Dress Fabrics

This spring fashion season is one of the most colourful yet. Designers kept things lighthearted with their spring collections this year, and played with cutesy patterns, splashes of colour and vibrant prints. With the sun shining, it’s time to revamp your wardrobe for the warm months ahead, and I’ve taken a look at the key fabric trends so no matter what your favourite dress style, look out for these fabrics and you’ll stay looking fresh.


Feminine Florals


Prints are always big for spring, and this year the print of the moment is florals. The catwalks were covered in fabrics featuring pretty blossoms, bold blooms and delicate petals, as well as floral accessories and floral print shoes. If you buy one statement dress this spring, make it a standout floral print. Whether you want to keep it monochrome, pretty and dainty or really make a splash with a vibrant print like this gorgeous example (below) from the Next Lipsy sale dresses collection, you’ll be right on trend and convey the essence of the new season.

Turning Tribal


Almost every spring show featured a tribal aesthetic for spring, from Donna Karan to Michael Kors. Designers looked to the far reaches of the globe for inspiration, from sub-Saharan Africa to the island of Haiti. It’s another trend that allowed the designers to inject plenty of bold colour, as well cool cutouts and animal prints. You’ll find dresses all over the high street featuring tribal motifs, prints, natural materials like hemp and rope, as well as lashings of beading. Check out this Vogue report for a great overview of this style, with plenty of totally tribal inspiration.


Punchy Pastels


A great, fresh look for summer, and one that really conjures up images of the spring sunshine, the pastel look was another trend that made its way into several major catwalk collections. Ice cream sorbets, peachy tones, luscious lemons and pale limes all made an appearance, but rather than being pale and washed out, this year’s spring pastels have a real punch to them. Look out for dresses in pastels, or play with colour blocking and add a pastel touch with accessories for an instant way to update your look for spring.


Clashing Prints


Tribal and floral prints were by far the most-spotted print trends on the catwalks, but they packed even more of a punch this year as designers chose to really go OTT with them. Clashing prints and top-to-toe prints made a really bold statement to create killer outfits for spring that are guaranteed to turn heads. So as well as bold print dresses, don’t be afraid to layer clashing prints on top, with colourful print tights or cute jackets and scarves, to give mixed-up boho feel with a truly modern twist.

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