Spring has finally arrived and GBH is lurking around the corner
With the weather warming up so are this year’s Spring/Summer fashion trends. The boho flower power style of the 70s is making a huge comeback not only on the runways but also on the streets of Joburg.
Stay one step ahead with these 10 top Spring/Summer trends.
1. Flowing fringes
This season fringe will be adding movement to everything from kimonos to skirts giving a slightly boho (bohemian) feel to the trend.
Fringe accents on clothing are over 3000 years old and originate from the area that is now Iraq.
This reinvented trend was worn by both men and women, and was even used as a type of signature in clay contracts because of its unique impressions.
But if you want to add a more modern feel to the ancient trend then find fringes on modern silhouettes like tank tops and printed t-shirts.
2. Jean genius
This classic wardrobe staple is being seen in dresses, pants, coats and the very on trend overalls.
From shorts to skirts the overalls are helping bring a twist to the traditional dungarees.
The comfy jeans we all love had humble beginnings as durable work pants, made by Levi Strauss in the 1860s.
The blue jeans have seen a revamp with anything any style, length bringing a playful relaxed style to this summer’s big trend.
3. Kimonos vs Ponchos
This season the poncho takes its inspiration from the traditional South American version with plush fabrics and luxurious colours that can easily be paired with shorts, dresses or even another on point trend-denims.
While its boho counterpart the Kimono will also remain on trend this season with the addition of fringe details to give it the 70s flare.
These looks seem to be here to stay which is not surprising since they date back many centuries to the pre-Inca Peruvian people.
As the weather warms up we are moving away from winters plaids to springs classic and girly gingham.
Think iconic fashion moments like Marlyin Monroe’s high-waisted pants, Katharine Hepburn long gingham dress and even Brigitte Bardot who wore the fabric to her wedding.
This season its coming back in unexpected ways with a variety of colours and pattern sizes.
The 70s are back this season but with a modern twist from culottes, lace-up peasant blouses and all the trends we know from the hippy era.
Subtle hints from such as flared pant silhouettes, maxi dresses, round framed sun glasses and contrasting colour combinations will bring just the right amount of retro revival.
Think colored suede, this typically winter trend gets a new spin this season with pops of colour and patchwork.
Suede is a special type of leather that has been processed to give a different texture.
This fashion trend stems from one of the oldest forms of clothing to almost 50 000 years ago, but this summer this ancient material is getting a throwback to the 70s with miniskirts, sandals and handbags.
7. Stylish Stripes
Stripes are expanding from the blue and white nautical theme to a more colourful, multi textured version this season.
This fashion staple has been around for 150 years and was thought to be a symbol of evil.
A French cobbler was rumoured to have put to death for just wearing stripes!!!
Years later and far from the garments of prisoners and clowns, the pattern has become a symbol of chic style with artists like Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol helping to popularize the pattern.
This season we celebrating the stripes in all shape, colours, and sizes.
Yes safari…you read correctly. But this trend doesn’t mean that the long kaki socks, vield skoene and camouflage are now gracing the Paris and New York runways.
This spring sees chic lightweight khaki trench coats, dresses, ponchos and accessories taking an urban spin on the season’s adventurous and wild trend.
This season the trend is taking a more modern twist with off-the-shoulder peasant blouses or bold one-shoulder necklines.
The trend dates as far back as the gowns from the mid 1800’s where it emphasized the erogenous zone of the neck and shoulders.
With modern fabrics and the incorporation of the crop top trend this new neckline brings a sultry side to summer.
Florals have been a fashion staple since they were created in Asia hundreds of years ago, but this seasons prints won’t be the same old tired wallflowers.
The trend sees power blooms with bold prints and vibrant colours to give a fresh yet feminine spin to traditional petal prints.
Joshua Irwin had been overweight all his life. During his first year at Wits, his weight reached the point that he was forced to use the disabled parking area.
He remembers the shame of being “effectively disabled” by his weight. At his heaviest, Irwin weighed 130kg.
But two years ago, the third year Psychology major took matters into his own hands and, on his own healthy eating plan, Irwin lost 55kg in eight months. And this year, the self-confessed former sugar and carbohydrate addict took his quest for health a step further.
He is now a nutritional coach and personal trainer. The business idea came to him after he joined the Wits gym and saw “most people doing stupid things”. He became the “go-to guy” after people heard about his success.
He has since landed 13 clients, eight of whom are fellow Witsies. A former anthropology major, Kirby Randall, lost 12kg on his plan. Irwin claims another client lost 9kg in two months and that his own mother lost 12kg after taking some of his nutrition advice.
Irwin’s approach to nutrition goes against some well-known theories about how to get healthy. He argues people don’t need six meals a day to function, especially because most people underestimate the portions they have.
He fasts 16 hours in a day and stays away from carbohydrates and sugar. “By accident I didn’t have carbs once and I decided to go a few days without.”
He says the cravings for unhealthy foods “disappeared” when he stayed away from bread, grains and sugar.
He also doesn’t believe in using food as a reward.
A friend once told him: “Never reward yourself with what you’re trying to recover from.”
At 77kg, Irwin has come a long way from the first year who couldn’t walk from student parking areas.
“Walking uphill and downhill from East to West Campus can be incredibly painful when you’re overweight.”
For a long while, he tried to lose weight but would gain it back. He saw nutritionists for help but felt their “cut and paste” eating plans were impersonal and out of date. Irwin said his confidence had taken a beating.
“I was just tired of it and it hurt. You get overlooked often. You’re not even in the friend zone – you’re just not an option because you’re not desirable.”
He enjoys being able to be more sociable now. “I remember feeling I was extremely visible for my weight, not because I was a nice person or because I was smart … It was just, you know, that fat white guy with long hair. People would have preconceived ideas about you.”
He believes being thin is linked to how well people deal with their past life experiences.
Nutritionists miss this point, he argues, and this leads to their clients not being able to conquer weight problems successfully.
Irwin plans to do his Honours and Masters in psychology, focusing on behavioural and eating abnormalities. He feels the person-centred approach of therapy will help develop more meaningful relationships with his clients.
He wants to be the “go-to guy” for fitness and health in Johannesburg and has his sights on famous South Africans.
“I want celebrities who have had weight problems to be able to tell their friends: ‘You should go see Josh’, because of my work.”