Easy breezy

Published 23, Mar, 2018
Author // Philip Minaker - Style

Philip Minaker: "Designers have drawn considerable inspiration from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s to create new looks for Spring 2018."

Easy breezy

There is a new paradigm to dressing this season. It’s not just a fresh take on a new season of dressing but a new way of dressing all together. Terms like practical, diverse and comfort driven are rarely used to define a seasonal overview of fashion. But here we are! As we move through the twilight years of this decade it is a refreshing approach in comparison to all the mayhem around us.

Designers have drawn considerable inspiration from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s to create new looks for Spring 2018. The Oscar winning “Call Me by Your Name” that is also set in the 80’s is a major nod to this influence. Clothing is less restrictive in fit and categorization. Crossover pieces now run the gamut from casual to dressy and little touches like wearing sneakers with suits gets this message across.

Designers have also taken a look at basic elements and reinterpreted them. Vertical stripes have now become abundant in tops and look great on everyone…as opposed to horizontal ones. Patterned pieces look more “arty” than former seasons mass-produced numbers created by simple digital maneuvering. For example, stripes can be varied both in color, widths and placement on one piece of clothing. Dots and other patterns have also been tweaked to compliment the wearer rather than consume them.

Mixing various patterns, whether done by mixing subtle with or without eye popping, should be kept to three or less pieces. Mixing in solid colored pieces with your pattern play is also a good way to turn down the VOLUME. When it comes to making a statement, factor in your inner comfort zone to carry off your look without any pretense or sign of effort.

The big news is still in the change in silhouette. Trousers are being designed with fuller legs that range from tapered to wide. Jeans, in particular, have taken a more relaxed approach making them all the more comfortable and less restrictive. Dark denim offers greater diversity in cross over dressing especially in the work environment. They also have the ability to make colors pop that you may chose to team them up with. Save the distressed or faded looks for casual outings. The fashion media is in a tizzy over “Dad” jeans slipping into this new vibe and even more fearful they will be considered cool. Just remember, schleppy higher-waisted denims that are ill fitting and faded are not part of this new direction.

Jumpsuits and Overalls (done in denim or other breathable fabric options) have appeared on many of this season’s runways. The most appealing ones have a military or uniform influence. Perhaps the Onesie trend (launched last year) has evolved into a more mature option with a full leg and career driven reference point. Again comfort and fit are the determining factors when considering jumping into one of this seasons options.

Jackets that are either casual or dressy have also been reinterpreted with longer lengths and looser fitting attributes. Leather, suede, linen, cotton or even water repellant synthetic fabrications also incorporate a wide array of textures, colors and patterns. Your options are abundant and all the more possible in finding the perfect one (or two) that suits your needs and enhances your attributes. A great tip is to select a shade that coincides with your eye color. You’ll be amazed over all the compliments that will come your way.

Knitwear in all its adaptations also features looser fits. Even the athletic category in all its form fitting glory has been infused; thanks to technology with four way stretch amping up the wearer’s comfort zone. Yarns made of linen, cashmere, or cotton for example have a tendency to replicate your every move and offer a light and breezy vibe that has hints of sexy in the mix. Opt for natural fabrics for easy care and longevity. No need to dry clean these gems just use Zero or Woolite and set your machine to cold water and delicate. Lay flat to dry and touch up with an iron if needed. Synthetics tend to pill, aren’t as porous or comfortable as naturals and don’t withstand the test of time.

Knitwear is the perfect item to integrate into every mode of your dressing. You can’t go wrong wearing one with a suit as the perfect item to take you from the office to a night on the town. Teaming one up with a dress pant, jeans or shorts is a simple look that speaks volumes. This simplicity is the theme to this season’s way of dressing. If you make the right purchases you will begin to build a new set of faves that you’ll be able to wear in season’s to come. Easy breezy done! 

About the Author

Philip Minaker - Style

Philip Minaker - Style

Philip Minaker has been a regular contributor to PositiveLite.com since its inception in 2009.  Many of his pieces on fashion, style and pop culture for PositiveLite.com have also been reposted on numerous sites around the world. 

Being diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1983 (when it was literally a death sentence) he initially chose to keep it to himself and continued to forge an extensive career in the fashion industry. It was not until the death of his grandmother (the love of his life), also in 2009, that he became comfortable with the idea of coming out regarding his HIV status. “For me, it was yet another ordeal I had to learn to live with while I continued to hope for better days ahead. Like other unpredictable and disturbing events that had occurred in my life, I have done my best to not let it fully define or consume me. I have however, recognized it as a part of who I am and made the necessary concessions over the years in my efforts to live a fulfilling, productive and happy life.” Philip has now been “undetectable” for nearly ten years. 

He officially moved from Winnipeg to Toronto in 1990 and continues to make a life for himself, which is an ongoing work in progress. Recently, Philip chose to combine his professional and personal passions into the pet industry by forging a unique ambience and perspective in managing and buying for an independently owned full service pet shop, naturally, right in the heart of downtown Toronto. He is having the time of his life!