Seven Spring 2019 Fashion Trends We Love and One We Don’t

Spring is in the air and with it a delicious change of wardrobe. We have been watching the trends for the new season and have already fallen head over heels for some of them. This spring we are seeing the return of femininity combined with the strong confidence that comes with empowerment. These trends are about feeling self assured and comfortable and we have picked out our favourite seven trends and one that we can do without.

Ruching 

This Spring we can get our clothes in a bunch as we welcome back ruching. No, this is not 80s prom style poof, instead this season’s ruched pants, skirts and shirts, are fun and flattering. The ruching adds a beautiful gathered and rippled pattern that is so feminine and fresh. The best way to wear this trend is to pair it with a more structured top or bottom. 

Lavender

While Millennial Pink is still a big trend heading into Spring, there is a nice move towards pastel with the soft purple hue of lavender. It is showing up in suits, blouses and whimsical dresses. After a grey winter, lavender is a welcome change that whispers of summer on the way. We predict these gorgeous hues of lavender/light orchard are going to be here for a while. 

Black and White Polka Dots

We love the classics and Polka Dots fit perfectly in that category. Reminding us of the outfits from a 1950s movie siren, polka dots are arriving on the scene this spring. We have spotted this trend in black and white maxi dresses, dreamy sheer blouses and stylish pants. Adding polka dots to your outfit instantly gives it a fresh spring spin. 

Square Necklines

It is very hip to be square this spring with renaissance inspired square necklines. This flattering style is appearing in dainty cotton tops, retro style wiggle dresses and puff-sleeved shirts, which are also on our list of top trends for this spring. 

Puffed Shoulders

Delicate puff shoulder tops have been made popular again by vintage-loving trend-setters and are now appearing everywhere. This puff sleeves style is ‘princess meets 2019 empowerment’.  Make a puff sleeve top the star of your outfit, by pairing it with simple jeans or a skirt.    

Statement Straw Hat

Style and sun protection come together in this Spring trend. An oversized statement straw hat is the must-have accessory for the warmer months, the bigger the better! 

Fringe

Boho styles have been trending for a while and this spring the fringe is everywhere!  Pretty tops with trimmed tassels look fabulous for welcoming the sun, especially when paired with classic jeans or fitted skirt. This season fringes swishing are from hemlines, sleeves bags, shoes and necklaces. There really is no limit to how this trend can be used, so embrace your inner gypsy and go with it. 

Vintage florals

As you may be able to tell from our list, spring trends are leaning heavily on vintage influences this year. This shows up again in floaty floral prints with vintage inspired blossoms and bold spring colours of yellow and greens. Skirts, blouses and dresses all go vintage floral with this trend, so get ready to bloom as the sun comes out. 

Rubber

Rubber, as in looking like it was made from rubber cleaning gloves, is the one trend we have to call out. Rubber showed up on in the fashion shows in skirts, bags and shoes, but we just don’t like the idea of spending a moment of a warm spring day wrapped in rubber, sticky and uncomfortable. So, this trend can stay on the catwalk.

We enjoyed pursuing the trends for Spring 2019 and sharing our favourites with you. As we head into the warmer months and update our wardrobes with fresh items remember,

“Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.”

Oscar de la Renta

What We Are Reading This Month

You can tell a lot about people and what interests them by the books they read. Behind the scenes at ILNI we are a diverse group of readers who love to dive into new books. Here are some of the books we are deep diving into this month.

The New Silk Roads: The Present and Future of the World – Peter Frankopan

Frankopan’s new book is less of a history book and more of a commentary of our globalized world exploring the major upheavals and shifts happening right now.  He argues that while the West fixates on Brexit, European Politics and Trump, major decisions being made in Russia, China and the Middle East that are shaping this century as their influence rises. An interesting read for a different perspective on the way our world is changing.

Talking the Winner’s Way: 92 Little Tricks for Big Business Success in Business and Personal Relationships – Leil Lowndes

The ability to communicate skilfully is key to personal relationships, business and generally steering ones’ way through life’s obstacles. Talking the Winner’s Way presents readers with 92 solid communication techniques for achieving maximum interpersonal success. This book will help even the shyest reader in gaining confidence and acquire more effective communication skills. 

Jean-Michel Basquiat (Foundation Louis Vuitton) – Dieter Buchhart

This book is the catalogue of the exhibition “Jean-Michel Basquiat” at the Foundation Louis Vuitton. The exhibition covers the painter’s whole career, from 1980 to 1988, focusing on 120 defining works. Perhaps no single artist throughout history has been more influential to the establishment of the street-obsessed, logo-driven, digital age in which we now live. Be inspired by Basquiat’s work with this beautiful book of the exhibition.

Dark Side of the Light Chasers – Debbie Ford

“You must go into the dark in order to bring forth your light. When we suppress any feeling or impulse, we are also suppressing its polar opposite. If we deny our ugliness, we lessen our beauty. If we deny our fear, we minimize our courage. If we deny our greed, we also reduce our generosity. Our full magnitude is more than most of us can ever imagine,” writes Debbie Ford.  The Dark Side of the Light Chasers is all about the importance of recognizing our alter egos and understanding why we keep meeting the same people and situations that push our buttons over and over again. This is a book that will challenge your views and ideas of good and bad.  

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever – Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo is a Japanese ‘organizing consultant’ turned author and Netflix phenomenon. Her book promotes the benefits of having a minimalistic, well-ordered home. She encourages us to identify those things in our homes which have served their purpose by expressing gratitude to them and bidding them farewell. She teaches the importance of only keeping things around you that ‘spark joy’. Be warned that reading this book will cause bouts of decluttering to occur!  

 Small Data: The Small Clues that Uncover Huge Trends – Martin Lindstrom

Lindstrom has been hired by many of the world’s leading brands to find out what moves their customers. He has spent hundreds of nights in strangers’ homes carefully observing their actions to uncover clues about what motivates buyers to buy.  He connects the dots in this globe-trotting book that explores the endless variations of human behaviour and how they translate into trends. This book is the human-centric alternative to Big Data for marketers who want to really understand their customers.

 

We hope you enjoyed finding out a little more about us via our book selections this month and we hope that you have found a book or two in our list that piques your interest too. Happy Reading!

Behind the Scenes – The Photo Shoot

Finally the day of the fashion photo shoot has arrived.

Getting Lisa ready for the shoot

The amazing Sarah Kirsten Vlekke ordered me to take a seat on the sofa – as a prop. Something with the light(s)?? But it gave me a chance to capture her at work!

Then the photo shoot is under way…

It was a lot of hard work, but the photos all came together and we all managed to have a little fun too.

We all had so much fun. After the shooting I realised that it all went unbelievable smooth; so grateful that we met people that were so kind, funny and sweet!! Really counted my blessings that day.

Behind the Scenes – Finding The Perfect Photo Shoot Location

Location Hunting!

Here we are at Het Spaansche Hof in The Hague. Unfortunately, we decided the cost to rent for one day was too high. Nevertheless, I took some pictures of its amazing interior. At that point so depressed and anxious that we would not be able to find the perfect shooting location for ILNI.

Then, Stefan found Het Huys ten Donck. Dear lord! I can honestly tell you that I was speechless while walking through this historical mansion. I could not believe this place existed not that far from The Hague.

Everything was perfect, the furniture, wall paper, paintings…just everything!!

I just gasped when entering yet again another room. I can remember that I just wanted this location so much for the ILNI shooting.

Each corner in this unbelievable house is just Instagram ready. And the owner literally still lives here with her husband, two children and two dogs. So you can not help thinking how great their Christmases, Summer parties in the garden and other days must be.

We came to an agreement with the owner and are very excited to be able to photograph our bags in this superb location in a few weeks!