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Spring’s Here! Canberra Centre’s must-have fashion trends

Hayley O'Neill


With spring here at last, it’s that time where we can put away our winter coats and dust off our spring dresses.

We are already seeing fashion retailers showcase their best Spring/Summer collections, but what should we be investing in right now? I sat down with Canberra Centre’s stylist Francesca Droulias to find out the latest fashion trends for Spring 2015 and how to incorporate them into our current wardrobes.

What are the trends for Spring 2015?

For Spring 2015 we have four major women’s trends coming in this season.

  • Seventies is such a fun trend; we’ll be seeing big floral prints, shift dresses, flares, floppy hats and gladiator sandals in stores.
  • Minimal chic is all about the black, white and muted tones. Essentially it’s basic silhouettes with really nice fabrics and minimal accessories.
  • Bold prints will also be everywhere this season, it’s best to mix and match bold prints to create a clashing and interesting style. Bold prints will feature floral, tribal and Aztec essences.
  • Denim is also going to be huge this season; it’s a really cool trend for going out with a girlfriend or if you just want to look cool during the day. You can pair denim with denim or play with silhouettes like a great flare.

In terms of men’s trends we are seeing the sixties influence with a modern twist. That means tapered and tailored pants with pleats, crop pants with no socks, business shoes, double breasted jackets, and denim on denim featuring chambray shirts.

There are also a lot of fun prints coming out in menswear with stripes and pineapples being seen on shorts for a refreshing twist.

Accessories are also going to be huge for men this season with the return of the pocket chief, braces, and bow ties.


A flat lay from M.J. Bale showing this seasons’ trends for men.

What are some stores you are most excited about at Canberra Centre?

I go to the following retailers to achieve these particular styles:

  • Marcs offers great basics, which tie those previously mentioned trends together. Minimal chic pieces are mixed in with playful prints, which work with all trends this season.
  • Seed is great for denim. They have high-waisted flares which work well if you’re an hourglass shape or to create curves.
  • Zara has every trend. You can find everything in one store and it’s all pretty affordable.
  • David Lawrence’s new collection features great minimal chic pieces, with lots of tailoring in store.

I am really excited because these trends can be worked together. For example, you can add a wedged feel to an outfit featuring clashing prints to give it a seventies vibe or wear denim on denim with a flare to also achieve a seventies edge.


A flat lay from SABA showing this seasons’ trends for men.

I love that I can mix and match prints from the retailers at Canberra Centre to create my own clashing print. For example clash a printed Decjuba top with a printed Saba pant to create a unique outfit whilst being on trend.

How can we introduce these trend elements into our wardrobes now? 

Invest in a pair of denim flares, a chambray shirt, a really nice tailored shirt with a pair of matching tailored pants, a pair of wedges and a printed dress. These items are a great way to introduce trend elements into your wardrobe especially in Canberra’s transitional weather.


A flat lay from Seed featuring denim; a key trend for this season.

Speaking of that in-between weather, what are some tips when dressing?

Layering is the way to dress for Canberra’s weather. As the days start off really fresh and end up being warmer, layering is the best way to accommodate this weather, for example layering a shirt with a fleece vest over the top or a shift dress with a pair of leggings. I love wearing a faux fur vest over a denim shirt because if I get hot I can take it off and still look great.


A flat lay from Trenery featuring bold tones.

How do you incorporate trends into your work wardrobe?

I would start with a really funky shirt featuring a bold print because it can be teamed with anything in your current work wardrobe. A wide leg pant is a must this season and can be teamed with many already owned printed or plain shirts. A nice tailored jacket is always great for work wear and Marcs have many choices this season. Accessories are also great this season and are an affordable option to update an outfit with a trend.

What’s currently trending for women’s accessories?

This season seventies accessories are coming through with lots of feathers being seen in retailers like Colette by Colette Hayman, Mimco and Lovisa.

For the minimal chic style, layering delicate silver and gold pieces is on trend however you can change a minimal outfit by adding a statement accessory to create a clashing print. We’re also seeing bold prints as well like tribal and Aztec.

Style Tip – if you’re a bit nervous about trying a trend the best way to incorporate it is through accessories. For example if you’re wearing jeans and a chambray shirt, add a feather necklace to instantly give yourself a seventies vibe.


A flat lay from sass & bide using minimal chic tones.

Want help with working out which trends suit you?

This season Canberra Centre is offering 45-minute style sessions in the Hub during September and October. You can book a 45-minute style session with Francesca Droulias or Victoria Schnabl if you want to learn about the latest trends, body shapes and making them work for you.

When: 9am to 4pm, Saturday 19 September; 10am to 3pm, Sunday 20 September; 9am to 4pm, Saturday 24 October; 10am to 3pm, Sunday 25 October; 9am to 4pm, Saturday 14 November; 10am to 3pm, Sunday 15 November.

Cost: $50, redeemable for a Canberra Centre Gift Card

Location: The Hub

To book: Visit the Customer Service Desk on Level 1 or email [email protected]


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Hayley O'Neill

Hayley O’Neill is a Canberra based fashion stylist and fashion editor for HerCanberra. Hayley works as a freelance stylist at Westfield Belconnen and Woden and began her career styling for The Work Diaries blog. Hayley has lots of experience dressing real people with every size, age, budget and body shape. More about the Author

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