What you’ll be wearing this spring: Annmarie O’Connor’s trend report

A model walks the runway at Prabal Gurung at New York Fashion Week Photo by Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Fall into spring/summer fashion as Annmarie O’Connor reveals the top trends and how to wear them.


With the frenetic pace of modern living, the cognitive ease of a boiler suit has earned its place in our hearts. With more heft to its weft than the average jumpsuit, the structured one-piece keeps its shape for a no-nonsense approach to looking put together. One minute to get dressed; a whole day to look incredible.

Style tip: The beauty of the boilersuit? Its all-in-one simplicity. Pair with sandals and a bucket hat by day or `90s-inspired strappy sandals and a waist bag by night.


Fashion gets electric this season with a power surge of neon hues. From acidic streetwear to `80s-inspired power suits and Insta-worthy evening regalia, prepare to shine your light brightly. Sunglasses optional.

Style tip: The secret to wearing fluro brights? It’s black and white. Anchor your look with monochromatic accessories that ground the trend and make for a balanced statement.


Florals ditch their darling bud reputation for a brasher variety of blooms. Out with the flirty and feminine; in with cacophonous bouquets, some spliced with polka dots and animal prints. It’s going to be one hell of a garden party.

Style tip: Make like Rixo and reimagine florals with polka dots, chain prints and animal stripes. Top tip? Keep to similar colours for a more considered clash.


A shade at which we formerly threw shade, brown has officially reversed its outlier status. Once the remit of school uniforms, retro carpet, expect a contour kit of natty neutrals that are perfectly positioned with this season’s big story – beige.

Style tip: Create a high-end look by sticking to a tonal dressing mantra. Too strict? Mix it up with complimentary shades like toffee, caramel, cappuccino and cream.


Prepare to unleash your inner hunter as animal prints continue to roam the style jungle. Expect jungle cats, zebras and reptiles aplenty with tigers ranking top of the fashion food chain. No pussycats here, folks.

Style tip: Keep wild stripes fresh and summer-ready with a pop of optic white. Try a crisp shirt or ankle boots for best results.


First popularised by Calvin Klein in 1994, this simple yet sexy number is experiencing a warm weather redux. Revised proportions (less nineties; more nightlife), the lingerie-inspired summer staple.

Style tip: Dress yours up with a blazer and mules or layer, like Victoria Beckham, over a tank top and straight-leg trousers.


Calling all Bettys, the new wave of surf-inspired separates is a pure knock out. Tie-dye, wetsuits and board shorts have reinvented tired athleisure tomes; while bucket hats and neoprene booties make us want to hang loose and enjoy the board life.

Style tip: Take a tie-dye sweatshirt from beach to bar with a feather-trimmed skirt like Prabal Gurung and MGSM.


Heritage prints get a 2.0 update with a new order of punchy checks in bold silhouettes and unabashed hues. Whether you prefer Mulberry’s multi-coloured tote or Versace’s punchy power suit, this closet keeper has oodles of staying power.

Style tip: Box clever by pairing notice-me prints with equally bright separates and accessories.


The outerwear

trenches, plastic coats, safari jacket, oversized blazers.

The top

shell-shaped shoulders, plunging neckline, puff sleeves, ruffled blouses.

The trouser

wide-legged and high-waisted cuts; trouser suits; cycling shorts; straight-leg trousers and jeans with split front hems.

The shoe

hiking and cowboy boots; dad sneakers and surf sandals; kitten heels, slingbacks, Mary Janes and decorative slides; 90s style nude sandals; rhinestone and crystal embellishments.

The dress

prom and prairie frocks; statement florals; princess, tea length and slip dresses; sheer, mesh, sequin and fringed styles.

The skirt

midi lengths; pleats; scarves as skirts and sarong styles.

The accessories

hair clips, headbands and headscarves; visors, bucket and straw hats; statement

earrings; chain and logo necklaces; arm cuffs, toe rings and ankle bracelets.

The bags

PVC and transparent materials; novelty shapes; mini, waist, top handle, shoulder

and bucket styles.

Style Notes

The cut

oversized, voluminous and relaxed silhouettes; sharp tailoring.

The eras

60s, 80s and 90s.

The fabric

washed out denim, leather, jacquard, boho netting, raw silk.

The print

checks, florals, stripes, abstract art; animal, folk.

The colour

white, beige, shades of brown, black, silver, neon, auxiliary brights.

The detail

crystal accents, fringing, sequins, power shoulders, logos, ruffles.


& Other Stories – www.stories.com

Arket – www.arket.com

Asos – www.asos.com

Bimba y Lola – www.bimbaylola.com

Brown Thomas – Patrick Street 021-4805555; www.brownthomas.com

COS – Wicklow Street 01-6111080; www.cosstores.com

Debenhams - Patrick Street 1890-946779; www.debenhams.ie

Ganni – www.ganni.com

Hobbs – Dundrum Town Centre 01-2079619; www.hobbs.co.uk

Littlewoods Ireland – www.littlewoodsireland.ie

M&S – Merchants Quay SC 021-4275555; www.marksandspencer.ie

Mango – Henry Street 01-8788008; www.mango.com

Matches Fashion – www.matchesfashion.com

Mulberry – www.mulberry.com

Net-a-Porter – www.net-a-porter.com

New Look – Opera Lane 021-4273572; www.newlook.com

Next – Opera Lane 021-4204000; www.next.ie

Check out Annmarie O’Connor’s style blog at iblogfashion.blogspot.com

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