The shape of Spring

Published 19, Mar, 2018
Author // Philip Minaker - Style

Philip Minaker: "In fashion, this season is clearly about closing one chapter and opening another one."

The shape of Spring

Rather than just turning a page in the ever-evolving Fashion Industry there is a brand new chapter about to unfold in the coming seasons. It begins this Spring, with the deconstruction of the tried and true silhouettes that have been the norm for some time. Incorporating the increasingly mix of various trends into one cohesive look by consumers has also blurred the boundaries of conventional thinking. Stereotypical looks are falling by the wayside.

The approach to modern dressing has become more of an individual’s personal expression brought on by lifestyle choices rather than a desire to be “on trend”. This nonchalant attitude has permeated into the mindsets of designers who are now creating cross over looks that are more in sync with today’s modern consumer and in particular to their way of dressing.

With this more relaxed approach to dressing there is a new silhouette that coincides with this vibe. Shoulder lines are dropped slightly down the arm to enable better mobility and ease. Shirting is less restrictive and form fitting. Waistbands on cropped jackets, like Bombers and Club, have been dropped and loosened. And you can kiss those skinny jeans good bye! Trousers are now designed with tapered or full legs and with the help of pleats and oversizing. Maximum comfort is the primary focus.

Form fitting clothing is still an option but it is no longer a prevalent head to toe look. Its’ primary purpose now is to be used as a way to offset oversized proportions by teaming up a fitted top with a baggy pair of trousers or vice versa. Letting your Karma flow is easier without restrictive clothing but you do want to keep proportions in check to avoid looking like you have your big brother’s or sister’s clothing on. Not a worry if you happen to be blessed with good proportions or tall and in good shape.

Fuller clothes can also make one appear slimmer especially if there is a point where they do hug the body. Trousers that hug the lower torso and then flair out on the legs are a perfect example. A slightly tapered shirt can achieve the same desire, if not better, than a skintight number that is not so forgiving.

Technological advances in fabrications along with a greater emphasis on the fashion industry to be more eco friendly has made designers and fashion houses more accountable for their methods and practices. Many designers are now working at minimizing their environmental footprint by creating beautiful pieces that no longer contribute to detrimental affects on the planet.

Consumers are also doing their part in minimalizing the habit of purchasing fast fashion and in donating clothing that have lost there purpose in their own personal needs rather than adding to landfills. Possibly a significant reason to why people are more apt to integrate various pieces into a broader range in their wardrobes.

Depending on dress codes, people now are freer to team up athletic pieces or casual components into their business attire. Polo shirts, t-shirts, sport shirts or even jeans can be worn with blazers or suiting and still carry off a professional look. The lines between work and play are no longer so rigid which allows for more diversification in creating looks that reflect one’s personality rather than being part of the flock. Have you noticed how difficult it has become to determine someone else’s sexuality based solely on their appearance?

Those same boundaries have started being deconstructed in trends as well. Androgyny, ethnic, athleisure, global, retro, bohemian, to name just a few, are mixed and matched and worn in a variety of settings more freely rather than just on their own. The sum of the parts is greater than the whole!

This season even colors are not so specific. Pink and Blue are the “it” colors but each has a wide range of shades to choose from. Remember the color test? To see if a color flatters your skin tone place the garment close to your face and by looking in a mirror or asking a true friend you can determine if it compliments you or not. You are guaranteed to find the best shade for your needs due to the range of color options on the market. Wearing one color in a variety of shades (including teaming up solids and/or patterns) coincides with this new-relaxed vibe. Pastels to ultra-bright shades are in abundance as are bold to subtle prints and patterns this season.

In fashion, this season is clearly about closing one chapter and opening another one. Selecting what compliments your own physique, lifestyle needs and personality this season could be the launch of your own new chapter.

Change is good and it triggers progress. Hope you embrace it. 

About the Author

Philip Minaker - Style

Philip Minaker - Style

Philip Minaker has been a regular contributor to since its inception in 2009.  Many of his pieces on fashion, style and pop culture for 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!