21 March 2015

Look the part in 2015… wearing stuff like your parents may have worn

Spring is here and we’re leaving the car keys on the sideboard for once, looking at what’s hot in the world of fashion for this week’s edition of The Root. Relax, the orange and green carrot look isn’t on trend for 2015. One thing’s for sure, though – none of the must-have styles are anything new. In fact, you might be able to borrow some clothes from your parents or older siblings, to save yourself some money. Yes, this year’s spring/summer look is all about the 60s and 70s.

Denim’s not just for cowboys and girls

Sometimes viewed as an easy, boring, no-brainer option, denim in 2015 isn’t just for lazy dressers, ranch hands or people doing a spot of DIY. This year, the tough (mainly) blue stuff is hot property for both lads and lasses. For guys, darker shades of denim are more desirable and designers like Tom Ford, Burberry and Prada have some really stylish denim jackets and shirts in their ranges, not just jeans. Denim is also the in thing for you ladies, from jackets and jeans to boiler suits and shirt dresses. High street stores will be crammed with denim this spring and summer, and for those with a few more quid to spend, designers like Sonia Rykiel, Burberry and Celine have some distinct denim items in their range, jazzed up with patchwork, embellishment, cropped styles and other details. Even flares are cool again this year.

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Add a bit of sparkle to your life

For at least the next six months or so, sequins are cool. Yes, really – although we reckon it won’t be something many blokes out there will go for. Maybe it’s the Strictly factor, we don’t know, but loads of fashion houses are either adding subtle sequins to blouses, shirts, jackets and jeans, or going the whole hog, with skirts covered from the waist to hem in glittery things.


No, not the athletic TV show – we’re talking shoes, here. For you ladies out there, the in thing in the world of footwear for spring/summer 2015 is the gladiator style. From flats and sandals to high heels, think gladiator and you’ll be right on trend. NEXT, Boohoo, Office and all the other brands have loads of different styles to choose from. To accessorise your look, go for bags with tassels.

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The bolder the better – and who cares if it breaks rules?

Especially for guys, you can put away all your black, grey, beige, brown and dark blue clothes, as bright colours are now the rage. I wish I hadn’t thrown away an orange pair of jeans I used to own, as they would now be considered cool, along with pastel shades, turquoise and even red. Just don’t wear too many red items, or you’ll look like a tomato or perhaps a gone-wrong superhero. The rulebook has been torn apart for 2015, ‘blue and green should never be seen’ no longer applying, with labels like Gieves & Hawkes, Hackett and Pringle all pushing blue and green combos.

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Flowers are for guys, too

In recent times, designers like Hype and Givenchy have slowly introduced floral patterns back into men’s fashion, and now even Topman is in on the act. If you want to give it a go but not be too loud about it, a subtle, floral shirt is your best bet. If you don’t care and really quite like floral designs, check out shops and websites for some really attractive trousers, jackets and shorts.

The bar code

For both ladies and gents, stripes are also acceptable in spring/summer 2015, from great big stripes to pinstripes, vertical or horizontal. Stripy jumpers seem to be hot property particularly for men, with striped skirts a must-have for women. Just remember than depending on the direction and size of the stripes, it can make your body look different, so it may be best to try stripy clothes on in stores before buying them.

The way to get spotted

If you like dots, you’re onto a winner, as catwalks and clothes rails are brimming with spotty clothing, from skirts and dresses with enormous circles, to more subtle polka dot items from skinny jeans to T-shirts and jackets. Like we’ve said, it’s all about the 60s and 70s at the moment, so the more daring the dots, the better.

If you’re a Carrot customer, why not tweet or Facebook us with a photo of you sitting in or standing next to your car, wearing something we’ve mentioned in this article? We hope you enjoyed our little look at fashion trends for 2015. Next week, The Root will be back in the driving seat talking about something motoring related. See you there.

Oliver Hammond

Written by Oliver Hammond

Oliver is an established freelance motoring writer, published journalist and automotive copywriter based in Manchester. He regularly reviews cars and covers events and launches as editor of petroleumvitae.com and his articles appear in various magazines each month. No relation to Richard from Top Gear, he’s got a weakness for luxo-barges, proper 4x4s and oddball cars.