Spring is in the air and we cannot wait for longer days and warmer weather. Of course, with this change of the season, comes the opportunity to refresh our wardrobes and experiment with different spring trends, colours and styles.
To ring in the new season, we caught up with style influencer, photographer and tonal dressing authority, Fredrika Akander to talk all things spring fashion and styling.
Q: What trends are you loving for the upcoming spring and summer seasons?
A: I’ll be wearing flowing, full-length pants and oversized shirts in tonal shades. I absolutely love spring and summer when you can bring out all the linen and breezy fabrics. And of course, it’s not summer without cut-off denim. This season I’d wear my cut-off shorts a little longer for a more elevated look.
Q: What are your favourite new pieces from Forever New?
A: What colours and shades are you inspired by right now?
Q: I am loving warmer tones of cream and nude as well as earthy burnt orange. I find myself being drawn to tonal whites as my go-to basics, more so than black lately. Spring must be in the air!
Q: What expert tips do you have for styling tonal looks for spring?
A: I think the best thing to keep in mind when creating a tonal look is to play around with different textures in the same colour, think linen and silk in the same tone, for instance. Another way you can explore this style is by mixing different shades of the same colour.
A great place to start is to experiment with white and cream tonal looks. They are so easy to style, especially with some statement jewellery and remember, you can always break up a tonal outfit with metal or leather accessories.
Q: And finally, we’d love to hear any advice you have to navigate this time of uncertainty? In the beginning of your career, you worked in the yoga and wellness space, does that experience help you with things like lockdown?
A: I’ve had my ups and downs during these times like everyone else, especially with my family on the other side of the world but I’ve really tried to practise gratitude as much as possible.
My go-to self care routine for the bad days has been a short yoga class or meditation session, finishing it off with listing three things I’m grateful for. You can also do this in a journal. This practice helps ground me and keeps me from spinning out into negative thoughts. I’m a little bit of a control freak so I’ve just had to find things that I can control and one of those things is appreciating the little wins.