Remember in The Devil Wears Prada when Meryl Streep’s character get’s super sassy and says: “Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking”. Well that’s kind of what I brace myself for every time I look at spring trends. Don’t get me wrong, I love when seasons change and there’s an excuse to go shopping, but spring fashion for me tends to have a little monotony that fall fashion doesn’t. There are a few things we can expect every single year; sure the size for the florals or decade of inspiration may change, but you can pretty much guarantee that you will in fact see some floral every. single. spring.
Well that’s what I always told myself at least. Spring 2018 may very well be proving me wrong. Sure, there are some tried and true trends, but I also have some really great new or surprising trends that I am super excited to share with you!
Tried and True Trends
I don’t think you can find a color palette more synonymous with a season than pastel and spring. Between flowers blooming and the Easter Bunny lurking about, pastel is the epitome of spring fashion. The top pastel color for Spring 2018 is lavender, but really any muted hue will do.
Something about spring is very romantic…I mean not for me personally, thank you seasonal allergies…but for designers. They love creating etherial, flowing, romantic gowns that any Disney Princess would love to wear. For those of us who live in the real world and don’t have birds to help us dress every morning, the romantic trend can be a little off-putting. But have no fear – you can totally rock it! Instead of a ball gown, try a sheer top! Instead of head to toe ruffles, try a single well placed ruffle. And if it’s still too romantic, throw on a leather jacket to toughen up the look!
This year, opt for florals with a 60s or 70s vibe to feel fresh again. Florals also pair well with the romantic and pastel trends, so try mixing the trends together to create a cohesive look. Another fun way to add florals into your wardrobe if you’re not the biggest fan, is to add another print in with the flowers, but we’ll talk more about mixing prints a little later 🙂
Yay For New Trends
Show me plaid in the fall and I’ll have the same reaction as florals in spring; been there, seen that. But plaid for spring? YES! There is a lot of variety within the plaid trend, so whether you prefer to wear window pane plaid, gingham, or just a good old fashioned tartan, you’re bound to find the style you like this spring! Want to know the difference between plaid, tartan, and check? Check out this link.
If you want to be bold, turn some heads, and wear something totally unique try mixing prints! Whether you mix two plaids, try floral and stripes, or try another combination, you’re sure to show your fashion prowess with mixed prints! The best way to try the trend is to start with a less buy print and then pair a busier print on top. Try black and white polka dots (another trend this season) and then add a colorful floral for example!
We all love to be hands free, especially with all the fun new activities outside now that it isn’t a frozen tundra. No longer do you have to shy away from the functionality of the fanny pack. After all, these aren’t your mother’s fanny packs from the 90s. These are all high fashion and totally fabulous. Ease into the trend by wearing it over your shoulder, cross-body bag style. If you just really can’t get on board with the trend, try a fun backpack for the same effect. SHOPPING TIP: If looking for a fanny pack online, try using the phrase “belt bag” instead for some additional elevated options.
As much as we would all like to have the money to drop on an Oscar de la Renta anorak jacket, most people cannot. Don’t fret though, anoraks are everywhere! Not only are they super stylish, they never seem to go out of style. If you want to go bold, try an unexpected color or fabric. If you want just a classic anorak, opt for colors in the khaki family. You can find this style at any price point too, which is always a plus!
Don’t listen to anyone who trying to throw shade at you for wearing sneakers. They’re practical, comfortable, and if Louis Vuitton can feature them with almost every look in their runway show, you can most certainly wear them too! I love sneakers with everything from activewear to formal wear. Seriously, why would I wear heels when I can wear glitter sneakers?
This season’s runway shows featured TONS of asymmetrical looks. It’s always a great, classic trend that can make elevate the most basic fabric into a total knockout look! If you’re wearing separates, I would personally recommend balancing your look by wearing a basic shape with it. For example, if you have an asymmetric top, try a simple pair of denim or cigarette pants on bottom. If you have an asymmetric bottom, let it speak for itself and try something basic on top. By all means though, if you want to go all out, do it!
As always, figure out ways to make trends your own; there’s no need to replace your entire wardrobe every season. Pick a few trends you know will work best for your lifestyle and body type and incorporate them into what you already own.
Now bring on the warmer weather!