We can finally officially say winter is over (even if it doesn’t feel like it outside). Spring is here, along with lots of new beginnings and fresh starts. My favorite way to get into the spring state of mind is to shake up my wardrobe a bit. This is the perfect time to get rid of clothes you don’t wear anymore and replace them with new, exciting pieces that will leave you feeling confident and cool. Of course, you never need to follow the ~trends~ but there’s nothing wrong with doing that, too! After all, it can be pretty hard to avoid the big ones as they slowly take over every brand and every store.
So, what kind of clothes will you be seeing all over the place this season? This spring offers a bunch of new fashion trends that seem to be a lot more loud and expressive than some trends of the past. Say goodbye to neutral shades and minimalism, and say hello to lots of color, patterns, and embellishments. The clothing trends this year are fun, sassy, and easy to play around with, especially when you mix them with new and bold accessories, and the latest makeup looks. There are so many new things to try that you’ll need a bit of a guide to get started. So, let us help you! Here are a few spring fashion trends everyone needs to know about right now:
1. ’80s Style
BDG Relaxed Denim Trucker Jacket, $79, Urban Outfitters
Unless you’ve living under a rock, you’ve heard that the ’80s are back, in a fashion sense at least. This means a lot of bright colors, embellishments, old-school graphics, athleisure, and also some oversized pieces. Go for the vibe with a piece like a baggy denim jacket, which has an ’80s influence, but it still super versatile.
2. Statement Stripes
Stripe Twist Neck T-Shirt, $45, Topshop
Stripes were all over the runways for spring and summer 2017, and it wasn’t just your classic black and white stripes – they were big, colorful, and elaborate, done in super bright shades or with mismatched sizes. Take baby steps into the trend with a bright striped tee like this one.
3. Sexy Athleisure
Sojourn Tank, $54, Athleta
Athleisure has been a thing for a while now, but expect to see it get a little bit more sexy and glam this season. Instead of just sneakers and track pants, think casual but sexy tanks, dresses, and cropped pants. This tank from Athleta is made for the gym, but it’s also sleek and cool enough to be worn with jeans and heels for a night out.
Sanctuary Sergent Crop Straight Leg Pants, $99, Nordstrom
If you’ve been getting bored of denim and missing neutral khaki, now is your time. Khaki is, apparently, coming back. For me, this conjures up a lot of triggering images of shapeless khaki pants and dresses from my childhood. But, we can make it look more modern and *now* with something like these fitted cropped khaki pants.
5. Elaborate Button Down Shirts
ASOS Denim Strip Shirt, $53, ASOS
If you buy one new piece this season, make it a funky button down top. They’re huge for spring, and the more elaborate you go, the better. Pick a button down with cut-outs, ruffles, embellishments, bright colors, etc. Or, just wear your button down differently – these are just a few ideas.
6. Bralette Tops
Caged Cutout Bralette, $5.60, Forever 21
Thought crop tops were dying down? Think again. Bralette tops were all over the runways for spring and summer, proving that the more you reveal, the better. Some models were literally wearing bralettes with high waist pants, so go for that if you want! You can also pick a slightly longer bralette, like this one, and pair it with high waist bottoms.
7. Statement-Making Graphic Tees
Feminist Graphic Distressed Tee, $25, Forever 21
Want to make a statement? Get a graphic tee that makes it for you. The runways were full of models in activist style graphic tees, with slogans proclaiming feminism, political views, and more.
Shirt with Ruffled Yoke, $14.99, H&M
Ruffles were another huge trend for this season, and there are so many ways to wear them that the possibilities are basically endless. My personal favorite? Ruffles adorning button-down tops.
9. Statement Sleeves
Striped Bell-Sleeve Top, $78, J. Crew
Another inescapable trend is going to be statement sleeves, which are basically giant sleeves or sleeves adorned with embellishments. They’re fun to wear and they’re a nice, quirky take on otherwise boring tops.
10. One Shoulder
Le Kate Plus Size One Shoulder Dress, $39.99, Target
Last year we couldn’t get enough of off-the-shoulder tops – and while those are still popular for this season, one-shoulder tops are even more popular. Opt for a cold shoulder top or dress, whatever you like best.
11. Pink Shades
Kimchi Blue Borderlines Babydoll Tee, $39, Urban Outfitters
If you want to try one bright color this spring, make it pink. The shade was everywhere on the runways, on clothes, accessories, and even featured in makeup.
12. Shoulder Pads
BlankNYC Faux Leather Jacket, $98, Nordstrom
Considering the ’80s are back, it should be no surprise that shoulder pads are back too. If you’re freaked out by the idea of them, try them in a more subtle way, like with this leather jacket. You can find blazers and tops that feature smaller shoulder pads for a just a bit of height.
Without Walls Lexi Parachute Bungee Midi Skirt, $69, Urban Outfitters
This cool skirt is a mix of the neon trend and the sexy athleisure trend, so basically, you need it. Bright neon is another ’80s thing, so of course, you should expect to see it everywhere.
14. Corset Belts
Let’s hope that corset belts are the first step towards a fashion world that makes belts huge again. And let’s hope they’re a short-lived trend. Just saying.
15. Trench Coats
H&M+ Trench Coat, $69, H&M
Since khaki is coming back, it kind of makes sense that trench coats are back also. These make for a perfect spring jacket staple as they’re casual, great for rainy weather, look super chic, and keep you warm without making you too warm.
16. Paper Bag Waist Pants
Paper Bag High Rise Chinos, $29.99 – $39.99, The Gap
Want to try something different with your bottoms? Go for paper bag waist pants, or cinch waist pants as they’re often called. Tuck in a slim tank and you’ll look insanely chic.
Project Social T Kim Mesh Tee, $29, Urban Outfitters
If you want to try the bralette top trend but you’re not into showing off that much skin, try wearing one under a sheer top. Voila! Coolest look ever.
Which one of these spring fashion trends is your favorite? What did we forget to add? Share in the comments!