Spring Trend Report — What to Buy Now

Collage of spring fashion trends

We’ve just survived a polar vortex and now, a bigger problem lies ahead. How do we play in always-lively spring fashion trends without blowing our clothing budget for the entire year?

And in this 2019, it’s an even bigger issue because there are dozens of amazing looks on the radar. From brilliant hues to out-there prints, there’s something for everyone in this engaging mix. Here are eight of our favorite trending styles.

1. Scarf Prints

Was the scarf print ever not iconic? The beauty of its reemergence is that you now have full excuse to break out your inherited Pucci scarf or slip into the wrap dress you inherited from your mom’s glam ‘70s wardrobe.

Woman wearing scarf print dress
Scarf Print Dress, $49.99, Mango

Or you could easily add something beautiful, like this scarf print dress ($49.99), to your closet.

2. Sweet Butterflies

True, you’re not in kindergarten anymore, but if the runways are any indication, we’re all taking a little style inspo from the younger set this spring. One bit of evidence: the vibrant butterfly is trending, and that adds a little girlish charm to any look.

Try these sweet Olivia Burton 3D Butterfly Stud Earrings ($45) to your rotation if you want to keep it low-key.

3. Fishnet Everywhere

You don’t have to be an ‘80s rock vixen to step out in fishnets this season. An open weave gives them a more modern look, and looks a little more laid-back than the traditional style.

Try these Steve Madden Single Openwork Tights ($9.97), which are adorned with gleaming stars for a fun touch.

4. Brilliant Yellow

The beauty of yellow is that it instantly perks up any outfit! You can easily turn drab to fab by adding a pop of the sunniest hue of the rainbow to your look.

This LOFT Floral Wrap Blouse ($59.50) is a simple, head-turning top that also adds a pretty floral motif to the design for a fresh, seasonal design.

5. Cozy Crochet

The crochet of spring 2019 is definitely not your grandma’s pick. The trend leans more resort-chic, with a cool, nonchalantly chic vibe that makes it perfect for your mid-season getaway.

This breezy Tularosa Chunky Sleeve Sweater ($66) features intricately crocheted sleeves that lend it a cozy look. Simply gorgeous in this modern cropped style.

6. New Neons

Do you dare? Neon everything is pretty much everywhere this spring, and it’s definitely not a look for the wallflowers.

If you’re bold enough to take the plunge, try something that’s easy to dress up or down, like this ASOS Design Ruched Chuck-On Midi Dress ($48). Pair it with wedges or heels for a cute finishing touch.

7. Fiery Magenta

Think of magenta as a fresher alternative to red. It’s just right for your springtime events — perfect for adding a rush of heat to your ensemble and great for wearing with anything from white to black.

These Banana Republic Bare High Heel Velvet Sandals ($89.50) pack a punch with their pedi-baring open toes.

8. Dainty Ruffles

The ruffle has a tendency to look matronly if you aren’t careful. But you can elevate your look with a contemporary take, as seen on this DKNY Ruffled One-Shoulder Top ($47.40).

Tuck it into skinny black pants, a sleek pencil skirt, or throw it on with a pair of jeans and heels to shake up your look.


Staff Writer at The Budget Fashionista
Tanya is a seasoned journalist based in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Specializing in fashion, beauty, and travel, she loves to explore new places, read as much as possible, and scour the web for fabulous finds — all in the name of research, of course.