There is something about the slow disappearance of the winter chill, the emergence of longer stretches of warm sunshine, and the explosion of foliage that feels like the lead-up to a big event. And when spring weather fully arrives, you feel like tossing those dreary beanies, scarves and puffer coats in the trash as a symbolic sayonara to winter.
Saying goodbye to the cold may feel pretty satisfying, but it’s not nearly as much fun as welcoming spring with a smile and some fresh, on-trend garments. Spring is most liberating shopping season of the year, too. It’s a time when we go bolder with color and pattern choices. We can expand or even contradict our “go-to” looks. We can go a little crazy, and simply chalk it up to spring fever.
Hello Spring 2018 Trends
As in years past, the spring summer ’18 runways predicted a fun line-up of fashion trends. Read on for some of our favorites, along with budget-friendly pieces you can work into your rotation now.
1. This Color Makes Me Blush
Big, bold primary colors will generally be a hit this spring, but fire engine red is one to watch. You can wear red on red, or easily pair red with grays, silvers, creams and blacks. Red and pink or red and orange are also successful combos, but not for the faint at heart.
Try adding a red trouser or red blazer to the mix this spring. Or, take a baby step with a bold red shoe.
2. It’s Dazzling, Really
The sequin trend will continue this season. To avoid blinding your coworkers, save the sequins for dates and girls night out. These days, you can find fully sequined tops and pants along with the usual suspects of sequined-adorned shoes and handbags.
3. Everyone’s Favorite Blue Times Two
’80s-inspired clothes are taking things to a new level as denim-on-denim outfits continue to trend high. The blue-times-two combo has long been a favorite street style look for celebrities — and thankfully, it’s pretty easy to copy.
The classic double-denim outfit is simply a chambray shirt, medium-tone jeans, a camel belt and camel boots. But I like to mix things up too. Once you’ve nailed the chambray top, go for a ruffle or wide-sleeved denim top for a little something different.
4. A Clear Winner
The see-through trend is a thing, and it’s happening at a mall near you. From clear plastic bags to dress and tops featuring sheer panels and sleeves, transparency is having a moment.
A plastic tote is your new weekend fun bag, and it comes with an added benefit. You won’t throw as much junk in there when you can see it all from the outside. Trust me on that one.
Or you can nod to the trend in a more subtle way with a sheer dress or top. This kaftan-style top is so feminine, you’ll love wearing it over a cami and your fav leggings.
5. Checks All the Boxes
We talked about the checked blazer in the fall, and now we’re talking about checked pants and vests in the spring. In these warmer months, get your checked fix in with sleeveless pieces or a crop pant. Be particular about checked minis though — too short and you might be dabbling with a trashy vibe.
The spring 2018 trends deliver plenty to work with, from bold colors to new textures to patterns we love in new silhouettes. I’m ready to go shopping. How about you?