Five Wardrobe Trends to Try this Spring

Writer: Stephanie Weber
Photographer: Meryl, Lesley Jane Boutique

At this point in Indiana, most of us are happy to be packing up our Sherpas for the spring and breaking out the sandals and sundresses. The hype surrounding spring style is astounding as these trends are known to set the tone for what we might see the rest of the year.

You’ve probably noticed your favorite retailers highlighting their popular floral prints, best-selling sandals and bringing back rompers. Some spring trends may never die, while others just seem to be accentuated for the year. Read on for five spring trends to try for 2018 and how you can incorporate them into your wardrobe.

1. Pastels

Yellow, pink, purple, mauve, light blue, powder blue, lilac, blush. Whatever you want to call it, if it’s light and reminds you of coloring Easter eggs, it’s in. I personally lean towards the blush trend more than any as I feel like it’s one that’s versatile. You can transition it to summer, fall and winter with different layering pieces. Who doesn’t love a basic you can wear all year?

That being said, since the Pantone Color of the Year is UltraViolet, we are seeing a huge influx of lavender for spring. It dominated the runways seen in shows such as Michael Kors and Victoria Beckham. You can find lavender tops and dresses at many of our local retailers.

Pastels are great to wear with light denim, distressed denim and white bottoms. Pair these with your favorite taupe or cognac sandals.

2. Windbreakers

What goes around comes back around and the windbreaker is no different. We started to see this 90s fashion comeback in 2017, but this year it seems that these jackets are a wardrobe must. I think this trend is one that anyone can try because it’s the definition of functional fashion. Windbreakers are just good to have on those chilly, rainy spring days.

I’m planning to sport one with a graphic tee, light wash distressed denim and my Adidas sneakers. Windbreakers are a great compliment to the athleisure trend, perfect for those who have a more casual sense of style.

3. White

We often relate white pieces to events surrounding a wedding or to those family beach pictures where everyone is a little sunburnt. But this year, head to toe white is a fashion statement I encourage you to try.

Even I wasn’t sure how I felt about this trend at first due to my fair skin and eating-on-the-go lifestyle. However, this color is timeless and encompasses those basic pieces we all need in our closets. If white on white scares you, try implementing it in various staple pieces. For example, I love the white dress I’ve featured here from Lesley Jane. I could pair it with a white sandal, but I could also pair it with taupe, cognac or something more colorful to break it up.

4. Prints

We’re seeing everything from florals to stripes to bold check prints. I find myself wandering through stores, ending up at the register with all stripes. I love that prints add so much to a simple look. You can use these pieces to layer or stand alone.

I know not everyone loves those bold floral prints, and I want you to know you are not alone. Although I will say, these are fun for a beach getaway. If florals are too much for your style, stripes are a good print go-to.

5. Flats and Platforms

Popular spring shoes include sandals, casual sneakers, flats, wedges and ankle booties. While I love all of those, we are seeing an increasing demand this year for flats and platforms. Steve Madden is my man for shoes. I know the quality, I know how they fit and I know I will wear them. Dolce Vita and Franco Sarto are two other brands I love.

I suggest investing in some type of neutral flat, like mules or loafers, that you can dress up or down. Platforms are a great option if you want something with a little height that’s more comfortable than a stiletto.

Spring fashion gives us an opportunity to try something new. I’d challenge you to pick a couple of these trends, head to your favorite local retailer and invest in some new pieces. You might never have guessed you’d fall in love with a white dress paired with a cognac platform sandal.

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