Spring is here my pretty flowers!
And that means it’s time to shop and update our wardrobes for the warmer weather and sun to grace our skin once more. I don’t know about you, but I have been just about bursting to get back into the warmth of the outdoor months. Yes, I like the cute scarf and tall boots look for about 5 minutes, and then when it gets super cold and dark, I’m over it. So now that all the festivals are gearing up, and the outdoor events, you know it’s time!
And this girl loves to shop, so let’s go over the biggest style trends to embrace for Spring 2019.
The Big Trends for Spring 2019
Crochet & Macrame
This season, we’re seeing a lot of vintage, bohemian looks, so bring forth the inner haute hippie with some soft woven knits. These not only feel great, but they can also be pretty versatile – daytime dresses turned beach cover-ups. And some of these designers are taking it to more of a street vibe with a crop top look like Chloé or modern mini dresses with mega sleeves like Louis Vuitton.
Bikers are the new yoga pants, the new joggers. They were seen on the runway pretty much paired with everything from slinky tops and tanks to blazers to trendy poly-translucent jackets – even a couple sweaters in the Chanel collection.
This season, Princess Buttercup is stealing the show with love….true love. Well, Princess Marigold that is. The cheerful color was splashed all across the runways, and even the tiniest incorporation of this hue into your outfit or accessories can brighten your day. If not, my go-to’s are coffee, yoga (outdoors if possible), puppies, shopping. Rinse, repeat.
Texture is IN this season, which should make just about everybody happy….except for the minimalists (sorry!). For a little extra feminine flair or a pop of fun, add some feathers to your look. Now this can go south quickly, so make sure you find the perfect, curated, and well-edited pieces for daytime looks especially. But for evening, especially red carpet events – it’s game on!
Mixed Vintage Prints
Feeling reminiscent? Or maybe just love that boho vibe? Many designers spoke of a desire to withdraw from all the political and social strife in today’s current clime. So they looked to the nostalgia of bygone eras for a little escapism. These vintage prints give off a care-free, flower child mood.
In addition to the ultra vintage, we also saw a come-back of the 90’s/early 2000’s to the runways. Think Gwen Stefani grunge pop meets Clueless fashionistas. The runway designers most often seemed to walk the line somewhere in that area. Bucket hats have come back into play, this time with popping prints as well as bold colors.
Feel like something a little sweeter? Saccharine hues dominated in a rainbow of colors that left me craving a little gelato. Pistachio, lemon, maybe a little mango or strawberry. Mmmmm, gelato. Italy trip, anyone? While the romantic dresses in lace and knit were an absolute hit, I loved Delpozo’s modern take with the wide leg cropped trousers and sheer blouse.
Just like feathers, fringe gives great visual texture to any look and will be big this season. Designers went for the vintage boho vibe as well as country western, and the lengths can be as dramatic as you’d like.
The Post-Grunge Era: Taking it back to the 2000’s
There was Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Pink….ok, so very little has changed as far as who’s still on the scene except the boy bands (thank gaaaawd), but the outfits are vastly different (thank the Virgin Mary). And it’s back. The crop tops and breezy halters over low slung pants, and Britney’s favorite bootcut jeans. Just do me a favor and make sure this time, we all don’t make the same mistake twice; keep it classy and have those panties *below* the denim waistline, not above. Kay, pumpkins?!
Hoop earrings and midriffs with the occasional body jewelry are back in as well as cargos and the military vibe (although that’s been rolling for some time now). And yes, the duster jacket as well. It’s all here. Come on Xennials, revel in the moment.
Metallics and Lamé
In total opposition to the post-grunge vibe, we also have the shiny metallic trend to dive into. So really, everybody has something to be happy about. And honestly, when I look back to my middle school/high school days, I was totally rocking the grunge and hippie gear along with my metallic pearlescent Doc Martens (yaaassss) and I had a few metallic pieces in my wardrobe. So I’m all about jumping in and out of all of these moments as you please. Only this time, the re-make is DEFINITELY better than the first time.
Ok, so we saw a couple of polarized bag trends this season, and I’ll talk to you about both but only fully cover one. Why? Because the first trend is total functional garbage. It’s like pants with faux pockets. Why?! The bag trend? The micro bag. Who is this bag even for? Your hamster to carry around? If you can only hold a box of tic tacs in there, I’m not even going to bother.
So then we have designers hitting the other extreme in the same season with macro oversized bags. Some of these are gigantic, oversized, stuff-your-petite-bestie-in-there-and-take-her-as-your-carry-on kind of oversized bags. So if you’re into pulling the Mary Poppins, this one’s for you.
Tie-dye was splashed all over the runway this season. Grooving along with the vintage flower child trend, designers took this one-time hippie trend and elevated it, flowing colors gently into each other, sometimes almost into an ombre, while others stuck to the literal tradition for some nostalgia. And with all the de-legalization of pot, I can’t help but wonder if the council of designers chose this trend for a reason….