Wrapping your head around the next big trends can be a daunting task. Fashion month abounds with designers offering their unique perspectives on the next big thing, and we realize it's a lot. For editors and industry experts, though, our job is all about sifting through it all and finding the runway styles that will actually work in real life.
Now that a new season is almost upon us, we know that nailing the next must-have styles is on your mind. Which is why we enlisted a pool of some of our favorite editors, stylists, and creatives to highlight what they're considering in and out for the coming season. Refreshingly (and unexpectedly), there was a good deal of agreement across the board.
Many of the insiders we polled noted a movement away from the overwhelming battery of trends, instead highlighting the importance of individuality. For that same reason, many felt that for this season, there's no style that's off-limits (great news!).
Read on to see what our panel of experts had to say, and then shop pieces to help you embrace what's big for spring.
"We see a trend in many younger designers (The Row, Co, Gabriella Hearst, Rosetta Getty, etc.) who are focusing on the return to wardrobe building vs. creating trend-driven collections."
"Pink is the color of the season. It's a happy color, super feminine, and very modern at the moment. For more of a fashion statement, you can do a head-to-toe look. For someone who just wants bits of it, invest in a shoe or bag.
"I can't think about one trend that's out at the moment. Everything is valid in fashion right now. Crazy shoes? Yes. Big shoulders? Valid. The '80s? Go for it. Fashion is now about mixing and matching on your own terms and not following any rules, so everything is in.
"We HOPE the athleisure trend is making its way out. At the end of the day, leggings are leggings, no matter how much you try to dress them up!
"This season, we've seen a shift toward feminine touches and tailoring and are moving away from contemporary streetwear. Designers such as Brock, Tory Burch, Rochas, and Monse are embracing a more refined approach to suiting and embellishment through the use of bows, florals, velvets, and pearl detailing.
"It might be time to retire your trainers and track pants for a prim blazer and evening boots."
"Some of my favorite things, which are most CERTAINLY in, include fire-red boots (ciao, Fendi!), overly ornate florals (see my favorite: Brock Collection), and faux fur (thanks, Marc Jacobs)."
"What's out? It appears, based on the plethora of trends, that NOTHING is out. Mix and match, show us your entire closet in one outfit, everyone is wearing everything. It's chic to be a minimalist, and it's chic to be a maximalist. Use your individual personality to decide how you're going to be dressing next fall. The world (read: shopping list) is your oyster!"
"Over the past few seasons, we've seen less of what we used to label as 'trends' and a bigger focus on an overarching theme of celebrating individuality. The brands that are most 'popular' in the industry right now (Balenciaga, Gucci, Loewe, Prada, Calvin Klein) are so different in their aesthetic yet all focus on showing that fashion now is all about being original. It's a wonderful time as fashion finally feels quite inclusive [and] you don't necessarily need to be wearing pieces from bigger/exclusive brands, or the most expensive pieces to create an interesting look. Instead it invites you to be creative yourself.
"I don't really think anything is 'out' anymore, which I really like! There are too many brands and so many different aesthetics and directions—almost every theme there could be is covered by a few each season."
"Two of the biggest trends I noticed during the F/W 17 shows were the bright contrasting colours and innovations in tailoring by using tailoring materials in new ways. I saw many unexpected pairings of colours and am especially loving the contrast of burgundy and hot pink as seen at Balenciaga, and the colors shown at Kwaidan Editions and Calvin Klein. There were exciting ways to wear bright colors too, with puffer jackets, opaque tights, and sock boots. I'd definitely say that colours are the new black for fall. Sneakers are moving away from the streamlined minimal look into a chunkier style, like the new runway sneakers from Stella McCartney, Vetements, and Balenciaga.
"There was an important focus on diversity this season, especially at Vetements and Calvin Klein, and this proves how trends aren't necessarily disappearing completely but rather they are evolving to suit individual personal style."
"As we all grapple with the current political climate in our own ways, a new sense of aspirational dress and feminine power is emerging. Women are dressing as they aspire to feel—powerful—whether it be through sensuality and sex appeal or corporate amour. Bold shoulders, menswear-inspired structure, and utility for day. Eighties-influenced, sexy frocks mixed with leather and lace abound for evening. With all that is out of our control today, fashion again gives us the tools we can all use to express our inner strengths and desires. Fashion is fun again, and there's no shame in enjoying the ride!
"Having just survived fashion MONTH, I'm delighted to see women dressing again. Gone are the complacent days of kicking back and watching the world go by. Last season's sneakers and soft, sports-inspired silhouettes are being replaced by glamorous frocks, luxurious craftsmanship and fur."
Shop the Trends Fashion Insiders Recommend for Spring
Sunglasses are a cool and easy way to start wearing the color of the moment.
Denim so classic it almost feels new again.
Swap out your classic white tee for one with lacy, feminine details.
Wear these with both your favorite suit and your favorite pair of jeans.
A fresher alternative to the classic summer sundress.
With a button-down or a T-shirt, this skirt works for the workplace.
Add a pop of color with this of-the-moment statement bag.
This summer, an elegant gingham blouse makes getting dressed simple.
A shirt-jacket in a vibrant color will become your go-to spring layering piece.
Opt for sleek kitten heels rather than towering pumps.
Roll up the sleeves for a flattering, casual office look.
It's the small details that make basic pieces the most fun.