I Spot Micro-Trends Like It's My Job, and These 4 Are About to Blow Up

You're probably aware to some degree of the biggest trends this season. (You're a Who What Wear reader, after all.) But in this series, I'm zeroing in on pieces I'll call micro-trends. These are more hyper-specific iterations of what's trending at large, and I've become somewhat of an expert at spotting them. (Okay, it's basically a pastime of mine at this point.) Once you discover this month's micro-trends, consider yourself an insider.

Warm weather is on the horizon, and it has the fashion world dreaming up their coolest summertime looks (this editor included), which means that the round of fashion micro-trends I've spotted for April is full of styles I'd probably pack on a beach vacation. In today's roundup, you'll find the soon-to-be It shorts, sunglasses, and ankle-baring shoes that are just now starting to bubble to the surface. Each piece is all about the details but will have a big impact on the trend-o-sphere in just a few months' time.

I'm about to share four of these micro-trends that are emerging on the scene this month. From the Instagram feeds of my favorite influencers to the new-arrivals section of the most forward brands and retailers, keep reading to discover and shop all the fashion micro-trends of the moment.


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Time to wave goodbye to your short shorts. Bermuda shorts are poised to be everywhere this spring and summer. Of all the materials they're offered in, it's the sumptuous leather shorts that I'm most intrigued by. They first came on my radar after seeing the newly refreshed look of Bottega Veneta under Creative Director Daniel Lee's vision. Styled with a plain white tank top and strong sunglasses, it's going to be my summer 2019 aesthetic.


Buh-bye, micro-sunglasses. The trend pendulum is swinging to the opposite end of the spectrum as far as sunglasses are concerned, and that means the fashion crowd is ushering in a new wave of shades that are oversize and square-ish with orange tints. The retro style is reminiscent of the '70s, and the influencers who favor them are playing up the theme by styling the sunglasses with warm colors and checkered prints.


Thanks mostly to Chanel's impossibly chic tweed jackets, skirts, and dresses, the Scottish fabric is a timeless favorite. This spring, designers are iterating on classics like tweed jackets and miniskirts in fresh pastel colors like teal, aqua, and lavender, and they've already been a big hit on the street style front.

For me, summer is synonymous with an ankle-bracelet situation. (Hello, sandal season.) So this bubbling shoe trend that involves built-in ankle jewelry had me at first glance. Two specific shoes are defining this trend, in my opinion, but it's only a matter of time before more styles start to surface. The first is another soon-to-be It piece from the new Bottega Veneta (that's sadly not yet available), and the second is a pair of Jil Sander flats with a genius removable anklet.

Now see which spring trend earned the number one spot in our March Madness competition.