I Spot Micro-Trends Like Its My Job—Here Are 5 About to Blow Up

Welcome to Micro-Trends. In this series, I'm zeroing in on the 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.

Here at Who What Wear, we focus a lot of our energy on the biggest trends of the season, and while we'll never stop covering the heavy hitters, there are several micro-trends worthy of honorary mentions. While these aren't causing major style moves yet, we firmly believe that it's only a matter of time until they graduate from micro to macro or, in other words, from niche to mainstream.

After hours of online shopping (all in the name of research!), I'm sharing the micro-trends on my radar at the moment. I've spotted these pieces on the feeds of the most influential women I know and stocked at several key retailers, which tells me that each is on the brink of becoming huge. From the new legging trend celebs are backing to the sweater sets your grandma definitely wore, keep reading to for fashion's five micro-trends of the moment.

Big Collar Energy

fashion micro-trends: collars

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@champagnemani; Pictured: Ganni Ruffled-Collar Shirt ($139); By Far Amber Bag ($500)

Is it just me or do these shirts look like they walked off the set of Little Women and into the closets of fashion girls everywhere? Big collared shirts have been bubbling up recently, thanks mostly to Ganni's fun and layering-friendly versions. But if you're looking for a subtler way to participate in this look, try one with a sharply pointed collar instead.

Un Croissant, S'il Vous Plaît

fashion micro-trends: croissant bags

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@stephaniebroek; Pictured: Lemaire Croissant Bag ($870)

We reported on the croissant bag trend as soon as we noticed it on the rise, but in the weeks since even more brands have designed their own version of a ruched bag inspired by the iconic French pastry, and each one is more exciting than the next—and faster to sell out.

Yeah, yeah, we know. Florals for spring aren't that groundbreaking. But tell me these bold '70s-style prints don't feel fresh for right now.

Black Leggings 2.0

fashion micro-trends: split-hem leggings

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@rosiehw; Pictured: Wardrobe.NYC Flared Ankle Leggings ($400)

Black leggings are such a cornerstone in our closets that it takes a style so grabbing to make us want to update them and, well, split hems are just the detail to inspire us. Celebs galore have been opting for the same pair from Wardrobe.NYC, even going for the unexpected shoe choices with the leggings since the ankle slits add an elevated feel.

Sweater Sets

Ready for another excellent "grandma" trend? We have two words: sweater sets. These matching knits have started to catch our attention more and more as a fresh way to style the cardigan trend.