The 5 Pretty Trends I'm Surprisingly Into Right Now

Meet Lisa Aiken, fashion director of Moda Operandi and one of our personal style icons here at Who What Wear. Lisa is championed within the industry for setting trends and spotting new designers like it's no one's business. No really—if there's a cool new brand or rising trend, she's not only already wearing it but has also edited it into Moda Operandi's shopping selection for all to enjoy. Since we're always looking to Lisa for our next shopping move, we're thrilled she's agreed to join us as a columnist on the site, serving the latest and greatest when it comes to trends, style, and shopping. Today, it is with great honor and excitement that we welcome her as she discusses all the pretty spring trends she's eyeing for the season at hand.

As we’re now fully into the spring months, it’s time to actually start implementing the trends that we took note of last season when the collections walked down the runway. I’m currently drawn to trends that are super feminine, even though I’m not. I come from the minimalist camp where I think about pieces from a wardrobing sensibility. The key here is really in the styling. So while long peasant-y florals might be having a moment, I’m thinking about them in a different way. Same goes for the puffed sleeve. Here are the five feminine trends that I shouldn’t and wouldn’t normally like but for some reason really do.

Floral Dresses

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It seems like the floral dress really isn’t letting up. I’m not usually one for florals, but my take on them this spring will be similar to how the cool girls in London do it. I’ll pair them over a T-shirt, under a blazer, and with boots or worn-in trainers. It gives it a bit of grunge and edge. I’m loving the ones from Rixo, Les Rêveries, and LoveShackFancy.

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I’ll be wearing the nearly naked sandal in multiple iterations for all occasions this summer. Whether it’s plexi from Neous or a multi-strap from Rejina Pyo, this sandal shape will be the update to everything I already own. And it really does elongate the leg.

 

Pastels

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I’m thinking I’ll be wearing a lot of pastel slip dresses to weddings this summer, which sounds like a cliché. The trick here will be pairing them with a quirky shoe and a blazer to balance out their über-femininity. Otherwise, my uniform suiting will take a new direction at the office with a fresh set of hues.

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The basket bag made its way into the city last summer, and I’m not willing to give it up. It’s my way of feeling like I’m on a mini escape. My favorite is Muuñ’s.

Puffed Sleeves

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As an ’80s child, I’ve lived through Princess Diana’s style the first time around, so its comeback has a different meaning to me. Cecilie Bahnsen’s puffed-sleeve tops and dresses are instant outfits. They really do the work for you. I’ll wear these over jeans or even as beach cover-ups on holiday. I especially love the backless ones.