I used to live in Paris and try to make a point to visit, but no matter how long it's been, I always keep a close eye on the fashion unfolding there. It's truly one of the cities where fashion really happens on the streets, and there is perhaps no better example of that than Paris street style during Couture Fashion Week.
Both local insiders and fashion people from across the world come together to attend the couture shows, and they also bring their coolest looks for the occasion. Seeing their outfits is a chance to preview which trends from the runways actually translate to fashion-insider wardrobes and which are about to take off in the coming months. With that in mind, there are plenty of great takeaways about what's about to be big and the pieces worth adding to your cart now. Ahead are eight spring trends that are already huge in Paris.
1. Preppy Pieces
Sure, sweater-vests were everywhere last year, but get ready to see a new wave of preppy fashion take over in 2022. A pleated skirt set feels extra fresh—as do penny loafers.
2. Pops of Bright Color
If you want to try out bright colors like the fashion set, stick to a black look and add in strategic pops of color. That's how I'll personally be easing into the major spring trend.
3. Bra Tops
Bra tops are meant to be seen, and there are honestly so many cool styles on the market for spring. Knit versions, printed patterns, ribbed bralettes—you truly can't go wrong. If you're wondering how to style one, use the outfit formula above by pairing your bra top with trousers and an oversize jacket.
The knit bra that started it all now comes in a tiger stripe.
4. Mini Hemlines
Hemlines are coming up—way up—for spring. And this editor is here for it! After years of living in sweatpants and cozy clothes, I'm ready to slip into some leg-baring looks, and I'm not alone. Short dresses and miniskirts are popping up everywhere on the street style scene.
Platforms are such showstoppers that they can be styled with just about anything and leave a major impression. There are so many options on the market that I guarantee you'll find one that suits your style.
6. Big Totes
The Chanel 22 bag hasn't been released yet, but it is set to be one of the biggest bags of 2022. It falls into the big-tote trend that we'll be seeing more of this year. The styles are roomy but a bit less supersized than the silhouettes from last year.
7. Dark Denim
Over the last few years, I've mostly worn lighter denim, but I'm excited to see how popular dark washes are again. I think that dark indigo always reads as expensive, so it's always a great option when you want to feel polished.
I can personally vouch for how perfect these are, and at $98, they're also the perfect price point.
8. Long Hemlines
At the same time that micro minis are taking over, long hemlines are popping off as well. Maxi skirts and dresses are not only cool and on-trend, but they're also very wearable, making them a must-buy piece for spring. The above outfit demonstrates exactly how to style a maxi as we head into spring.
Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including Vogue.com, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.
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