Just an Observation: Zara, Nordstrom, and Amazon All Stock These 7 Spring Trends

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After years of publishing shopping stories from the internet's top retailers, I think it's safe to say that I'm low-key a professional online shopper. Whenever I'm sitting down to start a new shopping story, there are three tabs I always open first: for Zara, Nordstrom, and Amazon's landing pages. It's a weekly (if not daily) habit of mine and while perusing this season's offerings, I noticed a few common themes in each of their new arrivals sections. They all happen to be stocking a handful of the same spring trends. Well, seven in particular.

As an editor, I already had a hunch that these silhouettes, colors, and styles would become popular, but seeing them repeated across the biggest retailers only confirms that they're the ones to know. From graphic checkerboard prints to luxurious-looking pale yellow pieces, continue on to discover each of the seven trends I'm seeing in the market and shop my pick from each retailer.

Buttery Yellow

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Delicate, flattering, and easy to layer, this new breed of yellow is taking over where beige left off: namely, operating under the guise of color but actually offering our wardrobes a new way to wear neutral. If you're terrified of bold brights, this hue just might be the one for you. Luckily, high-end and fast-fashion brands alike have delivered a wealth of styles to inspire us for the new season.

Zara

Nordstrom

Amazon

Nostalgic Jewelry

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There's no stopping it: Y2K style is quickly making its way back to the fashion scene one trend at a time. The easiest way to incorporate it is via nostalgic jewelry. Think glass and plastic pieces like the ones you would've owned as a tween or colorful beaded and pearl strings that give off a summer camp DIY vibe, but more elevated.

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Nordstrom

Amazon

Skirt Sets

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Trendy, sexy, cool—skirt sets are the easy-to-wear trend that brings a lot of look with minimal effort. Coming in a range of cuts, colors, and prints, this is one that's easy to get in on no matter your taste or style.

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Nordstrom

Amazon

Cutouts

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As we've already pointed out, less is more when it comes to this season's big trends. Specifically, cut-outs. It's a craze that completely makes sense when you put it into perspective–we're all pretty eager to shed the many layers of puffer coats and heavy knits that are currently swamping us. Now, it couldn't be any easier to get your fix with cutouts adorning everything from knits to dresses to one stretchy unitard I just added to my Zara cart.

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Nordstrom

Amazon

Knit Polos

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Featured in abundance throughout the spring collections, the polos in question were knitted and felt retro yet incredibly modern. Well, those knitted polos are still holding strong this season, and honestly seem to be one of those trendy basics we're seeing everywhere throughout the market.

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Nordstrom

Amazon

Checkerboard

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I think my fellow editors would agree with me when I say that checkerboard print is the freshest micro-trend in the game right now. Forget traditional spring gingham—right now, it's all about bold graphic checks that our favorite brands and retailers all seem to be on board with.

Zara

Nordstrom

Amazon

Low-Heeled Mules

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The '90s-inspired shoes are fully coming back into the spotlight for spring. They're trendy, yes, but are also delightfully easy to wear and go with a number of things from jeans to dresses. Even better, the low heels on them make transitioning back into the real world (and shoes that aren't slippers) that much smoother.

Zara

Nordstrom

Amazon

Next up, see which spring trends we noticed never made it to 2021.

Editor

Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.