The 7 Spring Trends I've Spotted All Over Instagram

Ahead of every season, we do our best to forecast all the trends that will make it big and show up in stores, online, and on your IG feeds. I'd like to think we do a pretty good job at it, but it's inevitable that no matter how much we scan through the runways from each fashion month, there's always a few items that we didn't see coming but are still totally here for. To pinpoint exactly the fashion girls are gravitating to towards the season, I took a scroll through Instagram to find the spring trends being worn IRL, some off the runways, and some anew that are gaining steam quickly. It can be difficult to translate certain trends from the runways to reality, so leave it to fashion girls to figure out the best ones that can easily be incorporated into more casual wear. 

While the previous year consisted of trends that prioritized basics and neutrals, it's looking a little different this time around. People are itching to take breaks out of loungewear (but not too long of a break) and be more playful with their style when they can. Think fun prints, bright colorways, and vintage-era silhouettes making a comeback. But don't be alarmed, there's an option for every style in this mix. Just keep scrolling to see, read about, and shop all six trends for yourself.

Retro Prints

Pops of neon, large florals, and contrasting colors are the defining tones for prints that are being worn right now. If it looks like it could've come out of a vintage market, then you've nailed the trend. 


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Despite our lack of going out and attending events, fashion girls are still bringing the extra-ness to the table with risque items like bustiers and corsets. 


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We predicted in our seasonal roundup that this would be the go-to print of the new year, and we're happy to report that it's building up on the fashion scene. It's a little more exciting than stripes or polka dots but still easy to style around. 


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Polo Top

It's a running joke that there's a category of fashion trends that are just coming from dad's and grandpa's closets. Sweater-vests were the rising "dad" trend of fall, but for spring, polo collars in all kinds of silhouettes are the preppy trend following suit.


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As we begin to (slightly) let go of our socks and slippers, we're not jumping to platforms yet, but loafers are a good medium ground. A simple scroll through Instagram will make you want to add Prada's pair to your cart immediately, but for those on a budget, there are plenty of other options too.


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Tied Tops

My fellow editor Lauren told us that this skin-baring trend was going to be trickling into the fashion scene, but even then we still weren't ready. Wraparound ties around on the midriff are popping up in sweaters, blouses, and even swimwear. 


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The S/S 2021 runways brought down a plethora of bright colors, but shades of green continue to reign on the fashion set. Whether it's sage, emerald, or neon, the hue can do no wrong.


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Associate Fashion Editor
Yusra Siddiqui is an editor who resides in New Jersey but bounces between the suburbs and NYC. (She's a Jersey girl at heart.) After interning at Who What Wear in 2019, she found her way to the team after graduating from LIM College in 2022 with a fashion media degree. She's also spent time writing and working for publications such as Fashionista, Coveteur, and Nylon, but she always knew that Who What Wear was where she was meant to be. When she's on the job, she's perusing runway shows, analyzing the latest thing fellow Gen Zers are up to on the internet, and sharing what she can about the modest-fashion market. You can also catch her dabbling in entertainment, talking about the costume choices of the latest Netflix series or diving deeper into how the plotline affects the viewers in a myriad of ways. Lastly, she likes to create content for Who What Wear's TikTok. Her personal time is spent doing similar but also different things—deep diving into almost every new TV show (Bridgerton, Gilmore Girls, and Stranger Things are favorites), planning her next local getaway (whenever that may be), and reading the latest Emily Henry or Sally Rooney novel in one sitting.