“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?” said Percy Bysshe Shelley. Indeed, a while ago we were talking about what to wear in cold weather, and now it’s already time to prepare for spring. Here are the top trends that define the season, from romantic Spanish and lingerie-inspired silhouettes to foolproof materials such as knits and denim:
1. Spanish Fever
Oscar de la Renta | Roberto Cavalli | Louis Vuitton | Michael Kors
Colorful blossoms, flamenco ruffles, high-collar designs and puffy sleeves take centerstage, filling the spring runway with an exciting Spanish flair.
Givenchy | Alexander Wang | Calvin Klein | Burberry
Naked dresses had their time on last year’s red carpets, and now it’s time for slipdresses to shine. Created from silky fabric and intricate lace, these lingerie-inspired dresses look inadvertently sexy when matched with a tailored jacket and slip-ons.
3. Cold Shoulder
ADEAM | Derek Lam | Givenchy | Jason Wu
The off-shoulder neckline continues to dominate the fashion scene. Meanwhile, it’s the X-shaped halter neckline that’s really gaining momentum. The shoulder-baring design is often accompanied by breezy ruffles in lightweight chiffon or rayon around the décolletage.
4. White Shirt
Zac Posen | Amanda Wakeley | Issa | Michael Kors
Oxford white button-downs are transformed into various silhouettes, from shirtdresses to shawls and wrap coats. They also go particularly well with denim.
Marissa Webb | Stella Mccartney | Suno | Victoria Beckham
Check out the large black-and-white plaids a la picnic style, reinvented in easy, breezy blouses, wide-leg pants and draped dresses.
6. Marled Knit
Creatures of Comfort | Jason Wu | Michael Kors | Wes Gordon
Lightweight knitwear serves as an ideal transitional piece for spring. Layer on a white or chambray shirt to go preppy, or wear it alone to take advantage of its slouchy, feminine form.
7. Blue Jeans Babies
Cushnie et Ochs | Jil Sander Navy | Opening Ceremony | Suno
Warm-weather denim and chambray continue to be a designer favorite. The down-to-earth material comes in shirts, dresses and skirts, injecting a serene and neutral mood to everyday wear.
8. Bomb Squad
Alexander Wang | Versace | Fendi | Mugler
The perfect topper for this season, a bomber jacket adds military spin to any feminine dress, leather pants or mini skirt without weighing it down.