Everyone loves a good comeback story. With that being said, I feel like it’s sufficient to say move over, florals and pastels. There are new spring trends in town. From the re-emergence of the disco collar, to neon suits, to crochet – and a couple more in-between – there’s a trend every fashionista can jump on board with this season. This spring is all about taking old trends and making them new again. A revamp, if you will. Without further hesitation, let’s jump in.
Believe it or not, leather isn’t just for the fall and winter months. This season, try pairing a leather skirt of any length with a T-shirt or no-fuss top, such as a spaghetti strap top or bodysuit, to create a lighter look. Bonus points if you find leather pieces in any other color other than brown and black. This spring, it’s all about bright and bold, so don’t be afraid to reach for a leather jacket in a bright color.
I’ve been seeing tiered clothing in several print ads and boutique windows this season. No matter what your body shape may be, don’t be afraid to try tiered pieces! While you may think you resemble a loofa, tiered clothing can actually be quite flattering. Try dressing up your look with the right shoes or a fun statement earring if you’re wearing a blouse. For a more casual look, try styling a tiered skirt with a crop top (or bra top if you’re feeling bold) with a sandal.
Neon is not for the faint of heart. I say that because neon is meant to be noticed. If you’re on the fence about wearing head-to-toe neon (which, if done correctly, looks amazing), try a neon accessory for starters. If you’re feeling a bit more daring, try a neon pant or top, or even a fun shoe.
Who wears short shorts? Lots of folks, actually. While the length of hot pants may deter some folks from wearing them, they’re not a hard item to pull off. Try pairing a sweater or a longer-sleeved top to create a balance look. For a more conservative look, try styling them with a pair of tights. Should you find yourself questioning how to style a pair of tights, you can always refer to my column in the February issue.
Doilies and swimsuit cover-ups are not the only items crochet looks good for. Crochet dresses can easily be chic, effortless and dressed up with the right shoes and accessories. Bonus points if you style it with a cardigan and a pair of socks with heels for the ultimate “Grandma Chic” look, which is HUGE this season.
Disco isn’t dead. The spring 2020 runway shows I’ve seen lately have made that crystal clear. The disco collar is typically wide, pointed and in a contrasting color/pattern. This look is most impactful in jacket form. If you’re on the fence about running out and buying a jacket with a disco collar, opt for a blouse with a larger collar to start with. Don’t be surprised if you get disco fever. You have been warned.
If you’re unsure as to how to make any of the trends above work, don’t sweat it! Google is your friend. Before you take one look at Fashion Week outfits and run away, keep in mind the runway looks are often times overdramatized versions of what you’ll see on the streets. Should you find something you like, try recreating it on a smaller scale with one piece at a time so you’re not overwhelmed.
I told myself I would take more chances with my wardrobe this spring, and I hope you do, too. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go find a pair of neon shoes …
Carly Gustafson is the Style Editor at Signature Magazine. To the surprise of no one, the majority of her shoes are black.