After living in sweats for the last 12 months, I think everyone is ready for a fresh round of spring trends. The most surprising thing about this year’s trends is how nostalgic they are. They definitely look back as much as they look forward.
Whether it’s the return of The Crown with Princess Diana or a craving to feel a bit fancy, the oversized decorative collar is embellishing everything from blouses to sweaters and dresses. Whether they are ruffled, laced, or tied with a bow, there is nothing shy about this accessory. They can even be purchased independently and added to your favorite top. This trend is a great option for drawing attention back up to your face. For an unexpected combination contrast your frilly collar with modern menswear trousers or rough-hewn denim.
This season you’re going to see more florals in stores than you saw on Molly Ringwald in a John Hughes film. Whether it’s soft pastel blends or grungy versions with dark background contrasts, the patterns tend to be small, vintage-inspired, and slightly random. It showcases the best of the ornate feminine dynamic.
Detailed sleeves are running rampant this spring with romantic puffs that pleat, ruche, tier, or billow. Sleeves that are broader on top help to balance out a smaller shoulder line and/or broader hips. Those with exceptionally broad shoulders may want to favor the bishop sleeve which balloons at the bottom near the hips and keeps the shoulder line unembellished.
Smocking is one of the best forms of camouflage, especially for the core. It allows for plenty of comfortable stretch but smooths out any extra bumps. It is frequently paired with victorian detailing like full sleeves, high collars or square necklines. You’ll also find it embellishing the yokes of blouses and t-shirts allowing the shirt to drape instead of billow around the frame.
The best part of these trends is that they work exceptionally in partnership. Collars pair with sleeves, prints pair with smocking, you could even pair all four together in a single killer outfit. So what are you most excited to wear this spring?