Your Complete Guide To Spring's Biggest Trends

The spring runways were jam-packed with noteworthy looks, but we’ve narrowed it down to the top 12 trends you’ll want to try this season. The best part, you ask? Today’s report comes with a stylishly curated shopping list!

Into The Fold

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Courtesy of Givenchy, Marni, Proenza Schouler

Givenchy, Proenza Schouler and Marni were replete with pleats for S/S 14. Specifically knife-pleats, which appeared on everything including dresses, jackets, skirts and tops. With all of the movement of a flowing gown, the surprisingly feminine design has been reimagined by fashion’s biggest most creative minds to look exceedingly hip. We’ve found the best options to help you create the look your own.

Tsumori Chisato Pleated Striped Skirt ($222)

We’d wear this striking colour-blocked skirt with a simple, white tee.

Michael Michael Kors Pleated Stretch-Knit Dress ($160) in Green/Navy

Pair this dress with navy pumps for an office-appropriate take on the trend.

By Malene Birger Firoza Stretch-Crepe Wide-Leg Pants ($450) in Blue

For the pleat novice we propose these flawless, baby-blue pants.

Charlotte Olympia Kimono Satin Pumps ($825) in Navy

The pleated detail on these pumps adds a subtle twist to the classic staple.

Philosophy Draped Stretch-Cady Top ($585) in Orange

Create instant drama by pairing this top with navy, wide-leg pants.

BCBG Avi Pleated Gown ($498) in White

The delicate fabric and lace panels add an extra dose of femininity to this pleated frock.

ALC Daphne Pleated Hem Tank ($345)

Pleats are difficult to pull off on the upper half of the body, but the hem on this ALC tank is incredibly flattering.

Alexander Wang Vinyl Camisole Dress ($2950) in Black

Replace your little black dress with this leather masterpiece.

Coach Madison Hobo ($398) in Pintuck Leather

We can’t get enough of the buttery hue and slouchy silhouette of this hobo.

Sunspel x J W Anderson

Pleated Vest Layer Skirt ($440) in Black

Pair with a white crop top and pumps for a dinner date.

Stroke Of Genius

Modern art found its way onto every major runway this season. There was the brush stroke print at Celine, the scribbled fabric at Kenzo, and the multicolored paint-strip dresses at Chanel, to name just a few. Palettes of primary hues and geometric patterns are definite must-haves, so we’ve pulled together the top pieces you’ll need to play the Picasso of your spring wardrobe.

Cedric Charlier Scribble Print Skirt ($495)

We’d like to think we could make something this eye-catching ourselves, but we’ll leave it to the pros.

H&M Strapless Dress ($70)

The elegant tea-length of this strapless dress makes it perfect for summer weddings.

ICB Emulsion Print Silk CDC Top ($395) in Indigo Multi

We love the dreamy print almost as much as the delicate, side cut-out.

Linda Farrow Gallery Stylised Cat Eye Sunglasses ($279)

The classic black cat-eye gets an update with scribble detailing.

Mrs. Jermyn Neon Natural Paint Party Clutch ($69) in Cream/Pink

A classic canvas clutch with an unexpected pop of hot pink will work with everything from jeans to a cropped suit.

3.1 Phillip Lim Geode Wide Leg Pant ($575)

An effortless wide-leg silhouette and avant-garde print make these pants a home run.

Topshop Limited Edition Floral Placement Print Tee ($100) in Cream

This crop top is ideal for pairing with a high-waisted, black skirt for dinner.

Vic Matie Banked Heel ($588) in Black/Green

These really belong in a museum, so naturally they deserve a place in our closet.

Warehouse Yellow Texture Print Dress ($89) in Yellow

Wear this shift dress with a black blazer and tights in the colder weather, and chunky, brown sandals come summer.

Zara Blouse With Small Brush Strokes Print ($50) in Yellow

The oversized structure elevates this colourful t-shirt into high-fashion territory.

Liquid Metal

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Rochas, Lanvin, Altuzarra

For both day and night, liquid-like metallic fabrics give even the most understated pieces a moment in the spotlight.

Acne Studios Mape Metallic-Leather Jacket ($2256)

If it looks like it came from Michael Jackson’s Thriller closet, we’re totally in!

3.1 Phillip Lim Metallic Leather Shirt ($795)

With this crisp button-down hanging in your closet, you can rest assured knowing your work wardrobe is that much cooler.

Anya Hindmarch Crisp Packet Clutch ($1658)

You’ve seen Proenza Schouler’s lunchbox clutch, now there’s the “packet” clutch from Anya Hindmarch. The purposely-crinkled design lends an artistic touch to any look.

H&M Espadrilles ($25)

Make sure to put these shiny slip-ons on your music festival packing list.

T by Alexander Wang Foil Print Knit Sweater ($421)

The liquid-like sheen of this pullover makes for an intriguing textural element.

Jules Smith Rose Golden Americana Choker ($114)

For a subtle way to try the look, a minimal choker will do the trick.

River Island Metallic Mini Skirt ($47)

Pair this foil mini with a cropped sweater for your next night out.

Three Floor Behaviour Self Dress ($297)

Metallic skirt? Check! Cut-outs? Check! Sheer Lace? Check! Yes, this dress has all the makings of a head-turning piece.

J.Crew Collection Cropped Pant In Photo Lace ($298)

We love the way these fancy pants look with a relaxed tee.

Tory Burch Sadie Metallic Slingback Pumps ($325)

How do you wear metallics at the office? Grab these sleek slingback pumps and style them with ankle-grazing tailored trousers.

Seasoned Globetrotter

The year has just begun, and you’re probably already chock-full of travel destinations you want to cross off your list. While waiting for those vacation days to get approved, you can start channeling your inner globetrotter now. All you need is a little help from these chic pieces.

 

Albertus Swanepoel Aquitaine Wide-Brim Hat ($335)

?No adventure would be complete without a straw hat, and we can’t seem to take our eyes off of this one.

Etro Ruffle-Front Printed Silk Top ($570)

?The patchwork detailing on this lightweight, silk top is ideal for an around-the-globe look.

Givenchy Coated Canvas Tribal Girl Tote Bag ($1085)

?With a bag like this, you’ll showcase just the right amount of exotic mystery.

H&M Jacquard-Knit Cardigan ($40)

?Drape this over a cotton maxi dress, or even your t-shirt and jeans, for a well-travelled appeal.

Loeffler Randall Rooney Fisherman Sandals ($395)

?We can totally see you marching around a foreign country in these multi-coloured sandals.

River Island Black Woven Tribal Dangle Earrings ($30)

?These crafty earrings are excellent conversation starters.

Stella Jean Iris Tribal-Print Cotton Skirt ($545)

?Made by weavers living in Africa, this tribal skirt is simply too perfect not to own.

Thakoon Addition Tank Viscose Jumpsuit ($590)

?Throw your favourite cross-body bag and sunglasses over this gorgeous jumpsuit, and you’re set to jet (yes, we just made that up).

Topshop Tribal Border Wide Leg Trousers ($90)

?A clean, white crop top and straw hat will look superb alongside these tribal print pants.

Voz Collective Tribal U-Shape Wood Necklace ($45)

?A wooden jewellery piece is essential to the traveller vibe.

Garden Party

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Tommy Hilfiger, Getty Images, Prada

Florals are synonymous with spring, but this season designers are turning it up a notch with bigger, bolder blooms on everything from sportif silhouettes to statement-making footwear.

Dooney & Bourke Pansy Satchel ($218)

A flower-print handbag is the easiest (and chicest!) way to wear the trend all season long.

Elizabeth and James Floral Print Silk Shorts ($195)

Tiger lily-covered silk shorts are perfect for lounging around and a must-have for a tropical beach getaway.

Gap Printed Pointy Flats ($40)

Bold botanicals lend instant femininity to a pair of loafers.

Zara Printed Dress ($119)

Thanks to a sporty shape, this hibiscus-print dress is just at home with the season’s popular mandal trend as it is a pair of sleek pumps.

J.Crew Collection Floral-Print Cotton and Silk-Blend Jacket ($300)

Give your nine-to-five wardrobe the spring update it needs by switching out your black blazer for this structured ladylike jacket.

Marni Short Sleeve Shirt ($880)

Try this silk shirt with distressed jeans and nude flats for a Saturday shopping excursion.

Mother of Pearl Volta Floral-Print Skirt ($464)

This skirt covers the three Fs of spring: fun, feminine, and flirty.

Manolo Blahnik Flower Print Pointy Toe Pumps ($665)

These flower-print heels are made for walking, just be sure to show them off with a mix of neutrals.

Pixie Market Viola Floral Dress ($189)

Paired with a geometric print and moody colour palette, florals read more cool than sweet.

Topshop Pink Floral High Waist Bikini ($68)

Yes, it’s already time to start thinking about swimwear! A floral-print bikini is a sure way to stand out poolside.

Blurred Lines

It doesn’t matter how old we are (ahem, not that old), an optical illusion will always be cool, especially in a black and white palette. Thankfully, it’s a huge trend for spring, so shop your favourites now!

 

A.L.C. Cut Out Contrast Inset Sleeveless Top ($325)

?The only thing better than a daring neckline is a perceived daring neckline, eh?

Carven ZigZag Cotton-Blend Shorts ($381)

?These quirky shorts are perfect for the start of spring.

Equipment Collarless Brett Clean Shirt ($248)

?Tame this psychedelic top with skinny jeans and black pumps.

French Connection Kamilla Heels ($130)

?The two-tone, twisting leather straps on these heels deserve a second look.

H&M Loose-Fit Pants ($30)

?The black and white palette on these pants makes this otherwise overwhelming print cool and enticing.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Gamma Print Silk Shirt ($423)

?If you don’t have an Art Deco-inspired piece in your wardrobe, try this little silk number.

Opening Ceremony Wave Crepe Pencil Skirt ($365)

?This centered graphic will give the illusion of a slimmer silhouette. We’re on board.

Pierre-Louis Mascia Cube Print Scarf ($376)

?We admit the price tag on this cube print scarf is a little hefty, but you’ll wear it forever and it’s just awesome.

Reed Krakoff Standard Academy Bag ($1190)

?There’s really no going wrong with a Reed Krakoff bag, especially this one.

She Inside Sleeveless Polka Dot Dress ($21)

?Who said optical illusions can’t be sexy?

On The Fringe

Photo:

Valentino, Altuzarra, Miu Miu

The favoured trim of rock stars and bohemians made a comeback this season with a decidedly western flair.

3.1 Phillip Lim Fringe Trim Vest ($325)

?The rough-hewn textile reminds us of a refined take on a Baja blanket print.

Alexis Bittar Santa Fe Deco Fringed Shield Necklace ($75)

?Ease into the look with a fringed necklace that has cowboy appeal.

Express Suede Fringed Strap Heeled Runway Sandal ($98)

?Just imagine how alluring the swishing tassels will look as you walk.

Isabel Marant Glimy Linen-Blend Sweater ($635)

?Pair this textured sweater with a pair of sleek leather pants for an organic-meets-polished effect.

Junya Watanabe Fringed Cotton Shirt ($490)

?Consider yourself a minimalist? This tone-on-tone button-down offers a subtle take on the trend.

Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply Calfskin-Suede Fringed Shorts ($298)

?Ladies we can picture in these suede shorts include Sienna Miller, Erin Wasson, and Zoe Kravitz. In other words, consider yourself in good company.

Rebecca Minkoff Finn Clutch ($195)

?This white fringe purse has music fest written all over it.

Tamara Mellon Fringed Wrap-Effect Leather Skirt ($895)

?For those who like a heavy dose of drama, this bold leather skirt is for you.

Tibi Long Fringe Dress ($695)

?We didn’t think western wear and evening gowns went together, but that was before we were introduced to this knockout number.

Toga Pulla Western-Style Ankle Boot ($312)

?Be sure to wrangle a pair of these green booties featuring a fringed harness.

Blue Streak

Navy, cobalt, indigo, teal, sapphire—you name it, blue is the hue to wear this spring. From silk blouses and crocheted dresses to graphic tops and whimsical skirts, this trend is sure to find a place in your wardrobe. 

Coach Bleecker Daily Leather Shoulder Bag ($198)

We’ve got the blues (in a good way!) over this slender cross-body bag. 

Gucci Cat Eye Sunglasses ($345)

Just pretend you’re on a beach in the South of France…wearing these electric blue shades…with your best friends. 

J. Crew Pleated Cotton-Blend Poplin Skirt ($130)

This playful skirt makes us want to dance in circles! 

Kenzo Palm-Print Triangle Bikini ($220)

Update your swimwear collection with this striking graphic bikini.

Madewell C’est Bon Pullover ($88)

Meet the casual, cool sweater you won’t want to take off. 

Rag & Bone Adeline Top ($275)

This iridescent blue tank has us thinking one thing: Ice, ice baby. 

Ted Baker Epine Coat ($425)

Pick a modern coat in powder blue this spring. 

Burberry Prorsum English Trellis Lace T-Shirt ($795)

When the most ladylike fabric meets the softest shade of blue…

Tibi Fog Easy Vest ($525) in Navy/Black Multi and Fog Pants with Buckle ($398) in Navy

Incorporate a rich shade of blue into your office wardrobe with this sophisticated Tibi set. 

Tommy Hilfiger Stripe Printed Skinny Jeans ($129)

Jeans with a slimming print in spring’s breeziest colour? Yes, please! 

Good Sports

So many athletic references for Spring, one would think fashion was a competitive sport.   Raglan sleeves, mesh detailing and sneakers came together on the runways as a mash-up of tennis, track, baseball and more.   Spring training starts here!

BCBG Brooks Sweatpant ($158) in Heather Grey-Black

Tuxedo-inspired sweatpants are the perfect counterpoint to a sharply tailored blazer and stiletto-heel mules. 

Coach Leather Varsity Jacket ($1098) in Black/Vachetta

Flex your fitness muscles at work and style this leather bomber jacket with tailored pieces such as cropped trousers and an oxford buttoned up to the neck. 

Alexander Wang Ribbed Jersey Top ($425) and Ribbed Jersey Skirt ($395) 

Get dressed in record time with a matching top and bottom. Try pairing this ensemble with black and white accessories to create a graphic impact. 

DKNY Nylon Baseball Cap ($65) in Wave Blue 

Hallelujah for the baseball cap, a.k.a. the universal bad hair day solution.

Gap Neon Colorblock Sport Socks ($5) in Lilac Surge

Socks and heels are having a moment. Offset the inherent cuteness of a pair of strappy heels with a colourful sport sock. 

Kenzo Stacked Cord Necklace ($335)

Chokers, neck cuffs - call ‘em what you want, this is the must-have necklace for the season. 

Mango College Oversize Sweatshirt ($60) in Black

This sweatshirt doubles as an off-duty mini dress to be worn over skinny jeans. 

Marni Striped Grosgrain Belt ($160)

There’s no point in doing all those Pilates 100s if you can’t show off the effects.  So tuck a t-shirt into your most girly midi skirt and cinch this ribbon belt tightly, to better show off that waistline you’ve worked so hard for. 

Nike Flyknit Lunar2 ($150) in Atomic Orange/White

Not the type to dash across the street in heels? You’re in luck. This is officially the season of the sneaker

Puma Women’s Mesh Tee ($30) in Black

If you never really warmed up to the crop top trend, then a mesh t-shirt is a clever alternative to showing some skin.  

Tibi Italian Ponte Tank Dress ($385) in Heather Grey 

This flirty dress will be your off-duty uniform when the weather warms up. 

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Courtesy of Erdem, Band of Outsiders, and DKNY

Men’s shirting is back in the fashion spotlight this spring, courtesy of labels including Band of Outsiders, DKNY, Erdem, and more. This season however, it’s taking a softer turn with feminine features like lace inserts, shirtdresses, and more. For a head start on the trend, read on!

Ann Taylor Skinny Leather and Chain Belt ($40)

The high-gloss hardware of this belt offers the perfect contrast to a crisp white shirtdress.

New Look Macy Clutch ($25)

Pair this bag with a cropped, black suit for the ultimate business casual vibe. 

Acne Studios Late Poplin Shirt ($220)

Strike a blue note in this breezy, oversized button-down. 

 

Swear Charlotte Cut-Out Brogues ($255)

Channel Gwyneth Paltrow in The Talented Mr. Ripley in these retro-with-a-twist brogues. 

Summer Fresh Lace Insert Top French Connection ($98)

Tuck this feminine top into a printed midi skirt to make it office-appropriate.

Joseph Laurent Super 100 Wool Twill Blazer ($725)

Add polish to distressed denim with this sleek blazer.

 

Miu Miu Pleated Cady Mini Skirt ($760)

Pair this skirt with a short-sleeved cashmere sweater and brogues for instant Alexa Chung appeal.

Rebecca Taylor Cotton Poplin Dress ($295)

Play fast and loose with proportions by layering this dress under a chunky knit. 

Reed Krakoff Perforated Slip-On Oxfords ($695)

Mary Poppins called, she wants her shoes back. Well, too bad, we’re keeping ‘em!

Sacai Tuxedo Shirt Dress ($1,225)

You may not own a shirtdress yet, but you need one. It’s a girlish spin on the menswear trend. 

Pack Mule

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Courtesy of Imaxtree, Tibi, and Chloe

The shoe of S/S 14 is undoubtedly the mule. Seen on the runways of all four fashion capitals, it is the footwear style on everyone’s short list. Style options range from wedge to stiletto and everything in between, in an overwhelming variety of fabrics and colours to boot (sorry, we can’t resist a good shoe pun). Anyway, lucky for you, we’ve rounded up the best looks on the market.

Alberta Ferretti Open-Toe Mule ($447)

The dainty strap and button closure are perfect for date-night.

Alexandre Birman Python Slides ($650)

A sky-high heel in traffic cone orange? Where do we sign?

Gianvito Rossi Python and Leather Mules ($1050)

Don’t hide the python strap of these leather mules under pant legs; they were made to be worn with a pencil skirt.

L.A.M.B. Sharon Mule ($275)

This is, without a doubt, one of the most comfortable mules on the market.

Sophia Webster Skye Cloud-Appliqued Patent-Leather Mules ($590)

The playful pattern and pastel colour combination are perfect for spring.

Stella McCartney Double Strap Metallic Sandals ($788)

Only Stella McCartney could make a vegan shoe this covetable.

Leather Wide Heel Mule Zara ($100)

Pair with slim, cropped pants and a vintage tee for cocktail hour.

10 Crosby Derek Lam Mule ($375)

We love the print and hefty heel of this style.

Topshop Gabi Mule Point Toe Shoes ($110)

Sleek, sharp and perfect for wearing with wide-leg pants. 

Guess Vandan Pointed-Toe Slides ($97)

Spring’s answer to the ankle boot.

Strap Happy

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Marios Schwab/Getty, Chanel / Courtesy of Chanel, DKNY / Courtesy of DKNY

The schoolgirl staple, the backpack, has edged out the oversized clutch as the must-have bag for Spring. Clap your hands and say “Yeah!” because this carryall is hands free. 

Nasty Gal Take Me Away Mini Backpack ($58) in Black

Patch pockets and a flap-closure on this mini style are perfect for those who are, how do we put this gently, organizationally challenged. 

MGSM Floral Backpack ($176) in Purple

Garden of earthly delights, anyone?  A ditsy floral print will not only be appropriate for the music festival circuit but also will withstand the wear and tear all the dancing you’ll be doing. 

 

MCM Craig & Karl Beyond Snowdome Backpack ($970) in Black

Monogram logos have been on the up-and-up. Can you spot them in this giddy, graphic version? 

Rebecca Minkoff Julian Backpack ($395) in Hot Red 

A pop of red and a spray of studs gives this a playful, punk feel.  Styling suggestion:  Pair with a navy suit. 

Elizabeth and James Cynnie Python-Embossed Drawstring Backpack ($645) in Lemon Zest 

Not the dark and brooding type?  Go for abright yellow version and riff on the primary colour trend by wearing it with blue jeans and cherry-red pullover. 

DKNY x Opening Ceremony Sling Bag ($235) in Black

Looks like a drawstring bag, fits like a backpack.  Another fine meeting of the minds from Opening Ceremony and DKNY. 

Baggu Canvas Backpack ($34) in Sailor Stripe

Clean, nautical stripes against a cotton canvas backdrop are a clever way to add a touch of prep to your t-shirt and leather mini ensemble. 

Proenza Schouler PS Large Backpack ($2150) in White

This pristine, white style doubles as a top-handle bag.  While it is an investment piece, you will find you can wear it twice as much. 

Jerome Dreyfus Florent Leopard-Print Calf Hair Backpack ($1140)

You don’t need a student ID to rock a backpack.  Leopard prints give you an all-ages access pass to pulling off this style. 

Tory Burch Marion Backpack ($475) in Black

Gold-link chain straps on this matte black version cue a ‘90s supermodel moment. 

 

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