Now that we've entered March, it's finally starting to feel like spring is on the way. In a few weeks, it will be time to pack away our bulky winter coats and black tights in favor of warm weather clothes. That means it's also time to do a little shopping for spring 2015 trends.
Sure, you could fall back on the cliched spring trends like florals and white lace, but if you want to be on top of your fashion game this spring there are more exciting options out there. The '90s might be making a resurgence in beauty trends, but it looks like the grunge revival is starting to make way for a different decade to come back, fashion-wise. Certain trends have been taking over both the runway and the streets ever since the Spring 2015 shows and a lot of them, from suede to flared pants, have a very '70s style vibe.
I gathered up ten of the most prominent spring trends right now, along with statement pieces that embody each of them. There's sure to be at least one investment piece here for everyone, so splurge on that and wear it all the way through spring, summer, and into fall. And if you're on a budget, use this as inspiration as you hunt through last year's spring clothes or thrift stores (a lot of this spring's vintage-inspired trends lend themselves well to lucky thrift store finds). Happy spring shopping!
This is one of the biggest street style and runway trends of the past few months, but it’s also one of the trickiest to pull off. The trick is the fit: Find a pair of culottes that hug your waist, have enough swing in the legs, and stop at a flattering point between your ankles and knees. If you’re not sure about this trend but want to try it, find a voluminous pair that can almost pass as a midi skirt.
Mango Culottes, $70, shop.mango.com
A Springtime Jumpsuit
Sorry jumpsuit-haters, but this trend is definitely not going anywhere soon. Opt for a flowing jumpsuit in a spring-appropriate color or pattern; I suggest white, blush, or florals.
Free People Meadow Rue Jumpsuit, $100, shop.nordstrom.com
A Versatile Cape
Cape dresses are possibly the coolest formal event option you can go with right now, but we already covered the best cape dresses. Now it’s time to get yourself some caped outerwear. It’s much more inspired than the typical springtime trench coat, and you can leave your arms bare if it’s warm enough. If it’s not, then you can go all Amal Clooney with some elbow-length gloves (except I suggest these).
Brushed Doubleweave Belted Cape, $328, maxstudio.com
What’s better than a glorified blanket that you can carry around with you on chilly spring days? Sadly we can’t all have a personalized Burberry poncho a la Sarah Jessica Parker, but this Free People poncho is nice, too.
Free People Kennedy Pullover Poncho, $50, freepeople.com
Forget florals — gingham is the quintessential spring pattern for 2015. It has a sweet and old-fashioned vibe, while still feeling sassy and young. If you’re not into dresses, try a gingham button-down paired with white skinny jeans. It’s the perfect piece of clothing for spring weekends.
Splendid Gingham Dress, $148, bloomingdales.com
There’s no need to clutch your beloved skinny jeans and cry: They’re not going anywhere. But you should consider giving flares a chance (or a second or third chance, depending on how many times you’ve experienced this trend). Opt for a slightly high-waisted pair and wear them with platforms to make your legs look a million miles long.
Madewell Flea Market Flares in Carl Wash, $135, madewell.com
Clogs and Mules
There’s a subtle difference between clogs and mules, but both are enjoying a comeback in popularity lately. They go great with either skinny jeans or flared denim, a jumpsuit or a pretty spring dress. Plus they’re easy to slip on and off. You can’t go wrong with the new classic Swedish Hasbeens, but we also like the vintage feel of these Zara clogs, while these ALDO mules feel surprisingly sophisticated.
Crop Top Two-Piece
This combines two popular trends: the crop top and the coordinated two-piece. Taylor Swift has this combo mastered. Follow her lead by pairing a crop top with a high-waisted bottom that covers your belly button, of course. Bright colors or fun prints are a bonus.
Michelle Keegan Loves Lipsy Strip Crop Top ($52) and Pencil Skirt ($59), asos.com
Suede is the perfect springtime purchase. Buy this heavy fabric now to get you through the chilly spring days, and then break it out again as soon as fall comes. Suede accessories, of course, can be worn year-round; just make sure to keep them in the closet on rainy and snowy days. This Zara fringed suede jacket is the perfect combination of two spring trends. Speaking of, let’s talk about fringe next.
Fringe is one trend that really makes a loud statement. If you’re feeling a little shy, dip your toes in the trend by incorporating fringe into your accessories first.