It’s here! Spring! Although it doesn’t feel much like spring in Norcal, the official start of spring season gives us permission to really dive into spring fashion. That doesn’t mean we have to be wearing sleeveless tops and sandals quite yet. But it’s a great time to begin noticing what the trends are, thinking about how to incorporate some of them into our spring wardrobe (because it’s fun), discovering what is already in our closets that are in tune with the spring trends, and figuring out how to interpret some of the trends that may be, well, a bit over the top or out of our comfort zones.
What are seasonal trends, anyway, and, specifically, where to the spring trends come from? Who is the trend guru who dictates what designers will be showing during Fashion Week shows, which then influences what’s available for us regular people in retail stores?
From a bit of research I’ve done, fashion trend forecasting combines a multitude of influences, including the art world, fashion designers, nature, technology, current events, politics, and probably more. A leading trend forecasting firm is WGSN, formerly, World Global Style Network, and trend forecasting is their whole business.
If you’re interested in a little more information and detail about how trend forecasters work to influence fashion, take a look at this CNBC.com article.
Trend forecasters do the behind the scenes work that influences what the designers create and what retail buyers offer to consumers.
But just because a look or color is the “it” trend of spring, that doesn’t mean we have to wear it or that we can’t wear looks and colors we love, or that we have to revamp our closets each season. I see it as an opportunity to perk up my wardrobe, add something new to my looks. It’s also fun to come up with a way to interpret a trend so that it works for you – maybe use a trendy color in an accessory or modify a trendy fashion style.
In this post I’ve included just a few of the trends for spring 2019 that we will be seeing in stores and on fashion forward people. These trends are those that I would actually wear – believe me, there are some that are better left to the fashion runways or those under 30.
So here we go!
Each season the team at the Pantone Color Institute creates the Pantone Fashion Color Trend Report; a color overview highlighting the top colors fashion designers showing at NY Fashion Week will be featuring in their collections for the upcoming season. With color on the catwalk a key indicator of the color stories we can expect to see showing up across all areas of design, the Pantone Fashion Color Trend Report is your easily accessible guide to the season’s most important color trends.
The mindset for Spring/Summer 2019 reflects our desire to face the future with empowering colors that provide confidence and spirit; colors that are uplifting; joyful hues that lend themselves to playful expressionism and take us down a path of creative and unexpected combinations. This season’s report features the top 12 stand out colors, as well as current takes on the four classic neutrals.
Bringing together high fashion and street style, the mindset for Spring/Summer 2019 transcends seasonality for both men’s and women’s fashion. Vibrant without being overpowering, highlighted shades illustrate our desire for authenticity and our continued need for creativity and relatable, accessible design.
About the Spring/Summer 2019 NYFW Color Palette:
Lively hues supported by an array of reliable classics defines the spring/summer 2019 color story for men’s and women’s fashion.
About the Spring/Summer 2019 Neutrals
There will always be a need for structure in everyday fashion. This season’s classics work well on their own, but also serve as a foundation for distinctive color contrasts.
Curated Spring Fashion Trends
The trends I’ve included here are just a few of what’s being featured by designers and retailers.
Mustard to Orange
This is a color range that I’ve been noticing and seeing in stores, and both mustard and orange are in the Pantone spring color collection (although they have different names). There a wide range of shades but all are saturated and vibrant.
If this is a color you’d like to try but aren’t sure it’s really right for you or you don’t want to have the color be the statement your outfit makes, a way to have fun with it is to incorporate it into an accessory. This is what I’ve done with the mustard shade – I’m intrigued by it but I’m not sure it’s a great color for me. Instead of shouting “MUSTARD!” with a sweater or top, I’ve added a lightweight scarf that has mustard as one of its components.
Some accessories that can easily introduce a color into your look are your purse, shoes, or jewelry. Another way is to not wear the color close to your face. I have a vibrant tangerine color maxi skirt that I love; I don’t think I’d love wearing that shade on my top half, but it’s perfect below the waist.
Seems like talking about wearing pastels in spring is kind of a no-brainer. I’ve become a fan of pastels only in the past few years; my current obsession (as you may have noticed) is pink. What’s a bit different about pastels this season is that I’ve been seeing them as suits or matching jackets and bottoms in the same pastel shade. I’m intrigued enough to give it a try. It’s fun to check out how trends are styled by people out on the street, especially celebrities who actually have stylists. Here are some pastel looks from a Google search on pastel street style. It’s a great way to find style inspiration or ideas on how to wear a specific item or style a look.
Yep – I’m serious. It looks like designers have really been aggressive about the tie dye trend this spring. Before you blow it off, let me say that this isn’t Grateful Dead tie dye. Much of what I’ve seen are muted colors and tie-dye-inspired prints. I’ll be honest, this is one trend I may not be able to embrace, unless it’s extremely subtle. Or maybe next year if it’s still around – it often takes me a full season to get used to a new look and be ready to add it to my wardrobe. On the other hand, it might just be something that intrigues those younger people who didn’t live through the first tie dye trend. I’m looking forward to seeing how it plays out this spring.
In my spring trends research, I didn’t come across a ton of sites that featured color blocking for this spring, but it did get a mention or two. This was a trend last spring, and I think it’s a holdover. Color blocking can be a fun way to play with color. It runs the gamut from using contrasting colors on the top and bottom to single pieces that incorporate geometric patters in different colors. Check out some of these color block looks. This is a bit reminiscent of the early 90s!
Yay!!! Bermuda shorts are in – finally! I stopped wearing shorts a few years ago, mostly because I had an unsightly varicose vein in my upper thigh. I couldn’t bring myself to wear “old lady” bermuda shorts but couldn’t deal with wearing shorter shorts that showed the varicose vein. Last year I found a pair of long shorts (Banana Republic) in a fun, bright shade of pink that worked for me. Since then, I’ve a my varicose vein taken care of, but I don’t think I’ll go back to short shorts. The trick to wearing long shorts that don’t look frumpy is to keep the silhouette narrow, in other words, the bottom of the shorts should fit close to the leg rather than be loose or flare out.
This spring trend is playful. Although I haven’t look for it in stores yet, I have a feeling there will be some realistic ways to integrate the fringe trend into a normal person’s wardrobe. The fringe styles shown on the runways are a bit unrealistic to wear in most people’s regular life! Again, with this trend, a way to try it without over-committing is to use accessories. I’ve picked out some fun earring styles below that definitely say fringe without being overbearing. For me, I think I could embrace a little fringe in my looks this spring if I find a fun top or topper with a bit of sleeve fringe. The long cardigan here is a tasteful and fun way to rock a little fringe!
It will be fun to see how the forecasted spring trends show up on real people this spring and summer. Keep your eyes open for them when you shop and don’t be afraid to try something new. After all, it’s only fashion. I think of it as grown women’s toys! Check out a few pieces below that can have you sporting some of this spring’s style trends.