Greetings, friends! The much-anticipated 2023 spring fashion trends post is here! Everyone wants to know what styles will be trending this season, and which ones are on their way out, so let’s discuss.
But first, the standard Trend Post Disclaimers: First and foremost, you should wear what you love and what makes you feel happy and confident, whether it’s trending or not.
And of course, not all trends are right for everyone. If it doesn’t work for you, just skip it. That said, don’t automatically dismiss everything at first glance. That’s a surefire way to end up in a style rut. Be openminded and willing to try new things, or consider how you can adapt some of these trends to work with your wardrobe and personal style.
Also, remember that trends exist on a spectrum. You may not be seeing all of these where you live quite yet, and just because something you love isn’t trending doesn’t mean you can’t wear it. This is just information to do with as you please.
Trends come and go, and some stick around longer than others. If you aren’t sure about something, test it with something less expensive before you commit to a higher priced item. But if any of these trends do align with your style, you might want to lean into those a bit more over the next few months while they are plentiful.
My Favorite 2023 Spring Fashion Trends
These are what I see as the most wearable 2023 spring fashion trends for the everyday woman this season. I hope you find something that gets you excited about spring fashion!
#1. Viva Magenta
photo credit: Nordstrom
Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve heard that Viva Magenta is the 2023 Pantone Color of the Year, and I’m seeing it everywhere! This gorgeous blend of red and purple is highly saturated and comes in a range of shades and tints to complement almost any skin tone.
In addition to lots of pink, I’m seeing tons of vivid blues and greens hitting the stores right now, so there’s something for just about everybody. Even if you love neutrals, as I do, keep wearing them! But maybe consider how you can add some color to your closet to keep it fresh.
#2. Wide Leg Jeans
photo credit: Old Navy
We’re still seeing lots of bootcuts and flares this season, and cropped jeans are still trending, but the biggest trend in denim this season is the wide leg jean. Shockingly, I don’t hate them! I’ve tried on quite a few at all different price points, and I actually like some of the most budget-friendly options best.
I need to play with them some more, but so far, I like them best styled with sneakers for casual wear. Light washes are the most popular, but I’ve seen some mid-wash and dark wash options as well.
If this isn’t your thing, no worries. You do not have to wear wide leg jeans to look current. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post, when we will talk about all the big denim trends for spring 2023!
photo credit: Tory Burch
I included these in last year’s spring fashion trends post because I heard rumblings that ballet flats were coming back, but I didn’t see them hitting the mainstream. This year, however, is a different story. I’m definitely seeing more ballet flats in the stores where most of us shop, so I think they’re taking off.
More fashion-forward styes feature added straps, buckles, and adornments, but the classic styles are here as well. I’ve always loved ballet flats, and I’ve already added a couple pairs to my closet.
If you don’t like ballet flats, you will be happy to hear there are plenty of other fun shoe trends this season. We’ll be discussing more 2023 shoe trends on Wednesday!
#4. Button-Up Shirts
photo credit: Nordstrom
This is an example of a classic wardrobe item having a major moment this season. If button-up shirts are your thing, this is the time to lean into them a little harder, and also stock up!
Wear them alone with denim or colored pants, or layered under a striped sweater or blazer. Even though they aren’t a favorite style of mine, I’m remaining open-minded because they have a modern yet understated appeal that should work well for my personal style.
#5. Structured Bags/Straw Totes
photo credit: Bloomingdale’s
I’m lumping these together because they’re the main handbag trends I’m seeing this season, and I like both of them! Structure is making a comeback this spring, and woven bags and straw totes are still going strong.
I love a straw bag for summer, and I’m also digging the NAGHEDI St. Barths Woven Totes. They’re actually made of a high quality neoprene, which is durable and waterproof, but it looks so chic and elegant. I want a black one, but I can’t decide between the medium and the large sizes, so ordered both! (I plan to return one.) Amazon has some good dupes for these, if you want a lower priced option. I actually love that Apricot color.
#6. Trench Coats
photo credit: Mango
Trench coats are another classic spring wardrobe item that is showing up big time this season, which follows since the long wool coats are trending for fall/winter. Classic beige and khaki is certainly relevant, but also consider trying a bright color, like the Orange Poppy I styled last week.
When I’ve talked about trench coats in the past, some of you have said you don’t wear them, that they don’t work for your lifestyle. I get that; they seem a little dressed-up to me too, although I’m going to try to wear mine more for casual wear this year. If you’re totally anti-trench, try a modern anorak or a short rain jacket instead. I rounded up some of each below.
#7. Chunky Layered Jewelry & Silver Tones
photo credit: Nordstrom
Like most other spring trends, we’re seeing a return to the ’80s and ’90s with jewelry as well. Think bold cuffs, geometric shapes, statement earrings, and big silver hoops. Yes, they’re saying silver is coming back into vogue, after taking backseat to gold and mixed metal looks for a time.
I’ve always worn a lot of silver jewelry because it looks better on me, but much of my fashion jewelry has been gold because it’s easier to find. I’m looking forward to having more silver options at a variety of price points!
#8. Bold & Bright Footwear
photo credit: Zappos
Bold and bright colored footwear is where it’s at for spring 2023, although I noticed mostly neutral colors at my local Nordstrom when I went shopping on Saturday to try to find some fun colors to shoot here in Miami. Hopefully we’ll see more as we get closer to spring and summer.
I’m seeing more of that gorgeous kelly green than anything, but pink and orange and purple are big too… and then there are some really pretty colors that are less saturated that still look fresh and new for the 2023 spring fashion season!
#9. Geometric & Angular Eyewear
photo credit: Nordstrom
Geometric shapes and more angular silhouettes are taking over the eyewear category, and I’m also starting to see the wider, shorter styles that were so popular in the early aughts.
I’m not sure how I feel about this; I have large eyes and strong features in general, so I prefer the oversized square and cat eye styles that have been popular for so long. Rounder frames are also trending, and I did find a pair of those that I like a lot, and I brought this pair with me to Miami to try out.
#10. Ecru Jeans & Pants
photo credit: Evereve
White jeans are always appropriate for spring and summer, but ecru is edging them out as one of the big 2023 spring fashion trends. This is another one of those trends that has been on the fringe for a couple of seasons, and this year I’m noticing ecru jeans and pants taking center stage in many of the mainstream mall stores.
This is a nice alternative to white and blue denim that is easy to style and available in all silhouettes, making it an easy way to give your spring wardrobe a modern update!
photo credit: J.Crew
I know, I know… Stripes? For Spring? GROUNDBREAKING! But seriously, step back, florals. Stripes are having a moment this spring like never before, and I’m here for it. If you don’t like a horizontal stripe, there are lots of options for vertical stripes, mixed stripe patterns. And while the traditional nautical navy and white stripe is definitely out there, we’re seeing lots of other colors as well… especially pink!
#12. Cargo Pants
photo credit: Evereve
Cargo pants tend to go in and out of style every few years, and this year they’re back in full force – reimagined for 2023 in relaxed and baggy styles featuring oversized pockets. They’re being paired with shrunken tops and feminine heels to play with proportions and mix masculine and feminine styles.
I don’t see many of us going that far with them, but of course you can wear more toned-down versions of this trend as it suits your style. To keep them looking current, pair your cargo pants with a white tank, crisp white button up shirt, or try a bright color such as pink or coral.
Okay, friends! Now for the most controversial section of all… What’s OUT for 2023!
First of all, the concept of “in” and “out” is pretty antiquated at this point. It used to take years for the runway styles to make their way to the mainstream fashion retailers, but the internet has allowed us to see what is happening all over the world, so the trend cycle is moving faster than ever before.
Again, remember that trends exist on a spectrum. They will gradually increase in popularity until they peak and then slowly decrease in popularity as they phase out, and where you live has a lot to do with when these trends rise and fall. It’s totally okay to wear a variety of styles and phase them in and out of your closet over time, as your budget allows and your eyes adjust to new silhouettes.
It still takes a while for the runway styles to trickle down to the high street stores, so depending on where you live and what your lifestyle is, you will probably see a mix of things. I don’t gauge what is in style as much by what people in my hometown are wearing, but rather by what I’m seeing in the mainstream mall stores and what my favorite fashion influencers are wearing.
Finally, fashion should be fun! If you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed, take a step back and exhale. There is no right and wrong here; wear what YOU like and what makes YOU feel happy and confident.
Spring Fashion Trends: What’s Out For 2023
#1. shackets // You may still see some of these around, but they seem to be on the decline this season… hallelujah! If you have some and love them, by all means, keep wearing them! I don’t think they look dated yet; I just wouldn’t invest in more if you’re one of those people who likes to be on the upswing of the trend cycle.
#2. tunics // I feel like tunic tops have been out for a while, but they’ve become somewhat of a classic, and I occasionally come across one in my travels. I would stick to the slimmer, simpler, more classic styles if you like to wear them.
#3. skinny jeans // While they’re still plentiful in many stores, skinny jeans — at least the painted-on legging skinny jeans — are on their way out. You can definitely find slim cut jeans that look current, though. If you’re a big skinny jean fan, I suggest playing around with cigarette leg styles and slim straight cuts. (And I KNOW some have said they are already on their way back, but if they are, it’s down the road, and they won’t look like the ones we wore for the past 25 years… Okay, so it wasn’t 25 years; it just feels like it, lol!)
#4. tie dye // Tie dye comes in and out of style every few years, and it’s definitely on the back burner this season. It was pretty much “out” last season as well, but I had a nice black and white one that I loved and wore quite a bit anyway. I finally donated it at the end of the summer.
#5. camo // Same with camo; it comes and goes, and you may still see it occasionally, but it do not look fashion-forward at the moment.
#6. animal prints // Animal prints remind me of the old Seinfeld line: “There is good naked, and there is bad naked…” Ha! Certain animal prints are classic and elegant and transcend the trend cycle, but they were EVERYWHERE for several years, and now I’m not seeing much of them at all, even in classic items like shoes and belts.
I still have that one ATM cheetah print tee that I feel looks timeless, due to the quality and the classic style of the tee and the print itself, and I still wear it, but I’ve pretty much donated or stored the rest of my animal prints.
This is definitely a “you do you” situation, in my opinion. Yes, they’re classic, but even classics can look tired at times, so I would be selective with this one.
#7. distressed jeans // Some of you will be very happy to hear that destructed denim is on its way out out. What’s in are vintage washes that look lived in, so you will definitely see distressed fabrications, light whiskering, and some carefully-placed slashes here and there. But it won’t be like the destroyed styles we’ve seen so much of in recent years.
And that’s a wrap!
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the spring 2023 fashion trends. Just remember, none of this is a personal affront to your wardrobe choices. This is just what “they say” is going to be happening in the world of fashion this year.
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