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Spring Fashion Trends: What’s In and What’s Out for 2024

Greetings, friends! The much-anticipated 2024 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.

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First of all, 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.

Of course, not all trends are right for everyone. If it doesn’t work for you, just skip it. You should wear what you love and what makes you feel happy and confident, whether it’s trending or not.

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.

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 in retail stores.

10 Wearable 2024 Spring Fashion Trends

These are what I see as the most wearable 2024 spring fashion trends for the everyday woman this season. I hope you find something that gets you excited about spring fashion!

#1. Relaxed Trousers

photo credit: LOFT

As much as I love my denim, and there’s plenty of that out there right now, trousers are also having a moment this spring. Specifically, relaxed fits and tailored styles. This is a great way to level up your casual everyday looks, or update your work wear.

I’m seeing relaxed trousers with everything from Converse All Stars and Adidas Sambas to kitten heels and loafers. Neutral colors are most popular, as these are typically associated with a more minimalistic aesthetic, but they also exist in plenty of colors as well.

Shop spring trousers below:


#2. Metallics

photo credit: Nordstrom

Metallics, especially silver, is popping up everywhere! The easiest way to incorporate metallics into your spring looks is with shoes and handbags, but metallic clothing is trending as well.

The way to keep your metallics looking less like a holiday party and more like an everyday spring look is to look for shiny and matte metallics, not sparkles and sequins.

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#3. White Dresses

photo credit: Banana Republic

This is a very specific wardrobe item, but it popped up a few times in my internet research, and then I noticed a lot of white dresses at my favorite retailers when comparing what I read in the trend reports to what is actually being sold in mainstream stores.

White dresses pair well with the metallic shoes and accessories that are also trending, and you can go for casual or dressy styles, depending on your needs. If you don’t look good in white, look for something in ecru or ivory.

I wear more dresses in spring and summer than I do in fall and winter, so I’m looking for a white one to add to my spring wardrobe. I still have the white Tommy Bahama sheath that I wore in Italy last summer, so I might add a longer style this season, for variety’s sake.

Shop white dresses below:


#4. Wide Leg Jeans + Exaggerated Hems

photo credit: Anthropologie

It’s taken a while to catch on, but the biggest denim trend this spring is by far and away the wide leg jean. I’ve even warmed up to the idea, although I still tend to reach for my flares and straight leg styles most days.

Along with the wide leg styles, exaggerated hems are trending. This includes wide cuffs, released hems, dramatic trouser hems, split hems, etc. Simple finished hems are also making a comeback, but raw hems are here too.

If wide leg jeans aren’t your thing, no worries. You don’t 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 2024!


#5. Stripes

photo credit: Evereve

I know, I know… Stripes? For Spring? GROUNDBREAKING! Name that movie!

But stripes are still going strong this spring, and I can’t write this post without including them.

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!

Shop spring stripes below:


#6. Oversize Bags

photo credit: Anthropologie

From massive totes to larger-than-life messenger bags, the oversize handbag is trending for spring 2024. Bucket bags are still going strong, but the slouchy styles seem to be taking over this season, when it seems like structure and ladylike styles were big over the past few seasons.

I like a big bag because of its practicality, but on an everyday basis, I still tend to grab a smaller crossbody because I don’t really need to carry all that much. If oversized bags aren’t your thing, we will be talking about more 2024 handbag trends in a few days!

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#7. Sporty Styles

photo credit: Evereve

Think track pants, varsity stripes, rugby shirts, chunky sneakers, etc. This is a very 90s trend, and one that I like a lot because it suits my casual lifestyle.

The key to keeping this trend looking more like streetwear for adults, and not like you’re a teenage girl headed to field hockey practice, is to incorporate a sporty item with a more traditional wardrobe piece.

Case in point: the sporty graphic tee and cool girl sneakers combined with the preppy olive utility pants and edgy leather moto jacket in the outfit above.

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#8. Kitten Heels + Slingbacks

photo credit: Free People

We will talk about more spring shoe trends in a few days, but I like to include at least one in this general list, and I feel like kitten heels and slingbacks are one of the defining shoe styles of the 2024 spring fashion season.

These sometimes go together, but not always. And yes, I realize they are not one of the most practical trends, but they are quite wearable, thanks to the low heel and the way the slingback helps keep the shoe on your foot if you have narrow heels, as I do.

I’m seeing kitten heels and slingbacks worn with everything from wide leg jeans for a playful, cheeky vibe, to dresses and skirts for a more traditional look.

Shop kitten heels and slingbacks below:


#9. Darker Denim Washes & Ecru

photo credit: J.Crew

We will talk about more denim trends tomorrow, but I thought I’d throw one more in here since denim is a foundational part of most of our wardrobes. Light washes are still out there, but we’re starting to see the tides turn towards the darker washes.

And while we are talking about denim washes, ecru is still going strong, and I feel like we’ll be seeing even more of it this season than we did last season when it was just starting to hit the mainstream.

Shop dark washes & ecru:


#10. Pistachio

photo credit: Anthropologie

There are actually quite a few color trends this spring, but the one that I’ll focus on for this post is pistachio. I feel like I’m seeing this one at almost every mainstream retailer right now, and it’s such a calming color for spring, I feel like it’s going to stick around. It also goes well with a lot of the other 2024 color trends – such as lavender, yellow, caramel, and “millennial pink”.

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Spring Fashion Trends: What’s Out For 2024

And now, for the most controversial section of all… ha! I actually considered omitting this section this year because the concept of “in” and “out” is pretty antiquated at this point. The trend cycle is moving faster than ever before, and these days, personal style trumps trends, so take all of these with a grain of salt.

And remember, rashion 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.

All that said, these are some styles that were popular for a while and are looking tired to me at the moment. It might be time to put them on the back burner, so to speak.

#1. cold shoulder tops // Even though these were trending quite a few years ago, I still notice these every once in a while, so I thought I’d list it here.

It’s not that you can’t still buy cold shoulder tops or that you won’t still see some women wearing them, they look quite dated to my eye. In fact, this entire look is dated, from cold shoulder top to the low-rise ripped skinny jeans to the medallion leopard flats.

#2. waterfall cardigans // Again, these have been “out” for a while, but I get questions about them from time to time, so I wanted to add it. I loved this thermal cardigan soooo much back in the day. I had it in black as well, but I passed it on a few seasons ago.

A more updated style would be the v-neck button-up cardigan. Oooh! Jenni Kayne is 20% off today!

#3. skinny jeans // While they’re still plentiful in many stores, skinny jeans — at least the painted-on legging skinny jeans — are definitely “out” and have been for a while. 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 skinny jeans are already on their way back in, but it will be a while before they’re mainstream again, 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 does not look fashion-forward at the moment.

Fall Outfit Inspo: Mustard Cardigan with Leopard Scarf

#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.

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. If you wear them, go for more abstract prints, and animal prints other than leopard.

#7. distressed jeans // Some of you will be very happy to hear that destructed denim seems to be on its way out out. What’s in are vintage washes that look lived in, so you will definitely see distressed fabrications and light whiskering, but not the destroyed styles we were seeing so much there for a while.

#8. bell sleeves // More fluid, open sleeves are on trend, as well as blouson sleeves, but the exaggerated bell sleeve is looking dated to me.

#9. long pendants // I’ll use that picture again, because it’s the one that made me think of this one. I know they can be very flattering, but the long, single pendant isn’t really doing it for me these days. I’m sure they’ll come back around, but for now, I’m going with shorter necklaces. I still like the layered look as well as some of the newer chunky chain necklaces.

I’m sure there are so many more styles we could discuss, but these are some that popped into my mind.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the spring 2024 fashion trends. Just remember, none of this is a personal affront to your wardrobe choices. Wear what you love, and have fun with fashion!

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35 Responses

  1. I don’t have any of the “out” items anymore. I wear “straight” jeans as the skinny look way to dated now with all the wide leg out there. I tried two different style wide leg and I just can’t do them. I’m too short and they make me look 20lbs. heavier. So, I”m going to start looking for more crop straight for Spring. I love them with sandals and mules and loafers. On the “new” trends, I only have the silver metallic loafers and striped white and black shirt. I was surprised to see white dresses, but I like them. I still like to carry a crossbody, as they are so convenient, but I do like a larger bag. I’m also going to keep looking for the sporty sneaker. I want one with all cool tones. Thanks Jo-Lynne for keeping us in the know.

  2. I like the new trends and wearing them like wide leg jeans and pants. I’m not into big bags or exaggerated hems like big cuffs. My legs are too short for that style. It’s hard for me to find a dress I like much less a white one. All the out trends I haven’t worn in a couple of years. I never did like dog chewed jeans. That’s what I called them. I still see many women wearing everything that’s out in my town. But I have noticed more wide leg jeans lately. I always enjoy this type of post. You’re so gracious too about the comments on the Saturday outfit. I’m glad most were not too mean.

  3. I agree with the lists! I’m very into #3 and #4 especially.

    I have always detested tie-dye! It looks so cheap and frumpy.

  4. I just ordered a pair of trouser pants from Abercrombie to try! However I’m wondering at what age they might not look as appropriate with sneakers ? I like that look but maybe you could style some in a future post! I love the what’s in list and have some of those already… I especially like number 7 and bought something very similar already. I’m
    glad to see those items in what’s out go!!!

  5. Great post and so much to like! Some of the “trends” are wardrobe staples and fit my style well. But NOPE…not doing the exaggerated hems. That look will not flatter my shape and I like my long legs to look long!

  6. I love shoes. On my wish list for this spring were white/cream loafer, metallic flat, and a metallic sandal. Somehow I had no metallic shoes in my wardrobe? Maybe not weird, I can’t even recall giving any away in the last decade…
    I stalked my favorite brands and ended up with silver flats (ballet-esque) and gold strappy sandals. I’m interested in which metal I reach for most. After 3 years of tracking my clothing purchases and wears there will not be much decluttering this year, yipee!

    1. You should also get a hold flat. You’ll be surprised how often you wear them. I love my Jack London gold pool/beach shoes. I also have a good flat slingback for dressier occasions as well as gold wedges and that can be dressed up or down. I even got a quilted gold pair of sneakers! You won’t regret having this great neutral!

    2. Oops meant Jack Rogers not Jack London! And just to add about the cream loafer…not sure if you can wear a mule but I love my cream loafer) mules with buckle detail (like Gucci).

      1. You reminded me I did have a pair of gold Jack Rogers thong sandals! I have a bit of a wider foot and the flat footbed was not the most comfortable for me so they were donated, but I did grab them a lot for short outings. Mules are tough for me, I don’t find myself reaching for them, but I like the look. I have not embraced fashion sneakers much, but maybe if P448 made a gold high top… 🙂

  7. I just love when trends coincide with my personal style! Never got into skinny jeans or cold shoulder. Dipped my toe into camo but it’s not really “me”. Same with tie dye. Have always preferred a smocked or similar sleeve. Never go into bell sleeve. Same with distressed…no thanks. Always preferred wide leg or straight leg pants. Metallic accessories we’re never out for me.
    Think I’ll embrace slingbacks as I’m in need of a nude and black pair of dress shoes. Was only considering pumps but I feel like the slingbacks are a better year round option. Also the cricket sweaters (preppy aesthetic) that’s so on trend now, never went out of style in my wardrobe.
    Great post! Got some good ideas. Thanks!

    1. Metallics have been and always will be on trend for me. I use gold or bronze footwear to bookend my hair color. Silver and rose gold are also great. My slingbacks got lots of wear last spring and summer and 100% for dark wash and ecru denim. I’m not parting with animal print, although I’m not adding any to my wardrobe. I like the drama of bell sleeves, although they don’t play well with toppers outside of a vest or gilet. I’m keeping my long pendants because my 60s and70s retro style loving self still wears them.

  8. I’ve noticed a lot of white dresses on girls at graduation / commencement the last few years. I wonder if that’s why you are seeing so many in the stores when they aren’t being noted as a trend?

    1. I have seen them noted as a trend. And then, I saw them in stores as well. 🙂 But yes, it is tradition for girls to wear a white dress at high school graduation… at least, it was when I graduated back in the dark ages, lol!

      1. Whoops – misread your original comment as that you had seen it in stores, not that you’d seen it mentioned as a trend! I think the graduation thing is regional – I didn’t see it growing up, but started seeing it in the last few years, and at my son’s college last year, maybe 2/3 of the girls were in white.

        It does seem like white dresses would be good with the trendy metallic shoes, I will agree!

  9. Thank you for putting together this list for us! Am I the only one that thinks the industry tweeks women’s fashion a lot more than men’s because they know we are more apt to take the hook year after year. As you mentioned several times, I want to stay true to myself.

    1. Ginger you’re not the only one that thinks the trends for women change more than men. Women like to shop more and the fashion industry knows it. I volunteer at a church ministry store where we give away the clothes. The majority of all donations are women’s clothing and shoes. We’re always in need of children’s clothing and men’s jeans. We never can get rid of women’s clothing. It just keeps coming.

  10. A whole week of spring blogs! Sweet. I look forward to reading and thinking about spring. I agree with your idea to know what’s in and decide what works for you. I am trying stripes and wide leg jeans and I don’t feel like me in them and trying to decide if its an adjustment time or just not me ever. I will be skipping some of the new trends, which is good for my body type and pocket book!! I just love all the information you bring to the table Jo Lynne!! thanks

  11. Spring fashion trends all week? Sweet! I am excited about that. I like all the spring fashions you mentioned and I’ll probably try my version of all of them, especially the exaggerated cuff jeans, I’ve always loved that look and finally, my jeans will be trendy, LOL

  12. Great roundup Jo-Lynne! I agree with you that it does seem like the trends cycle much faster these days. I wore flares from junior high through college into my early twenties then skinnies from then til a couple years ago. Then in the past two years we’ve cycled from skinny to straight to flare to wide leg! I suspect the fashion industry did that to try to get people to buy more pants (especially since it came on the heels of covid when people bought less real clothes). I suspect it’ll slow back down. Buying enough pants to replenish a wardrobe every year is unsustainable, and I expect most will do like you mentioned and just add a piece or two. I think when they see people aren’t taking that bait, it’ll even out a bit (probably shorter cycles than the decades long ones in the past, but hopefully longer than two a year!). That’s my hope anyway! Looking forward to your denim post tomorrow, thank you for all the work you put into researching this so we don’t have to. Much appreciated!

  13. Trends are such a personal thing. Alot of the ones you mentioned I never liked and others I don’t care. I’m going to wear it anyway
    On a more nosey subject…I was wondering how your daughter is doing in her gluten free life? I’m gluten free and always wonder how they do it.

  14. I do love some of those oversized handbags, but my problem is if you give me a bigger bag I’m going to fill it up. Then I end up carrying around what feels like a suitcase and I can’t find my car keys or whatever and it’s a mess. I love my crossbody bags for that reason. But you linked some cute ones. I love love love slingback kitten heels and flats so I will be shopping for several pairs. I agree with your list of what’s out, but here’s a weird thing: I’m currently shopping for a dress for my retirement party and I found a cute black dress, knee length (sort of like a sheath style) but with cold shoulders! It’s at Neiman Marcus, not cheap, but fits really well. Is it dated? I didn’t buy it, but it’s on my possibility list. What do you think?

  15. I follow several bloggers/podcasters and except for the trousers and white dresses (although most said white everything) your list is quite different, so it will be interesting as the season unfolds. As for the “out” lists, I feel like most of those items have been out for a few years now, but I guess that depends where you live bc honestly in LA, everyone still wears distressed jeans.

  16. Given that you had to go back pretty far in the archives to pull what’s ‘out’ I don’t think they’re any surprises there. It would be fun to see what’s out by category: denim, shoes, bags etc. like you share for what’s trending.

  17. Hi Jo-Lynne,

    For me, the trends I can work with, I’m good with all except #4 (too much fabric for a petite), #7 (while working out, but not as streetwear), and #8 (just never been a fan),

    As for the things on the “out”, I’m keeping my #2, #3, and #6. I still like them! I never wore any of the others, especially not distressed jeans.

  18. The photo of you wearing the animal print scarf is how I found you and started following you years ago! Still love this photo of you and the outfit! Thanks for all your fashion inspo!!

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