The leaves are still changing colors, but the fashion industry is already looking to spring for inspiration — and for good reason. As the influx of shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris proved, this coming spring is shaping up to be one very stylish season.
Curious to see which trends will reign supreme come 2018, we asked Caroline Vazzana — fashion editor, stylist, and founder of Making it in Manhattan — to share her favorite trends.
Cool-Girl Polka Dots
Seeing spots? You're not alone.
"I can't remember the last time I wore polka dots, but, after 'spotting' them everywhere on the runway in new and untraditional ways, I'm sold," Vazzana says. "So while florals might be your springtime go-to, make polka dots a close second."
Depending how you style them, polka dots run the risk of looking childish. To keep your outfit looking like, well, something an adult would wear, we recommend experimenting with different-sized spots. This dress from Jason Wu is the perfect cross between effortlessly cool and sophisticated. If you want to recreate this look with the contents of your closet, pair a slit skirt covered in big dots with a micro-spotted blouse.
Over the Rainbow
Why settle for one color when you can pick a few?
"I'm all for a rainbow look — the more color, the better!" Vazzana says. "Especially when it's done in a more sophisticated, approachable, and wearable way."
Unless you purchase this Libertine technicolored suit, embrace the trend by color-blocking. If you want to stand out, mix and match colors of equal brightness. For example, cobalt blue and marigold are more striking than navy blue and marigold.
This spring, some of fashion's biggest names are daring you to think pink.
"Let's just say this pink is Millennial Pink's older sister," Vazzana says. "And this spring, it's time to make a statement. What better way to do so than with an ultra-saturated hue?"
Tom Ford's power suit commands attention — and certainly isn't for sartorial wallflowers. If you're looking for a subtler way to stay on trend, try your luck with a bright pink clutch or a pair of pumps.
Flowers always make a cameo on the spring catwalk, but designers are veering away from the in-your-face blooms and opting for a dainty alternative.
"Last season, dark florals dominated the runway," Vazzana says. "But this season, it's all about ultra-delicate micro-florals." This super-sweet pattern is great for those who are hesitant about incorporating prints into their wardrobe. Invest in pieces with interesting details and silhouettes, like this asymmetrical top from Hellessy. To secure your "best dressed" standing, add separates in the print's accent colors. You have to admit this top looks more put-together with matching pink pants than it would with some jeans, right?
Good news for anyone who can't decide between spots and florals: You can do both.
"Spring is all about playing with colors, but what about playing with prints?" Vazzana says. "Try something new and wear a print-on-print look. I promise you won't regret it."
Make no mistake, power clashing can be hit or miss (though this Mary Katrantzou look is obviously a hit). One false move, and your meticulously styled outfit will fall into "worst dressed" territory. Play it safe by combining patterns with a similar color palette. Spots and stripes sound like a recipe for disaster, but look surprisingly sleek when in the same hues.