From the runways to the hallways: 2018 Spring fashion trends

Although winter seems as though it may stretch on forever with snowfall continuing into the month of April, the calendar (though it may be a dirty liar) insists that spring is coming soon. For those of us who take an interest in popular trends and staying fashion-forward, I compiled a guide of what you should expect to see in stores and on the streets of spring 2018 based on what I’ve seen at New York Fashion week, on the runways, and in magazines.

Styles: Americana – Wearing stars and stripes is no longer restricted to the 4th of July this upcoming spring. Designer Raf Simons spoke about his vision for “The American Dream” coming through on the runways for NYFW; including designs by Calvin Klein paying homage to the USA with red white and blue motifs. “Stranger Things” star Millie Bobby Brown posed alongside Paris Jackson in the Spring 2018 Calvin Klein Jeans campaign, debuting Americana designs. Brown was shown in a Western inspired white ensemble with red accents. Adam Selman took a “Cheerleading for America” approach whose spring 2018 collection was full of gingham shorts, skirts, and denim pieces like overalls painted with flowers blooming at the ankles. “Georgia O’Keeffe said that denim is sort of our only national costume,” Selman said backstage. You can incorporate some Americana into your wardrobe with gingham printed skirts, rompers, and shorts from stores like ASOS, and overalls with embroidered flowers to draw inspiration from Selman’s collection.

Romper from ASOS.
Denim dress from Forever 21.
Calvin Klein, Monse, Zero + Maria Cornejo, and 3.1 Phillip Lim designs at New York Fashion Week.

90’s Urban Street Style – Another popular style is bringing spring 2018 back to the 90’s with many designers channeling 90’s urban street style, the most popular item being the bright, colorful windbreaker or anorak. From casual athleisure wear to dressed-up and styled, bright windbreakers are going to be all the range for the transitional spring weather. Calvin Klein brought windbreakers to their runway as well this season.  Another vintage trend coming back from the 90’s is the spaghetti strap over a long or short sleeve shirt, also a men’s button up dress shirt. This style takes inspiration from Clueless, because Cher was the master at layering a tank top over her gym shirt or button up. Another trendy top we have been seeing are tube tops for the warmer weather. They were brought back summer of 2017, and I have a feeling they will be just as popular this year, with stores like Brandy Melville, Forever 21, and Urban Outfitters all marketing them.

Adidas anorak from Urban Outfitters.
Cher wearing the 90s trend of tank top over t-shirt.
Tube top from Brandy Melville.

Japanese-Inspired- Japan is definitely inspiring trends on the runways this season. In NYFW Gucci put out pieces taking heavy inspiration from the Kimono style and featuring a modern take on a Sugegasa (Japanese hat). You can incorporate the Japonica style into your own spring wardrobes by wearing pieces that incorporate a Japanese floral design or contain Japanese letters. Urban Outfitters has been selling pieces that mimic this Japanese style, but are more wearable for 2018 street wear. Floral fabrics are also being used for kimonos that are more casual and wearable than traditional Japanese kimonos, and can be layered over simple outfits for a Japonica flare.

Blumarine, Albino Teodoro, Jil Sander, and Gucci on the runway at New York Fashion Week.
Kimono from Anthropologie.

Colors: Muted colors have no room in the spring palette: most colors this season will be bold and saturated and be used in monochrome looks or color blocking. We saw this in NYFW in both the Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs collections, among others. Emma Stone recently wore a color blocked Louis Vuitton look to the Oscars that featured deep red and bright pink. While New York opted for bright and bold, London went softer with pastels and dusty colors, which will also be perfect for the more subtle side of spring. This year’s Pantone color of the year is lavender, and yellow is said to be replacing “millennial pink” as a frequent favorite hue; so be sure to check out these shades when searching for clothes. On the red carpets, “Grown-ish star Yara Shahidi wore Giambattista Valli Couture in lavender to the Critic’s Choice Awards, while Hailee Steinfeld wore an elegant lavender Vera Wang tulle gown to the Golden Globe Awards. Yellow was also a bold awards show choice; Greta Gerwig wore a stunning Rodarte gown.

Yara Shahidi at the Critics’ Choice Awards.
Emma Stone at the Oscars.
Hailee Steinfeld at the Golden Globe Awards.
Greta Gerwig at the Oscars.

Fabrics: Denim has always been a staple in everyone’s wardrobes, but this season denim has been re-purposed for a more formal look. NYFW designers like Adam Selman and Alexander Wang paired jeans with formal attire at their shows. Another popular pattern has been plaid, especially mixing plaids and matching plaid sets. Plaid has always been popular for fall, but this spring season plaid will also be making an appearance; judging by the legions of plaid-infused outfits on the streets at New York, London, and Milan for Fashion Week, truly leaving an impression on us as onlookers—and suddenly, we’re much more cognizant of the wide array now available in retail. The Spring 2018 approach to the familiar pattern fuses classic red, purple, and gray checks with a Cher Horowitz sensibility: One can suit up entirely in plaid skirt and blazer sets, pull on a patchwork plaid skirt, or plaid trouser pants or mules. Lastly, transparency (sheer tulle fabrics and plastics) is incredibly chic for this spring. Ever since Calvin sent his models down the runway in plastic coats for NYFW, they have been seen like crazy at different retailers. And sheer panels and see-through fabrics have been making major appearances in street wear, especially dresses like this one from ASOS.

Solace London, Adam Selman, Brandon Maxwell, and Alexander Wang designs at New York Fashion Week.
Plaid skirt from Brandy Melville.
Sheer dress from ASOS.

Details: The Italian runways have been brimming with fringe and tassels, adding a celebratory element to outfits. Not ready for full-on fringe? Start by subtly by adding a tasseled accessory to your outfit and then work your way up to a big statement piece. For example, tons of stores are selling tassel earrings in bright colors. Utilitarian is also making a splash on the runways and in stores by adding multiple pockets and zippers to clothing for the multitasking men and women in fashion today. And for the ladies who live in their jumpsuits or rompers, we have good news for you. This one-and-done staple is coming back in full force this spring with a utilitarian twist. The new silhouette draws inspiration from the classic flight suit and comes in boxy and boyish styles that have the perfect slouchy quality. Check them out in stores like Urban Outfitters and Free People.

Tassel earrings from HM
Denim jumpsuit from Urban Outfitters.
Jumpsuit from Free People.

Accessories: Tiny sunglasses. Another 90’s trend is coming back this season with small are small sunglasses. Kendall Jenner embraced the movement, routinely rocking minuscule sunglasses since summer. Bella Hadid has been spotted wearing mini specs for practically every occasion (like a Christian Dior event and on the streets of Paris just two weeks ago). Her sister also hopped on board, flaunting super skinny shades several times. Dainty jewelry has been trending recently as well, people swapping out bold statement pieces for small chains and pendants. Layering is also the look, adorning your neck with several small necklaces and mixing and matching. You can find small necklaces perfect for layering at stores like Urban Outfitters and Forever 21 and catch on to the trend. Vans are huge right now. While men’s sneaker culture has always been big, its a more recent development for women. Skater culture is now being incorporated into everyday fashion with Vans being paired with almost any outfit. The slip on checkerboard Vans are becoming huge as well as high top Vans in different colors.

Millie Bobby Brown rocking a pair of tiny sunglasses.
Necklaces from Urban Outfitters.
Yellow high top Vans from Zumies.
Slip on checkered Vans from Urban Outfitters.