Over time, where we get our fashion inspiration from changes and reshapes (particularly with the advancement of technology), but that New York Fashion Week, since its inception, remains at the center of it all still rings true. A trickling effect takes place as designers budding and seasoned take the week to showcase designs from their upcoming collections, and the season’s trends are solidified. That said, if the runways are any indication yet again this time around, then the biggest spring trends are all about unleashing your inner cool-girl.
While Y2K inspirations continue to be one of the biggest trends echoed on the runway these days, this season indicates the trend may be neutralizing into sometime a wider range of people can enjoy. Meanwhile, designers such as Fe Noel and Deity offered a welcome soft, whimsicalness that set the stage for twists to more traditional spring trends. While you anticipate the arrival of the new collections to stores and virtual shelves, you can get a head start on some of them with pieces already out on the market (before the cold weather officially sets in). Ahead, here are the biggest spring trends from New York Fashion Week, and where to shop them now.
1. Born To Bare
If the Spring 2023 runways made anything clear, it’s that designers remain committed to “skin is in.” The trend began creeping up at large at the tail end of the peak of the pandemic and has only grown in prominence since. The emphasis fell on dresses in particular this season, and there’s no shortage of styles to peruse online already. As for styling, on the runways, the style often appears with only undergarments underneath (and sometimes sans bra). Out IRL, you can try out the trend as presented by designers (a handful of fashion girls have already dared to don the barely there look), or add a slip underneath for a bit more coverage.
2. Hot Girl Hot Pants
In stark contrast to the jorts fashion trend that crept up on the tail end of the summer, shorts that hit the Spring 2023 runways were dainty, solidifying hot pants as a trend to come. We may be welcoming in the fall but while the weather still allows in many places, swap out jeans and trousers for a pair for any occasion, from a jersey fabric pair you can dress up with a blouse to leather shorts you can pair back to a biker jacket.
3. Pretty & Practical
While cargo pants have quickly become the dominating trend of the year (it’s one that’s been hard to miss), designers at New York Fashion Week indicated the trend isn’t headed anywhere anytime soon. Rather, its utilitarian elements are set for an expansion, now borrowed for tops, dresses and skirts and more. The sheer versatility of the trend allows a number of ways to get a head start, whether it’s jeans with utilitarian-inspired pockets to pair with button-downs, a cargo mini skirt or a goes-with-everything jacket to top it all off.
4. Cool Denim
Denim began gaining traction on the runway a few seasons ago (thanks again, in part, to the resurgence of Y2K style when denim were an integral style of piece of It-girl fashion), and as the trend extends, denim because less and less that interchangeable style we think of pairing with any and everything tee, and more the cool statement piece that steals the show by way of prints or unexpected texture.
5. Top Tier
Amid the rise of grungier aesthetics that include styles such as cargo pants and leather jackets, there is of course still room for pieces that are simply pretty, and this wasn’t lost on the Spring 2023 runways. Of the more hyper-feminine trends to take the runway, tiered maxi skirts and dresses were high in prominence (right next to sheer dresses), and it doesn’t get any springier. For this look, you can opt for something sleek and simple, or go all out with a tiered skirt or dress full of volume.