Warm weather means it’s time to finally leave the comfort of your home and head outside. But for me, spring is more of a welcomed excuse to refresh my wardrobe. I started putting away my bulky sweaters and heavy coats as soon as the temperature began to rise this month. To ensure that you’re dressed for the season the moment it arrives, we asked Pinterest for some of the most searched for spring 2017 fashion trends—many of which you’ll recognize from the runways.
“A lot of the trends we saw in the Spring 2017 runway shows play off the classic balance hard and soft, an intersection of utility and ease,” Larkin Brown, Pinterest’s in-house stylist, tells Allure. “Sleeve slits and ruffles are a great way to play into romantic vibes or try out the corset belt or the new trench for a structured yet feminine looks.”
Here are the 10 trends we can’t wait to try out this spring.
Off-the-shoulder tops were popular last summer, and it seems people are excited to bring the trend back: Pinterest saw a 564 percent search increase this year. However, the style isn’t the only way to jazz up your look. Bell sleeves have been blowing up on the platform since the new year, and now Pinterest predicts sleeve slits, which we saw on the runway at Hellessy, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Michael Kors, will have their moment this spring.
As the weather warms up, our motivation to spend time buckling complicated straps goes down—fast. Ditch your office heels, and slide your feet into loafers or mules like the pair pictured above from Erdem’s spring 2017 collection. The slip-ons can easily take you from work to outdoor drinks with friends. Considering the popularity of mules last year, the trend continues to “[stay] steady,” says Brown, with searches up 289 percent.
Gone are the days when ruffles were reserved for young girls. Brands such as Brandon Maxwell and Alexander McQueen adopted the super-sweet finish to their spring 2017 collection, adding a touch of romance to an otherwise simple look. Expect to see ruffles everywhere from sweater sleeves to skirt hems.
This runway trend, which is up 682 percent in search, is easier to pull off than you might think. Style high-waisted pants with a simple blouse to look sophisticated and professional—just like the models at Marissa Webb’s spring 2017 show. Paperbag waist pants are also perfect if you’re looking to jazz up a minimalist top. Take, for example, the outfit Sienna Miller was recently spotted in: Her oversized trousers make a major statement paired with a plain black sweater.
If you’re anything like us, black has been your go-to neutral all winter long. Now that it’s finally warming up outside, trade your dark garments for lighter tones like khaki, which is popular among brands, including J.Crew and Creatures of Comfort. Both sent muted dresses down the runway, adding drama with slit sleeves and ruffles. Simply put, this tone is so wearable, you can combine it with every other spring 2017 fashion trend on this list.
Layering isn’t just about keeping warm anymore—it’s about adding another dimension to your outfit. In Coach’s spring collection, we saw sheer dresses with bralettes, while Delpozo introduced sheer skirts layered over colorful florals. Of course, we’d be lying if we didn’t admit there’s something inherently flirtatious about this peek-a-boo styling. A sheer top is a more subtle (and sophisticated) way to show some skin this spring.
Block heels need to be in your closet whether you’re looking to add some height to your look, or just need to give your favorite mules a break. Designers incorporate the style into their collections in several ways: Chunky boots, as seen on the runways at Marni and Gucci, add some edge to a sweet summer dress. Meanwhile, heeled sandals, like the pairs on the Dries van Noten runway, can dress up an outfit as the weather gets even warmer.
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If the badass belts at Balmain didn’t convince you to toughen up your look with a wide corset belt, allow Pinterest to bring you to the edgy side. Your feed is about to be filled with flexible, fabric corsets—unlike the metal type that once served a medical purpose. Layer a corset over a ladylike dress, and you won’t have to worry about feeling like a ’90s punk.
While trench coats have been a staple of chic street style stars for years, there’s a reason this transitional piece keeps coming back. This season’s upgrade on the classic includes everything from puffy sleeves, like the ones we saw at Tibi, to wide belts and asymmetrical finishes, such as the Michael Kors coat shown below. Spring showers are a perfectly valid reason to splurge on a new coat, right? If it’s one of these trench coats—simple in color with a timeless silhouette—the answer is yes, and you’ll wear it for years to come.
Florals for spring? Groundbreaking. But according to Pinterest, this trend just doesn’t quit. Balenciaga and Prada both included dresses covered in flowers in their spring 2017 collections. Besides, you probably already own plenty of floral pieces.
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