You do NOT NEED ANY OF THESE THINGS.
There, Just had to get that out of the way. Sure, must-haves might seem like a misnomer since these aren’t actually must-haves but that’s what everyone calls them and I want to be like one of the cool kids. 🙂 The truth is, the decision to update your wardrobe for spring is a personal one, based on lifestyle and budget and needs and all the things. Some of you have already chosen to sit this season out, and that’s fine. Being a lover of fashion, I live for a seasonal wardrobe update and a chance to explore new styles and trends. If you’re like me, but maybe a little less enthusiastic (I would be turning cartwheels right now if I had ever learned to do them), I’ve got you.
Consider this a cheat sheet for an easy spring update. A new blouse, a pretty dress, a fresh pair of shoes can change your entire outlook (not to mention wardrobe). Here, 5 of the springiest trends fo 2023 (including a few that are classics posing as trends) to easily update your wardrobe. You’ll find cute trendy styles and frumpy trendy styles, so you know what to buy and what to avoid. 🙂
You can find everything in this video right here.
The Floral Blouse
This category isn’t really a trend, obviously. Floral blouses have been a wardrobe staple, especially for spring, practically forever. But the details, the types of prints, and the colors do change from season to season. Prints are a minefield, as I’ve discussed in multiple videos, so going for a modern print in a modern or classic shape that suits your body type and coloring is key.
The Trendy Blouses
Let’s start with the winners. These are modern floral tops that are flattering and chic and would be a great addition to your wardrobe if they work with your body and coloring. Pay attention to the brands that show up on this list, because many of them have other fab options.
The Frumpy Blouses
Usually it’s not pattern alone that makes a blouse frumpy, but a combination of factors, including cut, pattern, and details. Brands to approach with caution include Foxcroft, Karen Kane, and Chaus, although we see frumpy iterations from many trendy brands as well.
The Spring Dress
Spring is dress season, as far as I’m concerned. As soon as the weather gets warmer, I stop wearing pants and almost exclusively wear dresses. They are one and done and more comfortable and practical then most of us give them credit for, but with the Grandmacore and Secretarycore styles in stores right now, we have to pick wisely to find just the right dress that will take us through spring in style
The Trendy Dresses
These dresses feature updated details, flattering shapes, and modern prints. This season we are seeing midi, maxi, and mini lengths for dresses, as well as the return of the knee length, which means there is truly something for everyone.
The Frumpy Dresses
From oversized and overwhelming silhouettes to prints that are boring, blah, or just plain ugly, these are some of the styles to skip this season.
The Denim Skirt
This spring item is much more straightforward than a floral dress or blouse, because it’s pretty clear to see what works and what doesn’t. Stay clear of stiff tent-shaped midis and maxis in denim, especially those with crazy washes or details. Instead, stick to a simple pencil or slight A-line style in either a shorter or knee length for a more versatile and flattering look.
The Trendy Skirts
These chic skirts feature elevated details in flattering shapes for a look that is almost timeless. A denim skirt might replace your jeans in warmer months because they’re just as versatile and neutral.
The Frumpy Skirts
Shapeless, baggy and saggy with unflattering details like drawstring waists and awkward washes.
This is such a broad category and in retrospect, I should have split it up, but there are so many good and bad shoe trends that I wanted to touch on some of them in this video. While chunky shoes can be chic and flattering, some over-the-top clunky styles are going to be hard to pull off. Fortunately, there are lots of pretty styles to choose from this season as well.
The Trendy Shoes
From ballet flats to wedges to stilettos, there is a style for every woman this season.
The Frumpy Shoes
From dad sneakers to clunky Crocs, frumpy loafers to sad sandals, these are the styles to skip.
The Cargo Pants
This is one of those “trend” pieces that never truly goes out of style. It simply comes in and out of the limelight. This season, we’re seeing hard to wear styles that are superbaggy and long, as well as sleek options in satin and denim.
The Trendy Pants
The easiest way to wear cargo-style pants is in a satin jogger style or some other flowy version, or in pared-back cargo details on denim or chinos.
The Frumpy Pants
These oversized and shapeless styles flatter no one, Skip the styles in parachute or “flight” pant material.
Which of these spring must-haves is on your shopping list? And which would you never consider wearing? Let me know in the comments!
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