Style and Styling

5 Unexpected Spring/Summer Style Trends

Happy day, Dear Reader,

Warmer weather is on it’s way! We’ve survived the time change; the days are getting longer and the sun seems just a little brighter.

What’s coming for spring? Well…

Style changes and stays the same. Cycles and recycles.

In the fall, we regularly see more plush fabrics, more layers. Richer colors. They fit the season.

We expect to see soft and bright colors in the spring. Floatier fabrics. And florals. Who can forget the devasatingly dismissive delivery of Florals? For spring. Groundbreaking. from Merryl Streep as Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada

Along with the cyclical seasonal trends other trends pop up from time to time. If you are wondering why noting style trends matters, take five minutes to read this. Which is why… Today I share five unexpected trends for Spring/Summer 2023.

Note: Knowing what’s trending also makes shopping SO much easier!

Just like ALL trends, some are wearable, others less so. Wearability all depends on your personality, lifestyle and coloring. Let’s go!

Summer Black

Why now?! This is the trend I waited more than 20 years for… Now with my softer coloring, black no longer works well for me. Sigh. How to wear black for summer? Look for sheer and lightweight fabrics. Think linens, gauzes and seersuckers. Or opt for black trimmed straw accessories and sandals.

Images: Bag and Sandals–Target.com, Dress–OldNavy.com.

If you coloring is cool, clear and medium to deep, this may be the trend you’ve been waiting for! If not, for tips on wearing black, read this!

Moto Trend

Moto’s nothing new. But it’s usually a fall/winter trend because, well–leather, padding and dark colors. So this season moto is bucking the seasons like the rebellious self it is! Think padded or stitched knees and thighs (like the trousers below), chain jewelry and the (now classic) super easy to wear moto jacket. The latter can be found in myriad soft materials and almost any color you choose!

(Party Like It’s) 1982

I was in at least one early 80’s weddings in which we bridesmaids wore bubble skirts. Well, ladies, they’re baaaack! Not only bubble skirts but also puff dresses and lace a la Madonna style. I expect the bubble is a flash in the pan, but if you love it? Run with it! (Just don’t make it an investment piece.)

All images from Nordstrom.com.

Glitter/Shine

Life is a party. Dress for it.

Audrey Hepburn

Glitter and Shine are most often thought of for holiday style, but this year, the party keeps going! Sequins aren’t just for evening anymore. How about a sequin tank with shorts and a lightweight cardie over the top for air conditioned spaces? Or shoes with glitter paired with jeans and a white tank? (Might need to try this for a home birthday party today!) Sparkly jewelry for everyday? I’m IN! Are you?

Sharp Tailoring in Soft Colors

This is THE trend about which I’m most excited and hoping to see at the mass market retail level. Many women love sharp classic tailoring but the dark neutrals a Classic look generally comes in may not be flattering to the complexion. Soft greens, blues and pinks in classic cuts would be welcome!

All images from Nordstrom.com.

How About You?

Do any of these trends float your proverbial style boat? Speak to your Style Cocktail? Do tell! I’m not really looking to add any new pieces, but if I found a great light pink blazer… I could be tempted!

Stylishly yours,

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