Spring has sprung! It's a time when the natural world revives itself after the cold winter months, and sunlight becomes more plentiful. Similarly, humans like to shake off their winter doldrums, welcoming the warm weather with a fresh perspective and possibly a new outfit or two. What are the fashion trends we're expecting to see this spring season? Read this blog post for all the details (hint: pearls are definitely involved).
But first, let's talk about what's "out". We'll elaborate on this point later in the post, but neutral palettes won't be popular this season. Fashionistas are trading their neutrals for bright, poppy colors. Skinny jeans as well as distressed jeans will also be pushed aside. Tie dye was extremely popular in 2021, but you won't be seeing it as often in stores. You'll also want to put away your leopard prints and lounge sets.
Juicy and joyful, the color lime green is making a splash this season. Seen on the runways of designers like Christian Sirano, Valentino, Stella McCartney, and others, lime green is definitely making a statement. In the past, this acidic color may have been reserved for casual streetwear, but these days it's even appropriate for an elegant evening gown! This vacation-ready dress by designer Prabal Gurung is just one example. If you're not enjoying the idea of a head-to-toe lime-green outfit, you can always incorporate lime green accents into your wardrobe. Lime pairs very well with neutrals like white, black, and tan.
Return to Y2K
This season's fashion trends are definitely showing some nostalgia for the early 2000s along with all the styles that were popular at that time. The bold and daring fashionistas may enjoy a throwback to low-rise jeans and miniskirts as well as halter tops. If you're seeking inspiration, you can channel Britney Spears at the height of her fame. What's the best part about Y2K style? Playful jewelry - like colorful beaded necklaces with pearls - is "in" again.
Crochet is no longer just your grandma's hobby. It's a hot spring 2022 fashion trend! In fact, it was one detail that trendspotters could not miss on the runways. Crocheted tops, dresses, and scarves all made appearances in designers' shows. This very interesting tunic-style top from designer Chloe can be worn over pants and layered with a coat. For colorful and unique resort wear, this crocheted dress makes a statement.
I think we can all agree on one thing: we need more travel and vacations in 2022. The fashion trend of "vacation ready" looks is supporting this sentiment. You'll want to stock up on light and flowy styles that travel well and can be popped into a suitcase at a moment's notice. You'll also want to look for floral and subtly tropical prints that will make everyone wonder, "Is she about to board a flight to Ibiza?".
Fashion trends are always coming and going, and fringe is a great example of that. Once popular in the 1920s, 60s, 70s, and even the 90s, fringe is back, both in jewelry and in fashion. Adored a hundred years ago by flappers (who also happened to love pearl jewelry), Fringe has been seen on the runways for Rodarte, Fendi, and Proenza Schouler. Not only is it fun and energetic, but it can also be dramatic and elegant for eveningwear. This long-sleeve, bubblegum pink dress by Rodarte features tons of fringe and sparkling sequins. It may not be for everyone, but it's undeniably a statement!
Right alongside fringe, feathers are another spring fashion trend that's definitely captivating our attention! The good news is that you don't need to look like a bird in order to sport this look, which has been seen on runways for designers like Giambattista Valli. Exchange a boring Little Black Dress for one with feathers, like this one from Max Mara. Or simply add a feathered detail to your outfit, like a hair accessory or shoes with feathers.
Over the past few seasons, neutral colors as well as gender-neutral styles have been popular among some fashion designers. However, this season the feminine looks are coming out to play. Bubblegum pinks and pastel purples alongside poofy ruffles and lace are all in demand. Girly-girls are about to have a field day with the flirty and romantic styles!
If you're the type of person who doesn't like to leave home without everything you could possibly need for an emergency getaway, then you'll be pleased to know that oversized handbags are "in" this season. Not only will you be able to carry your wallet and cell phone, but you'll also be able to tote all your favorite lipsticks, snacks, a comfortable pair of flats, and anything else your heart desires! This bag from the Max Mara spring collection means serious business!
If you love wearing jewelry, then you'll definitely resonate with the "liquid metal" trend spotted on many runways for the spring 2022 season. Liquid metal is slightly more understated than sequins; it's all about smooth, metallic fabrics that drape like cool water over the body. Paul & Joe had this elegant striped gown in their Ready-to-Wear collection. Could you see yourself wearing this trend to a party or other special occasion?
Is there really anything more classic and refined than a crisp white suit, especially when it's perfectly tailored? During the pandemic, many people traded their powersuits for "power sweats", since they weren't required to report to an office or boardroom. But suits are back now and better than ever. The charm of this season's suits is all in the details - contrasting black belt buckles, waist ties, bold shoulders, colorful buttons, and more. Designer Peter Do's spring 2022 runway show featured many white suits, including this streamlined look. We predict that some unconventional brides will also be opting for this look.
The "pearlcore" trend is big this spring season, even in menswear. According to an article from Good Morning America, the look has been "seen on everyone from singer Harry Styles to models on high-fashion spring/summer 2022 runways at Tom Ford, Valentino and more." If you're wondering why men are wearing pearl jewelry, then you definitely haven't read our blog post about stylish men in pearls.
At Dior's Resort 2022 Show, pearls were the highlight of the catwalk. The models wore pearls not only in their jewelry but also as embellishment on their eyelids, like jeweled eyeliner. Peter Philips, creative and image director of Christian Dior makeup says he wanted a “simple, beautiful face for everybody, and then we added a bit of a conceptual twist…".
So what exactly is "pearlcore"? It's based around the idea that you can rework a classic aesthetic and turn it into something modern while creating a mood. In the 1970s and 80s, a strand of pearls was considered very classic, but today's fashionistas are incorporating pearls into their more edgy styles.
InStyle recently shared some tips for doing "pearlcore" the right way. Smaller pearls can be worn for every day, while bigger pearls can be resolved for special events and gatherings. Make your pearl piece the primary focal point of your look. Don't be afraid to match your pearls with your other favorite accessories. Finally, feel free to elevate even your most casual looks (like athleisure wear or a tshirt and jeans) with your pearls.
Pearls are also a very hot accessory for brides this year. We already have a blog post about pearls as wedding dress embellishments, but we're seeing brides opt for this look more than ever before. Check out this page to view some of the most beautiful, pearl-studded dress designs. Brides.com recently shared their list of the top spring 2022 bridal accessory trends, and pearls made the cut! They suggest incorporating pearls into hair accessories as shown by Temperley London or wearing a pearl-encrusted veil or belt.
Which of these spring fashion trends sounds the most appealing to you? We're leaning toward pearls, but of course we're biased. Would you like to give pearls to the trendy fashionista in your life? Visit this page to start building your own Add-A-Pearl customized pearl necklace.