Now that the holidays are winding down, we’ve got our focus set on all things 2015, including all the new things the new year will bring: new projects, new goals and resolutions and new trends. Style-wise, most of what we’ll be wearing shouldn’t come as a major surprise, as we’ve had a peek of what’s in store for us this spring during Fashion Week. But still, after months of sequins and sweaters (and still a few more to come), we’re about ready for a sartorial jolt. So we’re skipping our fashion outlook a few months ahead by sneaking in five of spring’s biggest style trends into our outfit rotations now. Scroll through to see how you can get ahead of the trends.
Switch up the way you’ve worn plaid all winter long with a more sophisticated version of springy gingham. This smaller, more symmetrical pattern is more rigid and grid-like than the girly ginghams of picnic’s past, like this Lela Rose check. To get the same modern feel, pass up the pastels for bolder color combos like black and white.
1. Madewell Ex-Boyfriend Shirt in Shaw Plaid ($80): Give up the woodsy red lumberjack plaid for one that’s more inspired by a city grid. The black and white palette helps steer this oversized button down into a more downtown direction, especially when paired with waxed denim.
2. Missguided Perla Check Sleeveless Shell Top ($23): These ultra tiny checks have kind of a futuristic feel to them. Play up the almost neon color palette with metallic accessories for a night out, or even wear this shell top under a longline blazer when you’re office outfit needs a pop of color.
3. Which We Want Bowery Pant ($68): Classic plaid gets the modern treatment on these relaxed trousers we’re ready to make our new everyday pants. Our slouchy grey scoop-neck tee is just waiting to be tucked into these.
Our obsession with garments made entirely of (faux) leather continues well into spring, but this year, the finish is grittier. We don’t know what it is about all-over suede that gives clothing a more ‘60s mod or ‘70s festival feel, especially with a cropped cut and shapely pattern like this Karen Walker top, but it’s there. Consider it your first style mission of 2015 to embrace the groovy vibes.
4. American Apparel Suede Leather Circle Skirt ($150): Give your skin-tight mini a rest with this swinging circle skirt in an unexpectedly bold suede finish. Pair with a turtleneck now and a crop top when the ground thaws.
5. ASOS Peg Pant in Leather and Suede Panels ($80): Are suede trousers the new leather legging? We’d be surprised, but we wouldn’t mind if you tried to make it take off in this burgundy pair.
6. Forever 21 Matelassé Faux Suede Top ($25): Even though we’re back to black, the texture of this faux suede top alone is worth swooning over. It’s a perfect sub for your sweater tee over a pencil skirt.
Minimalist Kimono Jackets
Take the frill and flounce out of a kimono and what do you get? A sleek, open-front layer that’s a minimalist girls dream. Even on pieces without a thick robe closure like on this Creatures of the Wind jacket, the boxy garment can tie just about any outfit together.
7. Zara Studio Knit Kimono Jacket ($189): There’s no doubt about it: this is a dojo-inspired jacket. But in this chic camel color, this whimsical wool coat looks incredibly luxe. Just wait until it’s topping your LBD and heels.
8. Urban Renewal Recycled Sleeveless Gauze Kimono Jacket ($50): Light as a feather and still made to hold its shape, this gauze kimono jacket is the best of worlds. Play up the dainty fabric by using a silky scarf to tie it shut over wide legged trousers.
9. Dorothy Perkins Red Crepe Kimono Jacket ($27): Here’s a more blazer like version of the kimono coat, and because of its more-familiar fit, it’s probably the one that can most easily slip into your weekly wardrobe. Wear to work over a silky cami and tapered black slacks.
Save the long flapper-inspired fringe for the spring: during the winter, make it all about the short, thick fringe. Whether it’s used to create an unexpected pattern, add texture or just luxe up a garment like the glamorously frayed hem of this Reed Krakoff skirt (yes, we’re dying over those ankle straps too), the visual impact is undeniable.
10. Sister Jane Fringe Pencil Skirt ($88): We actually can’t imagine a more “2015” skirt. Besides being Marsala to a tee, we’re obsessed with the fresh 3D twist on stripes. Add to cart now and cross your fingers there’s a matching top.
11. H&M Blouse With Beaded Fringe ($129): This is how to wear fringe and look like you’re not trying. Short strings of beads create gorgeous dimension on this exaggerated sleeve blouse that will dress up a pair of jeans nicely.
12. Pixie Market Bella Denim Fringe Dress ($89): Fringe is the new way to give garments made of heavy materials like denim a distinctively feminine feel. We love how it takes the place of too-sweet ruffles on this chambray number.
Sleek Flared Pants
They’re baaaack. But this time, the nostalgic silhouette is done right with a considered splay that’s both flattering and wearable. Seriously, bootcuts during boot season? It seems like a godsend to us, especially when the flares in question are as sleek as this Coach pair.
13. Nasty Gal Denim What the Bell Jeans ($98): See? There are stellar flared jeans out there just waiting for you to slip into. This dark wash pair from is full of personality. How could you not want to rock platforms under these playful bells?
14. Topshop Salt + Pepper Flared Trousers ($68): These speckled trousers are way more versatile than you might think. Here, they’re primed for the althesure obsessive with sneakers and a loose-fitting top, but pair it with a crisp white blouse and strappy pumps and they’re work-ready just like that. That’s the kind of pair we’d want in our wardrobes.
15. Noisy May Flared Jeans ($67): Dyed a shade of bright royal blue, these flared jeans are instantly dressed up. Keep up with the vibe by pairing them with a scuba top and ankle booties for a foolproof work-to-weekend ensemble.
What spring trends will start wearing asap? Tell us which of your favorite looks from fashion week you’re starting to adopt now in the comments below.
(Images via Style.com)