Warmer weather is finally working its way into the forecast which means it’s time to shake off that dull winter wardrobe and dive headfirst into brighter, lighter spring gear.
But what’s on trend this season?
I pored over runway reviews to see which trends would be big for spring and then drove around to local boutiques to see how that’s translating as everyday wear in a city that’s not exactly on the map as a major fashion hub.
A lot of the high-fashion trends haven’t found their way here and, honestly, it’s probably for the best with things like plastic coats (our climate won’t allow for such suffocation), fishnet garments (and not just tights) and biker shorts (kill this trend). But I found CLT-approved iterations of some other big trends available in town.
Follow me to the fitting room for a casual, unedited, un-styled look at the themes I saw popping up at multiple shops — priced from $42 to $995. Where available, I’ve included links to purchase online.
Here are the boutiques I visited:
Boem – 3920 Sharon Road
Capitol – 4010 Sharon Road
CRIV – 1111 Metropolitan Avenue
K|LA – 4123 Park Road
McKenzie Claire – 1419 East Boulevard
Poole Shop – 4010 Sharon Road
Vestique – 1532 East Boulevard
The cutesy print adds a little whimsy to casual day dresses and more formal maxis. Stripes still reign supreme in the pattern department so if you want to stand out this season, go the polka dot route instead.
Temperley London tulle polka dot georgette midi dress, $995 at Capitol
Mind Blown polka dot dress, $42 at Vestique
Motel Boyasly dress, $49 at CRIV
Zimmerman polka dot maxi dress, $950 at Capitol
Polka dot tie front dress, $96 at Boem
Ruffles & Baby Doll Dresses
These playful, frilly, feminine dresses are in direct opposition to my more androgynous style code of tailored jumpsuits and jeans but I’m actually obsessed. Invite me to your garden party. I’m ready.
Innika Choo scallop frill dress in butter, $375 at McKenzie Claire
LoveShackFancy Liv dress, $365 at Poole Shop
Zimmerman Heaters Pintuck frill dress, $895 at Poole Shop
LoveShackFancy Dorothy dress – Jetset, $375 at McKenzie Claire
The casual hippie print is back in a big way but not the bold rainbow design that probably comes to mind. Look for muted neutrals and earth tones that are less in your face.
Galaxy maxi dress, $68 at CRIV
Antik Batik Atlas midi dress, $205 at McKenzie Claire
Jamie tie dye wrap maxi dress, $74 at K|LA
Tailored neutrals in traditional cuts are my fashion love language so this trend can stick around for all eternity.
Button shorts in natural ($52 at K|LA) and Lush top in olive ($48 at K|LA)
Tanya Taylor flutter sleeve dress, $525 at Poole Shop
Safari jumpsuit, $66 at Vestique
Jet Setter button down midi dress, $58 at K|LA
Jack Chambray You Stay dress, $80 at Boem
Zimmerman Primrose halter dress, $530 at Poole Shop
Caitlyn linen front tie dress, $62 at K|LA
Yellow and Pale Blue
Orange and lavender were also big colors in the major trend reports but I saw lots more yellow and a bit of pale blue around town.
Innika Choo Alotta dress, $325 at Poole Shop
Lemonade maxi dress, $178 at CRIV
Baby blue sweater mini skirt ($42) and crop top ($28) at CRIV
Modern cotton jumpsuit, $72 at K|LA
Wait It Out maxi dress, $52 at Vestique
BB Dakota Indigo Dreams ruffle dress, $106 at Boem
Just trust me.
Distressed overalls ($78 at CRIV) and eyelet crop top ($58 at CRIV)