Following the tedium of pandemic-era shows, the Spring 2023 fashion season delivered a much-needed dose of surprise and eclat. A parade of bubbled hems and shimmering suits ensured that the doldrums of at-home dressing were out of sight, out of mind. Give a warm welcome to the bright Spring 2023 fashion trends making their way to the fore, all of which we will be wearing in no time.
As for what's in store, slinky knee-length skirts paired with hip-rearing camis delivered a tidal wave of '90s nostalgia. Sheer layers also continued their world domination, with mesh overlays at Erdem and cuspated frocks at Loewe. Of course, there were still some quintessential spring textures in the mix, like head-to-toe lace at Carolina Herrera and Ulla Johnson. Discover—and shop!—the full assortment ahead.
Knee Length Skirts
There's something sweet and insouciant about a knee-length skirt. Hanging slipshod from the hips and exposing the knees while in stride, the humble skirt feels polished enough for work, yet cool enough to wear out and about. There's a degree of tasteful restraint to it—one that feels especially refreshing after the reign of micro mini skirts.
Wear It With: a long-line blazer for work, or a threadbare tank top for play.
Minimalists, good news: your beloved neutrals are getting a lustrous update. Coats, blazers, slip dresses, and trousers in an array of muted, high-shine hues came down the runway in droves. Heavy hitters like Fendi, Khaite, and Altuzarra betting big on the trend, promising that it'll grace magazine covers and red carpets for months to come.
Wear it With: Smooth leather accessories within the same color family for a tonal look.
In step with the sex-sells reboot, sheer has been making the rounds for seasons. This time around, it's popping up in all the right places—less about revealing risqué parts of the body and more about adding dimension to one's look. We saw paneled skirts that exposed the knees (to follow Prada's Fall/Winter 2022 collection) and mesh overlays atop gowns at Erdem and Armani for added dimension.
Wear it With: an embellished dress—whether below with a mesh bodysuit or atop with a decorative overlay.
Next up, the Spring 2023 fashion trend our editors can't stop buzzing about: bubble hems. From balloon sleeves to bubble skirts and hems, round-bottomed silhouettes blazed bright at Ulla, Prada, and Proenza—to name just a few. Worth noting: there are varying degrees of bubble hems, from barely-there (Stella McCartney's lilac number) to flounce-heavy (McQueen's Parachute skirt). No matter which you favor, you'll be sure to steal the show at your next fete.
Last but not least: lace. Seen creeping along silk charmeuse sets at Paco Rabanne and imbued from head to toe at Chanel, the trend taps into the sheer trend while bringing something more trad and ornate to it. In terms of hue, anything goes—stick with neutrals or opt for color. Cerulean takes on the trend appeared at Proenza, lilacs at Jason Wu.
Wear It With: Sculptural gold earrings and strappy sandals.
It took us a great deal of time to warm up to the Gen Z-fueled corset trend, but fashion’s heavy hitters are releasing style-loaded iterations that we’re taking a shine to. Our favorite? Dion Lee’s version, which puts a utilitarian spin on the corset and teams it with cargo pants. The brand is largely credited for the silhouette’s high-fashion crossover, after all.
Wear it With: For the corset-averse, style it with a minimalist midi skirt (see our Senior Fashion Editor’s version here)—or for the Y2K fanatic, go straight for low-rise pants.
Speaking of cargos, pocket-spattered pants, vests, and tops popped up at Miu Miu, Sacai (true to form) and Tibi this season. Still, Fendi’s FF-pocketed cargo pants are top of mind for the entire fashion collective, invoking the brand’s iconic baguette bag. We’ll take a pair in every color.
Wear It With: a pair of jeans if you’re grabbing a cargo jacket, or a cozy knit if you opt for cargo pants.