Spring and Summer Fashion Trends
Trending in Eco-fashion: Unique, timeless pieces, styled effortlessly to highlight individuality
This spring, fashion takes a personal turn, as one-of-a-kind styling sets the season’s tone. Whether you gravitate toward lightweight silk or heftier cotton, dressing like yourself is on-trend for spring and summer. Keep your look fresh and exclusively yours by mixing in a few carefully thought-out pieces, which work well with what’s already in your closet. Easy-going silk culottes, a double-layer organic cotton maxi dress, a hand-loomed cotton mesh hoodie: Whatever your taste, choose pieces that will accentuate your personal style for years to come.
We talked to Jackie Terribile, The Small Town Stylist, about the spring trends and the mood of the season. “My clients do not want to see themselves coming and going,” says Terribile. “They are looking for unique pieces that are on-trend, but also express who they are. The fact that they are eco-friendly is a fantastic bonus.”
If you’re looking for a few new spring pieces to add to your wardrobe, we’ve compiled the micro trends we’re loving this spring:
Color is the new black! The Spring 2017 collections were full of bright, bold and fluorescent shades. Scarlet, lemon, fuchsia, traffic-cone orange: you’ll be glad you’ve got your summer shades on. Check out Vogue’s color trend gallery for inspiration.
Conversely, for those who prefer a subtler look, designers offered plenty of softer pastel shades (think: peach, pale pink, tangerine) and non-colors like flesh-tone and khaki. Here are a few of our favorite items in this color spectrum.
Worn as solids, both vibrant and low-key colors work well head-to-toe, looking especially nice when the shades vary slightly. Not interested in basing your look on one color family? Try mixing colors of different values and hues, like pale sea blue or lime green with saturated crimson. Play around with separates, introducing no more than a few different colors for a strong color-block effect. Remember: accessories count! Let your outfit be center stage by wearing neutral colored accessories in brown, black, white or nude. Or choose accessories in the same color family as your separates.
Denim is constantly evolving, and always in style (we are so thankful!). This season designers renewed their love for denim on denim. Try a button-down Chambray shirt with a similarly hued wide-pocket jean. This look begs for a belt. Or go for an easy all-in-one piece look with a denim shirtdress, like the Kari Dark Wash Dress made out of tencel. Denim accessories fit the trend like this upcycled denim bracelet or these fun denim slides.
Not into denim? Look for shades of blue like lapis and cornflower. For a go-with-everything cami, see our hand-stitched chevron cotton tissue knit.
Get graphic with stripes, vibrant florals and polka dots. The bolder the better, and mixed-and-matched to craft a unique style. Get some pattern inspiration here.
Wary of such intensity? Watercolor florals are a spring favorite — now and probably always — for blouses, loose pants and dresses. We’re partial to patterns that look nature-inspired, like the azalea print on our Renata silk blouse or the daisy-like flowers on the Mod Motion dress. These softer prints fit well into the spring femininity trend, alongside ruffles, sheer fabrics and lingerie-inspired laces and bra tops. British Vogue aggregates some floral looks from the runways here.
Athleisure, you say?
This trend’s popularity increases each season, and not just with athletes. You don’t need to hit up the gym or yoga studio every day to love the sculpted fit of performance enhancing fabrics — and let’s be honest, bulky sweats just don’t cut it anymore. Eco-fashion companies like Lily Lotus, Threads for Thought, Earth Yoga and many more use sustainable fabrics like organic cotton, bamboo, and recycled polyester to create an alternative to polyester performance pants. Our favorite legging for spring is the Sileas capri, made out of recycled plastic bottles. They feature mesh and side panel details, and dress up nicely with a long, looser fitting top, like our scuba hoodie.
While tight-fit yoga pants and tights remain popular, there is a movement toward a bit looser fit this spring, think track pants instead of leggings. Here are a few options we like:
And while these aren't exactly for the gym, we can’t get enough of Amour Vert's wide leg silk culottes. Wear them with a body-conscious T-shirt or a trendy navel-baring bra top. We’ll be wearing ours with some saturated color.
Often called a natural leather, cork is plant tissue sustainably harvested from the cork oak tree. The eco-friendly material is a renewable resource, as cork trees can be harvested every 9 to 12 years for an average of 150 years. The material is natural, recyclable and biodegradable.
Earth Day is an annual call-to-action holiday that encourages people and organizations nationwide to pause and think how to effect positive environmental change. On an individual scale, there are easy ways to save energy and reduce landfill waste. Here are 5 ideas to get you started:
The experts at the Pantone Color Institute have deciphered this year’s global mood to be one of rebirth, re-evaluation and re-emergence, like spring itself. Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone’s Executive Director, has declared Greenery, specifically Pantone 15-0343, to be the color, and most importantly, the mindset of the year.