Get flirty and fashionable this season in bright colors, fun patterns—and styles from yesteryear. Check out the latest women’s clothing trends.
While the cargo pants of the ’90s and early aughts were the perfect look for a concert or hanging out at the skatepark, the modern interpretation of this military style is fit for client meetings or a night out. Patch-pocketed pants were originally resurrected a few years ago for streetwear and athleisure pieces. But in 2023, cargo details on pleated-front trousers, wide-leg pants, high-waisted and belted slacks or tapered twill pairs are sharp and very office-appropriate. For evening, pair cream or white cargos with one of this seasons’ other trends—a metallic or sheer top. If you prefer to keep the trend casual, there are a lot of great denim cargo options this season. Many premium designers doubled down on denim on the runways by pairing relaxed button-front denim or jackets with cargo jeans. This is one Y2K style that has grown up and glammed up.
As the cotton comeback continues, look for poplin pieces to go beyond the basic button-up. While suiting and blazers continue to rule the runways, it’s time for shirts, dresses and other cotton garments to come front and center. Think poplin is too preppy for your personal style? Think again.
Introduce edge by pairing a button-up with voluminous A-line skirts or leather trousers. Or, keep it business on the top and party on the bottom with an oversized poplin top and sophisticated sequin skirt or satin pants. Shirtdresses get a glam up when accessorized with a bustier or corset— corseted tops are very popular this spring. Designer Jonathan Simkhai gave the midi shirtdress a boho makeover by adding
cutouts covered by crochet panels at the waist. If your style leans toward minimalism, Rag & Bone’s cropped poplin white button-front worn with Bermuda shorts or white denim is a no-brainer.
Bonus: Poplin pieces have longevity and look great in any season. The same shirtdress that keeps you cool on steamy summer afternoons will still look fab on a chilly fall morning when worn with your favorite cashmere cardigan and lug sole booties.
PURRRFECT PAIR With all the ’90s revivals happening in fashion, a throwback to the 1950s feels downright refreshing. Channeling Ms. Hepburn, the kitten heel has returned to our fashion consciousness. While kitten heels are usually around 2 inches in height, they offer big style and comfort. Today’s funky kitten designs work with everything from streetwear to formalwear and can be the perfect finishing touch to pair with cropped jeans, a suit or a slip dress.
Just because they are short doesn’t mean kitten heels can’t make a big statement. For those whose sense of style can be described as “24/7 glamour,” Jimmy Choo has created super versatile denim and crystal slip-ons with a 2-and-a-half-inch heel for the brand’s spring 2023 collection.
For evening, try a pair of kitten heels in patent leather or with metallic or gem accents. Christian Louboutin’s black patent leather sandals with delicate ankle strap and sculpted gold kitten heels are perfect for dancing the night away. Whether you sport the trend in a slingback, sandal or mule, this heel works morning through midnight, dressed up or down—love the practicality!
For ladies who lunch—and for ladies who work straight through the afternoon—“the lunch dress” is a wardrobe must-have for this season. Sure, your reliable, monochromatic shift dress has always been a go-to for taking you from day to night. But this summer, large scale florals—we’re talking big blooms—can go from playful yet professional to edgy evening wear with just a few accessory swaps. Look to brands like Zimmermann for super modern, garden-inspired patterns. When you think of a day dress, minis and midis come to mind.
But this season, slinky slip dresses in bold patterns are a cool alternative. A graphic cheetah print option from L’Agence can really show off your wild side. But, if you prefer to
keep it short, patterned mini-dresses that incorporate any (or all) of the season’s hottest hues—
lilac, cobalt blue, pink, coral or red—will turn heads at cocktail time.
Big BRITCHES It’s official—trousers have taken over our wardrobes. In seasons past, the wide-leg pants dominated workwear, but for spring and summer, more casual styles are catching our eyes. While tweed, velvet and corduroy dominated the look in colder months, trousers in bright colors and fun prints are a fresh way to keep the trend going in the warmer weather. Why are we so in love with this popular pants trend? For starters, wide-leg cuts can elongate any body type, especially when worn with another of the season’s style stars—platform shoes. What’s more is that this style of slacks elevates even the most carefree look. Throw on a roomy pair of flat-front cotton trousers with a classic white T-shirt or muscle tee and a pair of Golden Goose sneakers to achieve maximum comfort and sophistication while running around town.
Silk pants with a generous silhouette topped with a monochromatic cropped T-shirt create an effortlessly cool date night option.
One more style tip: While white denim in summer never goes out of style, try swapping in a pair of white wide-leg pants to energize your favorite look.
SET FOR SUMMER ’Tis the season to simplify. In the spirit of keeping things easy, matching short sets are effortless and can be worn anywhere. The pajamas-as-daywear trend continues but with some boudoir details added. Monochromatic satin button-front and drawstring boy shorts with feathered cuffs or lace accents take the look from lazy to luxe.
If you are headed to a pool party or backyard BBQ on a sweltering, summer afternoon, don’t sweat it! Keep cool and look cute in a cotton crop top with smocking or puff sleeves and coordinated boy shorts. Or consider a throwback to a midcentury men’s summer look with matching toweling top and shorts, but in a bold, geometric print.
Bring out your inner boss babe with a matching plaid blazer and shorts in bright colors from Veronica Beard.
Need to dress it up? L’Agence’s white lace blazer and short set is perfect for a summer event. And while we are on the subject of white-hot looks, a billowy embroidered macramé cotton blouse and matching shorts from Dorothee Schumacher create the perfect breezy look to pack for any summer getaway. For cocktails after a long day at the shore or a cozy evening around the fire pit, a knit short set is as stylish as it is comfy.