Now that we can feel the weather warming, we’re back to browsing store windows everywhere we go. On display, you can’t miss them: They’re the trends that look new and different but will soon fit right into our wardrobes. Ready to reinvent your closet? Don’t do it until you’ve read this post. First, you need to take note of the looks you’ll be buying into. Remember: You can add these trends to your style without going nuts. Just a few key pieces in each category will update you right into spring.


1. Gingham Style What? Checkers? At first glance, you may think that dressing like a checker board is too bold, or too young, for your taste. But this spring, the adorably retro gingham check will be everywhere and it has reinvented itself into modern fabrics and styles that would make more than just June Cleaver swoon. If you’re shy to go full-out with this one, try working the gingham style into your wardrobe slowly, with a scarf, say.

gingham topDondup Gingham wrap shirt, $460, 

diane-von-furstenberg-genesis-gingham-pantsDVF Genesis Gingham Pants, $565

silk twill gingham scarfDVF silk-twill scarf, $205

2. All white, All day Yes, we know wearing all white can make you feel weirdly angelic, and very afraid you’re going to get stained. Get over it. You don’t have to be walking down the aisle to sport this ethereal trend. Besides, it’s got perks. Not only will wearing all white elongate your silhouette, but it will give you a nice blank canvas to work with. Consider pops of colour in your accessories—shoes, purse, even a bright lipstick.

white suitTailor Trouser Suit, $285

white blazerSlim cut blazer, $49

white dress Long Asymmetrical wrap dress, $41

3. Boho Chic Finally, this season will let you breathe like never before. How? The boho chic trend is more than just cool and pretty. It essentially requires you to swap your too-tight business suits for flowy long maxi skirts, loose tunics and fun fringes. Dressing like a modern flower child, just in time for festival season, will let you slide right into the spring spirit.

boho maxi dressMara Hoffman maxi dress, $300

boho skirtPalm silk maxi skirt, $1230

boho tunicOdille embellished Kaftan, $135

4. Dress-up Denim

It’s finally time to stow away those old ripped jeans and make room for a grownup version, the dress-up denim. This clean cut look gives one of our most vintage fabrics new blood for spring because you can wear it as more than just pants. This year, dress-up denim is being shown in fitted dress shirts, trousers, jumpsuits, jackets and more.

denim topWhirlwind denim tshirt, $255

denim jumpsuitAPC Texas Denim Jumpsuit, $500

denim dressVictoria Beckham denim mini dress, $750

5. Feminine Florals

Flowers for spring? What a crazy concept! This time of year is known for blossoms everywhere, so why not in clothes? This season, flowers of every kind and pattern are everywhere. Subtle or noisy, peonies or roses, it’s a fresh trend that will make you look and feel like a hopeless romantic suffering from spring fever.

floral pantsArmani printed trousers, $115

floral bag Marc Jacobs beach tote, $375

floral shoesVans Slim geo floral sneakers, $69

6. Flats and Sneakers

With a new year, comes a new shoe trend—and thankfully the fashion Gods have heard the cries from our squished feet! From chic slip-on mules to a classic pair of white sneakers, you’ll be taking a welcome break from heels. This season, take business-chic to a new level by pairing modern-day oxfords with slim fit trousers and a blazer.

sneakersAmerican Eagle lace up sneakers, $37

muleKate Spade gowan mule, $350

oxfordsbeige oxfords, $44

7. OMG Culottes

Cul-what? Culottes: a stylish alternative to skinny fit trousers with a voluminous bottom and flattering hemline; perfect for every height! This trend made a very shy appearance last spring, but has come out in full force this year in a variety of fabrics that will fit into any wardrobe. Take it to the office with a feminine blouse and fancy sandals or take it to the streets with a fitted t-shirt and slip-on Vans. The outfit ideas are endless, if you take the plunge.

societe-anonyme-high-waist-culotte Societe Anonyme high waisted culotte, $199

peach culotteTarot sharkskin culotte, $715

8. Cool Khaki

One of the easiest spring looks this year is the relaxed military inspired trend; and no, this is not a nod to Destiny Child’s ‘Survivor’ video. This season, Ralph Lauren and Jason Wu softened the look with fitted shirt dresses and sheer fabrics. You can opt to wear it in a lightweight jacket over jeans or a silky blouse tucked into a fitted skirt.

khaki belt  YSL vintage wide buckle belt, $478

khaki blouse


Diesel black gold sheer studded blouse, $190

khaki jacketVintage naro military army jacket, $50

9. Colourful Suede

A bit unexpected on the runways for this season,  but a trend, nonetheless. Designers took this buttery fabric to the next level in bold beautiful colours like Red and Yellow. They also gave a nod to the 70s by creating patchwork trench coats. Have some fun with it this season. Pair a suede crop top with some dressy culottes and you’re sure to look like you walked out of Vogue.

yellow suede Bill Blass yellow suede top, $315

suede dress Maje Rigolette perforated suede dress, $825

green suede skirt H&M suede A-line skirt, $190

10. Updated Polos

In keeping with the very sporty looks this season, Polo shirts made a huge appearance on the runways. But thankfully, you don’t have to look like you’re heading to a tennis match. Silky polo shirts look nothing short of divine with a monochromatic long flowy skirt or even with a pair of leather pants, for that fashion risk-taker in you.

dress poloBouchra Jarrar blouse, $3470

polo dressSonia Rykiel color block dress, $409

polo shirtMui mui knitted polo shirt, $860

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About the author

Despina Danishwar

Media and fashion have both always been present in my life, and I'm extremely fortunate to have worked in both industries. I've gone from Technical Director to Wardrobe Consultant at The Weather Network and a buyer's assistant at TJX Canada. I'm currently in my happy median...Public Relations. I'm happy to also be called a wife and mommy to two little divas

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