Runway to Real Life: How to Pull off Spring’s Top Trends


The jig is up.  I’m a (sometimes alarming) lover of all things fashion. During fashion month, many a night are spent on my couch drinking a glass of wine (or two…or three…alright, I can sense you judging) and scrolling through Instagram and my favorite blogs. But, let’s be honest…while runway looks are certainly lust-worthy, most (if not all) don’t exactly work in the real world.

The runway represents the forefronts of fashion trends, explored through (often outrageous) pieces of clothing, or, as I like to call them, works of art created by the world’s most talented designers. And then you have street style, which gives us some context into how these seemingly unapproachable trends can be adapted IRL–but you must use your imagination, because even the street style looks can feel a bit “huh?” because chances are you aren’t about to traipse around town sporting two fanny packs and socks with your stilettos

Not all trends are for everyone. What I love most about new seasons and trends is the invitation to decipher which we want to adapt into our wardrobes, and how to put our own personal spin on them. So, in honor of spring creepin’ around the corner, I’ve rounded up some of the coming season’s exploding trends, as well as some looks to inspire you to take them for a spin on the #realway without feeling too ridiculous. Sit back, relax, and get ready for your daily dose of style inspiration.

Which spring trends are you most excited for/likely to embrace with open arms? Comment below!

1.  Dark-Wash Denim

Normally reserved for warm temps, distressed and acid wash are taking a back seat this season. From dark-washes to top-stitched and tailored cuts, designers are dusting off and reinventing styles from the early 2000s. Try out the trend with a long, denim trench (also a huge SS18 trend), a boxy, oversized jean jacket, or a denim skirt. Or, I’m never opposed to a full-blown Texas tuxedo.

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2. Pretty in Pastels

Perhaps we can thank the millennial pink boom for this, but soft lavenders, pinks and yellows are without-a-doubt leading the way this spring. Try pairing a few of these delicate hues together, or ease in with small doses like a purse or paired with unexpected pieces, like your black jeans, mom jeans or sneaks (to avoid feeling like an easter egg).

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3. Retro Florals

*Insert “Florals for fall? Groundbreaking…” joke*

But this spring’s iteration of florals comes in the form of 60s-inspired. That’s right, no longer reserved for your grandparents’ wallpaper or couch, these groovy, bold, pop of color patterns are all over. I’m always down to open vintage-inspired trends with open arms–and with wedding season just around the corner, I’m on the hunt for a fun, Marcia Brady-inspired floral dress.

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4.  Sheer Transparency

From clear rubbers and plastics to see-through fabrics, transparent touches dominated the runways last year. Designers proved that the line of your under garments no longer need to be in hiding. Though you may not feel comfortable giving away the farm and completely showing off your lady parts (understandable), so adopt it by adding a clear accessory to your wardrobe, like a sandal or a fun bag, or opt for a dress or top with a subtle-yet-sexy dose of sheer.

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5.  B&W Polka Dots

Maybe its because they take us back to 50s elegance and pinup babes, but to me, polka dots are a timeless classic. Equal parts sophisticated and playfully childish, black and white polka dots are a great way to breathe some life into your wardrobe. I personally love the juxtaposition of a ladylike polka dot with a boyish sneaker, and red is without a doubt the best accent color to rock with your B&W spots.

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6. Checks, Please

It was hard to shop last fall and winter without being bombarded by heritage check prints of all kind. SS18 designers made a convincing case for sticking around and being one of spring’s “it” prints. Now in interesting colors and mixed-and-matched looks, this pattern is showing no signs of checking out. Swap your checked wool blazer-style coat this year for a spring trench in the same pattern. If you’re feeling daring, try mixing different checks together.

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7. 80s Vibes

Sequins , exaggerated shoulders, waist belts, fanny packs, white heels, overstated gold earrings, metallic lamé, and the return of the (controversial) 80s dad sneaker. Needless to say that disco isn’t dead and the 80s are back in full-force. But this doesn’t mean you have to bust out the full-blown flash dance getup. Some looks just aren’t meant to be repeated. Try a subtle approach to the trend by swapping your go-to white sneakers for a pair with a pop of neon or adding a cool waist-clinching belt to your blazer, a puffed-out shoulder shirt, a vinyl skirt, or a sequin bag.

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Madeline Nachbar is a Marketing Manager and freelance fashion & lifestyle writer and content creator. On the weekends, she enjoys seeing her favorite bands in concert, traveling,  or hanging in her Northeast Minneapolis hood with the three men in her life: her husband Eric, and her two cats, Harry and Lloyd.