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Seven Spring Trends (Thoughts?)

Seven Spring Trends (Thoughts?)

Spring is officially here, and new pieces are hitting stores. Even though I’ve basically worn a shirt and jeans for the past 10 years, I think trends are really fun to watch and weigh in on. So! For kicks, please tell us: What do you think of these seven spring trends?

1. Long floral dresses. As Miranda Priestly said in The Devil Wears Prada: “Florals for spring? Groundbreaking.” But I’m digging this spring’s long floral dresses, which look extra cute with a denim jacket or white sneakers.

2. Tie-front shirts and jackets. I love basic pieces that have a small twist, like a tie-neck or knot-front. (Remember Mckenzie’s tips?) Here’s a wear-it-a-million-times chambray version, too.

3. Rainbow graphics. A burst of color feels so cheerful, and the rainbow touches this spring echo the happiness you get on that first warm day. Side note: How adorable are these?!

4. Kitten heels. Channel your inner Michelle Obama with these comfy heels, which are springing up again everywhere. Bonus: They’re perfect for work.

5. Varsity shirts. Time to scrounge up your dad’s college sports tees. These boxy, throwback styles couldn’t be cooler tucked into jeans with a messy ponytail.

6. Cropped jeans. Love them or really really hate them, cropped jeans are everywhere these days. They’re so polarizing! Where do you stand?

7. Dad sneakers. Over the past year or two, these chunky Larry-David-esque sneakers have gotten more and more popular. It’s one of those trends — like Birkenstocks and wide leg pants — that you question at first but miiiiiight grow to love. Would you try them?

So curious to hear your thoughts!

P.S. Seven everyday clothes I swear by, and the best black and white basics.

(Top photo of this blouse from Madewell.)

  1. Jennifer says...

    I can not live without my Birkenstock’s! Wore them in the 90’s in my teens and totally rocking them in my 40’s. :) I wear the Arizona in the spring/summer and the Boston in the fall/winter. Just bought a pair for my 6yr old daughter, hoping she will love them as much as I do!

  2. Nicole says...

    No to the kitten heel maybe a block or wedge but not the heel. Also no to the cropped bell its just weird. I do see the tie and I bought one shirt for it. I also bought a rainbow skirt to pair with a print shirt I dont know how it will look on me but its pulled off well by others.

  3. Maddie says...

    The first striped tie shirt is adorbs! Any idea who makes it and where I can find it? Love to see what trends are up and coming. I love the christy dawn dresses – and will be wearing them even when they are no longer considered fashionable.

  4. Lizeth says...

    Dad sneakers?! No thank you. I love crop or ankle jeans. I’m 5’4″ and ankle jeans are the only style to really fit me well without having to roll them up.

  5. Jamie says...

    The cropped jean trend is driving me nuts! When you’re 5’10 mid-ankle becomes mid-calf at which point they’re effective capris. Gah! Also, they just look sort of ill fitting don’t they?

    • Thank you! I’m the same height and feel like they look like the frumpiest type of capris. Add in the cold weather in Minnesota where I don’t want to walk around with frostbite on my ankles.

  6. Carrie Brass says...

    hahaha love everything EXCEPT the dad shoes! NO WAY.

  7. Steph says...

    I love reading comments like “hell no to kitten heels. They are hideous” because then I can rock them and feel like a rebel. Oh yeah, I’m bad to the bone- I wear kitten heels.

  8. Rainbow everything!!!!! Never to those sneakers!!!!

  9. Nancy says...

    1) Really? absolutely not. some yes, but not the ones pictured. I would hardly call those ‘floral’ dresses. I would be hard pressed to call long floral dresses a ‘trend’ as they’ve been consistently popular for a good clip.
    2) Yes on the tie-front. It can work well but has to done right.
    3) So-so but generally no
    4) HARD NO. I wish the kitten heel trend would go away. Hideous.
    5) Yep that works
    6) Nope. Why would anyone want to give the illusion of shortening the leg?
    7) on the one’s pictured no BUT it completely depends on the sneaker. There are some absolutely sexy AirMax’s especially from NikeLAB (for example)

  10. Ncatcrow says...

    I am currently obsessed with cropped jeans, wide or skinny. They make me look taller and thinner, so yes. Plus they show off shoes better!

  11. Sharon says...

    I like all of the styles you featured, but you didn’t show any of those shirts with the shoulders exposed…..hope those are going, going, gone! Too many women whose shoulders should never be exposed are wearing them.

    • RBC says...

      I can’t begin to imagine what would qualify someone’s shoulders as unfit to be seen, but I also hate the cold shoulder trend! I hope it’s dead!

    • Sandra says...

      I also dislike the cold shoulder trend. I’m doing the Rent the Runway unlimited plan right now, and they have SO MUCH cold shoulder stuff.

  12. Dad sneakers are the hipster mullet of shoes; they humblebrag, “I’m so attractive/stylish/confident that I can pull this off despite the fact that it is way past normcore and objectively vile.” That is an interesting and valid statement to make! If you see me in dad sneakers, however, my enemies have dressed my corpse in them.

    • ? “Hipster Mullet…”

    • LOL! Yup!

    • Louise says...

      Thank you for this comment! You nailed why I find this trend so insufferable.

  13. Kayla C says...

    Veeeerrry into kitten heels, you can have the polish without tottering all over the office ?

    • Ellie says...

      I agree! Why so much hatred toward this comfortable, classy style?

  14. Maywyn says...

    Flutter cotton, graphic shirts and denim jackets yes! Distressed jeans have gone by the way of trying too hard. I see a sew up moving in on that one. I lean towards add nice camp pocket zip shorts, sturdy fabric figure flattering fabric.

  15. Doug says...

    Beautiful. Modesty is both beautiful and flattering! So glad the “bared naval” fad isn’t returning. Three kiddos later, I can’t manage that one.

  16. Elle says...

    I wore most of that in the ’80s / ’90s, minus the vile sneakers. My tapered jeans were that faded blue. I wore long printed dresses with a Gap jacket and kitten heels or All-Stars. I don’t plan to revisit those looks.

    Being 5′ 5″, I avoid cropped pants but I do have some from J. Crew, a style called “Sammie,” that are fitted and cropped with a flared hem. The flare balances my hips and the length is flattering, so I don’t look (as) short or stumpy. The trick is finding the right fit.

    As for the rest, I’ll skip ’em mostly, but a denim jacket (copper buttons are a must) and kitten heels aren’t trends. They are timeless; any woman can look good in them, any time.

  17. Jenn says...

    1) yes! but not either of those. 2) yes! been doing it for years. but only the tie-waist, not the tie-neck. 3) yesss. 4) hell no. if you’re going to wear heels, wear heels! 5) meh. 6) cropped pants look good on GQ suits and women under 5 ft 6, and even then only in a slim cut. 7) nope, i’m good. gotta keep a low profile with a size 10 casual shoe.

  18. Those Dad sneakers, omg. I had a flashback to my middle-school Skechers that made my (already larger than average) feet look enormous, like freight trucks attached to my ankles. No thank you!

    P.S. Did anyone else notice Kim K wearing them in her recent Instagrams, with chunky socks?! I. cannot. deal.

  19. Melanie says...

    I’ve got to admit I love them all except the Dad shoes. I know that the crop pants are polarizing but i’m a sucker for them. Its 25 degrees in Minneapolis right now and we’ve got a fresh 9″ of snow on the ground but i’m wearing a pair anyway (with little ankle booties). I feel like they’re fresh and different…..my husband (and parents) feel otherwise. (And i’ve got about 7 pair….)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh me too! my ankles are FREEZING ALL WINTER. but i can’t stop.

  20. Louise says...

    I will never grow to love the Dad sneaker trend. Who wants their feet to look like Jerry Seinfeld circa 1996? I love that rainbow striped skirt. Wish I could find one in an above the knee length. I’m short. Midi skirts are super unflattering on me.

    • Emily says...

      Hahahaha @ your Seinfeld comment, so true

    • Sharon says...

      omg, you nailed it. I can picture his white dad sneaks now… with the scrunched up straight leg jeans

  21. Becky says...

    The 90s were such a dreadful era, fashion-wise. Why on Earth are we repeating these trends? Have we learned nothing?!?! I shudder to think that I am going to see people wearing those sneakers around soon. Do you think people will pair them WITH the cropped jeans? Maybe add a tie-front shirt to the mix? Somebody hold me.

    (Although… maybe the floral dresses. With a baby t-shirt underneath. I am going to channel my inner Drew Barrymore… maybe.)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahaha trends are so nuts. but then i always end up loving them once i see them around enough. (birkenstocks, i’m looking at you.)

    • Laura C. says...

      Just lovin’ the 90s music lately, to me it’s been the best! But in fashion, gosh, I’ve been checking my city’s shop windows and it seems like my 1993’s wardrobe is back. Every single shop displays a garment that I have worn before.

  22. Hannah says...

    1) The everlane kick crops are my favorite pants in my wardrobe right now.

    2) The dad shoe trend is sooooo horrible.

  23. Emma says...

    I am firmly against cropped pants if only because I don’t want to feel obligated to shave my legs when I wear them. Also, as someone who is taller, flares have almost always looked too short on me and I hated it. Give me a long inseam or give me death!

  24. Laura says...

    Haha I think I’m in the minority of your commenters and actually like the sneaker trend. It’s all about knowing how to style them (like Alice Gao in your recent week of outfits post – so cool). I’d definitely buy them but for me, sneakers are an investment so I don’t know how I feel about investing in a seeming trend. Definitely covet them when seeing them in streetwear though!

  25. Lindsey says...

    I’m thrilled to see the rugby shirt is back!! Dad shoes on the other hand – absolutely not. Kitten heels are also on my “no thanks” list.

    • Sharon says...

      I also share your distain for the kitten heel… They aren’t comfortable like a flat, and don’t make your legs look fabulous like a good heel. Just in between nothingness; and I always seem to find myself “shuffling” around in them..

  26. Laura says...

    I wrote this tongue in cheek “essay” in February 2017 for no reason other than my own enjoyment, felt like some people might get a chuckle out of it here…

    I’m concerned about the direction pants are going in this nation. I’ve been wondering how long the skinny silhouette would last of course; I’ve asked this question before. They’ve had a relatively long life as far as fashion trends go. Really though, how many shapes can pants take?

    But in these tumultuous times, I wish for something to last. I want to be able to count on the investment I’ve made, the outfits I’ve planned. Have I misplaced my confidence in a shape that is fleeting? Can my heart be pried open to the possibility of change?

    NYC, that particular paragon of fashion and innovation, has certainly seen the advent of a new and wider pant. It started with a more subtle boyfriend jean, and also a cropped, relaxed fit. But now, there is noticeable flare. On the subway, in the streets, even the workplace – not merely on the runway. I’ve witnessed it first hand.

    Here they come, with promises to flatter and to be THE most flattering. We’ve been fed this message before.

    We speak of resistance, does this call for real protest? Refusal to embrace the wider, the shorter? Little solace is the persistence of the high-rise (as life-changing, tummy-tucking as it was and is).

    And yet. I heard those voices that said they would “never” wear a skinny jean, a tapered leg. But with the proliferation, the accessibility in your big box store, the tentative donning that you first dared to do, there was a concession. You gave in, we all gave in. And here we are, with new raised voices that say we will “never”. But I am older and wiser now. I wait and see more silently, my consideration to participate will be gentle and prudent, quietly acknowledging the cycles of life and fashion.

    • I love it!

  27. Leigh says...

    Is it the 90s/early 2000s again? Did you get the first floral dress picture from my sister’s wardrobe in the 90s? The tie front shirt? And the rugby shirt was so in when I was in high school (early 2000s). Underwhelmed.

  28. Maire says...

    I truly do not love most of what is currently in stores right now, minus floral boho dresses because I will never not love the hippie chic look. However, my general lack of current fashion inspo is really really really kind to my wallet, so I can’t really complain!

    • Julie says...

      I love the floral dresses, but I feel like the majority of them cater to the small of boob. Unless I buy a long floral dress a couple sizes too big for the rest of my body, my boobs (I’m only a DD!) don’t even come close to fitting in the top.

  29. Jackie says...

    NO Dad Sneakers.

  30. Jessie says...

    Kitten heels are ALWAYS A NO.

  31. I can’t with the dad sneakers. And I LOVE sneakers! They’re almost all I wear! But no.

  32. Does anyone else remember this post: https://cupofjo.com/2018/01/photographer-alice-gao-style/ the dad sneakers look super cute! I would wear them. It’s all about confidence. I LOVE the floral dresses. Jean jackets are classic and always good.
    I’m short so the cropped pants would probably be full length for me, haha. So that would work ok. I LOVE the rainbow stuff. Reminds me of the 90s/early 00s or something but in a good way. I like the sporty shirt look. I wonder if I or my boyfriend owns anything like that :)

    • Also, I buy clothes very infrequently, thrift shopping only but not often enough. But I love to seeing trends because it helps me give ideas to bring new life to my old clothes.

  33. Eloise says...

    I adore long, flowy dresses but am 5ft 2 on a tall day and don’t wear heels – any suggestions?

    • shannon says...

      Find one you love and wear it! A more defined waist, sleeveless neckline, and slimmer cut in the skirt might help you feel like you’re not drowning in fabric. Maybe try some saltwater sandals – flat, comfy, classic, and they wear so well! Huaraches look great with these kinds of dresses too!

    • Emily says...

      I’m 5’3″ and have found some dresses that are marketed as midi length hit me at the ankle, so they’re basically maxi dresses on me. And to echo Shannon, try cute sandals! I’ll also wear my long flowy dresses with sneakers like Converse and a jean jacket in cooler weather.

    • liza says...

      5’3” here! I love normal tea-length dresses, they usually hit about at my ankle. Also, dresses with a slightly higher waistline (not empire, but a little higher than my natural waist) are so flattering!

    • Thank you Heather, those shoes look perfect!

  34. Sarah says...

    I LOVE that rainbow skirt!!

  35. Cara says...

    HARD pass on the tennis shoes. Just no. Birkenstocks, yes, I just bought a new pair this week.

  36. Heidi says...

    The more these trends come and go, the more I cling tightly to my uniform of gray V-neck tee or black and white striped tee and weathered skinny-ish jeans. I switch out footwear for weather… Stan Smiths, Black Birks or leopard flats. Black sweater if it’s chilly. Bright lipstick if I’m feeling fancy. Done.

    I do love a good rainbow pattern, though!

    • Court says...

      Heidi! This sounds chic. Can you tell me your favorite striped shirt?

    • Heidi says...

      Honestly, my favorite one is the black and white striped v-neck tee from the new brand at Target called Universal Thread! It’s super soft, just the right amount of slouch, and washes really well. (I don’t dry.) I think I got it on sale for $8. I think I need to order a few backups!

    • Heidi says...

      I also forgot to mention my other default footwear choice- my Hobes shoes that I heard about here on Cup of Jo. I have the beach colored boat version and they are worth every single penny.

  37. Lindsay says...

    Half way through this post I actually thought I had clicked on an April Fool’s post! These “trends” already came and went for me in the ’90s (minus the cropped pants) so I’ll take a pass!

    • Shell says...

      I was thinking the same thing! My mom has a photo of me with my long floral dress, denim jacket, and Tretorn sneakers circa 1991. : )

  38. Being petite, I don’t love the cropped jeans phase. Makes my legs look very short. The varsity shirts are taking me back to my youth when they were all the rage.

  39. Somer says...

    Those sneakers can burn in hell. LOLZ. I just can’t get behind them as I’m sure my Dad currently has a pair from Sketchers.

    • THANK YOU

    • Emily says...

      SAME. Just can’t get behind that look. I’m sure my dad is currently wearing his giant bright white New Balance sneakers. No thanks!!!!!

  40. Samantha says...

    I don’t mind cropped jeans, but i HATE. HAAAAATE cropped jeans/pants with wide legs. just wear a skirt!
    also, *hard pass* on the sneakers. ugh.

  41. When I was a kid in the 90s, my dad’s best friend Andrea kept to her 80s uniform: stirrup pants, a turtleneck sweater, Reeboks, and her hair in a high ponytail. Now that I’m in my 30s, I’ve fully embraced my inner Andrea. My circa-2008 uniform of skinny black pants, tunics, and flat shoes still makes me feel put together. I cannot abide the high-rise mom jeans! The biggest fashion risk I’m taking this year is trading my all-black tendencies for the (tunic version, duh) of that rainbow striped Madewell top. Baby steps!

  42. As someone who is on the petite side of the equation, I think the only item on this list that MIGHT work in my favor is the long floral dress, provided the pattern is not too busy and the flowers not too large.

    I would love to wear a tied white button-up, but that makes my torso look way too small.

    Post request: Trendy items for short people :) (Kidding, but not really.)

    • Amanda says...

      I’m 5’2″ so most outfits on models do not translate well when you shave off 7-10″ of height. I would love to see a roundup for short women too (even better if they have an athletic build too).

    • The best thing about the cropped jean trend for me (5’1″) is that now I can finally buy pants that are the right length for me! lol

    • liza says...

      I second that post request!

    • Heather says...

      I third that post request for petite people!

    • Louise says...

      YES! Petite post, please! Anthro currently has about twenty skirts that I’m dying for, and they’re all midi. I just can’t. They make me look like I’m playing dress up.

  43. I’m just bracing myself for the day we have to wear pants that drag on the ground again and endure wet-pant (and consequently wet-butt because you tucked your foot under yourself only too realize too late that you have wet-pant). The crop is a little jarring but it sure beats out wet-pant.

    • Cara says...

      HA! This made me laugh. Thanks for that memory.

    • Lizzie F says...

      Oh god, wet-pant. The damp slapping against the back of your ankle. The salt lines. The grim knowledge that you are dragging feces-laced mud puddle all over your house even after you take your shoes off. Never again.

    • Colleen S says...

      Which is why I stopped wearing flare jeans when high school ended in 2001. Okay, it took me a lot longer to stop wearing flares, but I’ve finally found jeans that are the right length and I’m never looking back.

  44. Sue says...

    Please, can we admit that high rise jeans do not look good on most women? Let’s vote with out buying dollars and pass over the high rise jeans for lower waisted styles. Love the kitten heels!

    • Sarah says...

      I love high rise jeans. All I have besides 1 or 2 pair of mid rise. I love them. Keeps things snug and in place. You can’t tell I’m wearing high rise though, I never wear crop tops with them.

    • Lisa says...

      I love mine high rise jeans! I’m very straight and narrow and it gives me the appearance of having a waist and keeps everything where it should be. You can pry them from my cold dead hands.

    • JessicaD says...

      CO-SIGNED, Sue! I HATE the high waisted jean trend. Even fashion models barely get away with them! But (deep breath), to each her own. :)

    • TJ says...

      Is this a post from the archives (1993)? If so, all this makes sense. I feel like I want to chat ‘Donna Martin Graduates!’

    • Claire says...

      Nope, I love them. They look better on my body type then the others. I hate the low slung show your butt crack when you sit down pants. I think it depends on your body type.
      Maybe we should all agree instead that we each get to wear what we want without judgement.

    • Leah says...

      Yes TJ! Donna Martin Graduates!

    • Laura says...

      I loooove high rise jeans. I’d buy high or mid rise over low rise any day. Just let people like what they like! There’s no universal look for most women. Women look best in what they feel best in.

    • K says...

      Low rise jeans just either feel like they’re falling down and exposing me, or that may side fat is hanging out because they cut me off in the widest and softest part of my body!

      I can understand not liking the particular look of high waisted jeans, but I feel like the fit is so much more flattering across the board the low rise. Interesting how we can both feel so firm about this :)

    • Lindsay says...

      Please no! Go to madewell and see the light!!

  45. Kelsi says...

    Are you kidding me with those shoes?

  46. aga says...

    I hate kitten heels! I like a chunky short heel, but a short skinny heel is so unflattering!
    And dad sneakers? Omg hideous!

    • I feel the same way about kitten heels!

  47. I’m digging wide leg pants (even though I’m short) and always loved birks ever since high school, but I can’t get down with the bulky Larry David sneaks. Uh uh. Not feeling it.

  48. Rugby shirts are in?! YES! I wore my brothers rugby shirts all through high school. I finally feel valid.

  49. Leah says...

    I love the floral dresses, but most of the other trends remind me too much of the 80s.
    Been there. Done that. Moved on.

  50. Cheryl says...

    Remember when we looked like supermodels in bootcut jeans, heels that would show a hint of toe and oops the Achilles heel- low rise? Now we’re excited about mom butt cropped jeans and our daddy’s kicks?
    I’m eagerly awaiting some fantasy new bootcut -not flare!- high rise button fly version. With heels. Platforms. I can’t feel dumpy and frumpy forever.

    • Julia says...

      Lol yes! Fashion right now is terrible. How am I supposed to get excited about dressing like my 3rd grade teacher from the early 90s??? I just can’t get behind it. There is no shape any more to anything which makes it hard if you are petite to not feel like you are being swallowed in clothes.

    • Aimee says...

      I still wear long and straight or narrow bootcut jeans with heels—I’m average height at 5’7″ but that visual magic of a longer inseam + heels is insanely flattering. Express makes a “Skyscraper” jean that I love and wish came in different rinses. They’re not super high-quality but the long narrow leg is the shizz.

    • Amanda says...

      Your fantasy jeans have been in my dreams for a while now, especially an all cotton version that gets softer with wear…Mmm

  51. Love the loose fit of that rugby shirt, though I’m sure my friends would have a fun jibe at wearing rival colours to their team!

  52. Katie says...

    Yes to kitten heels!!

  53. es says...

    I like a good cropped pant, and the floral dresses and tie-front shirts are nice, feminine pieces to freshen up your wardrobe for spring. But those nightmare sneakers from middle school gym class – I 100% Can’t Even!

    • SAME! Those sneakers make me feel so good about growing older.

    • 100% agreement on loving cropped pants and wondering if the whole style community has lost its mind with the Dad sneakers. Years from now I will be able to proudly say I refrained from this harebrained trend.

  54. Amy says...

    I can’t take all the floral! I don’t mind it on others, but it’s just not my style. I literally just got back from shopping and couldn’t find much that wasn’t floral print.

    I also don’t know where to shop anymore. I am 33 and have no idea what (affordable) stores are for me. I don’t buy clothes online, maybe that’s part of the challenge.

    Yes to cropped jeans. I’m not that picky with jeans, as long as .they fit :)

  55. Tracy O says...

    I’m like you, Joanna – jeans and shirts are my regular uniform. I like the floral dresses, kitten heels and tie fronts – tie fronts might be my gateway drug into the new styles. The “flood” pants simply look like they are too short (particularly the ones with the wider leg), and they remind me of not having pants that were long enough when I was growing quickly as a child. As for the Dad sneakers……no, and no, and no.

  56. Justine says...

    I love the floral dresses (so 90s/Friends) and tie front shirts. Those jeans look great on some people. I saw a woman in California rocking a pair with a mid-heel black mule, a black turtleneck and a great pair of shades – she looked so cool and put together. Definitely rocking the trend in a way that was fresh and also classic. On rainbows: couldn’t we all use some colour given that spring is basically never coming? (“The Long December” is in my head constantly these days). Finally, those sneaks are cool but I think Lar is usually wearing the brand Simple, which is a distinctly flatter, less embellished style. I think a flashy sneaker helps make things interesting when you just keep it super casual everywhere else with simple pieces you already own, which is sometimes all we can afford to do, given time, effort and/or budget constraints (thinking cropped black yoga pants, grey sweatshirt, cool shoes). So I say it’s a decent investment, though admittedly trendy.

  57. I got tired of skinny jeans a while ago and I have struggled to find full-length boyfriend jeans. I literally wore ankle jeans with socks all through the Texas winter, but finally found Madewell full-length boyfriend jeans now that it’s warming up. I do love that rainbow shirt in the first picture and was looking at it before I came here. It reminds me of a blouse my grandmother wore, in the best possible way.

    • Lanna says...

      The trick is: second-hand men’s jeans. They’re high-waisted, comfy, and look so cute with a tucked-in tee. Plus they’re cheap and easy to find at thrift stores once you know your waist measurements.

  58. Kristina says...

    I’m looking forward to midi floral dresses later this spring and summer. I’m in major mom-to-toddlers mode and would love to break out of my jeans and sweater rut! And yes to knotting button down shirts! I like to do that over dresses or with high wasted jeans. White would be so fresh!

  59. Anna says...

    These are my favorite types of posts that you do! I used to live in a bigger, fashionable city and now I live in a smaller, notoriously unfashionable city. I have realized that I have no idea what the trends are anymore, because it’s really casual here, or slow to take up the trends. Also re: sneakers. I agree that my first reaction with so many of these vintage/weird sneaker trends has been “that’s ugly” but then it takes 5 minutes for me to get on board, because when else are we going to get to wear the most comfortable shoe of all time, and still be on trend?!?! Sign me up.

  60. Katrina says...

    I feel like it’s all a combination of early 90’s and early 2000’s. Mom jeans do not look good on anyone’s ass and those shoes are awful. I do miss the days of floral dresses with t’s underneath tho.

    • I like that trend too, the floral dresses with tees underneath. Hey, let’s wear them anyhow, and maybe we can bring the trend back! :)

  61. Lindsay says...

    I’m a mom in Seattle area and I guess I’m trendy bc I have several of these. I love the JCrew rugby, the boyish quality is unique for me and I love it. The everlane cropped really does make my legs look longer. The Christy dawn dress was disappointing to me, I wanted one for a long time and finally ordered it. I have yet to wear it bc it’s too long (I’ll get it hemmed) but also very pioneer looking and also sheer so you have to wear a slip. It’s also not soft, more of a cheap stiff fabric. I’m hoping it softens up and I live in it this summer, we’ll see!

  62. Lee says...

    I’ve been thinking lately about trends and their value. Trends are really anti-style. Trends are for people still trying things out. A woman with style doesn’t rely on what is trending, she isn’t even interested. Instead, she appears as she does because her choices are manifest from within. Style is innate, not prescribed.
    As of late, I find myself gravitating to more timeless styles and – more specifically – what enhances me. It used to be enough to have something that looked fresh but now I ask myself, “What’s it doing for me?” Having recently edged into my 40’s, I’ve arrived at a place where it is less about “what’s hot” and more about what reinforces the best version of me. Aside: it is most certainly NOT Dad sneakers.

    • Amy says...

      This. “Trends are really anti-style”.

    • Lisa says...

      THIS!

    • Yulia says...

      100% agree! For someone who has their style figured out and doesn’t need cultural feedback to feel “cool,” trends can be boring. I’ve reached this point in my early 30s. Lots of people think trends are fun, though, and that’s great for them!

      On a similar note, how exciting is it when something that has always suited your aesthetic but has never been trendy enough finally gets trendy? Suddenly the consumer options, once few and far between, are huge. You can finally find the perfect version of something you’ve always wanted–and then you can keep right on wearing it when the new trends take over the old.

    • Mary says...

      Trends and fashion being the qualitative opposite of style is the absolute truth. Everyone should ask that question — “what’s it doing for me?” — of everything they wear.

    • Lee says...

      Yulia,

      YES! As a woman that always loved high rise straight fit jeans I was excited at the proliferation of recent choices now that they are having a moment. I’ve recently restocked. No matter what happens I will never be rocking a low waist pant skinny jean. They simply don’t suit me and I will not force a bundt cake into a cocktail glass.
      Plus, the best wardrobe related compliment you can get is not, “That’s a great (insert clothing item here)” but rather, “You look great.”

  63. Laura says...

    Can you share where the first outfit is from? I love the stripes!

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Hi Laura! It’s from Madewell: http://bit.ly/2uMletZ

      :)

  64. Emilie says...

    I am convinced that no one on team cropped pants lives in a cold climate. What is the sock situation there? We’re still getting snow in my city – in April! – and I just cannot do like the 22 year olds and wear bare ankles with parkas. However – love the long floral dresses and the kitten heels!

    • R says...

      YES, I agree. I love cropped pants but how do you wear them in the winter? I am in NYC and really struggle with the 9 months of winter we have. How to dress cute and warm?

    • YES, same. If my feet/ankles are cold, the rest of me is ccccccold too

    • Amy says...

      I’ve been wearing merino wool socks since September. The bare ankles everywhere are cute, and I’ll show mine in May (after I shave…ha).

    • THANK YOU! I do not understand all the bare ankles! I live in Boston. It’s COLD! How about a style that we can comfortably wear in the winter and spring?

    • Yulia says...

      I love the slightly shorter pant and do bare ankles year round. However, I run toasty warm so I barely even feel the cold.

      How do the cold-climaters-against-short-pants feel about dresses? Do you not wear them in the winter either? Curious!

    • eliot says...

      I live in Boston where we are supposed to get snow tomorrow and I *exclusively* wear cropped jeans. (Note: I’m from Texas and just moved here so I’m definitely not immune to the cold!) Unless actual snow/rain is falling, I wear penny loafers or oxfords. Maybe my ankles just don’t get cold? Maybe that’s what boots/booties are for? To cover the ankle? If the temp drops below freezing I’ll throw on trouser socks that have a great pattern (Happy Socks are perfect for this). If you’re socks are cute, then it looks like they’re part of the outfit. If you’re throwing on a ratty old pair from 10 years ago, yeah, cropped pants are going to look ridiculous.

      I personally dread the day when the full-length jean comes back into style. I’ve never seen someone wear full-length jeans and look put together at the same time. That’s the beauty of the crop: you look so put together that you can wear them anywhere – out to a nice dinner (with a silk top and cute sandals), to work (with a blazer and heels), or just to run errands (with a t-shirt and fun sneakers). They’re perfect and you can pry them from my cold, dead hands.

    • Danielle says...

      This is a response to Yulia: Montreal may a bit extreme in terms of the cold and amount of ice/snow on the sidewalks but most people wear big bulky winter boots (often knee-height) several months of the year and switch into “official” footwear at work. I think there’s less pressure to actually look stylish during the commute…Yes, I wear dresses with tights all winter, I have a knee-length coat so not that much leg is really exposed. I guess you could wear cropped pants bundled awkwardly into the tops of your boots but with that much exposed flesh during the day you’d be hearing “Wow aren’t you cold” or “You’re crazy” all day at the office which isn’t chic.

  65. Natalie says...

    I can do the mom jeans. I CANNOT do the dad sneakers! ;)

  66. Robin says...

    In on the long dresses, utterly OUT on the cropped, boxy jeans and dad sneakers. So terrible! Who would those look good on?

  67. Rae says...

    I am surprised at how few commenters are excited about these items – a lot of them are classics to me! I have always worn button-down shirts tied in front and I really like the new ones that come “pre-tied” because I don’t have to fuss with it. I LOVE jean jackets, and look forward to wearing one with long floral dress this spring. Full disclosure: I live in a mountain-rural-college town where these more casual looks fit right in. I’ll leave the varsity shirts for the actual college kids and let the cool girls rock the dad sneakers (I’m looking at you Tracey Ellis Ross).

  68. Amy says...

    Oops! I just looked at the image and didn’t realize it about the tie fronts and not about Jean jackets!

  69. Amy says...

    I think jean jackets are a staple, they come back every spring. I wore mine forever until the zipper broke. Now everytime I see one in store I want to buy it but my husband won’t let me! I think maybe I wore the other one too long…lol

    • Jessica says...

      I hope you get yourself a jean jacket.

    • Rebekah says...

      Haha my husband hates jean jackets. So I don’t get them either. To me, it’s way more fun to get dressed when I know he likes what I’m wearing… He thinks I’m beautiful no matter what, but I enjoy grabbing his attention with cute, flattering outfits too. I know not all men even notice what women are wearing but I like that my husband does. :)

  70. Ro says...

    Oh wow! I’m currently wearing my chunky running sneakers with skinny jeans and my friend said I looked dorky. But little did she know…

    I actually did feel super cool and on trend all day, especially wearing them with a more formal, long trench coat. Isnt it funny how things we used to hate can suddenly seem so fresh and cool?

  71. Liz says...

    Ha! The author of the Why Don’t Pants Go All The Way To The Floor Anymore article teaches barre at the studio I frequent on the weekends!

    • Nikita says...

      loved the article… sums it up perfectly!

  72. Renee says...

    I’m a little under six feet tall, so cropped jeans and puffy sneakers take me back to a time where I couldn’t find ANYTHING that fit properly, and my feet were too big for my body. Happy to be tall, but no thanks–I’ll take my pants as long as possible!

    • Cait says...

      Omg right? I am six feet tall and was 5’10 at 13 so all that these trends represent to me is trauma, haha.

    • Right!!!! I’m tall, too, and cropped jeans/pants just look like I couldn’t find the tall.

    • Lucy says...

      Same here. Regular lenght pants look “cropped” on me. And now with this cropped madness I cannot find anything that wouldnt be above my ankle. I really can’t wait for this one to pass!

  73. Dana says...

    I have that striped Madewell blouse and love it. I always get compliments on it too!

  74. I would love to wear cropped jeans but they just make me look shorter and wider – ugh! Long floral dresses, however, can be slimming and feminine. Just get the right size, cut and print so that it doesn’t look dowdy. Anthropologie has some beautiful ones in their spring collection.

  75. I don’t mind the crop but hate it with the flare…looks fine with wide legged pants or skinnies, or just straight legs. I have a pair of wide legged cropped pants that I’m trying to decide if I want to get them hemmed to be just below the knee or keep them that way. For cropped skinnies I’m either wearing them when it’s warm or when the ends are tucked into boots, so the ankle doesn’t bother me when it gets colder!

    • Eliza says...

      I can only imagine the crop flare with a flat sandal MAYBE being okay, but otherwise I can’t get on board with the flare either! Other cropped styles are great…just not the flare!

  76. Marti says...

    I’m a HUGE fan of cropped jeans. There’s just something so fresh about a ankle peeking through. Plus, they look great with high tops, ankle boots, sandals, pumps, strappy heels… you virtually can’t go wrong! However, I absolutely CAN NOT get behind the chunky sneakers trend. Nope. Not ever. No, thank you.

  77. Whitney says...

    I feel so old. I hate all of them except the rugby/football shirts.

    • Whitney says...

      And the kitten heels and midi skirt… the last few are what stuck with me haha!

  78. edie says...

    those “dad sneakers” are atrocious. just my opinion.
    I much more prefer Nike Cortez and other slimmer options.

    Then again, I live in the Midwestern portions of the nations and we often get trends later in the game. So maybe next year I’ll be wearing them! Who knows.

  79. Claire says...

    Lots of cute stuff here, but nothing I can’t live without. I am against cropped jeans, but it’s really hot in the summer where I live so I don’t wear jeans much anyway.

  80. Alice says...

    I’m tall so yes to long dresses but not too floaty and preferably not floral as I live in a city not a field with a sunset. Love that rainbow skirt! Yes to cropped jeans, I’ve been rolling mine forever. No to dad trainers because that’s what my running shoes look like, and they’re for running. Definitely no to kitten heels, and no to varsity but that’s probably because I’m British – you guys make that look work over there, we look like weird try hards!

    • Abbe says...

      Hahaha “I’m tall so yes to long dresses but not too floaty and preferably not floral as I live in a city not a field with a sunset.” My sentiments exactly.

  81. Oh rugby shirts! All of these are classics that don’t *really* go out of style (well, maybe the sneakers?) but the shirts! My dad was a photography professor and growing up we’d always hear about the “classic” clothing items, including shirts like those. I got a scholarship to an acting camp and they required a headshot. My dad insisted I wear a shirt like that. How mortifying for this high school girl (in early 2000s I wanted to be one of those girls in wide legged jeans and lace edged shirts).

    But its true. They never go out of style really, and always look good.

  82. riye says...

    I’m short so usually “cropped” jeans means I don’t don’t have to hem! Yes! Otherwise instead of looking cute in jeans with the cuffs rolled up, I look like I’m wearing large bagels around my ankles–not a good look for anyone.

    • Lindsey says...

      Large bagels! Haha

    • Em says...

      Ditto! Similarly, the 7/8 yoga pants trend means that I can buy proper full-length yoga pants that don’t bunch up with extra fabric at the bottom :)

  83. Carrie says...

    Those dad sneakers are the worst lol

  84. Kelly says...

    Air Max’s are cute — they seem more 90s hip hop to me than dad – but those Filas are a resounding NO!!

    Anyway made me think of themomedit.com’s April Fools day post.

  85. Ramona says...

    Sorry, just not feeling any of the trends this year. Maybe for the younger generation who didn’t experience these ‘classic’ trends the first time, but I think I’ll leave ’em in the past. They seem mostly ‘shape-less.’ If a 50’s+ woman wears them now…well…I think she’d look ‘stuck-in-the-past.’ I usually look more forward to fall/winter trends.

    • AJ says...

      *Truth* if you wore it the first time around – pass when it is a “new” trend.
      Love crops though! Completely depends on your body type and geographic region. Love them for So Cal year round.

    • Just what was going through my mind. I think I can leave 1978 behind this time.

  86. Ann-Marie says...

    The only good thing about dad sneakers is that they’ll make your leg look thinner, as they’re so chunky. I’m on the fence about them, but leaning to no.
    Yes to kitten heels, I just bought some a month ago in a pale pink! Low heels all the way, for me.

  87. Lauren E. says...

    I’ve been wearing cropped jeans for years now and actually have a hard time in winter when my ankles need to be covered up! I just think they’re most flattering on my body.

    Loving the rainbow trend, haaaaating the dad sneakers. Born in 1985, those sneakers just remind me of my Skechers affinity in the 90s.

  88. DD says...

    I may be the only advocate for dad sneakers here, but I REALLY love them!
    I own a couple different pair of Air Max’s myself and have grown to really love them (latest investment the grey velvet Air Max 97’s). I pair them with culottes, dresses, jeans and just about everything. I was super happy to see them become a trend this last year!

    • Keri says...

      Me too! I thrash my Air Max’s love wearing them with cropped jeans. I love the look of Dad sneakers – so cool and capable. Kitten heels, on the other hand, look SO weird to me.. that teeny skinny little stump under your heel? Whyyyyyyy?

  89. Oneida Christensen says...

    whaaaat?!? those “dad” sneakers are in? i’m usually late to the trend game when it comes to styles and wait until it is really really in (i.e. almost everyone is wearing them) because then i feel like it is more normal. ha. but i HAVE a pair of sneakers that i haven’t worn because they look exactly like those ones and i think they are ugly. maybe they will become really normal and i can bring them out of the closet! pleeeease show me how they are styled when they are worn because i cannot even envision it!

  90. Lindsay says...

    Crop jeans need to die. I live in the Midwest, where only two weeks out of the year crop jeans are appropriate. The majority of the year it is too cold, or too humid to wear crop jeans. I’ll be saving my money until they start making reasonable length inseams again. (Also, flare and extra long jeans are a super bad idea here too….way too slushy in spring!)

  91. Sarah says...

    Noooo to crop jeans. Loving the tie front shirts, though!

  92. Annie says...

    Those flower dresses are cute, but so many look like either Little House on the Prairie or “Big Love” polygamy-style.

    • Claire says...

      LOL!

  93. Danielle says...

    I made fun of my mom my entire childhood and teenagehood for the high-waisted jeans she had in her closet, but boy-oh-boy did she get a lot of teasing mileage out of the fact that I showed up to Christmas wearing high-waisted jeans AND Birkenstocks. I’m a committed dad-fashion critic (my dad’s uniform is a pastel polo shirt, saggy jeans, and bulky New Balance tennis shoes from the 90s, which I’m pretty sure he’s mowed the lawn in since the 90s, too). Seeing the dad sneakers here makes me cringe, but maybe I’ll hold my tongue and wait to see if in two years I’m wearing his exact uniform…..grass stains and all!

  94. Emilie says...

    Excited about the Varsity shirts and cropped jeans (though it is still snowy where I live and it is hard to find the right shoes to pair them with). Not remotely keen on the dresses or kitten heels. The Dad sneakers are also a hard no. Fun to assess the trends!

  95. Elizabeth says...

    No to Dad sneakers — I have always hated the bouncy-boingo feeling l have when wearing sneakers with anything but athletic wear.
    No to crop, except I have a pair of jeans that I roll up that are fantastic. I’m tall, with thin legs, and anything cropped, including 3/4 length sleeves, makes me feel like I’m back in 7th grade, praying that I wouldn’t grow out of clothing I really liked. Wide crop legs with skinny legs makes me feel like I look as though I have a prosthetic leg.
    I like the tie shirts because let’s face it, I can’t possibly tuck anything in anymore.
    Love florals but not something high-necked or hippy-dippy. I’m on the prowl for something with a small floral print in a tailored silhouette. My father always warned against large prints, saying they made people look like upholstered furniture.
    There’s a cute rainbow-striped sundress on the front of a recent Land’s End catalog.

  96. Beth says...

    I’m short, but I love the cropped jeans. I hate those ugly chunky sneakers–yuck. I do love less-chunky sneakers (like veja or native) with ankle pants, or cropped pants, or my wide legged work pants. They just feel so good. Just like I love a man in a sharp suit with nice sneakers. I really like this mix of dressy with the casual.

  97. Colleen says...

    Cropped jeans, no, still feeling the work ankle pants like Old Navy Harper, yes. Not really feeling anything else.

  98. Lisa says...

    Let’s be honest. There’s a 99% chance I’m wearing jeans because I haven’t shaved my legs. A crop would defeat that whole purpose.

    • Rachel says...

      I went to Catholic elementary and high school, and i used to only shave from mid-calf to mid-thigh to account for the space between my knee socks and plaid skirt. To this day I sometimes will only shave my ankles if i’m wearing my favorite cropped pants haha. Old habits die hard I guess!

    • KL says...

      high five to that!

    • katie says...

      THIS! Two enthusiastic thumbs up.

    • Ann-Marie says...

      Haha I hear you. I definitely shave my calves — ankles to knees — more regularly than my upper leg/thigh area, and sometimes I do just the ankles if need be!

  99. Lily says...

    I vote yes to the rainbow, kitten heels, jeans, and flower dresses. Not as sure of the dad sneakers I gotta be honest! I predict I will probably love them in a year though lol.

  100. Tanith says...

    I’m loving this early 80’s vibe this spring! <3

  101. Stephanie says...

    I feel like an old man screaming from my lawn, but does this stuff really ever go out of style? I’m a no on the “dad” sneakers, but the others could be considered classic pieces. I’ve just never encountered someone who’s like, “A kitten heel? GET OUT OF HERE YOU LUNATIC.”

  102. I live in Texas where “spring” feels like summer, so anything like jeans or a sweatshirt is automatically out…which is a relief because I don’t want to make a decision on cropped jeans. Ha.

  103. Angela says...

    So funny, I saw “Dad sneakers” on another blog as their April Fools joke!

  104. Lane says...

    I am short and plus sized, so I always scoffed at the cropped wide-leg pants trend, assuming such things were for tall, slender people. Then I found this linen blend pair at Old Navy and fell in love with them. https://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=93431&pcid=5475&vid=1&pid=208669012

    And I’ve gotten so many compliments on these pants! Even my husband said how much he loves them!

    Maybe there’s something to be said for some of these trends after all.

    • Emily says...

      ooo I love these thank you!

    • I bought these last year and I love them! Can’t wait to wear them again!

  105. Sarah says...

    Cropped denim is SO polarizing! I love a good kick-flare crop [ so perfect as temps warm up ] but being a long-legged lady, most skinny jeans are waaay too short and look so silly [ an ankle crop typically looks much more like a capri :( ]

    At any rate, I love that there’s much more variety out there in terms of denim choices the last few seasons!

  106. Sasha says...

    Yes to cropped jeans! I’ve been rolling mine forever. No high rise though, eek. It makes me uncomfortable just looking at those pinchy denim waists.
    And yes to pretty floral dresses, can’t wait till it’s warm enough!

    But my all time favorite trend is athleisure, aka pajamas all day. I’m lucky that it’s appropriate for my workplace, my home preschool. Stretchy pants and kangaroo pockets on sweaters are super handy when working with little ones.

  107. Colleen S says...

    I’m a “no” for cropped jeans. I did my time in my twenties, and regretted it immensely. Also, the step hem thing, that’s also a big NO. I like clean-looking jeans, no holes, no ragged edges. I did that in middle and high school, and I can’t do it anymore.

    • Sarah says...

      I’m with you on everything, Colleen!

  108. Andrea says...

    Dad sneakers–N.O. NO No Noooooo!
    (Except they look so comfortable, so maybe?)

    • Kristina says...

      haha the parenthetical is right on ; )

  109. Anna says...

    With size 9.5 feet I’m afraid that most athletic shoes I wear already look like dad sneakers.