2023’s Biggest Spring Trends Include Maxi Skirts & Ballet Flats


Spring is here — and that means the spring/summer 2023 fashion trends we saw on the runways months ago are about to be in full bloom. After the dark days of winter, ’tis the season for revival and reinvigoration, so we’re expecting our outfits to follow suit. If you can’t quite remember what was happening on the catwalks late last year, we don’t blame you. We’re also here to help by refreshing both your memory and your warm-weather wardrobe.

Ahead is our list of the biggest fashion trends that spanned the shows from New York to London to Milan to Paris, all of which can finally be integrated into your wardrobe. While not every one of them is big with a capital B, (spoiler alert) the blazers and the handbags actually are. And whether it’s embracing your inner Lara Croft in this season’s amped-up utilitarian attire or transforming yourself into a human disco ball courtesy of party-ready metallics, fashion is giving us plenty of opportunity to have fun. But where to begin?

We’ve assembled the key pieces, colors, accessories, and aesthetics to kick things off this spring with your most stylish foot forward. By that we mean in a pair of dazzling ballet flats, but more on that below.

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Spring Trend 2023: Statement Maxi Skirts

According to Brandon Maxwell, Valentino, Jil Sander, and Ulla Johnson, the maxi skirt has arrived to rival last spring’s ubiquitous micro mini. Featuring floor-grazing hems, ruffles, sparkles, prints, and even pockets, there’s an extra-long skirt style for everyone (though denim takes on this trend are stealing the spotlight).

Spring Trend 2023: Fancy Flats

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 18: Paloma Elsesser walks the runway during the Nensi Dojaka Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2023 fashion show as part of the London Fashion Week on September 18, 2022 in London United Kingdom. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Step up your 2023 shoe game by slipping on your favorite flats from the early aughts with a high-fashion edge. Be it pointy-toes or classic ballet flats, these nostalgic styles are back and better than ever with rhinestone embellishments (Nensi Dojaka), daring mesh detailing (Emporio Armani), and sharp silhouettes.

Spring Trend 2023: Drop Waists

Not ready to give up last summer’s corset styles just yet? Then the curve-hugging, drop-waist dress trend — à la Gabriela Hearst, Carolina Herrera, and Sandy Liang — is for you. With waistbands falling just above the top of your hips, this torso-lengthening look comes with the sculptural appeal of a corset and the added bonus of a bottom half that’s loose and flowing.

Spring Trend 2023: Shades Of Purple

A recent trend report from Worth Global Style Network found that the color purple is an increasingly popular choice among young shoppers who appreciate its gender-inclusive allure. We spotted the trending hue in a variety of ways at the SS23 shows, with Adam Lippes opting for a very light lilac, Prabal Gurung going for lavender, and Tibi trying out plum and orchid shades. For bold dressers interested in the sheer styles that also dominated the SS23 runways, choosing a dark purple see-through piece is a great way to adopt this daring look without feeling totally exposed.

Spring Trend 2023: So Much Silver

There is no shortage of designer inspo (Sacai, Gucci, Valentino, Paco Rabanne, Chloé, Simone Rocha) and styles (mesh materials, metallic accents, sleek and shiny fabrics) for those who wish to shine bright in this standout trend. Celebrities kicked things off at the Grammy Awards earlier this year, with Harry Styles in a silver fringed jumpsuit, Mary J. Blige in a cut-out silver dress, and Alex Scott in a silver halter-top ensemble.

Spring Trend 2023: All Things Utilitarian

The wild rise of the cargo pant has ushered in an era of utilitarian style more generally. This includes all kinds of baggy pants, durable fabrics, boiler suits, and pretty much anything with pockets. Designers like Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Sacai, Burberry, Koché, Isabel Marant, and LaQuan Smith have given this trend their stamp of approval, sometimes with a colorful or silky twist.

Spring Trend 2023: Very Big Blazers

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This spring, big blazers mean big business. The oversized take on the closet staple is reflective of an industry whose rules have become more flexible and easy-going in recent years. Breezy styles from of-the-minute brands like Khaite and Rejina Pyo prove that the boxier, the better.

Spring Trend 2023: Leather On Leather

Two-piece sets in leather, or vegan alternatives of the fabric, are proving to be fashion’s glossiest outfit formula for the season ahead. Sleek shorts, pants, and skirts in leather or leather-like materials are being paired with matching blazers, bombers, and bustiers inspired by the likes of Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Coach, Max Mara, and Chloé.

Spring Trend 2023: XL Totes

If you like big blazers, might we suggest the trend’s equally large cousin: the supersized tote. Industry heavy hitters like Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, and Bottega Veneta are making the case for extra-large bags that are big enough to eclipse your torso, making this accessory the center of attention that just so happens to fit everything you need to get through the day… and then some.

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