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The Spring 2019 Fashion Trends That Will Define Wardrobes

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Time works differently in the fashion world. While most of us were digging out our cozy wool sweaters and brushing the dust off our suede ankle boots, designers already thought ahead to summer/spring 2019. Back in September 2018, they presented their designs at New York Fashion Week, giving eager guests a glimpse of what to expect for the next season.

Well, now, spring is here and it's time to give your wardrobe a little refresh. (You deserve it after making it through those frigid winter months.) So what should you invest in? The collections below show that yellow is a dominant color. Puffy sleeves is another trend designers have agreed on, bringing the '80s style into 2019. But even when we see repeated themes, every designer puts his or her own spin on them. Take the tie-dye trend, for example: Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta of Eckhaus Latta presented a black-and-white tie dye suit, while John Elliott chose to debut a pair of tie dye pants.

Instead of calling out every single trend we saw on the catwalks, we've painstakingly narrowed it down to the top nine spring trends you should know and picked out our favorite pieces from each to shop. You'll want to get your hands on the trends, ahead, before everyone else starts.

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Egg-Yolk Yellow

As seen at Jonathan Simkhai, Tibi, Escada, Rodarte

Millennial pink and lavender had their moments, but the color of spring 2019 is egg-yolk yellow. The sunny pastel shade popped up all over the New York Fashion Week runways, batting away any rainy day blues guests might have felt. The color worked its way into the fanciful tiered dresses of Rodarte and into the sleek trench coats of Escada. Tibi’s yellow pantsuit set was a fresh breath of air compared to all the navy and burgundy suits we’ve seen from past seasons. Spring ’19 is looking bright already.

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Block Color Slip Dress
Zara zara.com
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Joni Bag
Susan Alexandra shopbop.com
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Silk Charmeuse Pajama Shirt
Mansur Gavriel mansurgavriel.com
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Short Suits

As seen at Matthew Adams Dolan, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Monse, Tibi

To account for spring's warming weather, designers revamped their basic pantsuit sets and instead teamed blazers with shorts (including sporty biker shorts, as seen in Nanushka's presentation). The new suiting can be styled in a variety of ways: Matthew Adams Dolan styled his two-piece minty green set with black pumps while Maryam Nassir Zadeh sent her model down the runway in lace-up sandals. I'm calling it now: This will be the spring/summer uniform for all fashion girls.

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Clare Checked Double Breasted Blazer
ei8htdreams shopbop.com
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Sydney Checked Trouser Shorts
ei8htdreams shopbop.com
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Goodwin Blazer
WAYF shopbop.com
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Titus Shorts
WAYF shopbop.com
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Little White Dresses

As seen at Ulla Johnson, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Kate Spade, Rebecca Taylor

The search for that perfect white summer dress is over, because designers sent a host of options down the catwalk for next season. Sure, they were all white, but they differed in terms of fabric (some designers used lace while others opted for sheer cotton material) and style (some LWDs were designed with sleeves, others with ruffle details). It was hard to pick a favorite, but click ahead for three I love.

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Asymmetric Mousseline-Cotton Midi Dress
A.L.C. theoutnet.com
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Jacquard Mini Dress
Topshop topshop.com
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Melody Ladder-Lace Dress
Zimmermann matchesfashion.com
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Puffy Sleeves

As seen at Ulla Johnson, Sandy Liang, Kate Spade, Rodarte

This '80s style was a can't-miss look in designer shows and presentations. Ulla Johnson added puffy sleeves into her jumpsuits, while Nicola Glass brought the trend, via a floral dress, into her first collection for Kate Spade. They added a unique detail to all the looks and are 100 percent wearable for spring.

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Siam Red Top
Pixie Market pixiemarket.com
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Peony Dress by Alice McCall
Alice McCall modaoperandi.com
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Cotton Blend Handkerchief Midi Dress
& Other Stories stories.com
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As seen at Tibi, Tory Burch, Escada, Sies Marjan

Designers seemed to unanimously agree that a shirtdress should be in everyone's wardrobe next season. This wearable staple came in a medley of prints and colors, from Tory Burch's striped collared dress to Sies Marjan's crisp white look. We predict this design will be your new throw-on-and-go outfit. Style with sandals, pumps, or even sneakers.

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Scarf Print Shirt Dress
Mango mango.com
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Belted Silk Satin Midi Shirt Dress
Diane Von Furstenberg theoutnet.com
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Tory Burch Bianca Silk Shirt Dress
Tory Burch mytheresa.com
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Tie Dye

As seen at Eckhaus Latta, R13, John Elliott, Prabal Gurung

I never thought the tie-dye look was for me, but after the Spring 2019 runway shows, I'm caving and getting myself a funky, colorful top. Designers tapped into their groovy sides, sending tie-dye tops, jackets, and pants down the NYFW runways. Every outfit featured a different approach to this '60s style. Chris Leba of R13 infused western-elements into his laidback surfer outfits, while Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta of Eckhaus Latta really went for it with a tie-dye jacket and pants set. These aren't your childhood camp day tees, they're better.

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Go Your Own Way Cotton Jersey
Aries net-a-porter.com
$63.00 (50% off)
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Tie Dye Scrunchie
Namjosh shopbop.com
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Lea Belted Tie-Dyed Cotton Midi Dress
Rhode Resort net-a-porter.com
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As seen at Marc Jacobs, Tibi, Monse, Escada

Why wear one color when you can wear two? Amy Smilovic of Tibi played with the contrast of navy and sky blue in her runway show and Marc Jacobs paired orange and pink together in his unexpectedly magical feathered creation. Two-toned looks take the thinking out of mixing-and-matching colors for you, and for that I'm thankful.

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The Ballerina Two-Tone Swimsuit
Solid & Striped theoutnet.com
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Shoko Two-Tone Ribbed-Knit Dress
Staud net-a-porter.com
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Printed Side-Tie Wrap Maxi Dress
Rosie Assoulin saksfifthavenue.com
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As seen at Proenza Schouler, Anna Sui, Tibi, Eckhaus Latta

Is the new outerwear option for spring '19 simply just a vest? According to the runways, yes. Models at Proenza Schouler layered 'em on, while at Eckhaus Latta there was no shirt necessary. Anna Sui tapped into this trend, too, and debuted a floral brocade military-inspired piece at her show. Move over bomber jackets, the vest is the smarter way to cover up going forward. Once you purchase your fave, click here for six was to style it.

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