The Fashion Trends of Spring 2023 to Know and Shop

What's blooming for the season ahead.

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We know we can’t predict the future, but the fashion sphere continually does its best to forecast what we’ll wear in the seasons ahead— from footwear to handbags to jewelry to color trends. In turn, a glimpse at the fashion of the future may subconsciously influence our moods and wishlists. 

Whatever ensues six months from now, though, we can be sure that at the first signs of winter’s thaw, we'll feel excitement for warmer and longer days ahead. The Spring/Summer 2023 trends will echo those feelings. From supersonic-looking capes, which Diego Abba, CEO of Italist, calls voluminous, editorial, and oh-so chic, to fashionable and functional cargo-pockets-on-everything pieces to emboldened blooms, the Spring/Summer 2023 trends are worth looking forward to. Lucky for us, we can start shopping them now.

Crazy for Cargo

The burly khaki cargo pants we've come to know over the years have gotten a bad rap. But, this season, we're learning that not all cargos are made equal—case in point, spring's bounty of precious cargo designs that behold the perfect balance of functionality and coolness. From Dior's silky floral cargo pants to Loewe's cool cargo jackets, cargo is the old, new kid in town. Diego Abba, CEO of Italist, explains how cargo has extended its reach—"it's all about cargo skirts, cargo sneakers, and jackets," he says. For some immediate gratification, reach for cargo trousers in an unexpected hue, "like this Off-White version, that comes fashioned with more pockets than you'll know what to do with," says Alba.

Spring Trends from Loewe, Dior, Miu MIu

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Cape Crusades

As far back as the 11th century, capes have proved capable of protecting from the elements, offering warmth and an unmatched level of sophistication. Capes have never wavered as a wardrobe staple, but they have evolved—from cloak-like silhouettes designed with hoods for an outdoors person to fashion-forward capes that can transform almost any outfit, a la those on this season’s runways at Valentino and Gabriela Hearst. It’s hard not to revel in their superhero-like quality. Emilia de Poret, Fashion Director at Klarna, recommends keeping your base layers effortless to let your cape do the talking. For the everyday superhero, she recommends styling them with a pair of tailored pants and killer high heel boots.

Cape trend winter

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Second Skin

For spring, it’s all about the slinky, second-skin dress with subtle, strategic cutouts. From Altuzarra’s floor-length peek-a-boo dresses to the unexpected incorporation of cutouts at Bally to Jil Sander’s sophisticated boucle style midi dresses—skin is getting a seal of approval from some of fashion’s most elevated design houses.

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Do It All Denim

It's no secret that denim is a beloved fabric, but spring's new wave of denim will transcend your everyday jean category; the more denim, the better. From dramatic denim scarves at Alaïa to denim trench coats at Chloé to super cool total denim looks at Khaite—even jean naysayers (they do exist!) will find a denim piece to suit their style needs. If you're not sold on head-to-toe denim, Sonia Mosseri, Creative Director and Co-Founder of denim brand Still Here, loves pairing the season's maxi skirts—which have vintage '90s appeal—with a simple tank or cropped white tee.

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True Romance

We're a sucker for romance, and so were the spring runways that came bursting with florals, ruffles, and feminine frills. From Bottega Veneta's embroidered pastel florals to Christian Dior's intricate lace and crinoline dresses to Loewe's in-your-face flower motifs, we can confidently say that florals for spring can be groundbreaking. To master your approach to cold weather florals, Italist's Abba recommends investing in neutral tones with a romantic motif that you love.

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Leather Weather

For spring, designers put their love of leather on full display with saturated leather office-appropriate pieces. As the weather warms, bulky outerwear gives way to sleek fitted blazers and midi dresses. For spring, "think about leather pieces that are more supple and wearable as a first layer— and not just outerwear," explains Abba. If you prefer not to wear leather, there's a growing number of vegan options on the market thanks to sustainably-minded designers like Stella McCartney and Nanushka.

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Meet the Experts

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Diega Abba

Abba is the CEO of the fashion website, Italist, which connects savvy luxury shoppers with brand-new, in-season fashion and luxury products.

Fashion Director at Klarna
Emilia de Poret

Emilia de Poret is the Fashion Director at Klarna, a TV personality, brand consultant, and angel investor.

Sara Holzman
Style Director

Sara Holzman is the Style Director for Marie Claire, where she's worked alongside the publication for eight years in various roles, ensuring the brand's fashion content continues to inform, inspire, and shape the conversation about fashion's ever-evolving landscape. With a degree from the Missouri School of Journalism, Sara is responsible for overseeing a diverse fashion content mix, from emerging and legacy designer profiles to reported features on the influence of social media on style and seasonal and micro trends across the world's fashion epicenters in New York, Milan, and Paris. Before joining Marie Claire, Sara held fashion roles at Conde Nast's Lucky Magazine and Self Magazine and was a style and travel contributor to Equinox's Furthermore website. Over her decade of experience in the fashion industry, Sara has helped guide each brand's style point of view, working alongside veteran photographers and stylists to bring editorial and celebrity photo shoots to fruition from start to finish. Sara currently lives in New York City. When she's not penning about fashion or travel, she’s at the farmer’s market, on a run, working to perfect her roasted chicken recipe, or spending time with her husband, dog, and cat. Follow her along at @sarajonewyork