When we broach the topic of trends—and fashion month trends in particular—it’s very probable that the newest TikTok trend that’s on everyone’s mind likely started here, on the runways of fashion’s biggest metropolis from New York to Milan to Paris. What was once just a concept or an abstract idea on these runways eventually makes their way from the catwalks; New York offers cityscape views, and in Paris, often gardens and ornate chateaus, to these city streets and spreads across the globes.
The collections reflect the zeitgeist, and often, the clothes we eventually decide to buy and wear will also somehow mirror that feeling. You may want the future version of yourself to wear that very cool, high-waisted pant from Loewe, or you may decide you are finally saving up for a very impressive Chanel tweed. Ahead, the spring/summer 2024 trends—but it's only just the beginning for them.
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Sheer's been gaining traction for a while now. It's hard to ignore Hollywood's admiration for see-through bits on the red carpets and as it-girl party wear, but making a case for transparent pieces is more challenging when it comes to an actual wardrobe, i.e., the pieces you'll want to turn to for workwear, weekend wear, and everything in-between. Enter the sheer trend's sophisticated older cousin—netting. This season's plush netting goes beyond mesh and ventures into the power net territory—substantial, quality fabrics that drape beautifully and have a wide range of layering potential. Pop them under blazers, style them over skirts, or even alongside a barely there knit set if you want to show sheer trend devotees how to master the look the grown-up way.
Tailoring Takes the Cake
Nothing exudes more confidence than a perfectly tailored outfit—suiting or otherwise. On the Spring/Summer 2024 runways, designers ran with the concept, from ladylike midi-skirts to shrunken jackets to full-on suits. Like Jeffrey Kalinsky of Theory said, "Uniforms are an easy way to make people feel good." So, naturally, investing in a handful of great tailoring pieces seems like a no-brainer.
We talk a lot about working smarter, not harder, and the same ethos can be applied to your wardrobe—incorporating staples that will give you the most when it comes to price per wear and versatility. Denim is one of those wardrobe workhorses, and unlike many trends (er, millennial pink), it's unlikely this "trend" will feel overplayed or passe. Designers like Phillip Lim (who returned to the New York runways after a four-year hiatus) and Emilia Wickstead made a case for head-to-toe denim separates, while Brandon Maxwell paired distressed and reworked denim with blazers and thoughtfully woven through his artfully designed skirting looks.
Lessons In Layering
Layering does not come easily. Pulling it off, while looking effortless, takes time to perfect; nevertheless, the summer runways are urging us all to experiment with unconventional layering techniques that can be achieved—with the right mix of textures, colors, and fabrics—made possible even with some of the pieces in your own closets. From FFORME's zen-infused tunics over silky pants to Prada's cool pairing of fringy skirts and canvas work coats over dresses, the Spring/Summer collections are inspiring us to play with clothes.
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Sara Holzman is the Style Director at Marie Claire, covering runway trends and tracking down the latest finds to buy and wear. When she’s not writing about fashion, she pens about the best places to jet-off to. Over her six years with Marie Claire, Sara has reported on the ever-evolving world of fashion— covering both established and emerging designers within the industry. Sara has held fashion positions at Lucky and SELF Magazine and was a regular contributor to Equinox’s Furthermore website, where she wrote across their style, wellness, and travel verticals. She holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and currently resides in Manhattan. Follow her along at @sarajonewyork.