Spring is all about new beginnings: new life, new Covid rules, and, most importantly, new clothes. This year’s trends make a statement, ranging from striking sets to Day-Glo brights to striking sets in Day-Glo brights. Whether we have our freshly unmasked faces or the end of the Big Dark to thank for this sudden burst of chutzpah is anyone’s guess.
Here are our favorite looks of the season, picked with help from Pipe and Row owner Kayla Gil and Nordstrom women’s managing fashion editor Kate Bellman.
Dedicated to earth tones but highlighter-curious? Claw clips are an inexpensive and unobtrusive way to try on this trend without fully committing to it (we’ll get to that later). Supporting Seattle-based, woman-owned Chunks is a no-brainer.
Move over, very peri—fuchsia’s the color of the season, per Pipe and Row’s Kayla Gil. This rounded leather ’90s-inspired baguette fits the bill while defying the trend cycle.
Most Seattleites find ourselves in a will-they-or-won’t-they relationship with sandals until the Juneuary thaw—but we’re happy just looking at these lemon-yellow beauties until summer comes around.
$289 for the set
Workwear-inspired? Check. Super trendy lime-green? Infinite outfit versatility? Check. Check. This three(!)-piece Zara set will quickly become your spring wardrobe MVP.
$108 for the set
You could build an entire brand on matching sets from Seattle-based sustainable athleisure company Girlfriend Collective. They certainly have. The obsession-worthy sport skort easily dresses up or down, while leggings offer compression and warmth.
Craft-inspired looks are in, per Nordstrom’s Kate Bellman—and Pipe and Row’s Kayla Gil has zeroed in on crochets in particular, like this cute patchwork cardigan from Tach.
Bad hair days have met their match in this budget-friendly, daisy-adorned hair scarf.
Nordstrom editor Kate Bellman’s “bold maximalism” incarnate, this open-front cardigan makes a prime example of the conspicuously artsy trend. Note that—like many other crochet pieces—this cardigan comes in one size, made to fit women’s sizes 4–10.
The trench coat is less of a buy-it-now trend and more of a wear-it-forever staple, but it’s been especially popular over the past two years as a way to stay both warm and fashionable—the perfect transition piece between puffer coat and windbreaker seasons.
Seattle-based Guillermo Bravo’s hand-sewn vinyl trench provides the perfect spring compromise between staying covered and showing off.
Sherlock Holmes would approve of Reformation’s unadulterated take on the classic trench, an ankle-grazing, double-breasted number crafted from deadstock fabric in black or tan. Its appeal is no mystery. Pre-order for April arrival before it inevitably sells out.
The full-volume femininity of past seasons softens this spring, per Nordstrom’s Kate Bellman, which is good news for anyone returning to the office—subtlety, as seen in the elegant balloon sleeves and subdued hues of this satin dress, offers day-to-night versatility.
Find Me Now Sky Cleo Ruffle Cardigan, Prism Local
Designed by women in NYC, made at a woman-owned factory in China, and sold at a woman-owned shop in Seattle, this is the loungewear cardigan of a twenty-first-century, feminist Juliet’s dreams.
Tone down any trend by relegating it to one piece: This precious top from uber-popular brand For Love and Lemons toughens up when paired with a pair of black jeans.