Fashion month is nearing its end, and after runway show after runway show, it’s safe to say we have a good handle on the next big fashion trends for spring 2023. Elevated, everyday dressing, high-octane sequins, sheer everything, and anything in between—the latest collections to come from fashion’s heavy hitters and emerging stars run the full gamut. Check out the best spring 2023 fashion trends to come from the runways, below. Then, shop each one to wear them well before the season arrives.
Baggy (and Baggier) Jeans
Denim trends have been leaning towards looser, more relaxed fits for a while now, but this season seals the baggy jeans trend in its place. Say goodbye to those skinnies—according to Bottega Veneta, Tibi, and more, you won’t be needing them for a long while.
No doubt, we love a power blazer moment. Only this spring, blazers are getting bigger and better. Luar and Coach each showed the world how suiting can be styled to the max with the supersized staple. From pairing it with classic jeans or coordinating trousers, there’s no doubt this will be a head-turning look.
No, the micro-mini isn’t going away, but runways from the likes of Altuzarra and Tory Burch showed that floor-skimming maxi skirts will be everywhere come spring. And thankfully, this is one look you can wear for fall, too.
Seriously though, who doesn’t love a sheer moment during the warmer months of the year? Whether it’s in the form of a fitted turtleneck for a chic transition outfit or a mesh dress à la Maryam Nassir Zadeh, sheer fabrics are the perfect way to show a little (or a lot of) skin this spring.
Drop-Waist Dresses and Skirts
Heads up: The ’80s are coming back, and in a major way. You may think of drop-waist skirts as a thing of the past, but they’re about to make a return in 2023—as proven by Carolina Herrera and Sandy Liang (and they’re looking good). Honestly, we can’t say we aren’t excited about this one.
Sleek, Simple, and Crisp Tailoring
If you’re asking us, solid suit pieces are always a good idea. But for spring 2023, designers like Jil Sander, Peter Do, and Elena Velez are showing you that, with clean lines and beautiful materials, classic suiting can be anything but boring.
We never thought we’d see bubble skirts make a triumphant return, and yet Khaite, Ulla Johnson, and Proenza Schouler showed us that’s exactly what will be happening next spring.
Remember what we said about the ’80s? Well, if you took a look at Tom Ford’s latest collection (as well as Nensi Dojaka’s, Area’s, and Michael Kors’), you’ll know that includes blinding, shimmering sequins, too. Get your calendar ready—these looks were made with parties in mind, and all eyes will be directly on you, as they should.
Nothing works for transitional dressing quite like a classic leather jacket. And for spring, the runways are encouraging you to extend your moto-inspired wardrobe beyond outerwear. From skirts and dresses to blazers (like those seen at Coach), the spring 2023 runways are calling it: Leather weather is better weather.
Contrasting the tough edge of leather with the softer side of the ballet, designers made themselves no strangers to the world of dance. From the (literal) ballet flats seen at Interior to the flowing tendrils and draping at Blumarine, this is one trend fashion can’t seem to get enough of.
As always, there are some trends that come as a pleasant surprise, like breastplates, which were seen at Gabriela Hearst, Bevza, and LaQuan Smith. Combining this trend with oversized blazers and arm cuffs (a spring 2023 jewelry trend, for those who are interested), one might say that spring 2023 is all about strong women. Hey, we can’t argue with that. To sport this trend next season (and this one, too!), we suggest metallic crop tops or corsets.
The Rise of the Derrière
Another surprising trend? Butts—literally. Collina Strada, Puppets and Puppets, and LaQuan Smith each had looks featuring details that drew the eyes straight down and to the back. As they say: We hate to see it go, but we love to watch it leave.
Acid green is color of the season—if you need proof, check the runways at Fendi and Miu Miu. It’s giving main character energy.
Dale Arden Chong is the Senior Fashion Commerce Editor at ELLE.com. Previously, she was an editor at MensHealth.com and has written for Who What Wear, GLAMOUR, The Coveteur, and more. She loves fashion, food, and art, among other things—but her greatest love is K-pop idol V of BTS.