Spring is always my favorite season for fashion (despite the whole realizing I’m going to have to show my triceps again part) and this year’s 2019 spring fashion trends are so incredibly wearable!

It’s so refreshing to see fun fabrics, pretty florals, shapes that flatter lots of body types, and colors I can actually wear (goodbye forever, neons) — and best of all, you can really find these looks in any budget at all.

So I put together 5 of the trends I’m most looking forward to this spring, with a few options for both splurges and saves. Because if you want to invest in a gorgeous designer dress that you know you’ll wear a lot? Go for it. Want to dip your pinky toe into a trend affordably first? I hear you.

Whatever you love, happy spring shopping!

Related: 8 gorgeous coral accessories to get on trend with the 2019 Pantone color of the year

Spring 2019 fashion trend: Pleats, please

Those narrow, vertical pleats reminiscent of Iseey Miakye circa 1995 are back, and it’s so easy to get on trend with this very wearable wardrobe staple. In fact, if you’re not a print person, it’s a brilliant way to wear solid colors that still have some modern oomph to them — and in case you were wondering, yes, pastels are in too.

I will admit I’m not always down for pastels, but a great lavender or a not-too-orange pink is so universally flattering on every skin tone and I just love it.

 

Spring 2019 fashion trends: Jason Wu popover dress with tiny pleats in a beautiful pale purple

Splurge:
Jason Wu Pleated Popover Dress
$595, Nordstrom

Spring 2019 fashion trends: Pleated skirts and dresses are hot and we found this super affordable pleated skirt at H&M in three pretty colors

Save:
H&M Pleated Skirt in three pastel colors
$29.99, H&M

Spring 2019 fashion trend: Wide-leg jeans

Yes, we’ll be debating this spring fashion trend until they’re out again and the next denim trend is in, but right now, the skinnies seem to be making way for high-waisted, 70s-inspired, wide-leg jeans. Some of which are culotte style too, or cropped at the ankles. And the more I read about them, the more this not-so-tall (5’5″), curvy gal is willing to get on board.

A few wide-leg jeans tips (if you’re gritting your teeth right now): Tuck your top in to create a narrower waistline — there’s a reason every model is styled with a top tucked in, at least in the front. Also, try a belt to create more definition.  If you have shorter legs, go for a longer cut to lengthen your legs — no culottes for us! If you’re pear-shaped or have wider hips like I do, skip the pleated front panel for a more flattering fit around the stomach and hips.

So…willing to try it out with me?

Spring 2019 fashion trends: Wide leg jeans like these flattering belted palazzos at Nordstrom

Splurge
Belted Palazzo Jeans
$250, Nordstrom

Spring 2019 fashion trends: Wide leg jeans like these cute zip-front Madewell x Karen Walker zip-front jeans

Save
Madewell x Karen Walker Blazar Zip Wide-Leg Jeans
$99 on sale, Madewell

Spring 2019 fashion trends: Wide-leg, high-rise jeans from the Gap

Bigger save
Gap High-Rise Wide Leg Jean
$69.95, Gap

Spring 2019 fashion trend: Floral print maxi dresses

It took me some time to come around to maxis on the last go-round, and now I’m ready to have them back again! Loving that so many breezy, flattering wrap dresses come in florals big and small, in all kinds of colors, with sleeves from spaghetti straps to cap sleeves, short to long flowy sleeves. Whatever makes you you best, you can find it!

In fact, I may share a few more in the coming weeks — there really are so many terrific options right now, and they don’t all look like big floral tents. Yay for small favors.

 

Spring 2019 fashion trends: Floral maxi dresses, especially wrap dresses are so flattering! This one by Paige at Nordstrom

Splurge
Paige Maquel Silk Maxi Floral Dress 
$399, Nordstrom

Spring 2019 fashion trends: Floral wrap dresses like this Yumi Kim Milan dress

Semi-Splurge
Yumi Kim Milan Story Dress
$238, Shopbop

Spring 2019 fashion trends: Floral maxi dresses, especially wrap dresses are so flattering! This one from ASOS is a huge steal!

Save
ASOS Design Maxi Tea Dress in Floral Print
$25.50 on sale, ASOS

Spring 2019 fashion trend: Woven Handbags

I still have vintage bags like these gorgeous woven handbags from my college thrifting days and I’m so glad they’re back in again! There are tons of woven handbags on trend for spring 2019 in materials like straw, raffia, and bamboo that will take you through summer — but here are a few favorites to suit any budget.

In fact, I like so many styles out there, I might just be back with a whole article on woven handbags.

Related: The most stylish summer totes under $50, for the beach and beyond

Spring 2019 handbag trend: Woven bags like this splurge Woven Straw Margot bag from Ferragamo

Splurge
Ferragamo Margot Piccolo Cord Handbag
$1890, Nordstrom (yeah yeah, I know)

Spring 2019 handbag trend: Woven bags like this affordable Vince Camuto woven leather and straw crossbody

Save
Vince Camuto Kiano Leather and Straw Crossbody
$108, Nordstrom

Spring 2019 handbag trend: Woven bags like this super affordable straw and faux leather bag from H&M

Major Save
Round Paper Straw and Faux Leather Handbag
$24.99, H&M

Related: A look back at the spring 2018 fashion trends: The good, the bad, and the OMGWTF

Spring 2019 fashion trend: V-cut mules, slides and heels

Say hello to the V-cut shoe, friends! I’m loving this shoe trend so much, because it works with all those dresses, skirts, and cropped jeans you see above, it gives the impression of a longer leg since it doesn’t cut you off at the ankle, and you’ll find it in whatever style shoe you love wearing, in whatever height heel you love, from slides and mules, flat sandals to slingbacks to kitten-heeled pumps.

So while I’ve got a variety of prices here, I also looked around for a variety of styles so you could get as excited as I am about this trend. And yeah…I get a little stuck on black. (I’m a New Yorker!) But most of these shoes come in multiple styles and colors, if you want to go lighter or funkier, including lots in that dessert rose kind of coral color that’s huge this year. .

V-cut shoes like these Stuart Weitzman Lulah mules

Splurge
Stuart Weitzman Lulah Mule
$365, Zappos (same price at Nordstrom, too)

Spring 2019 fashion trend: Bill Blass V-Cut Sybil Suede Ballet Flats

Semi-Splurge
Bill Blass V-Cut Sybil Suede Ballet Flats
$228, Neiman-Marcus

Spring 2019 shoe trend: V-cut shoes like these Cole-Haan Merritt Leather Flats

Save
Cole-Haan Premium Merritt Leather Slingback Flats
$150, Nordstrom (also Saks)

V-cut shoes like these Nic + Zoe V-Cut Calle Mules in python at a great price

V-cut shoes like these Nic + Zoe V-Cut Calle Mules at a great price

Save
Nic + Zoe V-Cut Calle Mule in 7 great colors and prints (python is also a big trend!)
$134.95, Nordstrom, some sale styles $99

Spring 2019 shoe trends: Louise et Cie Piarissa Suede Wedge Sandals with a V-cut at top

Big save
Louise et Cie Suede V-Cut Wedge Sandals in 3 colors
$89.25 on sale, Lord & Taylor

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