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Spring/Summer Trend Predictions

By Ava Green, Assistant Features Editor

The seasons are changing: the days are getting longer and the icy grip of this harsh Buffalo winter is finally beginning to release. Obviously, that means it's time to refresh your wardrobe. Please keep in mind that I am less than qualified to make predictions regarding the world of fashion, so here is my unofficial list of trends that I am hoping to see this spring and summer.

One of the biggest fashion trends popping up lately is cutouts. I am 99% sure that cutouts are so in right now because of Maddy Perez from Euphoria. She is the queen of funky cutouts and has inspired many people to try out this unique design. I think we will especially see more clothes with cutouts as it gets warmer as the most fashionable way to ventilate in the summer. Cutouts do not have to be as extreme as you see on Euphoria, though. There are more subtle options in the real world — I swear.

Personally, I am holding out hope that fringe is making a comeback. Whether it's Stevie Nicks fringe or Dolly Parton fringe, sign me up. There has been a resurrection of all things 1970s in the past few years, and how could you have the ‘70s without some fringe? The unique texture and movement that fringe adds to clothing never ceases to amaze me. I love a good fringe sleeve, but it can be incorporated in purses, shoes, jackets and more. Fringe adds energy and flow into any look with a super eclectic retro flare.

The ‘90s have had an inside hold on the fashion world since the mid-2010s. Almost every iconic ‘90s trend has come back at some point in the last decade. Most recently, I have seen platform shoes everywhere. Platforms have been present in every era of fashion since forever; I mean, that was Frankenstein’s shoe of choice after all. But the ‘90s specifically had all types of platforms rather than your now-commonplace platform boots. I have seen platform sandals, sneakers, flip-flops, pumps and even the cursed platform crocs. (Yes, they’re a real thing, look it up.) They are all very reminiscent of girl groups like the Spice Girls from the ‘90s. By mixing dainty footwear like sandals with the edginess of a platform, you get the best of both worlds.

All things y2k have been very popular for about a year now. I am hoping that people really start to dive into the early 2000s style for the spring and summer. I associate this aesthetic with bright colors and bold patterns that I think suit this season so well. With the resurgence of y2k, we also see low-rise pants making a comeback. Personally, I will not be participating in this trend because high-waisted jeans are my ride or die, but I absolutely love the elongated silhouette that low-rise pants allow. I think we will also see a lot of sheer clothing and hilariously impractical accessories, like Lizzo’s mini purses and uncommon sunglasses that definitely do not provide any type of UV protection.

Finally, to add to my predictions about y2k fashion, I think that the aforementioned bold colors will be popping up more and more. Especially at Fashion Week this year, many of the ensembles included color-blocking, patchwork, clashing shades and extremely saturated colors. As a maximalist, I find this extremely exciting. Trying out new color schemes can honestly be very tricky — you’re always kind of worried that it doesn’t quite look right. But I’m here to challenge you to be daring this spring and try out some new color combinations!

The most important trend for spring and beyond is dressing for yourself. You can never go wrong wearing something that you love. You take on the day with a better sense of self, you walk a little taller and you check yourself out in the reflection of any shiny surface. I just love that feeling. Personal style is far more important than these silly little trends, but trying out new trends is a great way to step out of your comfort zone and broaden your fashion horizons. Spring is all about nature being reinvigorated, so what better time to have a total style revelation?

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