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Nothing says summer quite like barely there sandals, the ideal little white dress, Bardot-ready tops, floral dresses, and of course, bucket hats. See what to buy now to look so perfectly summer 2019.

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The Knit Tank

Fashion blogger Leonie Hanne incorporates plenty of trends in one single look—wide leg trousers, hair barrettes and a square neck knit top. The latter is a ’90s throwback that’s flattering, architectural, and works perfectly with everything from pencil skirts to mom jeans.

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Wilfred aritzia.com

$78.00

Your goes-with-everything summer top.

The Hair Tie, But Make It #Extra

Barrettes, scrunchies, and bows are just that little pick-me-up you need for your summer looks. Feel free to have fun with your hair accessories—life is too short not to put a bow on it.

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Free People freepeople.com

$6.00

This genius hybrid is both a bow and a scrunchie—perfect for that easy Parisian moment you’ve been waiting for. 

The Topper

There’s a lot of goodness happening here—a belted swimsuit, a robe as cover-up—but we’re falling hard for that bucket hat.

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Lack of Color modaoperandi.com

$75.00

It’s somehow both current and retro, and does an excellent job at protecting you from the sun.

The Maxi Dress

A colorful frock made out of poplin—as seen on Hannah Bronfman—gives you the structured, summery feeling you didn’t even know you’d been needing.

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Silvia Tcherassi net-a-porter.com

$490.00

Wear it with white slides during the day and swap for block heels at night.

The Slouchy Trouser

A great linen trouser that you can belt is a dream summer pant—light-weight, but still smart. We love the idea of pairing it with a sexy top, like this one from Posse or a simple white blouse for daytime.

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Theory net-a-porter.com

$345.00

Wear these with a silk button-down to the office and over a simple maillot on the weekends.

The ’80s Mini

A little puff sleeve dress is just what your Insta feed ordered this summer.

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Attico modaoperandi.com

$550.00

This dress is just straight-up cute and will definitely help you stand out against the after-dark crowd at the beach.

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Les Rêveries net-a-porter.com

$550.00

This modern iteration on the Laura Ashley style would look just as pretty and feminine with strappy low-heeled sandals as it would with knee-high boots.

The Natural Shoe

Heels are getting lower and shoes are getting more subtle—but with interesting flourishes by the likes of Jacquemus, Staud and The Row.

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STAUD net-a-porter.com

$325.00

These shoes can pair with anything from shorts to slip dresses, and denim to minis.

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The Row net-a-porter.com

$790.00

These barely there babies are ultra-flattering and pretty enough to put on display.

The Summer Suit

Be easy breezy—but also power-hungry—in a bold summer suit.

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Swap your work pumps for sexy barely-there sandals to take this look from work into the weekend.

Tibi jacket, $949, and coordinating pants, $569, matchesfashion.com.

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The Statement White Blouse

There’s something inherently European riviera about a white blouse with that extra something special—like Birkin or Bardot might show up in the same top at any moment.

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Mara Hoffman net-a-porter.com

$325.00

Nothing says summer quite like a pretty white blouse paired with vintage jeans or a maxi skirt after dark.

The Leopard Dress

A good animal print is a year-round staple, but find your wild side for summer in a sleek slip dress.

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Ganni harpersbazaar.com

$475.00

Wear alone when the weather calls for it, and layer a light knit underneath come fall.

The Beach Bag

Beach bags have hit the city streets, too—pick just the right bag to take you from concrete to sand.

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The Pretty Floral

There’s nothing quite as romantic as a whisper thin floral dress on a balmy summer night.

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LoveShackFancy modaoperandi.com

$795.00

This pretty piece is fit for weekends at the beach and a summer wedding.

The New Little White Dress

Nina Agdal proves all you really need in the tropics is a great little white dress, a hat for shade—and someone to snap the pic.

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Cult Gaia farfetch.com

$463.54

Does it get more summer-ready than a fresh-to-death white dress? 

Ninety-Six Wave rickrack-trimmed ramie and linen mini dress

Zimmermann net-a-porter.com

$1,350.00

We adore the shape of this mini with cut out details.

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Ruffles slowly moved more exclusively toward women throughout the 20th century, via flapper girl fashion, flamenco dresses, and a renewed post-World War II extravagance, in particular through Christian Dior’s New Look collection.

In the past few years, ruffles have asserted their dominance on the runways and are returning as one of the hottest trends of the spring season. We’ve rounded up some of the must-have ruffled pieces available right now. Read on to discover how to shop and wear the trend.

Fierce Frills

Marrying two of the season’s hottest trends, ruffled animal print clothing seems to be everywhere this season. From leopard to snakeskin prints, add some volume to complement this statement pattern. From highly tailored layered collars and sleeves to staggered hems, elevate these edgy prints for a rebellious yet refined aesthetic.

Ganni Printed Cotton Dress

Shopbop

A perfect transition piece, you can wear this dress with tights and boots now, then pair it with bare legs and your favorite sandals once the weather warms up. Buy this dress for an effortlessly chic statement piece that you can wear well into the summer months.

The Ganni Printed Cotton Dress is available now for $250.

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Majorelle Mariel Blouse

Revolve

Whether you’re heading to the office or out for drinks, this blouse easily transitions from day to night. Pair it with your favorite jeans to elevate your everyday uniform.

The Majorelle Mariel Blouse is available now for $180.

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Superdown Gabriella Ruffle Midi Skirt

Superdown Gabriella Ruffle Midi Skirt

Revolve

Shop this skirt to add intrigue to your go-to spring look. With an asymmetric, ruffled hem and side slit, this eye-catching piece pairs perfectly with a simple white tee and jacket for an effortlessly on-trend look.

The Superdown Gabriella Ruffle Midi Skirt is available now for $85.

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Leith Mock Neck Minidress

Nordstrom

For your next formal occasion or night out, this snakeskin-printed dress is sure to make a statement. Pair with your favorite heels to complete your attention-grabbing ensemble.

The Leith Mock Neck Minidress is available now for $60.

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Shona Joy Mariposa Tiered Maxi Dress

Revolve

From day to night, this dress allows you to look effortlessly put-together. Marrying the of-the-moment print and tiered skirt, pair this piece with sneakers for daytime or heels for a more formal event.

The Shona Joy Mariposa Tiered Maxi Dress is available now for $420.

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Demi-Layered Denim

From double denim to tie-dye and patchwork, denim as a whole will dominate for spring 2019. This season, designers are increasingly playing with denim proportions, from oversized trucker jackets and cargo pants to – you guessed it — ruffled denim. Mixing hard and soft elements, the ruffle detailing elevates this otherwise casual fabric, adding intrigue and another layer of sophistication to your look.

Alexis Judith Mini Dress

Intermix

An updated version of a summer classic, elevate your casual sundress collection and shop this on-trend denim version. Pair with open-toe mules for a fresh warm weather-ready look.

The Alexis Judith Mini Dress is available now for $425.

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Alice And Olivia Jeans Mini Flounce Ruffle Denim Skirt

Neiman Marcus

Revived from the ’90s, denim skirts are officially back in style. Pair with your favorite blouse or T-shirt for an elevated casual look.

The Alice and Olivia Jeans Mini Flounce Ruffle Denim Skirt is available now for $265.

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Nobody Denim Ruffle Mini Skirt

Farfetch

An edgier take on the traditional denim skirt, consider this piece to elevate your spring wardrobe.

The Nobody Denim Ruffle Mini Skirt is available now for $200.

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Don’t Blush

Almost every shade of pink, from salmon to dusty rose to magenta, was represented on the runways for this season. From Gucci, Marc Jacobs and Moschino to MGSM, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo and Vetements, there’s no escaping this key color trend for spring. Coupled with the ruffle trend, these prominent hues demonstrate that this season is all about the modern ladylike aesthetic. Tailored and tiered, soft yet structural, shop these trends together to reimagine your power look for spring.

Jonathan Simkhai Smocked Chiffon Blouse

Jonathan Simkhai Smocked Chiffon Blouse

Nordstrom

Perfect for the office or a weekend outing, this light-colored top pairs well with any trouser or jean style.

The Jonathan Simkhai Smocked Chiffon Blouse is available now for $545.

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BCBGMAXAZRIA Ruffle Top Jumpsuit

Revolve

For day or night, refresh your spring wardrobe with this ladylike piece. Depending on the occasion, wear this piece with sneakers or heeled sandals for a streamlined, seasonal look.

The BCBGMAXAZRIA Ruffle Top Jumpsuit is available now for $300.

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&OtherStories Belted Plaid Mini Dress

&OtherStories

Wear three trends in one with this plaid mini dress. With this pattern, color and cut trending this season, how can you pass up this piece? Pair with combat boots for an effortlessly chic and edgy daytime outfit.

Normally $70, the &OtherStories Belted Plaid Mini Dress is on sale now for $35.

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Into The Darkness

On the opposite end of the spectrum, alongside trending bright colors and clashing prints, head-to-toe black is having a moment this spring. Minimalist and gothic, Burberry, Maison Margiela, Simone Rocha, Prada, Rodarte, Valentino and other designers are playing with proportions and textures to elevate your traditional all-black outfit. Alongside the ruffle trend, these black pieces offer the perfect balance of soft and sultry.

&OtherStories Off Shoulder Ruffle Maxi Dress

&OtherStories

Classic and elegant, refresh your LBD wardrobe with this on-trend ruffled version. Pair with your springtime shoes and a mini bag for a put-together look all season long.

The &OtherStories Off Shoulder Ruffle Maxi Dress is available now for $115.

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Robert Rodriguez Camille Fil Coupé Silk Blend Chiffon Blouse

Nordstrom

Wear this blouse with a pair of black jeans for the perfect day to night look. For work or the weekend, this top’s slight shimmer will brighten up any neutral look.

The Robert Rodriguez Camille Fil Coupé Silk Blend Chiffon Blouse is available now for $385.

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Norma Kamali Fringe Hem Legging

Revolve

A western-inspired take on the ruffle trend, try out these statement pants with a long sleeve tunic and heels for a fun going out look.

The Norma Kamali Fringe Hem Legging is available now for $430.

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Not-So-Mellow Yellow

Also known as Gen Z yellow, bright yellow tones (along with lighter hues) dominated the catwalks this season and seem to be a favorite of fashion buyers for spring. Currently, it would be difficult to browse an online or physical retail shop not full of sunny-colored clothing. Coupled with the airy, free-flowing nature of the ruffle trend, wear these trends together to liven up your spring wardrobe.

Astr The Label Ruffle Front Dress

Nordstrom

Brighten up your wardrobe with spring with this ruffle dress. With a tie-waist, this piece flatters you figure and provides an effortlessly chic look to wear for almost any occasion.

The Astr The Label Ruffle Front Dress is available now for $130.

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Ulla Johnson Tilda Top

Shopbop

Switch up your everyday uniform and try out this bold blouse for spring. While easy to wear, this ruffle neck top is sure to make a statement. Pair with jeans or cigarette trousers for a streamlined look.

The Ulla Johnson Tilda Top is available now for $245.

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Ulla Johnson Zea Skirt

Revolve

For vacation for visiting your favorite local restaurant, this skirt works well for almost any spring occasion. Wear it with a T-shirt and sneakers for a casual look or a silk blouse and heeled sandals for an elevated evening outfit.

The Ulla Johnson Zea Skirt is available now for $345.

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White Out

While the white blouse is a timeless classic, due to the warmer temperatures, these tops tend to get more use during the spring and summer months. Versatile, feminine and sharply tailored, this trend allows you to add a refined elegance to any ensemble.

See By Chloe Cinched Waist Dress

Shopbop

The See By Chloe Cinched Waist Dress is available now for $385.

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Ulla Johnson Ciel Dress

Shopbop

The Ulla Johnson Ciel Dress is available now for $700.

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Self Portrait Ruffle Trim Canvas Skirt

Nordstrom

Normally $300, the Self Portrait Ruffle Trim Canvas Skirt is on sale now for $255.

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Royal Brown

It’s no secret that beige and earthy brown tones are having a moment. From light mocha to chocolate hues, brown is this season’s hottest neutral color. Add some dimension to this basic look, and shop ruffled versions of this trend for spring.

Eileen Fisher Flutter Cuff Silk Shirt

Nordstrom

A workwear essential, refresh your professional wardrobe with this on-trend, ruffle-sleeved blouse to elevate your everyday outfit.

The Eileen Fisher Flutter Cuff Silk Shirt is available now starting at $120.

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Pixie Market Swiss Dot Ruffled Blouse

Pixie Market

A more elegant take on your traditional daytime top, try out this blouse with your favorite jeans for a fashion editor-inspired look this season.

The Pixie Market Swiss Dot Ruffled Blouse is available now for $100.

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The Frankie Shop White Cotton Beautiful Blouse

The Frankie Shop

Experiment this spring and wear this statement-bib white blouse. Paired with jeans or tucked into trousers, this top is sure to elevate your everyday uniform.

The Frankie Shop White Cotton Beautiful Blouse is available now for $120.

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Alice and Olivia Julius Tier Sleeve Silk Tunic

Nordstrom

For the warmer weeks ahead, shop this 3/4 sleeve blouse for a professional top that will prevent you from overheating and refresh your go-to professional look for spring.

The Alice and Olivia Julius Tier Sleeve Silk Tunic is available now for $300.

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The next time you’re staring at the wall of nail polishes in your local salon, look past the moody gray and deep red shades. Summer is almost here, and this time of year calls for fun nail art in shades of electric yellow, Barbie-pink, and crisp white. We rounded up the best summer gel manicure ideas from Instagram’s most talented nail artists.

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1 Work Of Art

Mix primary colors like bright yellow and cobalt blue in different geometric designs for a modern art-inspired manicure.

Try: JINSoon Nail Polish in Tweety, $18, jinsoon.com. SHOP

2 Neon Yellow

Yellow nails can be hard to wear—but not when paired with a neutral pink. Just looking at this neon yellow ombré nail makes us feel warm and happy.

Try: China Glaze Nail Polish in Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, $8, amazon.com. SHOP

3 Crowned Jewels

While we love wearing confetti in glitter over the holiday season, it’s even more fun for spring and summer. Just a head’s up: the three-dimensional accents might not survive a dip in the ocean.

Try: Zoya Nail Lacquer in Madison, $9, ulta.com. SHOP

4 Go Bananas

Bananas on a Barbie-pink background make for the ultimate pop art-inspired mani. Andy Warhol would be proud.

Try: Christian Louboutin ‘Rouge Louboutin’ Nail Colour in Pluminette, $50, nordstrom.com. SHOP

5 The New Classic

Calling it now: 2019 is the year of the French manicure…again. Add elegance to the classic nude and white combo with an almond shape nail and high-gloss finish.

Try: Essie Nail Polish in Marshmallow, $9, amazon.com. SHOP

6 Hot Pink

Hot pink was practically made for the summer. Add interest to the feminine manicure by adding a graphic red element.

Try: OPI Tokyo Nail Lacquer Collection $11, ulta.com. SHOP

7 Cross The Finish Line

This isn’t your average checkerboard manicure. With a base of pale pink, black and crystal squares look cooler and fresher than ever before.

Try: Smith & Cult Nail Polish in Dirty Baby, $18, amazon.com. SHOP

8 Watercolor Techno

This abstract take on a watercolor design is pure Instagram fodder.

Try: Kokoist USA in Bluey White, $10, kokoistusa.com. SHOP

9 Seeing Stars

Dainty stars are the perfect match to a pretty half-moon pastel nail.

Try: Sundays No.5, $18, dearsundays.com. SHOP

10 Foil Detail

An oil-spill foil design makes adds a subtle—yet mesmerizing—shine.

Try: Dior Vernis Gel Shine & Longwear Nail Lacquer in Junon, $28, nordstrom.com. SHOP

11 Flower Power

Hand-painted sunflowers look like mini works of art when painted on all ten nails.

Try: Butter London Patent Shine 10x Nail Lacquer in Lemon Drop, $18, butterlondon.com. SHOP

12 Holy Cow

Cow print nails are having a moment (Kendall Jenner ‘s even rocked them recently). It’s a fun new take on a black-and-white manicure.

Try: Sally Hansen Insta Dri Nail Color, $5, ulta.com. SHOP

13 Star Burst

A nail look you can wear on July 4 (and every day before and after).

Try: Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Polish in Baby Jane, $18, sephora.com. SHOP

14 Jelly Mania

Nothing screams summer quite like a set of multicolor jelly nails. If you don’t want to wear fake nails, choose a sheer nail polish in a punchy primary shade.

Try: Dior Nail Glow Enhancer, $28, nordstrom.com. SHOP

15 Graphic Pastel

You’ll need ultra-long nails (or acrylics) to wear this blend of metallic and pastel graphic stripes. It’s the perfect design for someone who can’t choose just one shade and instead wants them all.

Try: Olive & June Nail Polish in Geri, $8, olivejune.com. SHOP

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Spring is no longer something to look forward to—it’s here. Naturally, the first fashion item on deck is a fresh batch of dresses, and there’s one style we’re already seeing everywhere: the smock. Voluminous tiered dresses emerged on the runways at Ganni and Cecilie Bahnsen, and quickly became a street style micro-trend during Copenhagen Fashion Week.

But if you didn’t catch onto the trend last summer, the good news is that smock dresses are only gaining more popularity this spring. Even better news? We have our very own version for our Who What Wear collection at Target, and naturally the $35 dress is already a hit among fashion girls across the U.S.

Aside from the trend factor, the Button-Down Flowy Tiered Mini Dress is the ideal spring dress since its flowy shape is beyond comfortable and it goes with everything from flat sandals to ankle boots and heels (as you’ll see in the below gallery), making styling it a breeze. To see our favorite outfits with the dress from Instagram and shop it yourself, keep scrolling.

As soon as the first day of spring arrives, our hearts beat a little bit faster in anticipation of the warm weather to come. Our minds skip to shopping the latest spring trends. What is everyone going to be wearing; more importantly, what trends are we going to be wearing? Well, turns out things are about to get funky in the best way possible. It’s all about colors – hot pink, slime green, and loads of creamsicle orange. Tie dye has finally hit its stride, and clothing has reached peak comfort. Let the changing of seasons be your opportunity to step outside of your sartorial safe space. After all, spring is all about transformations — so find yours, whether it’s a silhouette you’d written off, a shade you never thought you’d wear, or trend revival you had forgotten about.

We look forward to spring for many reasons. Sure, there’s the whole no-more-snow situation, but it’s the fresh fashion offerings that really get us going. Most noteworthy? All of the pretty new dresses. Because come on, what’s more uplifting than stepping out with bare legs and a forward new frock on that first warm day? Exactly.

To that, there are actually a few key dress silhouettes our favorite fashion people are already embracing. While all statement-making in their own right, the It styles of the moment can be dressed up or down for a multitude of spring occasions. Keep scrolling to uncover five dress trends the style elite is all about right now, and shop inspired picks as well to get your wardrobe ready for the season.

It’s a manicure-festo.

A new dating guide for bros is making its way around the web, which claims to understand women based on their nails. Called “Nails at First Sight,” the six-page laminated printout is the wacky work of “Rocky,” aka Marwan Alteir, a 26-year-old from Huntington Beach, Calif.

Alteir debuted his “survival guide” via video on Instagram and Twitter, where it’s racked up over 4.6 million views. In it, he claims that he has devoted “countless hours of research” to the subject of women’s talons, and that his conclusions are “foolproof.”

“I had so many bros always asking me, Rocky, how did you know the signs?” the self-appointed Nostradamus of nail art says in his video. “How did you know she was gonna break my heart? How did you know she was gonna rob me of my dignity?”

The answer, Alteir says, comes down to three points of the polish: color, shape and length.

Women with clipped, muted nails are “safe” to date, says Alteir: “You can sleep with two eyes closed [and]…you might expect breakfast in the morning.”

White, black and French fingertips are “50/50,” he says, “could be safe, could be crazy.”

But when it comes to women who favor bright colors — including green, red, orange and yellow — and file their extra-long nails to a point, they are decidedly dangerous, Alteir claims.

“Get health insurance if you know you’re partying and you’re hanging out with them,” he warns. “… If she has the courage to get yellow nails, she has the courage to chop up your b—s.”

Many Twitter and Insta users are telling Alteir that he nailed it.

“And the Nobel Prize…is awarded to @ItsRockkky for his work in saving countless lives in these streets,” one guy gushed.

Even the ladies are onboard with the Miss Cleo of manicures.

“As a girl I can confirm this to be accurate,” one Twitter user wrote.

Marwan Alteir

Marwan Alteir

Select scenes from Marwan Alteir’s viral nail “survival guide”

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Marwan Alteir

Marwan Alteir

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Marwan Alteir

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Marwan Alteir

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Marwan Alteir

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My sister often sends me a photo of a bag or dress that’s caught her eye and asks, “Why do I like this?” It’s not a philosophical question, per se; rather, she’s curious why an item that has never appealed to her—like a wedge heel or a baguette bag—suddenly looks so good. It’s her version of the question editors often get from friends outside the industry: “Where do trends come from?” Usually, the answer is the same: They start on the runway, trickle down to contemporary brands and fast-fashion chains, and ultimately land on the street.

Lately, though, there’s been a lot to say about trickle-up fashion. It’s the reverse idea, where “real-life” style influences what we see on the runway. Nicolas Ghesquière wanted his Louis Vuitton collection to evoke the bold, confident women he imagined sitting outside Beaubourg, for instance. Demna Gvasalia said the guys and girls he sees when he visits Paris inspired his new Balenciaga collection; you might recall that in seasons past, his chunky sneakers and cargo pants were a riff on the clothes he saw dads wearing in the park with their kids. Flipping through more of the Fall 2019 collections—and the street style happening outside—we noticed another, perhaps broader, example of a from-the-street trend: eccentric layering of all kinds.

Instead of “just” wearing a dress, dozens of women layered a turtleneck underneath, a styling trick spotted at Dior and Paco Rabanne, too. At Loewe and Jil Sander, dresses over pants became the season’s most directional silhouette, and Jennifer Connelly gave it a test-drive at Louis Vuitton. Elsewhere, the knits-on-knits-on-knits at Lemaire and Chloé were preceded by girls (and guys) bundling up on the streets of New York and London, while Versace’s everything-but-the-kitchen-sink outfits—Donatella’s ode to “imperfection”—reflected the eclectic, mismatched way plenty of women already dress. Below, we’re distilling the season’s best layering formulas on and off the runway, plus the pieces you need to try the look yourself. Don’t let the sunshine fool you: Summer is still 82 days away.

Doubled-Up Knits

Here’s how we’re staying warm during these last few gray weeks: by layering turtlenecks under cardigans à la Lemaire or color-blocking our sweaters for a much-needed boost, like this woman we saw on the streets of London.

Shop the Eccentric Layering Trend Seen On and Off the Fall 2019 Runways

Photo: Gorunway.com; Phil Oh

Alexanderwang.T Mint Turtleneck

INTERMIX

$225

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Ganni Callahan Hooded Sweater

MATCHESFASHION.COM

$290

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Fendi Pleated Skirt-Panel Wool-Blend Tweed Trousers

MATCHESFASHION.COM

$2,590

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The More Layers, the Merrier

Liu Wen’s look at Versace involved a turtleneck, an unbuttoned shirtdress, a slip skirt, and a camisole. Of course, that kind of piled-on clash is nothing new to fashion’s most experimental dressers. Try it out with a silk dress and low boots you can wear into the next season.

Shop the Eccentric Layering Trend Seen On and Off the Fall 2019 Runways

Photo: Gorunway.com; Phil Oh

Chloé Contrast-Panel Silk Dress

MATCHESFASHION.COM

$2,685

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James Purdey & Sons Alcantara-Trimmed Checked Wool-Tweed Vest

NET-A-PORTER

$740

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Calvin Klein 205W39NYC Oversize Wool Cardigan

NET-A-PORTER

$1,200

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Este Cow-Print Pony Hair Leather Boots

BY FAR

$520

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Winterize Your Summer Wardrobe

If you’re counting down the days until you can rip the tags off your new summer dress or blouse, take a tip from Gaia Repossi and Constance Jablonski: Just wear it now! Then ground the look with dark base layers, like a second-skin turtleneck and black tights, for a touch of warmth without bulk.

Shop the Eccentric Layering Trend Seen On and Off the Fall 2019 Runways

Photo: Courtesy of Sonia Rykiel; Phil Oh

Re/Done Ribbed Turtleneck Bodysuit

INTERMIX

$140

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Paco Rabanne Lace-Trimmed Floral-Print Crepe De Chine Skirt

MODA OPERANDI

$910

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Dôen Cadence Top In Salt

DÔEN

$298

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Proenza Schouler Cropped Textured-Leather Top

THE OUTNET

$459

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After-Dark Layering

Idiosyncratic layers made the leap to eveningwear, too, most memorably at Paco Rabanne, where a zebra-striped sequin dress was styled with a Lurex knit. Similarly, Maria Grazia Chiuri’s balletic tulle dresses came with checkered turtlenecks underneath, mirroring the way many women mix their barely there dresses with bodysuits and knits. The mash-up is more interesting, sure, but also subtly subversive; it’s sexy, yet totally covered up.

Shop the Eccentric Layering Trend Seen On and Off the Fall 2019 Runways

Photo: Gorunway.com; Phil Oh

Ganni Printed Mesh Leopard Turtleneck

INTERMIX

$115

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Richard Quinn Floral-Print Strapless Satin Midi Dress

MATCHESFASHION.COM

$4,125

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Manolo Blahnik Lace Zarinanu 90 Boots

FORWARD

$558

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Rosantica By Michela Panero Clip-On Earrings

MATCHESFASHION.COM

$322

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Will You Dare to Wear a Dress Over Pants?

The dress-over-pants trend is one you’ll either love, hate, or love to hate. At Jil Sander and Loewe, the look had a covered-up, monastic air to it, but the street style takes were a bit more eccentric. Consider Jennifer Connelly’s outfit at Louis Vuitton, which combined a checkered knit, a pleated skirt, and a belt bag over flared leather pants.

Shop the Eccentric Layering Trend Seen On and Off the Fall 2019 Runways

Photos: Gorunway.com; Phil Oh (2); Gorunway.com

Dries Van Noten Cut-Out Floral-Print Crinkled-Taffeta Dress

NET-A-PORTER

$1,650

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Loewe Tie-Dye Jeans

FARFETCH

$398

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See By Chloe Eileen Flat Booties

SHOPBOP

$435

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Balenciaga Oversize Padded Down-Filled Jacket

MATCHESFASHION.COM

$3,700

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From royal weddings galore to It-girl nuptials, like Priyanka Chopra’s many celebrations with Nick Jonas and Chiara Ferragni’s Italian spectacular with Fedez, 2018 was a huge year for weddings. With this throng of top-notch nuptials and the latest bridal, Couture, and ready-to-wear collections, we’re predicting the wedding dress trends of 2019.

The global runways—from New York bridal week to Paris Haute Couture—are giving the 2019 bride lots of thematic and fashion remixes to work with. Think Louis XIV-inspired ruffles, ’70s disco, and sleek silhouettes fit for metropolitan minimalists. Classic bridal archetypes are getting an overhaul as well; the beach bride is a little more gamine and sultry than bohemian, and the rustic bride has taken on a new polish, via our favorite It-girl trend, the Fashion Fairy Nymph.

In 2019, old world is new again in the form of fresh embellishments, large doses of color, and statement details that pack a punch. Here, the top trends that will set the tone for all 2019 aisles.

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1 Versailles Overload

It may be residual regal inspiration from The Duchesses of Sussex and York, or a strong reaction to fashion’s progressively casual takes on street style—but nonetheless, long live exaggerated puff sleeves, ruffles, and confection-like skirts.

2019 bridal and Couture is stepping back in time to periods of courtly dress, featuring large pleated ruffs, ultra-high necklines, and Victorian-inspired everything. When dressing for a church ceremony, traditional affair, or an ultra-romantic formal event, channel your inner Marie Antoinette.

Meghan and Eugenie may have gone modern for their recent weddings, but it seems the fashion set prefers you turn up the volume on all things royal.

From left: Vera Wang Bride; Sandra Mansour (top); Viktor & Rolf Bridal; Valentino Haute Couture; Oscar de la Renta Bridal Fall 2019

2 Feather Fantasy

With boho bridal on its way out (but more on that later), designers have gone all out glam. Layered skirts, ruffles, and embellishments are just the beginning—flights of fancy have taken designers to new heights, and all-over feather frocks, plush details, and plumes galore have become mainstays for evening and the aisle.

When it comes to this trend, don’t skimp. What might have felt trite or try-hard in seasons past is now theatrical, yet chic. 2019 is all about flairs for the dramatic, the grand, and the over-the-top that make fully feathered looks feel au courant; keep the hair and makeup ethereal, edgy, or minimal to avoid this look going costume.

From left: Oscar de la Renta Bridal; Huishan Zhang (top); Giambattista Valli Haute Couture; Ashi Studio; Elie Saab

3 Smoke & Mirrors

Sheer, gossamer tulles and satins and chiffons that waft like smoke—all paired with mirrored embroideries—were on display in droves this season and make for a fresh alternative to ivory.

In reflective and uniquely embellished designs, these mirrored pops and all-over accents in chrome and silver are sure to replace the onslaught of sequins and crystal beading that have flooded bridal collections in years past. Be it for the aisle, the rehearsal dinner, or the after-party this new take on sparkle and shine is elegant, elevated, yet edgy.

From left: Inbal Dror (top), Paco Rabbane for Net-a-Porter, Naeem Khan Bridal, Dana Harel, Zuhair Murad Haute Couture Fall 2019

4 Into the Blue

While the color blue is nowhere near groundbreaking in bridal, consider donning your wedding dress as a “something blue.” Blush and champagne both had their debut, and have since become mainstream fore the aisle; now, designers like Vera Wang and Reem Acra are looking to make waves with this cool shade.

Opt for a touch of the tone a la Carolina Herrera’s ribbon straps, or dare to be different in a head-to-toe look of whisper-thin tulle or lace.

From left: Ralph & Russo Haute Couture (top); Reem Acra Bridal; Carolina Herrera Bridal Spring 2019; Vera Wang Bride Fall 2019

5 Cape Town

Capes aren’t groundbreaking in the wedding world, but the new renditions of them this season were innovative and fresh for both the aisle or the after party. Be it a sheer covering embellished with embroidery, a cocktail cape covered in ruffles, an unadorned coverlet, or a full-length option that could sub in for an adorned veil, the wedding cape levels up a minimal silhouette, or ups the ante on an already stunning ensemble.

Whether or not your gown has sleeves, this is still the chicest way to cover up.

From left: Berta Bridal; Savannah Miller Bridal (bottom); Sandra Mansour; Elie Saab Bridal (top); Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall 2019

6 Panic at the Disco

New twists on metallics, jumpsuits, fringe, and all things disco are making a comeback—with a ’70s meets ’80s edge. Sequins paired with plunging necklines, sexy satin slips, lame, all-over-glitz, and over-the-top accessories will have you ready to hit the dance floor and shake things up for the aisle. From rehearsal dinner looks to after-after-party vibes, shop like a badass disco diva—we dare you.

From left: Zuhair Murad Haute Couture Fall 2019; Rodarte Fall 2019; Dundas Fall 2019; Naeem Khan Bridal Spring 2019

7 Statement Sleeves

Royal weddings are the prime example of traditional bridal sleeves and coverage, but if you’re after something a little outside-the-box, you’re in luck. This year, bridal sleeves are anything but ordinary. Be it a puff, raglan, or a detachable sleeve, the options are endless.

Nobody is up for bridal sleeves for the warmth—and this season’s options are all about the look. Sheer sleeves provide the illusion of a long line, while still showing skin; and gossamer sleeves with a pouf, flare, or ruff mix up monotonous wedding dress silhouettes that are tired and overplayed.

Structural and draped sleeves create an eye-catching look that is upgraded and highly sophisticated. For a wow-factor transformation, opt for 2019’s newest rendition of this trend: detachable sleeves. Don them down the aisle for a more traditional look, and then shed them for dancing.

From left: Rodarte Fall 2019; Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2019; Galia Lahav Bridal Fall 2019 (bottom); Vera Wang Bride (top); Oscar de la Renta Bridal Fall 2019

8 Bigger Bows

Bows are back; in fact, they never left. A dramatic take on a ’50s staple, as seen at Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and at Balmain and Givenchy Haute Couture, bridal bows aren’t going anywhere; they’re simply getting bigger.

Departing from last year’s variations, which were more girly and quaint than theatrical, these deconstructed versions are more statement and super-structural, adorning shoulders, backs, veils, embroideries, and more. The irony about this super-femme trend? The bigger the bow, the edgier the look.

From left: Lena Medoyeff Bridal (top); Oscar de la Renta Bridal Fall 2019; Balmain Haute Couture Fall 2019 (top); Sandra Mansour; Carolina Herrera Bridal Fall 2019

9 Metropolitan Minimalism

Princess Eugenie and the Duchess of Sussex both opted for gowns that were void of lace and embellishment—and a rise in bridal minimalism soon followed, with designers showcasing simplicity and all things unembellished.

This year it’s more about the gallery girl and the cosmopolitan than the unadorned princess. Contemporary cutouts, boyfriend-inspired suiting, and clean cuts are all on offer once more, thanks to designers like Cushnie, Brandon Maxwell and a squad of other new designers tailored to those looking to stand out from the Chantilly-clad pack.

From left: Dior Haute Couture Fall 2019 (top); Ralph Lauren; Balmain Haute Couture Fall 2019; Brandon Maxwell Bridal for Moda Operandi (top); Ines di Santo Fall 2019

10 Veil Talk

Perhaps it was the Duchess of Sussex’s epic veil, trimmed in embroidery designed to symbolize the flowers of the British commonwealth; or, it could be Priyanka Chopra’s spectacular 75-foot raw tulle veiling, held by six handlers as she walked down the aisle in Jodhpur towards her now-husband, Nick Jonas.

Or, it could be that these It-brides were simply embracing a trend they noticed was on the horizon. This traditional accessory is having a major moment—but this time with unique twists. Strategically designed embroideries and pieced lace veils are more statement than accent in 2019. Designers are encouraging that brides see veils as not only an add-on to the gown, but as a part of an overall look.

From left: Naeem Khan Bridal Fall 2019; Elie Saab Bridal Fall 2019; Lola Varman Bridal (top); Danielle Frankel Objet

11 Floral Redux

Florals? For bridal? Groundbreaking. We know, this trend is so ubiquitous it’s almost hard to dub it trend-worthy—but this year’s floral force was greater than ever. Bold, 3D appliqué, hand-cut and placed embroideries, brocades, bold use of color, this trend knows no bounds in 2019.

This isn’t just about lace, or incorporating wildflower-printed bridesmaids gowns into your party—this trend is about bold use of color, texture, and drama. Remember when bridal takes on floral were just subtle prints, tonal blooms, or in shades of blush? 2019 blooms are more over-the-top than ever before.

From left: Monique Lhuillier Bridal Fall 2019; Schiaparelli Haute Couture Fall 2019; Reem Acra Bridal Fall 2019; Marchesa Fall 2019; Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2019

12 The New Beach Bride

BAZAAR Bride is no stranger to this trend, citing that the new beach bride breaks all the rules. In our study of this bridal archetype getting a new look, we noted why the beach bride is ripe for a switch-up: Effortlessness, irreverence, and a laissez-faire attitude towards dressing is never out of style–especially for the aisle.

Destination weddings are more popular than ever before, but with drama and formality on the rise (again) and boho bridal on the decline, a modern brides’ desire to wed on an island, in tropical climates, and barefoot in the sand with a look that’s anything but basic feels timely. Opt for a wow-factor swimsuit—but make it bridal a la Chanel Haute Couture.

As for the veil, Chanel’s crystal-encrusted swim cap could be a whimsical add-on. Or, opt for embroideries and appliqués that feel inspired by the sea and shore. For the bride looking to take a bit more of a risk, opt for a sheer gown, with a swimsuit-inspired lining beneath.

From left: Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2019; Zuhair Murad Haute Couture; Victoire Vermeulen Bridal

13 High-Low Hemlines

This hemline has been gracing the Couture runways for seasons, with Giambattista Valli introducing the confection-like tulle variations we aren’t over just yet.This year, eveningwear and bridal designers have translated this look for the aisle, offering up riffs on texture, color, volume, shape, and scale. This look is all about a wow-factor; the super-long train, and the mini hemline at the front, designed to show some leg and flaunt the perfect pair of wedding shoes.

With touches of black and plenty of ruffles to go around, the current assortment of high-low gowns is dramatic and full of bride-to-be potential. Our styling tip? Accessorize the look with an equally fashion-forward veil, or skip veiling altogether and opt for a chic and sleek hair-up look.

From left: Ashi Studio; Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Fall 2019; Oscar de la Renta Fall 2019; Oscar de la Renta Pre-Fall 2019

14 Fashion Fairy Nymph

In her bridal version, we introduce the girl everyone wants to be. The”fashion fairy nymph” is defined by a look that is subtly bohemian, but with a polished effortlessness that is less festival-inspired and feels fresh. Think draped or puff sleeves and collars that are reminiscent of Victoriana, but more rustic than regal and straw, wide-brimmed hats in place of stately floral crowns. A response to athletic streetwear and the boho bride being less au courant, this is the new rustic bride.

From left: Valentino dress and By Romance hat photographed by Christian Oth for BAZAAR Bride (top); Alon Livne; Costarellos; Zimmermann; Jonathan Simkhai Spring 2019

Contributing Weddings Writer Heather Hall is a weddings, fashion, and lifestyle writer and editor.
Weddings & Travel Director Carrie Goldberg is HarpersBAZAAR.com’s Weddings & Travel Director.

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