6 Spring 2023 Fashion Trends Even the Experts Are Shopping

My first impression of spring 2023’s fashion trends was, in a word, enticing. It’s a season of confidence and cool power, and defines sexy but you damn please. Slinky sheer layers and clinging knitwear dripped with an aspirational sensuality; even routine spring staples like spacious straw bags and unbuttoned poplin dresses had a sudden, underlying allure. For the first time in a long time, I left shows last September sensing the urge to shop would be imminent by April.

But this is the thing about first impressions: Even when they’re strong, they wear off. Months later, spring collections are finally arriving in stores and the weather’s catching up to the outfits I want to wear—and while I can remember a few runway standouts I love, I need a shopping compass.

So I asked style insiders from MatchesFashion, 24S, and Italist to identify the spring 2023 fashion trends that are here today and will still make sense in my wardrobe tomorrow. In other words, I wanted each expert to identify the runway motifs with charisma as well as longevity: fabrics, silhouettes, and styling possessing that shiny-new-season sparkle, but that are impervious to changing times and tastes. If I’m spending to partake in a fashion moment, I want it to be the one that lasts. So ahead, experts outlined the spring bag trends and clothing moments that are actually worth shopping for.

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Sunshine Suiting

a model wears a jacquemus suit in a roundup of spring 2023 fashion trends worth shopping for


“Suiting is back in full force in every collection,” says Maud Barrionuevo, chief buying and marketplace officer at luxury retailer 24S. Designers tipped their hats to Savile Row on the spring 2023 runways with blazers and trousers tailored for warmer weather—all which Barrionuevo calls a “perfect investment,” particularly in a bright color like Jacquemus’s sunny saffron. While the linen fabrics and cheery colors feel definitively spring-y, the timeless shapes aren’t going to lose their power dressing appeal anytime soon.

Slim-fit Vest in Linen
J. Crew Slim-fit Vest in Linen
Credit: J. Crew
The Tibau Jacket
Jacquemus The Tibau Jacket
Credits: 24S
Twill Miami Blazer
Silk Laundry Twill Miami Blazer
Credit: Silk Laundry
Kate Straight-Leg Linen Pant
J.Crew Kate Straight-Leg Linen Pant

Now 26% off

Credit: J. Crew
Le Pantalon Sauge Linen-Blend Pants
Jacquemus Le Pantalon Sauge Linen-Blend Pants
Credit: Mytheresa
Twill Slouch Pants
Silk Laundry Twill Slouch Pants
Credit: Silk Laundry

Sheer Genius Layers

Miu Miu Rtw Spring 2023

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The transparent and semi-sheer dresses, tops, and skirts from Miu Miu to Rick Owens are worth your “Add to Cart” according to Italist CEO Diego Abba, even if they feel a little intimidating. “Think of semi-sheer as a good way to look polished and ethereal, light and breezy, but still put together,” the luxury expert says. You can build a layering foundation with long sleeves, transparent tops (like Saint Laurent’s) or make a silky see-through coat or dress the center of your look (like Herno’s trench or one of Prada’s many translucent dresses). Whichever you choose, they’ll add a dreamy level of texture to your transitional weather outfits: Abba says these pieces are “most appropriate when the climatic conditions are right—meaning not too hot and not too cold.”

Semi-Sheer Maxi Dress
Saint Laurent Semi-Sheer Maxi Dress
Credit: Farfetch
Mesh Long Sleeve Turtleneck
Commando Mesh Long Sleeve Turtleneck
Credit: Commando
Light Up Layering Top
Intimately Light Up Layering Top
Credit: Free People
Midi Dresses
Prada midi dress
Credit: Italianist
Sheer Knit & Twill Midi-Skirt
Helmut Lang Sheer Knit & Twill Midi-Skirt
Credit: Saks Fifth Avenue
Nylon Skirt
Miu Miu Nylon Skirt
Credit: Miu Miu

Well-Crafted Cross-bodies

simone rocha rtw spring 2023

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The best cross-body bags invite you to move through life hands-free, because they’ll never get in the way. The most shop-worthy versions this season don’t lose their utility, but they do get some glamorous upgrades and embellishments. Liane Wiggins, head of womenswear at MatchesFashion, says shoppers’ favorite bags of the spring 2023 season combine craftsmanship and everyday wearability. Her luxury edit reflects it, with Matches’ buy for cross-body bags growing 22 percent for spring/summer 2023. “A personal favorite is Simone Rocha’s bow-trim nylon style with faux pearl embellishments,” she says. (Fashion and function, indeed.) Other standouts from across the market include a bag coated in star-spangled paillettes from Paco Rabanne and the crystal-laden update to JW Anderson’s bumper bag.

You don’t need a specific season for these gussied-up bags to be your plus-one on cocktail attire occasions. Instead, incorporate a spring 2023 touch through your gestures. You can reference Simone Rocha’s runway styling by cradling your bag in the crook of your arm, like you personally dove into the ocean after the oysters carrying their pearl embellishments.

Bow-Trim Nylon Cross-Body Bag
Simone Rocha Bow-Trim Nylon Cross-Body Bag
Credit: Matchesfashion
Crystal-Embellished Cross-Body Bag Bumpers
JW Anderson Bumper Crystal-Embellished Cross-Body Bag
Credit: Matchesfashion
Potli Bag with Necklace Strap
Abacaxi Potli Bag with Necklace Strap
Credit: Shopbop
Exclusive Sparkle Shoulder Bag
Paco Rabanne Exclusive Sparkle Shoulder Bag
Credit: Moda Operandi
Le Coeur Embellished Leather Crossbody Bag
Alaïa Le Coeur Embellished Leather Crossbody Bag
Credit: Moda Operandi
Paloma Ruched Pochette
Ulla Johnson Paloma Ruched Pochette
Credit: Shopbop

An All-Denim Drip

givenchy runway paris fashion week womenswear springsummer 2023

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Barrionuevo says one fabric reigns supreme amid fashion’s spring turn toward utility and sportswear: “Denim, in all its forms.” From Altuzarra to Givenchy, models appeared on the runway in denim-on-denim separates in oversized proportions; at 24S, LVMH Prize Finalist Conner Ives launched an edit of printed denim pieces to wear together (or apart). Double up with a slouchy denim workshirt and a street-style approved denim maxi skirt or a baggy, wide-leg jean—pieces you can hang on to regardless of where the denim pendulum swings next.

Denim Shirts
Conner Ives Denim Shirt
Credits: 24S
Weightless Easy Shirt
Good American Weightless Easy Shirt
Credit: Good American
The Classic Denim Oversized Shirt
ELV Denim The Classic Denim Oversized Shirt
Credit: Moda Operandi
NCE Plus Jean
Warp + Weft NCE Plus Jean
credit: Madewell
Paneled Organic Cotton-Blend Denim Skirt
Raey Paneled Organic Cotton-Blend Denim Skirt
Credit: Matchesfashion
Superwide Leg Jean
Madewell Superwide Leg Jean

Now 10% off

credit: Madewell

Incognito Fashion Bags

a model carries a bottega bag in a roundup of spring 2023 fashion trends worth shopping

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The spring and summer bags you’ll carry the most flies completely under-the-radar, according to Wiggins at Matchesfashion. “We have seen our customers search for bags that are luxurious but almost unidentifiable,” she says. Translations? In-the-know shoppers will recognize Lemaire’s Crossiant bag or Bottega Veneta’s runway Andiamo by their shape, color, and affinity with likeminded shoppers—not by a logo stamp or monogram that shouts where they came from.

Croissant Small Leather Bag
Lemaire Croissant Small Leather Bag
Credit: Matchesfashion
Andiamo Handbag
Bottega Veneta Andiamo Handbag
Credit: Matchesfashion
Élevée Phone Crossbody
Senreve Élevée Phone Crossbody
Credit: Senreve
Incognito Suede Tote Bag
Métier Incognito Suede Tote Bag
Credit: Matchesfashion
Mini Leather Crescent Bag
COS Mini Leather Crescent Bag
credit: COS
Margaux Leather Bag
The Row Margaux Leather Bag
Credit: Matchesfashion

First-Place Racing Jackets

dion lee runway rtw spring 2023

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References to the checkered-flag, dirt-track world of motorsport permeated collections including Dion Lee, Raf Simons, and Versace. Italist’s Abba says embracing your inner biker chick can be an all-year-round movement. “Not only is it a timeless style rooted in Americana, it lends any wearer a little more high-fashion attitude,” he explains. Moto jackets, with bright leather color blocking or touches of denim, are an entry point to the look that pairs as easily with cargo jeans as a sinuous slip dress. And for getting over the styling finish line,”Pair with Moschino’s biker heart clutch or MISBHV’s monogrammed biker shorts,” the luxury expert suggests.

De-Light-S Jacket
Diesel De-Light-S Jacket
Credits: Diesel
Crop Biker Jacket
Dsquared2 Crop Biker Jacket
Credit: Italianist
Vaughn Jacket
Miaou Vaughn Jacket
Credit: Miaou
Black & Red Motocross Leather Jacket
Dion Lee Black & Red Motocross Leather Jacket
Credit: SSENSE
Fennimore Riding Jacket
Harley Davidson Fennimore Riding Jacket
Credits: Harley Davidson
Hybrid Denim Jacket
Ambush Hybrid Denim Jacket
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Halie LeSavage is the fashion commerce editor at Harper’s BAZAAR. Her style reporting covers everything from reviewing the best designer products to profiling emerging brands and designers. Previously, she was the founding retail writer at Morning Brew and a fashion associate at glamor.