How to Tackle Spring’s Trickiest Trends

Bold florals, peplum waists and printed trousers may seem like they're strictly for the catwalk, but spring's toughest trends are easier to pull off that you think.

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Bold florals, peplum waists and printed trousers may seem like they're strictly for the catwalk, but spring's toughest trends are easier to pull off that you think. At Altuzarra, bold tropical florals made a serious statement on cocktail dresses and zip-front jumpsuits.
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Lively florals at Proenza Schouler gave ladylike silhouettes a jolt of energy. Here, a bracelet-sleeve dress styled with long leather gloves.
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Bright orange blossoms were scattered throughout Prada's entire spring collection, including this knockout poppy-embroidered coat.
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Net-a-Porter
Bold florals may seem extra-flashy, but Marc by Marc Jacobs' playful flower-print dress ($600 at Net-a-Porter) would pair perfectly with a simple pair of black sandals and a farmer's market tote.
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Shopbop
Likewise, Thakoon's splashy floral-print shirtdresses have a fun, preppy appeal. $1570 at Shopbop.
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You don't have to be hitting the treadmill five days a week to rock this season's sporty look. Alexander Wang experimented with sheer mesh details and racing stripes to give his modern aesthetic an athletic spin.
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At Rag & Bone, sports bras and terry cloth separates were contrasted against loose, cozy knits.
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Ohne Titel's sporty jersey skirts and asymmetrical striped tops looked comfy and casual on the spring catwalk.
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Topshop
Topshop's shiny charcoal raincoat perfectly combines mens-inspired tailoring with a more modern, sporty look. $240 at Topshop.
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ASOS
To easily incorporate some sporty-chic in your wardrobe, try a cool, cinched-waist parka like this one by ASOS. The sheer styling allows you to show off whatever you're wearing underneath, and the pop of neon pull string feels decidedly "now." $80.57 at ASOS.
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Nothing was quite as intimidating as all the sheer and see-through ensembles that went down the runways this season. At Dior, an elegant lace jacket was paired with a completely sheer silk skirt.
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At Lanvin, silk fringe dresses were finished with short sheer skirts, exposing bodysuits or fancy underpinning beneath.
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Chloe had a slightly less racy take on the trend, layering sheer nude smocks over crisp white shirt dresses.
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Similarly, Kain's paneled cream skirt features an asymmetrical white upper paired with a sheer silk panel (so only you're only offering a sneak-peek at your knees). $265 at Net-a-Porter.
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Urban Outfitters
Happily, participating in the sheer trend doesn't necessarily mean exposing your underpants. This breezy chiffon smock dress comes with a handy fitted slip that stops at the upper thigh. $79 at Urban Outfitters.
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Trousers like these cool star-print pants at 3.1 Phillip Lim may seem high-impact, but in reality are an easy way to incorporate personality into your spring wardrobe.
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Jason Wu's put a sophisticated spin on the printed trouser trend by executing the look in tonal, graphic patterns.
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Cynthia Rowley's distinctive trousers were some of the most artful of the spring season, with intricate zig-zag shapes executed in bright floral prints.
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Urban Outfitters
Tie-dye was another trend on the spring catwalks, so why not kill two trends with one trouser? These funky gray and white harem pants by Silence & Noise are a stylish steal for just $79 at Urban Outfitters..
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Opening Ceremony's billowy silk pants feature a photo-like floral print and contrasting piping details at the hem. $490 at LaGarconne.
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Peplum waists have been going strong since last spring and showed no signs of losing momentum this season. At Marc by Marc Jacobs, a fitted stripe top was paired with a peplum-waist pencil skirt in navy silk.
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Jason Wu's lively peplum skirts featured exaggerated "poufs" of fabric at the waist and lent the collection a girly, Barbie-doll appeal.
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Topshop
This wallet-friendly peplum look from Topshop can be gussied up with chunky sandals and a shiny gold cuff for a cocktail party, or dressed down with a classic black blazer for an office setting. $96 at Topshop.
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Likewise, Alice & Olivia's jewel-tone peplum skirts lend a touch of feminine sophistication to a simple tank top or button-down blouse. $198 at Shopbop.
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