It feels as though the change in seasons, particularly the shift from icy winter temps to tepid spring days, is unfolding faster than ever this year.
With meteorologist predicting the return of the El Niño summer, earlier than usual we might add, spring has well and truly sprung.
The sudden warm weather may feel a delightful reprieve from winter’s icy grip, but the pace at which it’s come about has left us in somewhat of a sartorial shock.
You can find the answer to your shorts question here, but as for spring trends, we called on David Jones’ General Manager of Womenswear, Footwear and Accessories, Bridget Veals for her seasonal trend predictions.
Below, all the key spring trends you need to know and our top picks for nailing the look.
Spring Fashion Trends 2023
“Customers are embracing the quiet luxury trend, investing in quality pieces rich in simplicity. Think simple tailoring, tactile textures, and a muted colour palette,” Veals tells marie claire Australia.
“This trend embraces new brand Tove and Posse which sit alongside our already loved Australian brands Camilla And Marc, Willow and Scanlan Theodore.”
Armand Vest, $600, Camilla And Marc
Alyssa Black Asymmetrical Bag, $299, Vestirsi
Nine West Giselle Flat, $159.95, David Jones
On A Mission
“Local and international designers such as Anine Bing, The Frankie Shop and Ganni have taken a timeless approach on the utilitarian trend, showcasing military tones in cargo-inspired suiting, strong shoulder silhouettes and crisp shirting.
“Contrasting fabrications will play a key role in executing this trend as we transition into the warmer months with touches of soft leather and light weighted outerwear leading the charge.”
Utility Sleeveless Top, $325 at CUE
Lightweight Utility Cotton Cargo Pant, $345, Venroy
Anine Bing Aveline Mini Skirt, $240, David Jones
“The boudoir trend continues this season, with sheer panels, corsetry, fine mesh and bralettes emerging into our everyday looks.
“Whether you choose to style it underneath a soft tailored suit for an effortless look or make it the focal point of your outfit for a special occasion, there are multiple ways to embrace the trend this season.”
Ria Asym Maxi Dress, $380, Bec + Bridge
Veiled Top, $545, Christopher Esber
Dion Lee Lingerie Mini Skirt, $750, David Jones
Toe to Toe
“We’re already seeing customers gravitate towards our footwear department as they invest in wardrobe essentials for the warmer weather.
“Carrying on from last year’s Y2K trend, we have seen the rebirth of ballet flats which are equal parts chic and comfortable. With the spring party season upon us, we expect customers to opt for a statement heel this season.
“Brands such as Aquazzura and Stuart Weitzman have focused on delicate bows, buckles and embellishments that will add a sense of playfulness to any look.”
Aquazzura Kiss Me Sandal, $1,599, David Jones
Savoir Cognac Heels, $199.95, Tony Bianco
Alexander Wang Billie Ballet Flat, $890, David Jones
“Pastels are back this season however it’s been so refreshing to see our designers experiment with soft silhouettes, ruffles and ruching, and versatile, airy fabrications.
“Marshmallow pinks, lavender and lemon drop yellows are spring-summer essentials. Whether you choose a monochromatic candy colour look or pair one bold colourful piece, there are plenty of ways you can add a fresh touch and reinvigorate your existing rotation this season.”
Suboo Zephyr Halter Maxi Dress, $399 at THE ICONIC
Abbey Twisted Mini Dress, $425 at Aje
Acler Kirton Midi Dress, $495 at David Jones