Spring fashion trends embrace sustainability

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Mia Eastwood

Suffolk student Jill O’Callaghan modeling a midi skirt.

As the April sun has started shining, Boston residents are clearly taking advantage of the weather by changing up their wardrobes with new trending styles. It is seeming as if the spring has provided a gentle and ethical approach to fashion as people are choosing to experiment with more vintage and sustainable styles. 

As the climate crisis has become a relevant topic over the last few years, fast fashion has also become more exposed and has caused people to be conscious and intentional about their purchases. 

Only a few years ago, the biggest trends were coming from shops like Forever 21 and H&M. However, traffic in businesses like these are beginning to decrease as their consumers have become more self-aware of the production process.

This change in focus has caused more Boston residents to start shopping from local shops, online small businesses and from secondhand stores. This allows for not only accountability but also a more unique and better quality wardrobe. 

Overalls and Coveralls

Overalls and coveralls have become a fun and adaptable trend as they allow you to mix and match what is worn underneath. They are a great transition piece between winter and summer as you can go from wearing sweaters and turtlenecks to T-shirts and tank tops. 

They are a timeless item that has taken a modern twist with colors and embroidery. California-based company Big Bud Press is an excellent example of this trend as they have taken this classic and have sustainably designed an array of overalls and coveralls in a variety of colors, patterns and inclusive sizing options. 

Loafers

As companies like Doc Martens and Vagabond have begun to take over all footwear trends, loafers were inevitably bound to become a must-have item in everyone’s closet. 1980s and 1990s fashion has definitely made its current appearance, ranging from Mary Janes to chunky boots and now, finally, to loafers. 

This new trend corresponds well with skirts, dresses and pants, and also gives consumers an opportunity to dress them up or down. They can be worn to the office, class, or even a concert.

In addition, loafers still allow for a sense of diversity as they are offered in so many different styles and designs, like Doc Martens’ collaboration with Lazy Oaf. They can even be paired with a fun pair of socks, which will be sure to catch the eye of those passing by.

Denim on Denim

Denim on denim was once a trend that was frowned upon but has taken a new name this spring, with brands like Lee and Levi’s advertising it in their recent collections. A pair of baggy jeans topped off with an oversized jean jacket is now seen as a bold and admirable style instead of nerdy or tacky. 

This trend calls for more expressive accessories to peel away from the monochrome denim but when executed correctly it can create an eccentric and individualistic outfit. Accessories can go from graphic T-shirts to hair scarves to earrings. In addition, as embroidery and patchwork continue to be popular, it allows for unique sets of denim. This trend truly allows everyone to have their own take on it. 

Midi Skirts

Midi skirts provide a lot of flexibility for so many different types of styles. They can be paired with a blouse for work, an oversized sweater to run to the grocery store, or a tank top to go to the park in. As their patterns range from floral to solid colors, it allows for a large opportunity of mixing and matching.

Their flowy design helps fashion and comfortability go hand-in-hand. Midi skirts allow for coverage in the early cold mornings and mobility for the sunny afternoons. Everlane and Madewell provide linen and cotton-based skirts that will last you continuous wear through all four seasons. 

Boston has already presented its light-hearted spring trends that will provide a sense of gentility and comfort for weeks to come. Local Boston shops such as Vivant Vintage and Boomerangs will provide all of your sustainable wardrobe needs to ensure that you can show off trendy and unique expressions.