8 Trends I Didn't See Coming But Are Definitely a Thing

Kristen Nichols
·3 min read

At Who What Wear, our editors are always on the watch for which cool trends are hitting at any given time. Many of them are ones we’ve predicted are studying what is unfolding on the runways. Other trends, however, end up surprising me—often micro-trends that gain traction on Instagram. Here, I’m breaking down some that I didn’t see coming, but are definitely a thing right now.

From “controversial” trends like slouchy cargo pants that are sitting at the top of my shopping list to throwback pieces like ‘90s mesh to the heel color that is suddenly taking over, these are all trends that you’ll spot in the closets of fashion’s coolest insiders. Here, see which cool spring trends I’m a personal fan of and shop my edit of the best pieces to add to your wardrobe. I promise you’ll find plenty of fresh outfit inspiration ahead.

Cargo Pants

Part of the larger slouchy trousers trend we're seeing for spring, cargo pants are making a major resurgence. Instead of the form-fitting styles we saw years back, you'll want to go for a loose silhouette.

Shop the trend:

& Other Stories Relaxed Cargo Trousers ($89)

Ganni Wool-Blend Wide-Leg Pants ($213)

Zara Cargo Pants ($70)

Orange Heels

Orange is one of the colors of the moment and many fashion people are adding it to their wardrobes in the form of heels. I love that this can achieve a subtle pop of color when added to a neutral look like this one here.

Shop the trend:

Prada Slingback Sneaker Pumps ($950)

Attico Block-Heel Mules ($570)

Simon Miller Solo Textured-Leather Mules ($390)

Tinted Sunglasses

Suddenly, throwback tinted sunglasses are seriously everywhere on my Instagram feed. And yes, they're sitting in my shopping cart right now.

Shop the trend:

Lexxola Damien Sunglasses ($265)

Dmy by Dmy Preston Rectangle Sunglasses ($185)

Zerouv Aviator Sunglasses ($10.99)

Black Bra Tops

Just one of the "naked" trends taking over 2021, get ready to see lots of cool ways to style black bra tops as we head into spring and summer.

Shop the trend:

Skims Fits Everybody Bandeau Bra ($28)

Coco De Mer Evita Scalloped Lace and Stretch-Satin Soft-Cup Triangle Bra ($195)

Anine Bing Alexia Satin-Trimmed Ribbed-Knit Soft-Cup Triangle Bra ($89)

Sleeveless Turtlenecks

Yep, my obsession with '90s-inspired turtlenecks is at an all-time high. The go-to shape to add to your closet now? Sleeveless versions that can easily transition into spring.

Shop the trend:

Skims Essential Mock Neck Bodysuit ($68)

Zara Seamless Mock Neck Top ($13)

Reformation Trish Top ($68)

'90s Mesh

Nostalgia is in full swing. With it, the return of '90s-inspired mesh pieces. We're especially seeing bold colors and patterns, so this is where you can add a little personality to your look.

Shop the trend:

Ganni Printed Mesh Dress ($325)

New Girl Order Mesh Bodysuit ($35)

Nensi Dojaka Mesh Off-Shoulder Blouse ($578)


Ready for the next cool (and comfortable) shoe trend? Flatforms in every style imaginable are about to take over.

Shop the trend:

The Attico Noah Satin Slides ($555)

Jacquemus Les Tatanes Lin Leather Platform Flip Flops ($505)

Atp Atelier Melitto Sandals ($350)

Maxi Skirts

Yep, maxi skirts are having a major moment right now. I'm convinced they will be the must-buy basic for spring. I especially love the crisp white versions that are popping up everywhere.

Shop the trend:

Jacquemus Novio Cutout Linen-Jacquard Maxi Skirt ($505)

Zara Skirt With Slit ($30)

Christopher Esber Lace-Up Poplin Maxi Skirt ($475)

Next, shop 25 cool fashion finds I’m obsessing over right now.

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