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From ruffles to stripes to cold shoulders, we’ve got the scoop on spring trends! They’ll easily enhance your basic travel wardrobe for a fresh, modern seasonal style!


Spring Trends

Written By: Niki Landry


This year is rapidly moving out of winter and into new spring fashions and trends. Warmer weather calls for more color, exposed skin, and shopping trips to update your wardrobe!

In order to grow and build upon your existing capsule packing list, I’ve rounded up the latest trends to assist with your upcoming shopping adventures.



The styles below can be easily incorporated into your travel wardrobe and keep you up to date with the new spring 2017 trends:


Bright Stripes



T-shirt | Dress | Kimono Shirt


There’s one item that makes it into my bag on every trip: the striped top. It doesn’t matter where I’m going, a simple striped shirt is a staple that I don’t leave home without.

For my fellow stripe lovers, this season the classic pattern comes in updated colors that will transition easily into spring and summer. Bold hues and interesting color combos will infuse some fun into your capsule travel wardrobes.


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Gathered Waist



Gingham Skirt | Paper Bag Skirt | Pants


“Paper bag” or gathered waist bottoms are a feminine and fun twist on the classic high-waist pant or skirt. It’s a nice casual change of pace for denim or chino addicts.

I love to pair these bottoms with simple fitted tees or crop tops, letting the interesting waistline be the center of attention. On pants, tapered or fitted silhouettes work well for travel because they pair nicely with both casual and dressy flats.


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Cold Shoulder Button Down



Cold Shoulder Top | Off-the-Shoulder Top | Button-Down Shirt


Many of this season’s trends are the reinvention of classic wardrobe pieces into something a little different, making them easy to transition into your existing closet.

The three tops below reference the popular exposed shoulder trend combined with a collared button-down. The result gives you a little more structure than the flowy off-the-shoulder tops that were super popular last spring.


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Ruffle Top



Blouse | Top | Blouse


If you’re feeling feminine this spring, ruffled tops are going to be your new favorite blouse. The buttoned up versions have a Victorian look with their fluffy sleeves and pleated collars.

Ruffle embellished shirts are easy to find this season, and there are styles to suit every taste. There are ruffles on wrists, at the neck, around the shoulders, and everywhere in between! Longer sleeves are more versatile for unpredictable shoulder season weather (no pun intended!).


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Dress | Tunic | Shirt Dress


To counter the ultra-feminine and romantic details popping up this spring, utilitarian-inspired clothing is an option for a more structured outfit. Flap pockets, muted colors, and simple details are all characteristics of these laid-back styles.

These utilitarian pieces are the perfect option for a no-fuss travel outfit. The low-key colors like army green, camel, and terracotta easily round out a neutral wardrobe palette.


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Single Shoulder



Dress | Blouse | Dress


Exposed shoulders are here to stay, and the asymmetrical sleeve items below are a great way to incorporate it into your packing list. Fun and flirty without being overexposed, these sweet styles are versatile and fashionable.

Wear these looks with flat sandals during the day and transition into evening with block heels or ballet flats along with statement earrings.


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Bandana Scarf



Printed Bandana | Primavera Scarf | Madras Bandana | Bandana


Outfits looking a little dull? Bandanas are an easy and stylish way to bring color and interest to your clothing combos. Trade in your infinity scarves for a square cotton or silk patterned scarf.

Wear them around your neck, wrap your wrist, tuck in a pocket, or tie in your hair for the simplest of outfit updates. They’re easy to pack and instantly add fun to your travel wardrobe.


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What are you favorite spring trends? Share and comment below!


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Author Bio: Niki is an interior designer and artist from Louisiana. In addition to her design work, she writes for local and online publications sharing her experiences and passion for travel. Niki is currently adding stamps to her passport while building her design practice, Niki Landry Designs.