June 15, 2024


Youth trendy style

4 Spring Fashion Trends For Those Who Want to Kiss Comfort Goodbye

Pre-pandemic, the idea of “comfort dressing” never really crossed my mind. At the office, I’d always dress to impress, gravitating towards constricting trousers or blazers in which I could barely move my arms. After work, I’d then meet a few friends for happy hour drinks and slip into some Cuban heeled boots, tight pants, and a clingy top that would itch and scratch me all night. Ah, memories. Coming home, slightly buzzed from martinis—my arches aching from the boots that I stuffed my feet into—I’d have zero regrets about it all. I didn’t care because I looked good in the moment.

The words “comfy” or “practical” were ones I rarely thought about in my wardrobe before last year—but ironically, comfort dressing ended up becoming my prime fashion focus in 2020. With a stay-at-home order and a new work-from-home lifestyle, I suddenly found myself giving my uncomfy clothes a major rest this past year. The most worn item in my wardrobe has become the sweatsuit—and admit it, it’s yours, too! I’ve worked in sweats, I’ve run errands in sweats—there isn’t much I don’t do in sweats. And with nobody around to see what I’m wearing, why bother with anything else when I can be cozy?

However, that was then—and this is now. Spring is officially here, and as the vaccines are being rolled out, it seems like it’s officially time to think about reemerging into the world again. And more importantly, it’s time to start dressing up again. I certainly have missed flexing a statement outfit and wearing something uncomfortable, just for the sake of the look. Beauty is pain, after all! And it turns out, I’m not alone in this sentiment.

My colleague, Vogue market editor Rachel Besser, agrees it’s time to bust out the going-out heels, corsets, and slinky tops again. “This past year, I didn’t want to think about, let alone feel, my clothes on my body as I spent my days cooped up at home,” says Besser. “Now, with reemergence on the horizon, I have found myself craving the antithesis of comfort-first clothes. I want to wear clothes I can physically feel on my body again.”

Lucky for us both, there are a few spring trends that are emerging now, which are perfect for putting our anti-comfort sensibilities to the test. Whether it’s a skyscraper heel, a saucy tight pant, or a bold (and heavy!) earring to finish off the ensemble, there’s a number of fashion-focused pieces that one can start considering again this season—they might even make us feel “normal” again, too. “To me, earning slightly-sore feet from a pair of heels, or feeling snug and cinched in a structured top as I head out to a socially-distanced dinner, actually help mark the end of what’s been a long and turbulent year,” says Besser. “It’s time to get uncomfortable again.” So long, sweatpants!

Below, four things we’re ready to wear again this spring.

Waist-Snatching Corsets

Mach & Mach crystal-embellished satin corset

Vivienne Westwood classic corset cherry

Orseund Iris velvet-trimmed cotton-canvas bustier top

Balmain lace-up wool-blend flannel bustier top

Danielle Guizio bustier lace-up corset top

Fleur du Mal knit corset top

Reformation Minton bow-detailed floral-print linen top

Renaissance Renaissance firebird pintucked cotton-gauze and grain de poudre

Nanushka Dahlia faux-leather bustier top

Door Knocker Earrings

Mounser silver Found Object earrings

Paco Rabanne gold-tone flexible chain-mail drape earrings

Laura Lombardi Scala gold-tone earrings

AZ Factory gold-tone faux-pearl earrings

Sterling King gold-plated Sylvia crystal drop earrings

Alessandra Rich silver-tone crystal and faux-pearl clip earrings

Mondo Mondo gold-plated oyster pendant earrings

Kenneth Jay Lane gold-tone crystal clip on earrings

Simone Rocha white cluster drip earrings

Isabel Marant silver-tone crystal earrings

Skyscraper Heels

Gianvito Rossi 105 leather-trimmed fishnet pumps

Bottega Veneta chain-embellished leather sandals

Amina Muaddi black Awge edition crystal butterfly phoenix sling heels

Roger Vivier broche Vivier buckle pumps in satin

Mango high-heeled shoes with straps

Tamara Mellon Absolute Nappa sandals

The Attico Venus leather pumps with chain anklet

Jacquemus Les Novio sandals

Wandler 85mm strappy slide sandals

Zara tie-back ruched heeled shoes

Tight, Taut Pants

Reese Cooper cotton 3D pocket pant in Khaki

Khaite the Charles pant in cognac suede

Proenza Schouler leather pants

Nanushka Tabbie checked seersucker straight-leg pants

Rotate Birger Chirstensen jewel faux patent-leather slim-leg pants

Tibi Cassius slim-leg trousers

Tre by Natalie Ratabesi the Lynne cotton-blend twill skinny pants

Peter Do woven slim-leg pants