The Groundbreaking Spring Trends of 2019

By Alicia McNamara

Hang Tough

Sexy punk rocker chic ruled the runways for SS19. Leather on leather, and don’t you dare forget the spikes. Think grungy, but pass on the dirty. This boss lady is high class. You can never go wrong pairing a banging leather jacket with tight denim, and a great pair of stomping boots.

Werk It

Top Gun or Leave It To Bryan… either way, you are working it! The utility trend is gaining traction with its comfy, convenient and chic vibes. Take a look at what Horses Atelier is up to. This Canadian label is known for their feminized workwear and all manufacturing is done just a mile from their Toronto studio. These jumpsuits worth coveting are skillfully structured and tailored to create a flattering silhouette. Dress this look up with a heel and some hoops, and you’re ready to go.

Horses Atelier Belted Field Suit. Photographer: Emma McIntyre. Model: Julia Hori.

Hella Faded

For delicious acid washed denim, check out Levi’s Now and Then Ribcage Pleated Crop Jeans for $108 in stores and on levi.com. Mix and match with denim jackets, shirts and dresses (all available in the new pebbled denim) to update your Canadian Tuxedo.

Levi Strauss & Co. jeans.

Want all varieties of denim under one roof? The next time you go hunting for the perfect pair head to Over the Rainbow in Toronto’s fashion hub, Yorkville. A Toronto institution known for its never-ending selection of jeans, you’ll think you’ve died and gone to denim heaven.

Soft Rock

Barbie joins the Hells Angels this spring. Pair tulle skirts with studded leather gloves, or slashed-up denim with a unicorn-coloured sweater. This sugar and spice look can be achieved by styling the sheer and embroidered South Asian-inspired dresses from Mani Jassal, with an edgy statement jacket from Rock ‘N Karma. Princess meets biker; instant cool girl.

Rock ‘N Karma Zip Bomber Jacket.

Sums it Up ‘til Summer

Head to ankles, now you’re covered. The easiest way to try out trends is to start with your toes. All of these trends can be tried out with a new pair of shoes. Little Burgundy carries the fly runners, cool booties, and heels you need, so make like the cool kids and get yourself a pair of chic-sneaks that will go with everything. Sneaker-heads take notice these days, so make a good impression.

Fila Disruptor II Premium Sneakers.

Mellow Yellow

American Apparel Crinkle Nylon Cropped Hoodie.

Dive into colour by adding something yellow to your wardrobe; the “it” colour of the budding season. Be a beacon of sunshine in a sea of traditional pastels. A bright, oversized sweater can be an easy piece to brighten up your wardrobe. Wear it alone as a mini dress or tucked into your favourite pair of Mom jeans. Grab yourself a fleecy crewneck from American Apparel, and a pair of cotton bike shorts. Now Canadian owned, we’re thrilled to have this brand of basics back within our grasp.

American Apparel Cotton Spandex Bike Short.

Sheer Up

Looking naked is on trend like never before. Whether you’re brave enough to show lots of skin, or prefer just a little peek-a-boo, sheer clothing is here to stay. Feminine, dainty details like pearls and sequins fit perfectly with this posh look. Go for a bedazzled bralette under a transparent top. Style your see-through dresses with a bodysuit or standout skivvies. Sparkly pasties are acceptable too, so feel free to shine, shimmer and pop.

Gone Fishing

Trapped in a net? Make it Fash-ON! Not just for the street, fishnets were on all the high fashion runways this season. Toronto designer Tara Rivas mixes contemporary styles with sultry chic. Bold as this look may be, it doesn’t have to be frightening. Sport a mesh duster jacket as a way to spice up a “jeans and tee” kind of day.


PrettyLittleThing Shape Black Sheer Mesh Maxi Duster Jacket.

The legs no longer have dibs as mesh fabric finds itself draped all over the body, proving once again that less is more this season. Go Supersex with a fishnet body stocking in the bedroom or wear it out with your favourite denim cut offs to the club. Where to find such a novelty? Check out Seduction on Yonge, Queen, or online.

Transparency is Key

We’ve all been in a situation where your outfit is poppin’ but the weather is sloppin’. How are people supposed to see you look fly under an ugly raincoat? Bare it all under an 80s inspired, clear plastic jacket from Hendrixroe. These colourful art pieces have an attitude all their own. If you can’t see through it, it’s not outerwear this spring.

If there’s one thing to take away from these trends, it’s that the theme this spring is “play.” Don’t take it too seriously; fashion is meant to be fun!

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Alicia McNamara

Alicia McNamara

Alicia is the epitome of celebrity style having spent years in the ever-changing world of costume design where she worked on several high-profile television series’ including NBC’s Covert Affairs. As a self-taught seamstress and pattern maker, her early pursuits involved designing bridal and eveningwear for private clients. After completing her Bachelor’s in Education followed by […]

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