Zara seems to move
so fast that sometimes it can churn out runway trends before said runway trends even hit the market. But we have to admit: We've gotten pretty good at keeping up with and predicting which styles the fast-fashion powerhouse and its cohorts will jump on at lightning speed.
Every season, stores like Zara, Mango, H&M, and more are taking notes as closely as we are at Fashion Month's biggest shows. By now, we've gotten to know which designers — and pieces — they just can't resist. Think about the items that are
just edgy enough to feel fresh, but are still digestible to a mass market; think about the trends that are surefire wins across the board, from Instagram to street style to magazine editorials (oversized blazers were all over the place last season, and now Zara can't get enough of them). Those are the ones fast-fashion retailers are going to cash in on. And despite how out-there some runways were this past New York Fashion Week, they know how to break even the wildest of looks down into bite-size pieces, style them in a way that works, and ultimately, sell them like crazy.
Ahead, we've rounded up 10 runway trends you're sure to see everywhere in just a matter of months. You can't say we didn't warn you...
Sheer Instinct Haven't quite hopped on-board the sheer train yet? Well, maybe spring is the time you do, because didn't it feel like every show had a frosted, layered-up look, giving fresh life to this fabrication? Fendi
The New 9-to-5 Boxy blazers continued to be a staple on this season's runway. Styled with colored tights, closed-toe shoes, structured trenches, and — yes! — tennis shoes, designers created a new standard for the working woman. Céline
A Scoop Of Sherbert Creamsicle oranges, minty greens, and pale pinks and yellows created a color palette that puts your local ice cream shop to shame. Sweet. Nina Ricci
Go, Speed Racer Taking a strong cue from motocross and authentic car-racing uniforms, this season's colorblocking is athletic-inspired, tough, and not-to-be missed. Turns out athleisure isn't a passing trend — it's the new norm. Fenty Puma by Rihanna
Generous Outerwear If that coat you're eyeing only comes three sizes larger than the size you usually wear, we've got one piece of advice: Buy it. Outerwear is getting roomier by the season, so don't be surprised if your go-to piece is cozier than ever before. Balenciaga
All Plaid, Everything Plaid is timeless, no matter what color of shape it comes in. It's no surprise, then, that head-to-toe tartan dominated the runways. Sacai
Cake-Topper Dresses These feathered-and-tulle creations take up major space, and remind us of those Barbie cakes we dreamed of getting on our pre-teen birthdays. Leaning more towards couture than ready-to-wear, these frocks aren't just for any occasion — they're for the most special. Off-White
Art School Dropout Scribbles, splatters, writings, and beyond, things are getting artsy with patchworked and deconstructed dresses. Plus, even more direct references and collaborations came from Coach (with Keith Haring) and Calvin Klein (with Andy Warhol). Zero + Maria Cornejo
Big-Ass Bows Fashion just got all Life-Size with larger-than-life bows that are over-the-top — in the best way. We can already imagine them making their way into the street style scene next season. Christian Siriano
Statement Cargo Pants Fashion won't stop trying to make cargo pants happen. This season's variations, however, we can totally see being replicated by fast-fashion powerhouses — they're oversized, feminine, colorful, and often silky, which somehow makes us want to wear them even more with a plain white tee and sneakers. Matthew Adams Dolan
Safety-Cone Orange For a brand like Sies Marjan, neon hues are nothing new. But a range of more unexpected labels are catching onto the neon palette, with bright-orange moving to the forefront this season. We're interested to see what Mango and Forever 21 will do with this one... Diane von Furstenberg
Weatherproof Outerwear Spring showers, we're about to be so ready for you. Break out the windbreakers and raincoats, because the forecast shows a preference for weatherproof outerwear next season. While we obviously love this trend for practical, water-wicking purposes, we're down to try it purely for aesthetic reasons, too. Gorpcore is about to go full-force with these Outdoor World-esque toppers. Fenty x Puma by Rihanna
On-Body Ruching Meet the new bodycon. You probably remember this technique from the early-2000s. Well, it's back, and all we're thinking is how nice it'll be to stylishly conceal our burrito food baby. The perks of intentionally bunched-up fabric, you know? Rachel Comey
Flowing Fringe We didn't expect fringe to be back so soon, but having seen the runways, we know it's going to infiltrate our wardrobes sooner than later. Whether leather, silk, or beaded, expect your skirts and tops to be fringe-y as can be come spring. (And yes, it is apparently possible to do it without looking overly boho). Swish, swish, indeed. Diane von Furstenberg
Fancy Feathers You know what they say: "If you're a bird, I'm a bird." And come spring, we'll all be fashion birds in the season's floaty feather accents. Whether topping off a pointy mule or finishing your look in the form of a stole, hopefully you're not too ticklish for this trend. Adam Selman
Blood-Splattered Tie-Dye From the creepy serial-killer undertones at Calvin Klein to the dystopian vacation at Vaquera, things got a little dark at New York Fashion Week. It's not all just sparkles and bows, you know. Calvin Klein
American Varsity School is no longer out and try-outs are in session. With lots of red, white, blue — and varsity cheerleader and jock references — we're being reminded of our High School Musical days. Opening Ceremony