Our Favorite Womenswear Trends for Spring and Summer

Warmer days, and hotter fashion, are on the way.

By Daniel Sheldon

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The Cura Co.'s subtly detailed dresses fit perfectly with this season's trends.

Image: The Cura Co.

What’s in your spring and summer fashion forecast? Match Seattle’s meteorological unpredictability with a wardrobe full of timeless silhouettes, updated for 2023—plus some trendy twists, like asymmetrical hems and fab fabrics.

Whether you prefer mixing things up or playing the classics, here are some of our favorite womenswear looks of the season.

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Statement Shirting

Don’t shortchange the simple shirt: This year’s warm-weather looks take a cue from classic menswear.

Hip, sustainable, and socially impactful, these one-of-a-kind dresses are created from repurposed men’s shirts. A season-spanning staple, pair it with sandals or clogs for a warm-weather, beachy cover-up, or throw on a blazer or puffer vest on Juneuary days.


Popular Pleats

Dresses are a springtime standard. Go beyond the usual boho, floral, or mini-length styles with tailored details like pleats, buttoned pockets, and structured collars.

Pleated gathers promise comfort and ease in this drop-waist silhouette. Other tailored details include a flattering bateau neckline and a double row of buttons down the bodice. Pockets and peach are pluses, too.

Pintuck pleats define the relaxed profile of this fun frock, also hallmarked with rolled-up short sleeves, a casual boatneck, and a teardrop back-button closure. The black plaid print makes it a go-to spring-into-summer style.


Shimmer and Shine

Bring a little glamour to the season with embellished skirts—think shimmering silk and satin, adorned with exquisite embroidery, shining sequins, and playful pallettes.

It’s a wrap with this embellished skirt in the season’s must-have midi length. Twenty-two rose motifs are hand-embroidered on shimmering silk—a labor-intensive process that takes an average of 70 hours. Coconut-shell buttons at the waist allow an adjustable fit, making it versatile and comfy for a quick trip downtown or a romantic getaway.

Spring on those sequins: This one-of-a-kind pencil skirt from renowned Seattle designer Luly Yang is truly splurge-worthy in black stretch crepe and a flattering midi length. Asymmetrical assets, like the uneven hem and sequined waist, add visual interest. 


Blur the Lines

Softened patterns and updated hemlines are what’s happening now. 

Trendy midi length, full, bracelet-length sleeves, and an asymmetrical, ruched hem make this dress an obsession-worthy example of the designer's Wabi-Sabi chic, which seeks to blur the boundaries between modern and timeless. 

Inspired by a photograph of the cerulean Icelandic skies, this digital, dip-dye print on artisanal, all-season Mongolian cashmere makes for a unique tee with a luxuriously soft hand, beautiful drape, and slimming effect. Wear this versatile piece layered or alone.

Simplicity at its finest, this jumpsuit is an on-trend, one-and-done outfit you'll wear again and again. The fluid modal-sateen weave supplies subtle shine, while its sketched-line, dyed and hand-blocked print brings textural interest. Dress up with heels or down with your favorite sneakers. A vintage, oversize blazer or trench adds seasonless versatility.

Tie-dye tops our list of trending favorites, and these super-soft, wool-cashmere-blend, knee-high socks will keep you cozy and comfortable paired with boots or just lounging around.

Earthy colorblock turns a simple sateen dress into a versatile and eye-catching statement piece.


Crochet Craze

Crochet isn’t just for granny-square blankets. Needlework has been strutting down runways everywhere, on everything from sweaters to dresses to handbags. 

Dare to bare? This pretty-posey, handmade crochet top looks equally fabulous at the beach or the bar. Layer on an oversize blazer for a more demure look.

While not strictly crochet, this beautifully handcrafted style still embraces its openwork aesthetic. A knotty nod to summer, the macramé handbag features manila hemp fiber and twin-hoop wood handles. Use it to bag your beach necessities or stash your everyday essentials.


Metal Mentality

And you thought chrome was only cool on cars. Slip on the silver, have a metallic moment, and get ready to shine.

Command attention and cut to the front of the line in this sparkling, striped stunner. Metallic glitz and glamour meet a lavish blend of silk and lyocell. Go bold and pop the one-piece, bias-cut collar high to create an alluring angle, or finesse it flat as your mood suits.

Strappy, silvery-soft, vegan-leather sandals let you step out in style. The puffy shape, 3D heel, and square nose make an iconic addition to your chromatic collection.


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