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If the New York Fashion Week spring 2023 fashion roundups featuring outlandish trends like belly windows and bubble hems make you want to crawl into your closet and hide under your favorite little black dress, fear not. We’ve waded through all the season’s biggest trends to find styling tricks and outfit updates that will breathe new life into your wardrobe — without making you look like a fashion victim. “The key to making runway trends work in real life is picking what works for you and speaks to your personal style,” says New York City stylist Ann Caruso. “You want to wear the trends, not have them wear you.”
The trend: High shine
The look: Full-on ’80s glamour returned to the runways in disco-ready dresses, sparkly menswear-inspired blazers, low-slung sequin pants, sky-high metallic platforms and sequined bodysuits.
Spotted at: Michael Kors, Prabal Gurung, Tom Ford
How to wear the trend: Pair a gold or silver sequined top with wide-leg trousers in a complementary, matte version of the same hue (gray or beige, as above). An oversize ’80s-style sequin blazer worn over a silky camisole or slinky dress with opaque tights is another great party option that looks sexy and stylish without being too revealing.
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Trend: Cargo detailing
The look: In lieu of the low-slung iteration that teenagers are snatching up, the grownup version of the cargo trend features luxe utility detailing like oversize pockets on silky pants, bomber jackets, wide menswear-style trousers and — for the very bold — satiny jumpsuits.
Spotted at: Tibi, Brandon Maxwell, Tom Ford, Fendi
How to wear the trend: On the runway — and in the streets — cargo pants are often paired with a cropped tank top. Skip that. Instead, take the basic proportions of this pairing (fitted, minimal top plus roomier bottom) and apply them to a more wearable look. For example, swap out a Gen Z bralette for your favorite black turtleneck or fitted thin crewneck sweater. The key here is avoiding big on bottom and big on top, which can look sloppy. Instead, consider pairing an off-white turtleneck with a matching pair of silky cargo pants and heels for your next night out or cocktail party.