Spring, with its symbolism of renewal, is always an exciting time to take a fresh look at fashion trends. Streetwear especially is meant to be vibrant and reflective of how people want to express themselves in the moment. So what looks are beginning to hit the scene now, and what might they tell us about where streetwear is headed? Here’s a snapshot of some current trends.
Tokyo Fashion Week just wrapped up, and if it can tell us anything about what’s hot in street-inspired fashion right now, it’s that hoodies are still very much a huge trend. That might be surprising to those of us who have seen hoodies become ubiquitous on the street and then on the runway for some time now, but as Vogue reports, the hoodie is actually picking up steam there.
Designers have applied their own vision to this streetwear staple, making it uniquely their own. DressedUndressed paired a long white hoodie with an oversized olive puffer and black boots to great effect, adding hints of military sensibility. Meanwhile, Chika Kisada struck a different chord with a black hoodie, a shiny black motorcycle jacket, a black petticoat and feminine chiffon-accented white sneakers. Name rocked an entirely different look, layering a cropped black hoodie onto a bold, almost dress length orange hoodie beneath a long navy parka.
Tokyo isn’t the only East Asian capital lending its take on street sensibility. As Highsnobiety explains, Seoul is experimenting with DIY streetwear, adding personally crafted logos and brand names from major designers such as Louis Vuitton and Supreme to customized sneakers, jackets, and belts.
Stateside streetwear enthusiasts have definitely noticed this trend. Whiz Khalifa, Rita Ora, and Rihanna have all embraced the ironic Korean take on street looks. This includes high-impact logos and statement pieces—garments as well as bags and accessories. Although the messaging can be laden with sarcasm, it’s also fresh, unpretentious, and experimental. Splashes of a lush teal hue can suddenly appear alongside a traditional Korean embroidered design of a flower on a jacket, for example. Or fabric from a military tent might show up in a designer bag as a commentary on violence is glamorized.
Fresh originality is something we always look forward to seeing in streetwear as the seasons change and new styles become trends to follow. What spring streetwear trends are you following right now? If a particular look has caught your eye, let us know!