Whether you’re considering a new investment bag or have your eye on a pair of designer shoes, we’ve officially reached prime time to make new-season purchases as fresh brand drops are hitting the market. Which pieces are actually worth purchasing this spring and summer? Curious to get to the bottom of the key items of the season, we consulted the top buyers at luxury retailers, the most in-demand global product sourcers, and shopping-savvy fashion editors to weigh in about the top designer items to add to your wardrobe.
Overall, we’re seeing a shift in the designer fashion landscape. “This season, more than ever, both brands and shoppers are putting an emphasis on wearable luxury,” explains Who What Wear Editor-at-Large, Nicole Eshaghpour. “While in the past, flashier pieces have been the way to make a statement, now it’s all about the the quality, the fit, and just looking put-together and elegant—without the frills and gimics.” This movement toward quiet luxury pieces and away from the logomania of seasons past is leading to more thoughtful designer purchases with longevity, which is translating to what we’re seeing across the fashion market. Saks Fashion Director Roopal Patel echos this. “Overall, we’re seeing a return to everyday essentials and versatility for the spring/summer season,” she tells Who What Wear, explaining that the most in-demand pieces include “timeless styles that can transition you from spring to summer and even into early fall.”
Shoppers also have seasonality as well as the top trends from the S/S 23 runways in mind, though. “Summer is all about effortless, practical style that embraces the sunlit season, and the ’90s minimalist aesthetic plays into that,” Nordstrom Fashion Director, Rickie de Sole shares. “It’s also a time for weddings, events, and celebrations, so a few fanciful pieces will lift your mood, like a standout party dress, conversation-starting jewelry, and shoes that can work with gowns or jeans.” FWRD Vice President, April Koza, is also seeing how key events from the spring/summer season are impacting shopping patterns. “Everything from beach vacations to outdoor soirees provide a sense of freedom and excitement,” she shares, emphasizing how this is connected to the growing theme of wearable fashion. “Color, crochet, and wearable silhouettes are the focus for spring/summer, and this season, brands are giving us fashion that fits in our everyday lives.”
So, how does this translate to luxury shopping this season? Ahead, shop the best spring/summer 2023 designer shopping pieces to add to your wardrobe, according to top fashion experts.