How To Shop Spring Fashion Trends Now (Before Everyone Else Does)

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A few days ago an editor friend texted me, "I know you have the Proenza boots I’m obsessed with," she wrote, lamenting over the fact that this season's combat boots from the brand were out of stock in her size. Not to brag, but it's a headache I never faced because I ordered them using an under-the-radar shopping trick that you too can employ to shop shop spring fashion trends now. It's the under-utilized art of the pre-order that I'm talking about here. If something comes down the runway that you know you'll have your eye on (and are worried everyone else might as well), ordering a season ahead of time puts you way ahead of the game.

"Imagine that you are sitting front row at a fashion show and you had your pick of every item that walked in the show," says Lauren Santo Domingo, Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer for Moda Operandi via email. "That's exactly what Moda offers. Trunkshows are unedited full-range collections offering every color, size, and look from a designer within days, sometimes hours, from when the looks walk down the runway."

After spotting what would soon become my combat boots in Proenza's Fall/Winter 2018 runway show way back in February, I noticed that they were available via trunkshow just days later. (The pre-order model is different from the see-now-buy-now model in that manufacturing happens on par with usual fashion seasons — which means in the months following, rather than before the label's runway show.)

Though I wouldn't actually have the boots delivered to me until June, I was able to get an almost nine-month head start on my fall wardrobe shopping, and wait with anticipation for an impending package coming my way. It's a shopping strategy I try to use on a few key items every season. I don't want to blow my entire budget months in advance, but it's a good way to outline what my key purchases will be.

A favorite spring find I spotted at Prada during Fashion Month. Photo: @aemiliafay

An added benefit to the pre-order model, which e-tailers including Matches Fashion and Revolve also employ, is the fact that it removes the potential that something you see on the runway never makes it into stores. (In the fashion industry, buyers from major department stores often pick-and-choose which items they'll choose to sell, so what goes down the runway may never actually be available to buy.) Instead, "you're able to score your favorite looks in your size without having to wait to see if the department store bought into it," notes Santo Domingo. With a trunkshow, production is based on demand, democratizing what runway pieces end up IRL.

So, now that fashion month has wrapped, trunkshows are here for a limited time to let you cherry-pick the key pieces for spring months before your less-savvy friends have the chance. To help you nail down exactly what you need, I've done a little pre-season shopping below, highlighting a handful of items that hit on next years key trends. Pre-order your favorites now, and you'll have a special delivery to look forward to in the months ahead.

Omlay Silk Shirt

Rochas

Fall's animal print trend gets a relaxed update for fall courtesy of this sheer top.

Robin Skirt

Rejina Pyo

While there are plenty of high-desire pieces in Rejina Pyo's latest collection, this fruit-laden skirt is both fun and wearable.

Conch Shell Drop Earrings

Etro

Found: the ideal earrings for your spring vacations.

Column V-Neck Dress

Oscar de la Renta

If you were ever in need of a statement gown, this printed dress is sure to impress.

Lace-Up Kitten Heel Sandals

Marni

Embrace the kitten heel full on with this cool style from Marni.

Notched Collar Cardigan

Missoni

A warm-weather take on knitwear will look great with a slip dress or jeans.

Floral Jacquard Slip Dress

Attico

Attico is never a brand to shy away from color, but this cool combination is especially lust-worthy.

Karl PVC Bag

Boyy

Boyy's sleek bags get a colorful (and clear) update for spring.

Turtleneck Jacquard-Knit Sweater

Jil Sander

This sweater is cozy sure, but the sartorial details set it apart from the styles you already own.

Kyle Jeans

Khaite

In need of a new pair of jeans for spring? This relaxed style from Khaite will fit perfectly. (All of the brand's designs are cut just right.)

Claudia Printed Dress

Altuzarra

Joseph Altuzzara is the master of polished dressing, and this dress is proof.

Cargo Pocket Mini Skirt

Matthew Adams Dolan

Pops of neon were all over the runway, but this cool cargo skirt was a fashion month favorite.

Long Sleeve Cotton Shirt

Simone Rocha

There's no such thing as owning too many button-downs, and this Simone Rocha creation is like nothing you already own.