Trend Report

The Hottest Instagram Trends Right Now—and Where to Buy Them Locally

Heather Saba picks out her favorite pieces.

By Heather Saba April 8, 2019

Be it love at first sight or love after inescapable repetition, there are a few trends on Instagram I’ve been seeing nonstop—and their presence demands recognition.

So what are the items that I've recently added to my closet and online shopping bags? Cream-colored jeans, hair clips and headbands, oversized sunglasses, shell jewelry, things that are purple and things with bows.

Luckily, I found all of the above items locally, so you can add these must-have, everyone-will-be-wearing-them-soon-so-you-should-do-it-first items to your closet ASAP.

Cream Jeans

White jeans are always a springtime staple, but this year, cream jeans are really in the spring spotlight. Cream-colored jeans should be an obvious item in everyone’s closet (such a classic neutral), although to be honest with you, I don’t think I’ve ever owned a pair. But don’t worry, I have a pair now, and if you’re also in need of some, Influence Style, Free People and Anthropologie have perfect cream jeans, ready for you to purchase and add to your spring wardrobe. 

Blossom Rigid Skinny Jeans in sand dune, $78 at Free People (The Mall at UTC) // AMO Ava ultra high-Rise cropped wide leg jeans, $260 at Anthropologie (The Mall at UTC) // Citizens of Humanity Corey crop slouchy slim, $238 at Influence (474 John Ringling Blvd. and 8141 Lakewood Ranch Main St., N-102)

Statement Hair Clips and Headbands

We knew headbands were going to be a big trend this year (see 2019: The Year of the Headband), and the most popular has hands-down been the oversized, knotted style with pearls. It’s almost like a crown of pearls, and is absolutely Blair Waldorf approved (she is the headband authority, right?).

Hair clips are also super in right now and I’m loving these stylish clips you can find at Free People ($12, Free People at The Mall at UTC).

I couldn’t find any of those pearl crowns locally, but Influence had a cute assortment of knotted headbands, like these from Lele Sadoughi. 

Lele Sadoughi knot star studded velvet headband, $88 // Lele Sadoughi petite black and white headband, $48 at

Influence (474 John Ringling Blvd. and 8141 Lakewood Ranch Main St., N-102). 

Oversized Sunglasses

Are tiny frames out? I’m not sure but oversized sunnies are making a comeback. I’ve secretly been dying for this trend to make another round, so I headed straight to the glorious sunglasses wall at Saks Fifth Avenue last week to try on a few pairs.

In sunglass heaven at Saks. 

Image: Heather Saba

Dior Blanca 58MM round sunglasses, $355 // Gucci 56MM geometric sunglasses, $420 // Tom Ford Sari 52MM square Havana sunglasses, $455 // Gucci 56MM round sunglasses, $375 // Saint Laurent 54MM Loulou sunglasses, $420, all available at Saks Fifth Avenue 

My pick: Anything oversized Chanel! Plus, these aren’t available online—you can only score a pair by actually closing your phone or laptop and actually visiting our local Saks Fifth Avenue.

Shell Jewelry 

Shell necklaces… shell bracelets… shell anklets... All things shell are so in right now. Yes, the kind we wore growing up (if you’re from here, you very likely have at least one yearbook photo wearing a shell choker). 

You can go true fashion-girl with this trend and buy a forever piece, like this one I found at 530 Burns Gallery. You could also put this piece on a longer chain of your choice, but I like how it’s paired here with this braided leather chain. Embrace the trend, but in a chicer way.

Chris Bales Jewelry pendant (bone fossil, ammonite, pearl, neon apatite and sterling silver), $235, and braided leather 18-inch chain, $28 at 530 Burns Gallery

Free People also has the classic shell choker look, and of course, you could just head out to Beach Bazaar on Siesta Key and buy some cheap and classic shell flair.

Low Tide necklace, $20 at Free People (The Mall at UTC)

Things That Are Purple

Purple is really popular right now. I mean, purple is always a classic color for spring, but it’s like the queen of spring colors right now (at least according to my Instagram feed). You can find my favorite purple styles locally right now at Influence, Lotus, L. Boutique and Anthropologie.

Eugenia Kim Priscilla mule with feathers, $548 at L. Boutique (556 S. Pineapple Ave.) // Raquel Allegra slip skirt ($450) and low-back tank ($370) at Lotus(1451 Main St.) // Faithfull Marcie tie top ($129) and Faithfull Scelsi pant ($189) at Influence (474 John Ringling Blvd. and 8141 Lakewood Ranch Main St., N-102) // AS by DF velvet moto jacket, $428 // Talulah mini dress, $398 // Stevie May tie-knot top, $248 // Byron Lane laser cut top, $298, all from the purple rack of goodness at L. BoutiqueMallory lace blouse, $98 at Anthropologie(The Mall at UTC)

...and Things With Bows

If you’re a feminine, glam girl, bows are probably quick to come by in your wardrobe. But even if you’re not, reconsider bows and give them a go this season. I’ve gone through cycles of liking and not liking bows over the years, and right now I’m in a liking them phase—especially these metallic bow items I found. They're just girly enough, with a little glam.

Loeffler Randall Cecily bow bag, $275 at Lotus (1451 Main St.) //Valentino Garavani Rockstud bow jelly thongs, $345 at Saks Fifth Avenue (The Mall at UTC) 

Now head out to these local shops and add these must-have spring staples to your closet!

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