Spring trends celebrate the styles of yesteryear.

“Keep it sweet and simple with a ruffled bib or go bold with a large multi-tier neck ruffle”

It’s the beginning of a new decade, so it’s only fitting that many trends dawning the runway look back on the past. We’ve seen styles popping up from the 50s, 70s, and even the Renaissance period! Here are the top five trends this spring and local vintage shops where you can shop these looks.

Ashley Polan at The Nest
Ashley Polan at The Nest

Beyond-the-beach straw bags

It’s time to put that leather tote aside and opt for a lighter alternative. Amp up your spring outfit with a statement-making straw bag. Bring the beach to the office by pairing a straw crossbody bag with a pair of your favorite black slacks and white blouse or turn heads on the street with a belted straw bag over an oversized shirt.

The Nest located in Reno is a great spot to shop straw bags! They have an awesome selection of bags, vintage dresses, home goods, and more. You’ll find yourself traveling to different eras through the selection of true vintage styles they have on hand. If you’d rather wear something made from this era, check out Karma Tahoe in Incline Village where they carry a large variety of newer, gently used pieces. thenestreno.com; karmatahoe.com

Ashley Polan at The Nest
Ashley Polan at The Nest
Ashley Polan at The Nest
Ashely Polan at The Nest

Vacation vibes crochet

We’re not talking about your Grandma’s crochet, here. Don’t be afraid to bare a little skin in this loosely knit fabric. This season the crochet trend will take the form of skin-baring crops, bra tops, and long crochet dresses with plunging necklines. Keep it cool in this stylish fabric made for more than just beach cover ups. Check out Pass it On Thrift in Tahoe City or Jackpot Vintage in Kings Beach for some great crochet finds. @passitonthrift; @1jackpot

All about that 70s flare

If you’ve been wondering when bootcut and bell-bottom styles were going to make their comeback, get ready! We continue to see this trend pop up on the runaway and the streets. Make a light wash flare pop with a black knit top or basic tank, or rock the denim-on
denim look with a bell-bottom cut, denim button-up and bold-colored skinny belt.

Finding a good pair of flare pants can be a daunting task but you can guarantee you’ll find the perfect pair at Junkee Clothing Exchange located in Midtown. Not only do they have a large selection of vintage styles, the eclectic vibe makes this spot a must-go when visiting Reno. Just down the street is Bad Apple Vntg, another shop you should have on your list. They have a small selection of vintage pieces but are one of my favorite spots for denim. junkeeclothingexchange.com; badapplevntg.com

Victorian ruffled collars

We’re getting renaissance vibes with this trend! Add some ruffles to your blouse this spring. Keep it sweet and simple with a ruffled bib or go bold with a large, multi-tier neck ruffle. Look trendy and sophisticated in this style of blouse paired with high-waisted flare jeans, a pleated mini skirt or wide-leg trousers. With primarily western style pieces, the Golden Jackal located in Reno is a great spot to shop for a statement-making collar. golden-jackal.myshopify.com 

Ashley Polan at The Nest
Ashley Polan at The Nest

Polka dotted

This flirty feminine pattern has been around since the 20s and after about five decades took a backseat in the fashion industry, until now. Polka dots are back and bolder than ever! Freshen up the trend with a large polka dot print on a maxi dress or dip your toes into the trend with a sweet polka dot-patterned blouse.

The first two shops that immediately come to mind when I think polka dots are Vivian’s Vintage and Vogue in Truckee and Labels Consignment Boutique in Reno. Both stores have a huge selection of feminine styles to choose from so you can be sure to find a nice polka dotted piece at either stop. @uniqueboutiquevivian’svintageandvogue; labelsreno.com


With climate change being one of the biggest issues we face, the greatest trend is the movement to sustainable fashion. Simply put, sustainable fashion is purchasing from companies with “nice-to-the Earth practices” and buying items that you plan to get many wears out of. Shopping vintage plays a huge role in making fashion more sustainable and reducing our global footprint.

With so many trends extending through past eras, rest easy knowing you can still be “on trend” and shop sustainably. If you’ve ever shopped vintage or consignment you understand you’ll have to dig to find these trends, but that’s what makes it fun! It’s always a treasure hunt shopping vintage but the finds will make it worth your while.

Ashley Polan at The Nest
Ashley Polan at The Nest