Spring Fashion 2016 is here, and how flirty and feminine it looks! Check out these new styles that range from pretty and polished, to romantic and red hot. Here are ten trends to think about adding to your wardrobe.
1. Spanish Trend
Bring out the tapas and sangria because this spring it is going to feel like you are in Spain. You’ll see lots of bullfighter red and black, ornate brocade and beading, and off the shoulder and flamenco ruffle details (more about those in a minute). This is one sizzling look that gives off a sexy, classy vibe. Ole!
2. Off the Shoulder Trend
Last year we were introduced to tops with peek- a- boo shoulder cutouts ( the cold shoulder look). This year off the shoulder tops have been added to the mix. I’m not sure this will be one of the top spring trends for women over 40 for daytime, but it sure is a glam evening option.
Also, be on the lookout for the new X-shoulder tops. They’re tops with sleeves that dip down on an angle and look like they have accidentally slipped off the wearer’s shoulders.
As for cold shoulder tops, they’re still popular, but there’s a bit of a new twist. Many of the tops have big, billowy sleeves with cutouts which gives them a romantic, feminine feel. If you want to put the focus on your shoulders this spring, the cold shoulder is the easiest shoulder reveal women over 40. I like it because it is a little bit sexy, but it doesn’t leave you feeling too exposed. Who doesn’t have nice shoulders? Go for it!
3. Pleats Trend
Pretty pleats, especially pleated skirts are going to be big this spring. Wear a pleated skirt with a fitted top, so you don’t end up with too much bulk at the waist and looking frumpy.
4. Netting Trend
Increase your “net-worth” in a spring design made of netting or mesh. Incorporating some netting into your wardrobe via weekend or athletic clothing is the easiest way to test out this trend.
5. Ruffles Trend
Femininity is in the air this spring. Big, beautiful ruffles, inspired by the Spanish trend, are having their moment. You’ll see big and little ruffles that range from subtle and ladylike, to modern and futuristic, or totally girl gone wild. A style note here- don’t wear ruffles over a heavy part of your body because all that flounce will add weight. If for example, you are big busted, avoid ruffles up around your bust.
6. Lingerie Trend
One of the latest spring fashion trends highlights the 90’s slip dress, which has returned along with other lingerie details like sheer, satin, and lace. The idea is to wear these boudoir pieces with something structured, like a blazer, to give them a modern look. Can’t say I’m a big fan of this one. Most look like they should have stayed in the bedroom.
7. Fringe Trend
Have a little fun this summer with some flirty fringe. Fringe has been in for a while but this summer it’s a more casual raffia type fringe that is dominating the runways. This boho detail is great for vacation and weekend wear. It’s on sleeves and hemlines, and has also appeared as embellishment at necklines. Fringe is a playful way to freshen up a summer look.
8. Relaxed Fit Trend
If you like the look and feel of a relaxed silhouette, then you’ll be happy to learn that this is a big trend for spring/summer 2016. You’ll see voluminous, flowing dresses and wide, full-leg pants that you’d swear were long skirts. There’s also the new and interesting paper bag waist which is tied with a cloth belt. The relaxed look is tricky- cool when you get it right, ( love that gal in blue), but sloppy if you don’t pay attention to fit or what else you pair with it. More to come later on the blog about this. Stay tuned.
9. White Shirt Trend
Nothing says summer like a crisp white shirt. This season it’s been reinvented every which way. There are sporty styles, (looks like turned up collars are cool again), soft, gauzy bohemian looks, and, of course, the white shirt worn off the shoulder. Chic and polished, the white shirt is commanding and cool.
10. Bright Stripes Trend
It’s not spring without some sporty stripes, and this year you’ll be seeing many types of stripes and many of ways to wear them. There are bold stripes in bright colors as well as multiple colored stripes all mixed together, almost like a rainbow. Also new for spring fashion 2016 – stripes, running up and down, sideways, corner to corner and every which way combined. There’s a stripe for everybody this summer which is good news because stripes can work in so many different ways to extend your wardrobe. See what I mean.
You’ll also see stripes running up and down, sideways, corner to corner and every which way combined. There’s a stripe for everybody this summer which is good news because stripes can work in so many different ways to extend your wardrobe. A striped piece is a great investment if you are on a budget. Here’s an example of what I mean.
What spring clothing trends are you excited about? I’ll be looking for some refined ruffles, a little raffia and an off the shoulder/cold shoulder top to add to my wardrobe. How about you? What will you pass on too, and why?