Fashion can be cruel sometimes. As we break out sweaters, coats, and winter boots, designers are beginning to unveil their hot new spring/summer collections at Fashion Weeks all over the world. But just because we can’t get our hands on these garments right now doesn’t mean we can’t ogle the trendsetting looks of the year ahead.
If we can sum up spring fashion in one word, it would be “eclectic.” We saw lots of cross-over from fall/winter 2015 with the return of Victorian and 70s-inspired looks all over spring ’16 catwalks. Eccentric colors and prints of the psychedelic 70s are back, but have been rebooted for a younger generation (minus the bad acid trip).
History tends to repeat itself in the fashion world, and 2016 will be no different. Spring will mark the return of 90s fads like tracksuits, grunge, and you guessed it, fanny packs. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Here is a look at the hottest Spring fashion trends, and odds on which fads will outlast the season.
You knew it was coming. The 90s are back, but this trend is much more refined the second time around. Think modern tracksuits, chic grunge, and floral maxi skirts. Edgy apparel also comes in the form of leather jackets, berry lips, flannel, and ripped denim. All you need to complete the outfit is some bottled up teenage angst or a cuppa joe from Gunther at Central Perk.
Apparently lingerie is now for the daytime too. Chemises, slips, and negligees were spotted in spring collections for Givenchy, Alexander Wang, and Calvin Klein. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to bust out a nightie to capitalize on this trend. Dressing in fabrics like lace and satin achieves the same look without the hypothermia.
Victorian-inspired styles dominated the spring ’16 runways for a second straight season. From puffy sleeves and bows to ruffles and high-collared necklines, regal influences show no signs of going away. No demure looks here, however, as all designers featured modern interpretations wouldn’t have sat well with the prudish monarch.
Off-the-Shoulder Necklines: 20/1
Many of the models were donning off-the-shoulder necklines in the form of cut-out dresses and tops. This shoulder-flattering silhouette was seen on the catwalks of Jason Wu, Derek Lam, and Givenchy. Forget midriffs, shoulders are the new erogenous fashion zone this season.
Hippie fashion is still in style. Embrace your inner flower child with an updated take on your mom’s bohemian wardrobe. Flared pants, bold prints, suede, and maxi skirts all made appearances on the runways. Another 70s trend that is going strong is foxy fringe. Tassels have been trending for a while now, so most likely you can continue to don your fringy pieces from previous seasons.
(Photo credit: By Ika Khargelia from Samtredia, Georgia (TFW S/S 2015 AVTANDIL) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)