Women’s Fashion Trends for Spring & Summer 2016

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With spring in full bloom, it’s time to transition out those warm winter clothes and start bringing in cooler spring clothes. If you don’t know what to wear, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Top 5 Women’s Trends for Spring 2016

1. Period Pieces

VictorianVictorian first and foremost is making a big comeback this spring. With big and small ruffles, puffy sleeves, high-collar necklines, and flower prints, this is a fantastic trend for layering. Pastel dresses with these features are also a big yes right now. An open-necked shirt paired with a light, minimalistic choker, though very different from the original gothic Victorian look, would pull your outfit together.

1970’s suede is in right now too. Over-the-knee boots paired with a mini skirt for a night out on the town, or even just a day in the city, will have you looking on point. But suede dresses and jackets are also seeing a rise in attention as more people are drawn to this particular look. While most designers have stuck to the original tan look, a few have ventured into more colourful territory, and either option will look good.
Harking back to a more recent period, denim is making a big reappearance. However, tight jeans are being swept under the rug for a more open, wide-legged pant. And if you want to go the way of denim jackets, a light print is in while plain is not. Denim dresses, cinched at the waist to help with definition, are also in this spring.

 

2. Loose Clothing

Paper Bag WaistFrom paper bag waists to low slung pants to fringes, we’re keeping it loose this year. Pants and skirts in the paper bag style will pull in at the waist, usually with a loose, tied belt, leaving room above and below. Tuck in a tight shirt to even the look out, or pair it with another loose top and be more adventurous – either way, you’ll look great.
Low-slung pants are promising to be a big thing this year. Pair them with a half-shirt for a casual weekend look that bares your midriff, or a silk button-up for work. Just as long as the pants are loose and wide down to the bottom, they’ll look good.


And fringes are sticking around. Found on any number of shirts, skirts, dresses, sweaters and even accessories, you’re sure to find a way to incorporate this look. Try to stay away from the rodeo look by pairing it with something modern, and definitely don’t overdo it.

 

3. Marled Knits

Marled KnitIf you’re interested in something with a bit of texture, marled knits are the way to go. Subtle colour changes will perk up your outfit and give definition without the use of huge additions. With a range of styles from standard sweater to tank tops to cardigans, there are pieces that can be worn through both warm and cold days. A slim sweater and leather skirt or dress pants would make a great work piece, and something more free-flowing with denim would work well during the weekend.

 

 

4. Stripes

StripesBright and bold stripes, in everything from t-shirts to dresses to skirts, will bring attention to your outfit. You can balance it with a more neutral colour, or go all-out and include it in your entire outfit. And they don’t all have to be completely linear – zig-zaggy stripes will add an extra element of fun to your ensemble if you’re up for it.

But the Oxford stripe isn’t to be outdone by the bigger stripes out this season. Making its way from the standard button up, it’s sprucing up dresses and skirts, and is a subtle but classy look.

 

 

5. Orange

OrangeIf you’re interested in knowing what colour to look out for this spring it’s orange. Pajama button ups, skirts, trousers, handbags, and button-up shirts are all incorporating this colour. Capable of adding a bit of Pop! to any outfit, you can get a number of hues added in if you stick to it for your entire outfit. Outrageous as the colour may be, it is also capable of being entirely work appropriate, if done correctly.

 

 

 

 

While this season’s trends are quite intense on their own, most of these trends can be mixed together. Finding balance between two or three, or attempting something spectacular, will be easy this spring.

 

 




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Jennifer Schaible
A University graduate with a degree in English Literature, Jennifer lives in Washington and enjoys writing about space, various geeky subjects, and occasional other stuff. In her off time she can generally be found with a book, and loves traveling the world.

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