You don’t have to be a celebrity like Ariana Grande, Ciara, Sienna Miller, Kerry Washington or even the Duchess of Cambridge to rock it in the latest trends this spring and summer. With designers at all price points taking cues from Fashion Week Spring 2016, there are affordable and fashionable looks out there — you just need to know what you’re searching for!
Colors of the Spring/Summer Fashion Trends
The PANTONE® Fashion Color Report for Spring 2016 points to “colors that transport us to a happier, sunnier place, where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the PANTONE Color Institute.
These colors for both men and women include (from left) rose quartz, peach echo, serenity, snorkel blue, buttercup, limpet shell, lilac gray, fiesta, iced coffee and green flash. (See the website for the PANTONE numbers.)
Highlights of the Spring/Summer Fashion Trends
Flirty Slip Dresses
Slinky slip dresses are the ticket this spring, according to Marie Claire magazine. This sexy look incorporates underwear/lingerie as outerwear. Gotta love the comfort of silk and satin!
Elle magazine points to “blown-out plaid” as a hot look this season. So, look for the checked prints, ladies!
Off the Shoulder
Another trendy fashion involves showing a little skin, reports Vogue magazine. Baring your shoulders, that is. Off-the-shoulder styles and cool cut outs rule this season.
Ruffles are a key detail trend this spring and summer. Glamour magazine shares that “This season’s ruffles are subtle, romantic and feminine.”
High Shine Fabrics
Think shiny, shimmery metallic, ladies. This goes for accessories, too. Sequins and any shiny material makes a high-impact piece out of a simple garment, according to Vogue magazine.
A flashback to the ’70s, suede is a hot look this season. The soft, delicate fabric is now season-less, much like leather the last few years, according to InStyle magazine.
“The stripe is oh so right” this season, says Marie Claire magazine. And, we’re not talking thin, subtle stripes. It’s all about broad bands of color in bright tones.
The big trends in denim, says Vogue magazine, are printed denim, the long skirt, patchwork denim, feminine looks and the ’90s skater jean. Cropped flare jeans are also hot.
Puffy sleeves are back. Or, Old English sleeves as Harper’s Bazaar refers to them. The popular styles include bubble sleeves, bell sleeves and balloon sleeves. Quite a way to make a statement!
Other women’s fashion trends for this season include:
- Spanish Influence
- White Blouses
- Oversize Floral Prints
- Complicated Patterns/Mixed Prints
- Maxiskirts and Dresses
- Boldly Colored Actif-Sportif Outfits
Don’t Forget Your Man!
Johnny Mannah points to these men’s spring/summer fashion trends in his article on The Trend Spotter website.
- White Chinos/Trousers
- Bomber Jackets
- Fifties Shirts
- Shorter Shorts
Utilitarian and monochromatic looks are also hot for men this season.
Resources for the Latest Fashion Trends
These fashion magazines will help you keep up with the hottest styles throughout the year. Simply click on the cover to learn more or subscribe!
InStyle Harper’s BAZAAR
Vogue People StyleWatch
Let the shopping begin … or, continue!