Spring Fashion Trends

What everyone’s wearing now… and how you can, too

Spring is here and you know what that means…blue skies, warm breezes and a host of new fashion trends…some would say an onslaught. So, what’s worth knowing about? From the runway to the suburban sidewalks, here are some of the most wearable must-have fashions for Spring 2016!
Big bold stripes
There’s something to be said for simplicity, and the idea that everything old is new again. Witness the trend toward big, bold stripes. Doesn’t matter if they’re horizontal or vertical – both directions are making a splash, sometimes on the same garment! What does matter, however, is that the lines you lay down are thick and comprised of bright and/or contrasting colors. Think nautical red, white and blue patterns, primary colors set against each other or any color alongside bright white. The impact is understated, but current – in fact, the right striped t-shirt can make an otherwise bland outfit shine. Pair a striped, structured shirt with a pair of lightly acid washed jeans, for instance, and you’re instantly on point.
Micro pleats
Meanwhile, though the stripes may be thick and chunky, the teeny, tiny pleats this season are anything but. Luckily, the results are both fashionable and flattering for everyone. Why? While standard size pleats are known for adding bulk (just ask any former Catholic school girl), micro-pleats add texture and depth without adding pounds. Plus, they fall beautifully on any body type, making a flowy, micro-pleated skirt or dress the perfect way to cash in on Spring’s romantic trend without fully embracing ruffles (which are also haute, haute, haute right now). Opt for a loose French braid or tight braided buns, and you’ve got two very different looks that are equally of- the-moment.
And finally…
Exposed shoulders
There’s nothing like a little skin as the weather heats up. And so it is that the exposed shoulder is making a comeback. However, it’s not in the form of simple off the shoulder shirts or dresses of recent years past. Instead, shoulder cutouts that hearken back to the 90’s have taken the stores by storm, allowing for the structure of a button down with the sex appeal of an open neckline. Pair a structured, exposed shoulder top with a low-slung pair of sailor pants and you may feel like it’s 1996, but you’ll look pure 2016. Bonus points if you add a cat-eye and bright lipstick.
Bottom line: trends can all be made your own, the trick is knowing how to wear them.

Stephanie K. Smith is a freelance writer working across mediums. Her pieces have appeared on sites ranging from CNN.com to National Lampoon and she’s written television pilots for Fox, CBS, The CW and Legendary Television. She lives in Los Angeles with her son, Dash and their (girl) cat, Fred.  http://www.stephanieksmith.com/

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