In the midst of winter, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re never going to take off that woolly jumper. But sunnier days are just around the corner, and we’re keen to transport ourselves into spring/summer 2016! Here’s a round up of the ten biggest fashion trends we’ll be jumping on board with this year.
The 70s trend is here to stay! Buying a key piece of this trend is amongst one of many easy gift ideas for her – and after so long on the shelves, she’ll be well versed with suede, paisley prints and fringing.
Don’t worry – these pleats aren’t reminiscent of school pinafores and netball skirts. Instead, they’re small and sharp, lending structure to otherwise ethereal pieces. We approve.
- Paperbag waists
Paperbag waists, like many trends, aren’t the easiest to wear. But, they’ll look great tied with a bow (another key trend for spring/summer 2016), adding an attentive detail to an otherwise very casual look. As a first foray into this trend, we suggest wearing something tight on top to balance things out!
This trend is a long-loved idea – it’s inevitable that you’ll be wearing some kind of denim this year! There’s an abundance of lightweight dresses, shirts, skirts, jeans, shorts, blazers, tops and more, and you can bet your bottom dollar it will be indigo.
- Bright! Very bright!
Die-hard monochromists, look away now. This year is all about neon brights: greens, purples, oranges and yellows are having their moment, championed at London Fashion Week by Christopher Kane and Jonathan Saunders.
If you’re all about romance and fantasy, you’re in for a treat. Think puffy sleeves, high collars and ruffles. The good news is that 2016’s approach to ‘romantic’ is more grown up than in previous years, with real structure and statement.
- Lingerie as outerwear
Lingerie as outerwear is a trend that’s been doing the round for a few years, but 2016 is a bit different. This time, it’s all about being ultra-laid back rather than seductive. We’ll be wearing silk slips as day dresses, paired with flats and rucksacks to keep it casual.
This Scandi trend is moving out of our homes and straight into the world of fashion. To nail this trend, buy less and buy wisely. Think masculine shirts, neutral palettes and clean lines. As this look is paired-down, focus on the layers and textures you’re creating.
Last year saw side slits in tunics, tops and sweaters take off, but now the trend’s migrating south. If you’re down for showing a sneak peek, make for Christopher Kane, Burberry and Topshop to snap up skirts and shorts forwarding this leg-lengthening trend.
- Shirts worn back to front
Yep, and it’s not actually as bonkers as it sounds. Take your average shirt and simply wear it the other way round, buttoning it up the back. We suspect many an office-worker will be doing this as they migrate from their desks to the bar on Friday night: a few undone buttons are a subtle but sexy way to show a little skin.