The months of September and October bring with them classes, changing leaves, cooler weather, pumpkin spice everything, Halloween and… spring.
I can hear you asking yourself, “what does she mean by ‘spring’?” and what I mean is: spring fashion, of course!
Fashion month, an event that happens twice a year in New York, London, Milan, and Paris, is a magical and frantic time in the fashion world. All of fashion’s biggest designers showcase their collections in a runway show, a glamorous and exclusive event where A-listers get the first glimpse of the looks and trends that will be “in” next season.
Since fashion month just ended, all of spring 2016’s trends have been strutted up and down the runway, meaning we get to start preparing our spring wardrobes, so we don’t just cruise through spring and summer in flip-flops and that one pair of cutoff shorts that match every T-shirt.
This season, there are an abundance of trends for every style imaginable and there’s no way I could get through all of them, but here are a few of my favorites.
If you like a more classic look:
If your wardrobe is filled with classy, polished pieces that never really go out of style, like the classic white button-down shirt and that little black dress that looks good for any occasion, then this fresh spring trend may interest you.
Plaid, plaid, plaid:
Victoria Beckham (left) enlarges the print and gives it a more mature feel with a darker color palette. Brooks Brothers (right) livens up this old print with super bright colors. (Sources: Luca Tombolini and Stephen Sullivan, respectively.)
Finally, a trend that supports the insane amount of preppy clothing and plaid I have in my wardrobe!
Plaid seemingly never goes out of style and this spring it is getting blown up in all different shapes, sizes and colors. As you can probably tell, I have always had a love affair with all things plaid, so I’m glad this classic print is getting a makeover so that it can be worn in even bolder ways while still maintaining its polished, preppy feel.
If you consider your style artsy or bohemian:
If you dream of looking like that one cool, hipster art teacher you had in high school and you like to dress in a multitude of colors, textures, and prints without regards to whether or not they “match,” then this trend is definitely something you may want to try.
Both Miu Miu (left) and Gucci (right) layered their collections in textures and colors that may not have been traditionally paired, while adding quirky accessories to round off their looks. (Sources: Monica Feudi and Yannis Vlamos, respectively.)
This trend is fun because it calls for absurd accessories of all sorts, like novelty ties, hipster glasses, giant bows, etc. I love the idea of pairing prints and textures to create a look that’s never been seen before. You can just experiment and get as “out there” as you want!
This trend is personally exciting for me because it allows me to play around with the pieces in my wardrobe that I NEVER get to wear, like the furry leopard-print vest I picked up at a thrift store that I stare at lovingly as it gathers dust in my closet. So, go ahead and grab your biggest statement pieces and wear them proudly!
If you like a vintage and romantic feel:
If you’re the kind of person that longs to dress in vintage, lacy, flowing gowns, like the protagonist in your favorite classic romance novels, then these widespread trends will certainly bring you pleasure.
Victorian influence and lots of lace:
Fendi (left) shows Victorian influence with romantic puffy sleeves and high necklines. Rodarte (right) adds a healthy dose of lace to show a more delicate version of the trend. (Sources: Weston Arnold and Yannis Vlamos, respectively.)
It’s time to give that long, flowing dress that you feel like you never have an excuse to wear a chance! I know that I have a few dramatic pieces (I’m looking at you, puff-sleeve top) that I would like to wear out and about without being looked at like I just stepped out of a time machine.
Fashion is cyclical in nature, so trends are always popping up again and again. I enjoy seeing old trends being brought back and made new again, which is why I adore this Victorian twist. Now we can all dress up like our favorite Brontë characters and fall in love, the only thing we’re missing is our brooding love interest!
Finally, if you’d describe yourself as bold or flashy:
If you design your wardrobe based on which pieces will bring the most wow factor, or which will turn the most heads (no matter how crazy it may look!) then this trend is right up your alley, my sparkly friend.
Silver and sparkles and sequins, oh my!:
Loewe (left) creates a daring look with mirrored pants and Lanvin (right) dazzles with a shimmering sequin dress. (Source: Marcus Tondo for both.)
Although this isn’t a style choice that I would personally choose to wear, I have always admired clothing that is fully bedazzled with all things shiny. This look pretty much guarantees that everyone will give you a second glance, so it’s definitely not for the timid!
This trend dares you to become your own disco ball and dazzle any crowd with your statement pieces. I really like this concept because you can go as big, or as subtle as you want. You can deck yourself out head-to-toe in all things shiny, or choose only to wear a shimmery pair of shoes. Either way, you’ll still stand out in a crowd.
As you can see, spring 2016 fashion has an eclectic collection of styles and trends that can fit any personality. Now, as I get hyped for upcoming fall festivities, I can also get excited about spring, even if it is still half a year away.