Seeing the spring 2016 fashion week shows reach an end is by no means reason to be kissing the runways goodbye because the fashion fun is just beginning. Exciting, captivating and above all inspiring, the clothes we see flaunted down the catwalks are the same ones to eventually dictate our future wardrobe investments. Recurring themes to fresh trends, Neo-Victorian to Latin to retro influences, ruffles to fringes, bold colours to prints, here’s what’s trending for spring / summer 2016.

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Women’s spring 2016 fashion.

The themes in fashion this spring.

1970s fashion.

Thriving from this fall’s runways right into spring and summer 2016, the 1970s fashion is still going strong, marking one of the biggest themes to shape the upcoming season. Switching the mood a bit, expect lots of rock-chick-attitude infused clothes to be hitting stores:

spring 2016 fashion trends
’70s fashion at Rebecca Minkoff, Coach and Rodarte, S/S ’16

’90s nostalgia.

If the ’70s are not your thing, there’s still plenty of ways to indulge in some fashion nostalgia come spring. The ’90s are resurging with a bang, bringing back all of their minimal, sporty, grungy feel, fanny packs to strappy dresses to silky fabrics included:

spring 2016 fashion trends
’90s fashion at Balenciaga, DKNY and Calvin Klein, S/S ’16

Sports luxe.

The sporty-chic fashion aesthetic keeps showing off its polish while at the same time getting ready to enter a more feminine phase come spring. Paired to flowy, bohemian skirts, topped with high-slits or getting shorter and tighter, this is the new sporty you’ll love:

spring 2016 fashion trends
Sports luxe at Chloe, Alexander Wang and Lacoste, S/S ’16

Modern bohemian.

Still romantic, still effortless, still breathtaking, the modern bohemian is still very much enamored with weightless silhouettes, with lavish prints and maxi lengths, tassels, chains and crochet adding to its impossible allure:

spring 2016 fashion trends
Modern bohemian at Chloe, Alberta Ferretti and Tommy Hilfiger, S/S ’16

Pyjama dressing.

Inspired by the boudoir but carrying forth a sophisticated kind of sensuality, pyjama dressing leaves all signs of innocence behind. Sheer lace inserts, smooth-silk textures and fuzzy accessories make sure the mood for spring reads dark and chic:

spring 2016 fashion trends
Pyjama dressing at Celine, Givenchy and Sonia Rykiel, S/S ’16

Latin vibes.

Spanish-influenced flounces, thigh-high slits, powerful reds and a whole lot of sex-appeal: the Latin vibes that took over the spring runways painted a brand new portrait of femininity, one where skin’s at show, lips are red and hair is sleek:

spring 2016 fashion trends
Latin vibes at Oscar de la Renta, Blugirl and Proenza Schouler, S/S ’16

Easy denim.

Ever since making its return on the runways, denim has had many interpretations ranging from the luxurious to the highly dressed up to the street ready. Leaving all signs of embellishments behind, spring 2016’s approach to denim is easy, the fabric being kept lightweight, the silhouettes relaxed:

spring 2016 fashion trends
Easy denim at Andrew Gn, Suno and Stella McCartney, S/S ’16


The all Victorian everything trend moves from autumn into spring without loosing an ounce of its flair for the dramatic. Ruffles, puffy sleeves, high-collars and a sea of vintage-like florals are sure to preserve the theatrical mood:

spring 2016 fashion trends
Neo-Victorian fashion at Zimmermann, Fendi and Emilia Wickstead, S/S ’16

Prairie chic.

Whether influenced by the Victorian-era or not, the prairie chic dress’ countless makeovers for spring turn it into a staple that’s almost impossible to ignore; black bows, lace trimmings, sheer materials and fragile prints elevate the looks to modern-chic:

spring 2016 fashion trends
Prairie chic at Laura Biagiotti, Philosophy and Etro, S/S ’16

Girly Lolita.

Girly fashion gained a new name this fall and it’s the same one being currently transitioned into spring: the plethora of Lolita-esque garments that filled the 2016 runways prove that the combination of innocence and sultriness is a winning one, the transparency, the sweet pastel colours, and the frills helping the matter:

spring 2016 fashion trends
Girly Lolita at Giamba, Holly Fulton and Roberto Cavalli, S/S ’16

Vivid orange.

Spring is the perfect time to paint things optimistic and bright, and orange is just the colour to do that. In all kinds of shades, some lighter, some bolder, some plain vivid, orange made a splash on the runway and we kind of get why:

spring 2016 fashion trends
Vivid orange at Alberta Ferretti, Michael Kors and Altuzarra, S/S ’16

Exposed shoulders.

The exposed shoulders redefined sexy for fall 2015 and they will keep on doing it all throughout spring and summer. From the subtle to the more revealing, strategic to effortless, the cold shoulder still makes for a winning look:

spring 2016 fashion trends
Exposed shoulders at Issa London, Milly and Andrew Gn, S/ ’16

Delicate ruffles.

Along with the pretty florals and the see-through silhouettes, ruffles – delicate, playful, dramatic – helped preserve some of the easy femininity known to accompany the warm seasons, coloured pink or awash with blooms:

spring 2016 fashion trends
Delicate ruffles at Luisa Beccaria, Erdem and Gucci, S/S ’16

Shimmy fringes.

The shimmy trim has been acting like a runway staple for seasons now, spring to winter, day to night, and its ruling appear to build way into 2016. Swingy fringes have been seen adorning bohemian silhouettes and masculine-inspired tailoring alike:

spring 2016 fashion trends
Shimmy fringes at Edun, Tory Burch and Anna Sui, S/S ’16

Sexy sheer.

Another fashion trend turned enduring, the sexy sheer maintains its relevance on and off the runway just as it grows even more daring, even more sensual for spring 2016:

spring 2016 fashion trends
Sexy sheers at John Galiano, Alberta Ferretti and Philosophy, S/S ’16

Plaid prints.

Replacing some of the gingham love for spring and summer 2016, overblown plaids, both in black and white, and in more muted tones of red, green and blue, morphed into the power print to rock during the warm days:

spring 2016 fashion trends
Plaid prints at Wes Gordon, TOME and Victoria Beckham, S/S’ 16

White shirt revived.

A white, button-down shirt is a classic, sure, but there’s beauty in witnessing it being reimagined on the spring runways. Not so basic anymore, the wardrobe staple received quite the designer makeover(s):

spring 2016 fashion trends
White shirt revived at Stella McCartney, Del Pozo and Zac Posen, S/S ’16

Effortless layers.

If you thought smart layering is a practice best kept for crisp, chilly days, you’ll have to reconsider. Based on the spring 2016 runways, things are about to get interesting in the styling department with effortless layers set to clash everything from trends to moods and aesthetics:

spring 2016 fashion trends
Summer layers at No. 21, Alberta Ferreti and Emilio Pucci, S/S ’16

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