The 12 Best—and Most Wearable—Trends for Spring 2016

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Below, the 12 most inspired—and most wearable—Spring 2016 fashion trends to get a jump on right now.

tonsai trend spring 2016

Altuzarra, BCBG, Raquel Allegra (Imaxtree)

Bali or Bust 

For spring, designers were clearly inspired by the ultimate beach bum. If we can’t actually quit our corporate gigs to bartend in Bali or make jewelry in Maui, we’ll at least look like we did this season, thanks to the amount of  batik, tie-dye, Baha pullovers, bucket hats, and loose linen coming down the pike.

bralette over shirt trend spring 2016

Alberta Ferretti; Dries Van Noten; Balenciaga

Bralettes over Blouses 

Last year, it was all about the slip dress over a shirt, but for spring, designers seemed to have gone smaller, layering tiny bralettes and bustiers over blouses.

suede trend spring 2016 The 12 Best—and Most Wearable—Trends for Spring 2016

Balmain; Rebecca Minkoff; Coach (ImaxTree)

’70s Suede

Suede is sticking around for spring, but instead of long coats and flared pants, labels such as Rebecca Minkoff, Coach, and Jonathan Saunders used it on seasonal silhouettes like shorts, miniskirts, and plunging dresses.

rainbow stripes trend 2016 The 12 Best—and Most Wearable—Trends for Spring 2016

Chloé; Gucci; Salvatore Ferragamo (Imaxtree)

Candy-Colored Stripes

Get ready to see more color than we’re used to this spring, though multiple designers clearly couldn’t make up their minds about which to use so opted for them all.

lingerie trend spring 2016

Givenchy; Céline; Alexander Wang (Imaxtree)

Lingerie Dressing

Designers decided spring would be all about the boudoir: Silky nightie-dress hybrids, satin robes, and PJ-style suits—a step beyond the standard slip dress—ruled the runways. If stepping out in what looks like something a virginal bride might wear on her wedding night isn’t the most realistic for you, try pairing a lace-trimmed cami with high-waist jeans and a leather moto jacket.

cold shoulder trend spring 2016

Creatures of the Wind; Proenza Schouler; Jason Wu (Imaxtree)

The Cold Shoulder

Designers including Erdem, Preen, Proenza Schouler, and Creatures of the Wind showcased tops and dresses that exposed models’ shoulders while also featuring straps, a slightly elevated tweak on retail’s current ubiquitous off-the-shoulder silhouette.

ruffles trend spring 2016

Alexander McQueen; Michael Kors; Delpozo (ImaxTree)


The historically childlike detail has gotten a high-fashion makeover for spring, with designers such as Michael Kors, Rosie Assoulin, McQueen, Oscar de la Renta, and more showing pieces with exaggerated ruffles, voluminous frills, and structured flounce.

nautical trend spring 2016 The 12 Best—and Most Wearable—Trends for Spring 2016

Armani; MaxMara; Ralph Lauren

Nautical Vibes

Even if you can’t board a yacht or lounge sur la plage in the South of France, you’ll look as if you can, thanks to designers such as Giorgio Armani and Ralph Lauren.


slouchy pants trend spring 2016

Isabel Marant; Michael Kors; Tibi (ImaxTree)

Low-Slung Pants

Few pieces look quite as cool as that slouchy pair of pants slung low on the hips, and that’s the exact vibe designers such as Chloé, Isabel Marant, and Tibi nailed this season.

Céline; Emilio Pucci; Gucci (ImaxTree)

Céline; Emilio Pucci; Gucci (ImaxTree)

Pleated Midi Skirts

One of spring’s most wearable trends, soft pleated skirts that just graze the calf or ankle can be paired with everything from tucked-in blouses and heels to a leather jacket and sneakers.

spring 2016 runway trend round shoulder

Céline; Balmain; Christian Dior (Imaxtree)

Voluminous Sleeves

Dropped, rounded, voluminous shoulders had a moment across several spring runways, including Balmain, Céline, and Dior, adding an exceptionally modern twist when paired with both miniskirts and loose trousers.

spring 2016 runway trend high neckline

3.1 Phillip Lim; Zimmermann; Erdem (ImaxTree)

Elizabethan Necklines

Skip the cleavage this spring and opt for feminine, high-neck dresses—both long and short—or billowing blouses with Victorian collars.