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Below, the 12 most inspired—and most wearable—Spring 2016 fashion trends to get a jump on right now.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Skip the cleavage this spring and opt for feminine, high-neck dresses—both long and short—or billowing blouses with Victorian collars.