How to Wear – Spring 2016 Trends
Image from Reiss Lookbook 2016
All of sudden Spring is upon us. The bulbs are flowering, the days are longer and it’s time to relegate those oversized knits and thick tights to the back of the wardrobe. The catwalks have shown their spring offerings some months ago but for those of us in the real world it’s finally time to embrace spring trends and freshen up our look for the year. The problem, of course, with any catwalk trend is that it tends to be displayed on a size zero model whose body shape is not attainable (and probably shouldn’t be) for most women. So how do you translate the hottest looks for 2016 into your wardrobe whilst maintaining a flattering finish for your shape? Fear not, we have scoured the shops to help you transfer springs most defining looks into body flattering awesomeness whatever your size.
Fashion trends spring 2016
The Bold Stripe
Forget the classic Breton or demure pin stripe, this season favours the brave and the bold stripe. Bright, sometimes clashing colours and vivid patterns were on display at the Spring ’16 shows. The stripe, especially the horizontal stripe has often been the enemy of curvier body shapes but with a little care this is one trend that can everyone can embrace. For pear or apple shapes confine stripes to the top half and pair with some tailored trousers for real impact. Combining bold stripes with classic shapes can also increase wearability. Try a structured, belted dress and keep stripes largely vertical for a slimming finish. We have pulled together some great looks from the high street below.
Ruffles and Romance
Romance was in overdrive on the catwalks earlier this year. Ruffles and flounces are a huge trend for this year but how do you interpret this fussy trend without looking like a Disney princess? The key with ruffles is less is more. Keep your ruffles to a hem, neck or sleeve line and pair with structured masculine pieces for a pleasing contrast. A ruffled neck line can highlight the often show stopping cleavage of apple or hour-glass shapes and add femininity to a more boyish figure. Check out some gorgeous ruffles below.
The New Cold Shoulder
This is one trend that has been making fashion waves since 2015. This year’s cold shoulder incorporates a higher neck line for a structured and elegant finish. Worried about exposing your arms? You’re not alone in being less than happy with your arms but the cold shoulder can actually expose the most flattering part of your arm whilst disguising the often troublesome underarm area. High neck lines can be less flattering for those of us blessed with a large bust but generally this is a really versatile look. The cold shoulder will add style and impact whether dressed down with jeans or up with a skirt in a luxe fabric and heels. See some of our favourite cold shouldered looks below.
OK, so this one can take a little getting your head around at first as sequins are a traditional party season offering, gracing the shops in the Winter rather than Spring. But this year sequins are utterly on trend for Spring/ Summer and can add a huge jolt of fun to any outfit. Sequins can also be a slimmer’s best friend drawing attention where you wanted it most and distracting from those areas that you are not quite as comfortable with! Full on sequins can be a difficult look to pull off so why not try a sequinned jacket paired with a black cami and cigarette trousers for a slimming and uber cool look. Check out some splendid sequins below.
The Slip Dress
The 90’s continues to dominate the catwalks in a big way and one of this season’s biggest 90’s inspired pieces is the slip dress. The underwear as outerwear trend can, at first, seem a daunting look to pull off but if you are a traditional pear shape with a smaller frame at the top this can be really flattering. Styles that have detailing around the waist can work well, creating the elusive hour glass silhouette. Choose an ankle length style teamed with a t-shirt underneath and casual chunky sandals for a relaxed grunge look. See some of our favourites slip style dresses are below.
Deeply Distressed Denim
Denim this Spring is more lived in than in previous seasons with a distressed relaxed feel in a range of comfort fit styles that signal a move away from the skinny jean. If you pick the style of distressing carefully you can make this a really flattering trend. If you carry a little more weight around the hips and bum then choose a style with distressed panels down the centre of the leg or closer to the end of the leg for a slimming finish. For apple shaped women this seasons cropped styles will show off enviably slim calves and a slim but not skinny fit will be most flattering. Team your distressed denims with a sleek heel for an ultra-feminine finish. We have brought together some of our favourite high street denims below.
No longer confined to the school playground, gingham will be all over the high street this Spring. Checks are big and bold and available in every possible style. We love the traditional style pinafore dress complete with A-line skirt which will concentrate attention on the waist for a supper slimming look. Choose and oversized shirt for an edgier look. Long-line shirts are great for apple and pear shapes, team with a narrow jeans or leggings and espadrilles for a fresh spring look. We have brought together some gorgeous gingham below.
We can’t wait to start filling our wardrobes with the best of the spring offerings. We hope that this guide has helped you discover the most wearable Spring trends for your shape! Go grab your favourite Spring looks today!