This season’s fashion trends are proof that history repeats itself, but in exciting and often unexpected ways. We’re seeing classic silhouettes and reliable favorite fabrics return to stores with a modern spin this spring, offering looks that are romantic and eye-catching, but not overly outlandish.
Here are five trends that are both timely and timeless, plus tips to keep them fresh.
1. The 70's Influence
Ride the fashion ferris wheel back to the 70's, when leather and suede came in rich, spicy colors, and velvet was worn in the daytime. This season, pants are higher at the waist and wider at the hem, and dresses are ultra feminine. The trick to styling this trend right is to avoid taking it head-to-toe. Pair your gold lamé dress with sneakers for a look that is less "disco fever" and more "street style."
2. Statement-Making Stripes
Stripes never really go out of style, but now they're having a real moment. Statement-making stripes can be mixed and matched with other prints and patterns, or paired with even more stripes. Every type works, from varsity or nautical stripes to classic French boating stripes.
3. The No Shoulder
After cloaking ourselves in heavy knits and coats all winter long, it’s exciting to think about baring our shoulders in the sun! If strapless scares you, fear not--there are many other options that are similarly freeing, but a bit less exposing. Some of this spring's tops and dresses have voluminous sleeves dropped lower on the arm, while some come with slits in sheer fabrics for just a peek of skin, and others have shapes cut and sculpted from the neckline to the back. Now, we just need to address the bra situation…
Fun with fringe continues into 2016 with new materials and techniques. Not only a strong trend in apparel, but even more so in accessories, fringe is available in all categories. Tassels and raffia, cut and shredded hems--the festival favorite has gone mainstream. A good rule to remember when wearing fringe: one piece at a time, or you are in danger of looking like a piñata.
5. Lightweight Denim
Denim is truly the most versatile fabric to work with. While we try to navigate through the new jean silhouettes (more on that soon), we are lucky that designers have used the magical material for far more this season. Lightweight denim is currently being crafted into tops and dresses and skirts and shorts of all lengths and weights, but our absolute favorites are the denim dresses. Most are being cut in full shapes, making them as easy to style as they are to wear.
p.s. Pair these looks with beauty buys in Pantone's Colors of 2016.