Spring 2016 Fashion Forecast

Good morning, friends. Happy New Year!! It’s time to start getting used to writing 2016, can you even believe it??

It is hard not to get wrapped up in the excitement of a fresh start for a new year. I love new beginnings. It feels like anything is possible, you know??

I thought it would be fun to talk about the 2016 fashion trends we can look forward to. I know, it just turned cold, but many of these trends you can start wearing now, and I thought it would be fun to look ahead. You may also like my post on 15 Spring 2016 Wardrobe Essentials.

Spring 2016 Fashion Forecast | 9 Wearable Spring 2016 Fashion Trends to look forward to | Fashion Over 40

marled pullover // tie-dye tee // converse
pencil skirt
 // saddle bag // denim dress (option)
pink tee // crochet top // gingham shirt

9 Wearable 2016 Fashion Trends

#1. 70’s inspired fashion. Think tie-dye, lightweight suede, flares, fur vests, fringe, etc. I even read that low-rise jeans are returning!!

A word about flares: Last fall, all the fashion reports touted the resurgence of flares, but I didn’t see them being embraced whole-heartedly as I’d expected. All the fashion bloggers I follow showed them once or twice, and then they all went back to their skinnies. Here’s my take on that. Flares are high maintenance. You have to suddenly worry about having the proper length for each shoe in your closet, and they look better with heels, making them impractical for daily life. I don’t see them making a huge comeback. Flares are fun for every once in a while, but skinnies can be tucked into OTK boots or knee-high boots, cuffed with ankle boots, or worn as-is with fashion sneakers, pumps, or ballet flats. They are super versatile, and that’s why they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. That said, having one pair of flared jeans in your closet is a good idea (but not necessary.) That’s my 2 cents, anyway.

 

#2. marled knits.

We’ve seen a lot of these this winter, and evidently they are here to stay.

 

#3. fashion sneakers.

converse

Another trend that has been around for a while and is predicted to stick around for another season. I say YAY!

 

#4. lightweight denim. Get thee a chambray shirt, stat.

The denim on denim trend is still going strong, and supposedly we are going to see a lot more lightweight denim in the stores. Think shirts and dresses. I love me some denim, so I’m happy about this trend!

 

#5. half-moon bag.

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I’ve noticed these “saddle bags” popping up this fall, and I’ve had one on my wish list. I love this trend, although I’m not sure why — maybe it’s just because it’s something new, but I really want to add one of these handbags to my closet. This is not what I would consider an investment piece. I don’t think it will be around long enough to warrant spending a lot on one, but I might try to find one in the $50-100 range to add to my spring wardrobe.

 

#6. orange and pink (not necessarily together… or maybe together!)

One article I read said orange is hot this year, and other said pink. Either way, I say YAY. I love both of these colors. They compliment denim so nicely, and they also look great against grey — my favorite neutral. They are also fun together! I have a new scarf from J.Crew that combines orange and pink, and I absolutely love it.

scarf

#7. large plaids.

Plaid has been hot for a while, and I hear larger plaids will be the trend this spring. I’m not a huge fan of the plaid shirt, although I think it looks nice on others. For me, it’s the collar that I hate. I don’t even own a white button-down shirt, which is on every list of wardrobe essentials I’ve ever read. I find them uncomfortable, and my hair gets stuck in them. That said, I do have a chambray tunic and a plaid shirt — both which made the cut in my recent wardrobe reduction, so I will put up with the annoyance on occasion.

 

#8. Victorian-inspired. Think lace, puffy sleeves, ruffles, etc.

This is not my cup of tea (haha, see what I did there??) but it’s supposed to be a big trend this year, so I’m throwing it in here. The one thing I do like about this trend is that it generally means women are more covered up, and that I can appreciate. I prefer more classic, tailored styles, myself, but if you like this look, you’re in luck this season!

#9. pencil skirts.

pencil skirt

I love a pencil skirt. It’s about the only kind of skirt I wear, although I just got rid of all of mine. They were all old and din’t really work with the rest of my wardrobe, so I am going to be looking to add one to my closet for spring.

 

So, what do you think?? Too early to think spring? Maybe! But I think it’s fun to get a peek into what’s ahead. Which trend are you most looking forward to??

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