The minimalist trend — and its “less is more mantra” — defined trends in 2015, with muted color patterns, clean lines and simple shapes. Consider that a palate cleanser for what’s to come in 2016.
Runways previewing 2016 collections have dropped some not-so-subtle hints that 2016 styles will be big and bold, albeit feminine. Traditional springtime English garden florals will get juxtaposed with black lace for a grunge edge. Louis Vuitton and Balmain shows are ruffling fashion, with the lady-like detailing proving popular on dresses and blouses and skirts.
Here’s a preview of 6 trends in store for 2016.
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Stripes are a perennial fashion trend. But the more common dainty Breton stripes we see appear in spring are being usurped by wide, colorful stripes. This structured ponte top has nautical navy stripes that are subtle in scale, but it’s popped with wider ribbons of lime for a fresh take on the striped shirt staple. Short-Sleeve Structured Ponte Top, $26.94, Oldnavy.com.
Ruffle up your wardrobe
From bold, all-over flamenco ruffles on dresses to subtle ruffles at hemlines, the feminine detail is a designer favorite for 2016. We love how the soft ruffles on the sleeve and at the hemline transform this shift dress into a unique, statement piece that comes in sapphire, pine or black. CeCe By Cynthia, $138, Nordstrom.com.
Jewelry that makes a statement
A statement necklace has the superpower ability to transform an entire jeans-and-T-shirt outfit or add a “wow” factor to a shift dress. Anthropologie is one of our favorite places to go shopping for unique, statement pieces. We’re loving the Bainbridge Layer Necklace with mixed textures and four strands of beads that harmoniously blend mixed metals, blue hues and cream, marble-like stones. Bainbridge Layer Necklace, $64, Anthropologie.com.
A little bit preppy, a little bit dainty, knife pleats are re-emerging for 2016. Loft has a darling take on the trend with a pleated flippy dress in burgundy with long sleeves and a flattering drop waist. For a fashion-forward combo, combine burgundy with a bold, azure blue accessory for an unexpected color palette. Pleated Flippy Dress, $79.50 (plus Cash Back), Loft.com.
Designers like Jason Wu and Michael Kors have been previewing pretty marled knits in their 2016 collections. Start the new year off in style with a marled knit sweater dress that’s classic, but chic. Polish off the look with heeled booties and a jolt of color — like a burgundy purse and swipe of lipstick. Marled Cowl Neck Sweater Dress, on sale $74.99, Thelimited.com.
Floral patterns blossom every spring. This year, they are less soft, more moody. Find delicate florals mixed with lace details on blouses and dark backgrounds on dresses. Have year-round flower power in your wardrobe with the graphic floral hues set on a black canvas with this short-sleeve floral sheath dress. Wear with a black moto jacket to give it extra edge. Worthing Short Sleeve Floral Sheath Dress, $39.99, JCPenney.com.