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My Fashion Journey Through Spring 2016 Trends!

Working in retail you get to see the trends of the season brought to life in easy to wear pieces for the average person. Sometimes it can be a challenge to interpret the latest fashion trends into everyday wear. Last week I tried a few Spring 2016 trends and shared a few pictures on my Facebook and Instagram. Today I’ll share my fashion journey through 5 of the Spring 2016 fashion trends along with some other top favorites!
1.)    The Cold Shoulder
Shoulder baring looks were seen all over the runway from slouchy off the shoulder dress and tops to secure neckline gowns that draped exposing the upper arm for all to see.
We saw this look on the runways of Proenza Schouler and Derek Lam. This was the first trend I interpreted into an everyday look.
I found a ¾ length sleeve printed dress at Marshals that had the exposed shoulder. I paired it with a fun necklace and my American Eagle sandals.

2.)    Patchwork Pattern
This look features bright colors and ditsy floral prints, perfect for the flower child in all of us.
I was seen on runways of Tommy Hilfiger and Coach.
To pull off this look I’d look Id look for this pattern in dresses or rompers for spring and if your not into overall pattern and just want a hint of this trend try it in a top, I found many different designed tops at

3.)    Big Bold Gingham
This spring plaid is making a big statement with its Gingham print. Usually we see this print in fall but its making an appearance in more tailored looks and dresses for spring.
We saw the Gingham print featured on runways of Victoria Beckham and Wes Gordon and it’s the second trend I interpreted to an everyday look.
Instead of going head to toe pattern I went with a bold navy Gingham print top from Old Navy and paired it with my Old Navy Pixie pants with my Jessica Simpson blush heels.

4.)    Pajama Dressing
 We saw silky tailored fitted pieces featured on the runways of Thakoon and Alexander Wang. While designers like Calvin Klein and Givenchy created lingerie by day pieces.
This look is a bit of a challenge to pull off in your everyday. I would try simple pieces such as lace tops and soft pants. When I look for pieces with a little lace is the perfect source and I’ve seen soft pants everywhere from websites like and even in department stores like Macys and Khols.

5.)    Sequins and Sparkle
 Instead of the black and silver sequins that we are used to in Fall, we saw hues of navy, green, and burgundy sequins transforming this typically Fall trend into sparkle and shine for Spring.
We saw this look on the runways of Carolina Herrera and Gucci.
This is the third look I tried. I found I had many sequin tops already in my wardrobe. Unfortunately they were all in black or silver. The trick was to reuse my Fall sequins and make it ready for spring so I paired it with a tan blazer from Talbots, cropped skinny’s from American Eagle, and my black wedges, for a sophisticated sequins look.

6.)   Spanish Influence
This look features bold red hues with toreador-esque flourishes. It was seen on the runways of Diane Von Furstenberg and Michael Kors.
This look was hard to find. When shopping for the trend I would focus on bright red colors and with hints of gold. Also through my research of Spanish Influenced fashion I learned retailer Zara was founded in Spain and now has locations worldwide. That would be a good first stop to get insoired in Spanish influenced fashion!

7.)    True Romance
Soft floral designs, Victorian inspired high collars, sheer finishes, and puffy sleeves brings this romantic trend to life.
It was featured on the runways of Erdem and Zimmermann.
This look is my favorite fashion trend of the spring. The challenge was how to make the soft florals and high necklines more wearable for today’s fashionista. This is another trend I tried. I found a soft blue floral hi-lo dress from Old Navy and paired it with a leather jacket and sandals for a more edgier modern take on the trend.

8.)    Stripes

In spring we see stripes bigger and in bold color, featured on the runways of Dior and Max Mara. This is possibly the easiest trend to find. Stripes never go out of fashion and they can be found in all sizes and colors in retailers ranging from Nordstrom’s to Target.

9.)    Micro Pleats
In spring we downsized the “carwash pleats” from Fall 2015 to a tinier more condensed pleat for spring.
This look can be seen on the runways of Boss and Stella McCartney.
This is the last trend I tried. When it comes to pleats I find it easier to wear in a dress or a skirt. I wore my American Eagle dress from three seasons ago and paired it with my blush colored heels and a statement necklace.

10.) Orange

Spring always boast bright colors and 2016 is no different the color this spring is all about orange. We saw it on the runways of Erin Fetherston and Marissa Webb.
For a girl with maroon hair and porcelain skin I know firsthand that this bright hue is hard to pull off for some people. I find it easier with such trends to go for something simple and subtle like an accessory to bring this trend to life in your everyday wardrobe. I was able to find cute orange stilettos at Target to make this trend pop in my wardrobe but the perfect place to start when dealing with color in Charming Charlie’s. There store is merchandised by color making it easy to get a little or a lot of the color influence of the season.

I hope you enjoyed my journey through the Spring 2016 Fashion Trends. Remember a trend is more of a guide to fashion for the season its all about how you interpret it and make it come to life that makes you a true fashionista. Don’t be to concerned with the head to toe look, like me find your own way to bring the trends to life and have a happy and warm spring and summer season!


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