I don’t know about you guys, but I am beyond ready to put away my cozy knit sweaters and bulky winter outerwear. Wearing jeans, boots, and big sweaters every day has been comfortable and fun, but it’s about that time when I just want to be able to wear something lighter. As everyone knows, spring is the time to try new things and have some fun with your wardrobe. With all of the amazing trends that debuted on the runways for the spring fashion shows, there is definitely no shortage of style inspiration. There are tons of things happening in the fashion world, but let’s focus on the most popular trends for now.
So what are you going to see everyone wearing in the next few weeks? Well, if you thought the ’70s influence was over, you would be wrong: boho fabrics and styles are still going strong. The ’90s are also standing firm this spring, and we’re even seeing items that were big in as late as the early 2000s. There is obviously no shortage of classic spring options, like florals, lace, and romantic vibes… but what about the trends we haven’t seen yet (or at least for a while)? Here are the 16 biggest spring 2016 fashion trends you’re definitely going to want to wear this year. Start saving that money – I predict a shopping spree in your near future.
Suede EverythingSuede has been a big trend for a while now, so it's no surprise that it's still super popular for the spring. I'm pretty stoked, honestly, because I love suede. Wear it during the spring weather while you can - I personally find it too hot and suffocating for summer heat. What I like about suede is that there are tons of options: you could go for a suede dress, a suede skirt, a top, shoes, bags, even hats. I love this suede dress from ASOS - it's versatile and can easily be dressed up or down. Monki Real Leather Suede Skater Dress, $82.00, ASOS
Off-The-Shoulder ClothesOff-the-shoulder tops have slowly been making their way bag into the spotlight, and I predict that you'll be seeing them everywhere this spring season. From off-the-shoulder tops to dresses, this is a definite Look that you need to own. I'm seeing more fitted options, like this tighter shirt, rather than loose shirts that hang down one shoulder, '80s-style (but hey, if you're into it, go for it). This striped top from H&M is super versatile and cheap - it's a great piece for spring. Oh, and off-the-shoulder isn't the only options - visible shoulders in general were big for spring. Shoulder cutouts and asymmetrical necklines (like halter tops) were all over the runways. Off-The-Shoulder Top, $12.99, H&M
Fringe EverywhereFringe has also been making a steady comeback, and this upcoming spring season is no exception. Fringe was everywhere on the runways, and it is literally everywhere in almost every store. You can find fringe jackets, skirts, shirts, dresses, vests, hats, shoes... the list is basically endless. If you want to go for an easy boho vibe, get yourself a fringe vest like this one from Forever 21 - it's a perfect layering piece for a dress or a cute shirt and shorts. Open Knit Fringe Vest, $19.99, Forever 21
Tie DyeTie dye was big during spring fashion month too, which is really fun. You can buy something that has already been dyed, like this adorable Gypsy Warrior dress, or you can make your own. Tie dye clothing makes for a really fun (and stylish) DIY project. Perfect Storm Mini Dress, $36, Gypsy Warrior
Ruffles On EverythingThere were a lot of romantic, feminine vibes spotted on the spring runways, so it kind of makes sense that ruffles were so popular. Instead of being reminiscent of baby clothing, ruffles were more modern and glam. You'll probably see a lot of big, slouchy ruffles placed sparingly on clothing, sort of like this simple top from Forever 21. Ruffled Crepe Top, $17.90, Forever 21
Orange (And Other Bold Colors)Bright, bold colors are usually on trend for summer, but this year you should start wearing them in the spring - specifically orange. The bold hue was spotted on lots of runways, and definitely makes for a good statement piece. This dress from ASOS combines another popular trend (mirrored accents) with a pop of much-needed color. Alice & You Embroidered Mirror Shift Dress, $60, ASOS
Updated White Button-Down ShirtsDesigners gave plain white button-down shirts a much-needed update for spring. The runways were full of white button-downs, but nothing too classic. Some added ruffles, some added shoulder cutouts, and others added embellishments and embroidery. It's always fun to put an edgy twist on a classic piece. This cute button-down from Madewell is definitely something you should have in your closet. Courier Shirt in Pelican Jacquard, $69.50, Madewell
Slip DressesLingerie as clothing was super popular during spring fashion month. It's definitely a daring trend, but if you're looking for something sexy, this is for you. You don't have to take actual lingerie and wear it outside (unless you want to) - plenty of brands offer slip dresses that look like lingerie (but cover up a little more). This slip dress from Free People is a good example. If you're feeling a little too exposed, add a light cardigan or a structured blazer for some interesting juxtaposition. Little Secrets Slip, $68, Free People
Victorian InfluencesThe romance seen on spring clothing trends largely came from the Victorian influence that many designers channeled. From high necks to embroidery to lots of lace and ruffles, there's something for everyone with this style. This white dress from Lulu's combines subtle embroidery with dramatic sleeves and a flowy feel to it. It has a hint of Victorian style to it without feeling like a costume - and that's the kind of look you want to go for. Sight To Behold Ivory Embroidered Long Sleeve Dress, $69, Lulus
Dramatic SleevesSpeaking of dramatic sleeves, that in itself is a big trend for spring. I noticed this the other day when I was shopping - wide bell-like sleeves were attached to a ton of shirts and dresses I picked up. Pair a top like this with skinny jeans, like this outfit from Forever 21, or tuck it into a tighter skirt for something more polished. Crochet-Paneled Top, $22.90, Forever 21
EmbroideryPart of the Victorian influence trend, embroidery is big enough this spring to be mentioned on its own. There are also a decent amount of Latin influence on the runways, which can be seen in certain embroidered pieces. Embroidered clothing is typically very feminine, but it can also be unique and beautiful. This crop top from Nasty Gal is so refreshingly different. Midnight Garden Crop Top, $38, Nasty Gal
Fishnet or Net ClothingDesigners showed off lots of netted clothing this spring. Personally, I'm not a huge fan - this trend can easily look kind of tacky and weird, in my opinion. But maybe you love it, and hey, there's nothing wrong with that! If you're feeling daring, wear a net shirt over just your bra, like in this example from Nasty Gal.. or wear it over a cool dress or a tank top. Nasty Gal Katarina Mesh Black Top, $24, Nasty Gal
Paper Bag Waist PantsLoose pants were pretty big on the runways as well, especially these pants with paper bag waists. These roomy pants are definitely more comfortable than a pair of skinny jeans or leather leggings, but they can also be difficult to wear IRL. They tend to look very fancy or overly trendy and *fashion* you know? To make it work, wear them over a tight top with heels, like this ASOS model did. Lavish Alice Paper Bag Peg Pant with Belt, $82, ASOS
Large Plaid PrintWill plaid ever go out of style? Probably not. While this print is typically big for fall, this year it's making its mark on spring as well. But instead of going for your regular plaid pattern, try a larger pattern like this one - that's what is so popular this season. BP Plaid Long Sleeve Shirt, $44, Nordstrom
PleatsCarwash pleats were big for fall, but for spring, designers went smaller. Think tiny, sharp pleats more similar to this skirt from Modcloth than something large. Pleats are a pain in the butt to care for, so only get in on this trend if you're willing to be extra careful with them. Accordion To You Skirt in Stone, $34.99, Modcloth
Bold StripesThe nautical influence was real on spring runways, and so of course the classic striped clothing look was popular too. But this year, it's more about big, bold stripes instead of small, thin ones. I love this dress, which is unique and so cool, but you can use this trend on almost anything. Rib-Knit Dress, $49.99, H&M
Which of these spring fashion trends are you going to try? What did I forget to include? Let me know in the comments.