From ready-to-wear to couture, from New York to Paris, we’ve rounded up the 15 latest Spring fashion trends for 2016 from all the runway collections!
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Hey hottie! The Spring Summer 2016 runway shows were all so creative and inspired. And it can be daunting to look at all of them to figure out what to wear next season, but I’ve gone through them all to pick out the top 15 Spring fashion trends that most of them have in common. These runway trends include the key must-have pieces, and also the cut, style and how to wear them! Let’s take a look:

15 Latest Spring Fashion Trends 2016

Spring Trend #1: The Flared Midi Skirt

Skirt lengths have been having their moments on and off. And while we saw minis and the short (ankle-revealing) maxi-skirts (thatI call the shaxi), the most prominent length was certainly just below the knee. And most of the midi skirts we saw (and loved) were flared.

Spring Trend #2: The Sheer Maxi Dress

The sheer fabrics have been seen on runways and on celebs for a few seasons now. But 2016 will be the year of the sheer maxi dress. Whether you wear Victorian lingerie under it, or attach it to a short underskirt or a crop top, the sheer maxi will be the go-to item for this summer!

Spring Trend #3: High Slits

High slits are so trendy that I’ve written a whole article on them: How to Wear Slit Dresses & Skirts | Casual Spring Style. In Spring Summer 2016, the focus will be on a high, front-asymmetric slit that goes up to just a couple of inches below your panty-line, and shows off just one leg.

 




Spring Trend #4: Plunging V-Neck

Sure, slip dresses are also having their moment, but plunging V-necks really stole the show in SS2016 fashion weeks. Most of the necklines we saw were daring, ending at the ribs.

Spring Trend #5: Shoulder Love

There were off-shoulder and one-shoulder tops and dresses, and we’re not even counting the strapless dresses. So be a little flirtatious and show off your sexy shoulders this season!

Spring Trend #6: The Dinner Jacket

The SS16 designer collections had women’s tuxedos and dinner jackets worn as separates, as well as tux-jacket inspired jackets – translucent (Antonio Berardi) and crop print jackets (Dolce & Gabbana). Versace had a cut-out tux as the finale look held together with strings of Swarovski crystals, and Dior had “Bar” jackets worn as skirt-suits, bar-coats and even off-shoulder “Bar” jacket-dresses.

Spring Trend #7: The Asymmetric Dress

The trend this season will be of short in the front and longer at the back type dresses. The front can be anywhere from where the thigh starts to your calves, and the trail can be asymemetric and long, to anywhere from calves to floor-sweeping. We saw this trend in both evening-wear and casuals.

 




Spring Trend #8: Knee-Length Skirt

Other than the midi-skirt, knee-length skirts and dresses were also big on the runway for Spring Summer 2016.

Spring Trend #9: The Bomber Jacket

Cool and casual, try bomber jackets with a twist this season. The trend includes sheer bomber jackets, appliquéd and athleisure bomber-jackets.

Spring Trend #10: Lingerie-Inspired Tops

We saw Victorian-lingerie inspired crop tops and corset-tops attached to poofy skirts, as well as bralette-tops worn as crop-tops with skirts, or under sheer tops.

Spring Trend #11: Capes

Both crop-capes and long, floor-touching capes are included in Spring fashion trends for 2016. Chanel had sheer, floor-sweeping capes worn as separates over jumpsuits and dresses, and Valentino and Ralph & Russo had capes attached to the gowns, almost like overflowing sleeves. Zuhair Murad had sleeved ones, like robes, and Burberry had cape-jackets. And Guo Pei had butt-capes attached to gowns like trails.

Spring Trend #12: OTT Statement Accessories

From embellished heels to crowns and tiaras, from camera-shaped handbags to fringed and embellished clutches, from heavy earrings to ancient-looking anklets and hair-accessories to Victorian jewelry, we saw all the over-the-top statement accessories this season. Costume-y but super-chic!

 




Spring Trend #13: Sheer Neckline

Sheer panels of organza, lace, silk and georgette were seen attached to bodice on the necklines.

Spring Trend #14: Exotic Patterns

From Chanel’s Zen-like bees embroidery to Valentino’s ancient dragon and pagan patterns, from Dolce & Gabbana’s Italian pottery majolica prints to Schiaparelli’s kitchen-garden and culinary-inspired appliqué, it was all about exotic and interesting this season.

Spring Trend #15: Layering

Usually reserved for the cooler months, layering was seen a lot on SS16 runways. From crop capes to boleros, from puff-sleeved crop-jackets to skinny scarves and tops worn under dresses, we saw it all!

So which one was your favorite amongst all these latest Spring trends for 2016? Mine was exotic patterns, because I love traveling and I love bringing back exotic fashion. And I also love the dinner jacket and look forward to wearing one this Spring! So comment below what you wanna have in your closet. 🙂

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Shilpa Ahuja a designer and entrepreneur. She is the editor-in-chief of ShilpaAhuja.com, which she founded with the goal of inspiring confidence in the modern working woman through fashion. Fashion has traditionally been for the rich, white, thin woman. That's how it evolved over centuries and that's how it's been represented in fashion media. But Shilpa believes that with the changing role of women in the society, fashion has changed, too. She believes that fashion is for everyone, regardless of their age, gender, color, body type and background. So she translates runway fashion into easy style advice that one can incorporate into their daily lives. Shilpa's work has been published in the University of Fashion blog and Jet Airways magazine. She is also an artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She is also the creator of Audrey O., a comic series that represents the lifestyle of millennial women. She enjoys creative writing and world travel. Her art has been exhibited at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh and been published in Chandigarh Times. Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a professional degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book "Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India". Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University. For feedback and questions, please email contact@shilpaahuja.com

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