This spring and summer will be about prettiness, romance, ruffles, and lace—or at least it will be for the portion of female humanity who’s naturally into that. If you’ve been wondering where femininity went, you don’t have to wonder anymore–it’s back!
And Summer 2016 will be reason to celebrate for 40+ women. Fashion is easier, looser and longer. The new relaxed tailoring is definitely flattering and far more forgiving if there are any parts of your body you wish to downplay like your belly.
The skin tight and constricting looks of previous years seem to be missing from the runways, so relax, enjoy and be beautiful!
Here is a focus of the top four trends from the runways and straight to the streets, parties and work places near you.
Summer 2016 Trend 1: BOUDOIR
Remember the sexy and easy slip dresses of the 1990s? They’re back but better. Summer fashion takes a cue from your lingerie drawer. Items that are normally worn in the boudoir have been restyled and structured into beautiful, effortless and feminine ready-to-wear pieces.
Summer 2016 Trend 2: FLORAL
In line with the feminine, romantic looks on the Spring and Summer runways for 2016, floral patterns are everywhere. The new florals are abstract, dreamy and showcased in longer, loose-fit dresses with plenty of ruffles and embellishment.
Summer 2016 Trend 3: RELAXED
You’re not out of the boudoir yet for summer! Another trend inspired by the easy, effortless looks of luxury pajamas and lingerie is the relaxed trend. Even the most formal of clothes like blazers are tailored with a more relaxed, slouchy feel. Clothing is elegant and luxurious but looks effortless.
The secret to the relaxed trend is all in the layering and fit of your clothes. Long and loose is key, topped with an easy cardigan, vest or jacket for effect. It’s a perfect time to read How to Look Effortlessly Chic for ideas on how to pull off this look.
Summer 2016 Trend 4: SPANISH
If you want to add a little sexy to your look this summer, try the favorite trend for 2016 fashion: Spanish style. All that romanticism, the ruffles and the flowers you will be seeing are quintessential to Spanish style. When dressing this Summer, imagine you are about to go out into the streets of Sevilla. Some ways to achieve this look are:
- Wear red, black and white.
- Add a fringe accessory.
- Wear a ruffled top or dress. A ruffled white blouse is the perfect new summer item to have.
- A long flowy skirt can give you a Spanish look.
- Off the shoulder tops are sexy and Spanish-inspired.
Other spring and summer trends include: stripes, suede, off-the-shoulder looks, flat mules, pleats, fringe and plaid.
Summer 2016 will be a great time to feel comfortable, look good and feel extremely feminine.
For many of my favorite looks from the runway, check out my summer 2016 trends Pinterest board.
What looks are you most excited to try for this summer?