Fashion, makeup, accessories

SS16 Fashion Trends

Ruffles. Bold colours. Wavy hemlines. Embellishments. Florals. In your-face prints. Sheer dresses. Big sleeves.

At a glance, the trends of SS16 seem dauntingly daring and contradicting to one another. But underneath the extravagant fashion journalism lingo, the fabrics and styles are interwoven (pun intended) together beautifully.

Personal favourites of mine were Alexander McQueen and Givenchy. Both designers incorporated so much lace, so many ruffles and some beautiful sheer pieces. If you haven’t already, take a look at Vogue’s ready-to-wear collection’s.

In the meantime, here’s a quick run-down of the key trends to look out for in SS16.

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Viva la fiesta


Salsa your way into SS16 with bold reds, orange hues and flamenco-esque ruffles. Lettuce hems are particularly popular. The technique was used in Alberta Ferretti’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection to add feminine flare to her flamenco inspired range. A versatile look, it allows the wearer to switch from subtle to loud with just the help of the right accessories.

For a gentler approach, pair with black lace. For make up, go with a vibrant red lippy, and subtle eye make up.

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Alternatively, opt for a more fierce and eye-catching look and pair with black leather accessories, slicked hair and statement eyes and brows.

Ruffles are a key detail trend of the season.


The detail perfectly complements the Spanish influenced lines, but also works beautifully with the second of the two major trends of SS16…

Victorian everything

Old English sleeves, high-collar necklines, lace, floral prints, trailing scarves, and most importantly – ruffles. These all come together to create: Victorian era everything. Throw in some elegant lace tights and a herringbone tweed jacket or waistcoat for the ultimate English Spring look.

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For those of you who don’t work well with ruffles, go for a simple white shirt but ones with slightly more emphasis on the sleeves or collar – subtle and stylish. Go for for pale floral shirts, or white shirts with stiff or mandarin collars for an old-fashioned vibe.


If you’re a waistcoat lover, go for greys, floral and tweed patterns to complement a gentle, old-English style. If you’re feeling a little brave, have a go at matching the ruffles and ‘gothic’ style of the Victorian era with the vibrant and fiery red pallets often seen in traditional Spanish attire. You’re welcome!

This style makes for fabulous summer office attire. For the 9-5 routine, you could quite easily get a silk shirt with puffy bishop or bell sleeves and a mandarin collar for an understated but formal look.

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Loose-fitting and overly extravagant shirts? Lacy, sheer, frilly and super sophisticated shirts & dresses? Yes please!

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Lace, lace, baby

Don’t hesitate to go all out with some in-your-face lace this season.

The prominent trend is a SS16 favourite of Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Givenchy and Luis Vuitton, who are all filling the Spring and Summer runway with flashes of lace.

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I LOVE black lace, and it gives a perfect ‘gothic’ vibe to the prominent Victorian style seen so frequently on the runways this season.

Mix with sheer materials or pale floral designs for the ultimate feminine look.

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Pieces can be worn with bright and busy ‘Toreador’ style flourishes, or with silks and ruffles. For an ultra feminine look, mix with sheer skirts or dresses for soft and in-trend outfit.


Striking stripes


Coordinate striped shirts and trousers for a distinctive and eye catching look. Busy blue and red stripes are a more popular choice for the men of the SS16 runways, whilst women are seen with the elegant French style blue and white dresses, and bright accessories.

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70s suede

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The 70’s inspired love affair continues with suede sightings on the SS16 runways.


If the English ruffles aren’t your cup of tea, big and baggy boho sleeves are a must-have. Bring out your inner hippy with some tie die items – a great addition for a bright and breezy Spring look.


Front lace tops will also work well with this look, along with tassels
and fringes.


For a real bohemian rhapsody vibe, opt for the in-trend colour of Spring and Summer – orange! Bright orange, pale orange, dark orange, you name it.

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Go for burnt orange suede jackets or skirts, with brown lace up boots or sandals. For an extra 70s kick, add a choppy full fringe to the mix and some big round sunnies!


For an alternative to dresses, try out some flared trousers and channel your inner disco child with some bright, silk or floral shirts. Even better, get some frills and ruffles on the go, too!



Sheer necessity

Victorian silhouettes were leading the way on the SS16 runways as it was, and as if we weren’t spoiled enough with the ruffles and big sleeves, the designers brought sheer with them.

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Sheer goes with leather. It goes with lace. It can be dark and sultry, or light and flouncy. It can be both figure hugging, and flowing. It suits dark, lacy styles, bright, candy colours and goes with mellow, pale palettes. It’s therefore a Spring and Summer necessity – especially if you are loving the old English look.


Pair a sheer shirt or dress with a snappy and formal suit jacket or trousers. The overall look will be professional but the sheer creates a wispy and dreamy feel.


The cold shoulder

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A repeat culprit among major designers such as Jason wu, Proenza Schouler and Givenchy, halter-necks were a runway fave in the form of playsuits and dresses. These of course, featured floral patterns and vines, and many-a-ruffle.

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This style is a favourite for those who want to show a little skin, whilst leaving plenty up to the imagination.

The style mixes superbly with both the 70’s and old English style, with lace and soft patterned fabrics.