Spring Snapshot 2016: How To Ditch Your (Fashion) Winter Blues

On winter days when the temperature falls into the single digits, I like to dream of spring. I dream of seeing the light of day before and after work. I dream of exposing my skin without the fear of frostbite. And I dream of leaving my awkward bulky layers at home. Today is one of those days.

As I dream about spring (and, in general, warmer temps), I’m inspired by the runway. What trends will make a statement come April? What colors can I look forward to wearing after I’ve ditched my winter blues? To prepare myself for warmer weather (which will come…eventually, I promise), I’ve compiled five of my favorite trends of spring 2016.

Bare Shoulders

This trend is one that I don’t suggest for winter. Wait to bare your shoulders until the sunshine can kiss them. But when you do decide to stock up for this trend, look for off-the-shoulder tops, blouses with shoulder cutouts, and garments with multiple straps.

The Runway Look:

Bare Shoulder

Giambattista Valli Spring 2016 and Christopher Kane Spring 2016

Your Look:

Bare Shoulder 2

Via styleforless.com and lookbookstore.com

Bold Stripes

When you think spring, think not dainty pin stripes, but big, bold stripes. The runway’s spring 2016 collections featured bold stripes in bold colors. Look to add festive stripes to your wardrobe, incorporating this trend into tops, blouses, dresses, and more.

The Runway Look:

Bold Stripes

Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2016 and Max Mara Spring 2016

Your Look:

Bold Stripes 2

Via whowhatwear.com and lolobu.com

So Much Sparkle

If the sun is shining, you should be too. What better way to greet spring than to sparkle like the sun. Whether you choose a bold, sequin-covered dress or a more subtle approach with sequin detailing, this trend is sure to brighten your day (literally).   

The Runway Look:

So Much Sparkle

Carolina Herrera Spring 2016 and Anthony Vaccarello Spring 2016

Your Look:

So Much Sparkle 2

Via stylishwife.com and ustrendy.com

All Wrapped Up

This year’s spring collections are encouraging us to get wrapped up in fashion. From wrap dresses and skirts, to belted tops and tie shirts, there’s no way you can go wrong with this trend. To create the most flattering silhouette, look for pieces that cinch at the narrowest part of your waist.

The Runway Look:

All Wrapped Up

David Koma Spring 2016 and Michael Kors Spring 2016

Your Look:

All Wrapped Up 2

Via ecstasymodel.com and lookbookstore.com

Feminine & Frilly

The romantic look is all the rage for spring and summer. Buying pieces with ruffles and frills will get you halfway there… but to master the look, you’ll want to dive deep into pastels—namely light pink and lavender.

The Runway Look:

Feminine & Frilly

Gucci Spring 2016 and Zimmermann Spring 2016

Your Look:

Feminine & Frilly 2

Via lolobu.com and choies.com

No matter how cold it is in Fargo mid-January, we are allowed to dream. So, instead of focusing all your effort in trying to remember why you endure the cold every year, do a little shopping and prepare yourself for the summer months that make living in the Midwest truly sensational.

Feature photo via elle.com

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