Dresses are a superb wardrobe staple. Not only are they quick and easy, but they’re also effortlessly stylish, requiring minimal accessories in order to look put together on a busy work morning or before an outing. From pleats to slip style dresses to lace embellishments, we’ve got the details on what you need to know about the most popular spring and summer trends of 2016.
It’s neutral, timeless, and figure flattering, which is why this black maxi dress should be an essential part of every wardrobe. The side slit, sleeveless design, and elastic waist also make this piece the perfect go-to item for spring and summer. It would make an especially great cover-up over a bathing suit for a trip to the beach or pool. Throw this on with your favorite straw fedora, espadrille wedges, and a fun handbag for a look that’s on trend.
Not only is this dress shown in one of Pantone’s top ten colors for the year, Peach Echo, but it also features one of the most popular runway styles, the pleat. According to Glamour, these little accordion-like details are trending in a big way. The look pictured above features a dress that will give you plenty of movement. Pair this with sandals for a casual outing or heels and a belted cardigan for the office.
Another dress featuring a top ten Pantone color, Snorkel Blue, is this lovely shift dress. It features a modern, contrasting diamond pattern and is the embodiment of effortless chic. The A-line silhouette is universally flattering and it’s the perfect backdrop for accessorizing. Although you don’t need much, a long, simple necklace would look great, as would a pair of strappy ankle wrap sandals and a coordinating hat.
When Fashionisers compiled their spring 2016 trend list, slip dresses graced the top of the charts. These lingerie-inspired frocks sometimes don’t leave much to the imagination, but this boho-style dress captures the essence of the slip while maintaining some modesty. The empire waist and simple print is flattering, while the two side slits allow for plenty of breezy leg room for walking along the seaside. To complete the look, pair this dress with gladiator sandals and an arm cuff.
Woman Within has been highlighting the dresses you need for spring, and this lace trim knit piece is no exception. Perfect for warm temps, the relaxed fit and lightweight blend will help you beat the heat in style. This dress also happens to feature another of spring’s hottest trends, lace details. It’s all about the femininity and this dress incorporates the detail seamlessly along the top of the shoulders. Pair this frock with ankle booties, as shown, or opt for heels, wedges, flats, and more for a look that’s put together.
With spring in full bloom, the time for stocking up on spring and summer dresses is now. Luckily, many of the dresses we’ve chosen for you are both trendy and totally wearable, which is why we hope you’ve found some inspiration for your own wardrobe among our selections. It’s important to remember to have fun and enjoy incorporating a few new and exciting pieces, especially dresses, into your wardrobe just in time for the 2016 season.
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