Runway fashion trends can be a bit daunting. If you’re like me, when I see an outfit on the runway, I think, “Who would ever wear that on a daily basis?”
Runway looks tend to have a loud and unusual presentation. Not to say the runway attire looks bad. It simply makes it hard for the average person to imagine wearing these styles in their everyday lives.
My goal in this post is to imitate the 2016 runway style trends in a more subdued manner that would be more appropriate for everyday life, this summer.
So…I am putting my experience as a former Sales Associate, at Banana Republic, to the test. While keeping some of the runway fashion trends in mind, I put together some examples of summer outfits along with style tips.
Here they are and I hope they help and inspire you!
2016 Fashion Trends for Summer
Cold Shoulder & the 70’s
We’ve seen off-the-should and cold shoulder outfits in the past, but this year it seems to be one of the 2016 staples.
I chose to design this outfit with a hint of the 70’s look (also a style trend). There is a significant revival of past decades with fashion, exuding not only the 70’s, but the 80’s and 90’s as well. Just add a choker and Farrah Fawcett hair, then you have all the pieces you need! lol
The 70’s style included some tribal pieces. We’ve already seen a lot of tribal influences the last few years with fringe, the tribal print, moccasins, arrows, etc.
Forever 21 Crochet-Yoke Open-Shoulder Top $22.90
H & M Patterned Jersey Skirt $12.99
BaubleBar Majorca Lariat Necklace $18.00
Lu Lu’s Complimentary Commentary Taupe Clutch $33.00
American Rag Keira Braided Flat Sandals, Cognac $29.50
Amrita Singh Eze Bangle Set $75
Tie-Neck Shirt & Orange
This year, tie-neck shirts and the color orange will be seen more frequently.
I always love a big, bright color POP! That is why I chose to pair the orange with a white top. They compliment eachother by making each color stand out more.
Since the shorts are already a loud color, I subdued the accessories for this outfit.I decided to use gold jewelry, which pairs better with a more earthy color like orange.
The black sandals were chosen to tie in with the black polka dots in the shirt.
Nine West Tie-Neck Polka-Dot-Printed Top $59.00
Mudd Women’s Wedge Sandals $54.99
Etsy GoldSignia Bar Necklace $27.00
Urban Outfitters Barbell Bracelet $16
Urban Outfitters Seoul Little 24K Gold Plated Bar Earring $48
Old Navy Every Day Twill Shorts $22.94
Pleats & Fringe
We’ve seen pleated skirts and dresses everywhere, so I decided to mix it up and pick a pleated shirt instead. Fringe has also been a popular feature, in recent years. I loved this Fringed bag and decided to design this outfit around it.
Blues and silvers go really well together; think FROZEN! The bag would have been fine being the only blue element, but I chose the similar color blue in the denim shorts, necklace (though not apparent in this picture) and earrings.
To match with the silver shirt, I picked a long silver necklace. I chose this because it hangs somewhat like the shirt does. With both the shirt and the necklace hanging in a similar manner, it creates a flow.
To finish off the silver look, I also chose a sandal with some bling to them.
Zara Fine Pleated Metallic Top $29.90
ASOS Denim Mom Shorts In Kelly Wash $46.00
Charming Charlies Ashton Y Necklace $14.00
Free People Salty Sea Fringe Tote $198.00
ALDO Eowenna Flat Sandals $70.00
Ruffles & the Rucksack
I chose to combine the Rucksack trend with the Ruffles, in this outfit. The Rucksack brings a more casual detail to the ruffle dress.
The Rucksack had a leather handle and latch, which inspired the accessories for the outfit.
The belt was chosen to give more character to the dress. The shoes go with the belt well because of the similar “basket” weave.
Since I chose a smaller necklace, I decided to use more of a statement earring.
As a rule, don’t combine a big necklace with big earrings. Having both will be too overpowering to the outfit.
ModCloth Pucker for Fun Dress $54.99
ASOS New Look Buckle Backpack $32.33
House of Harlow 1960 Temple Pendant Necklace $68.00
Banana Republic Vienna Heeled Sandal $138.00
Banana Republic Woven Leather Belt $48.00
L. Erickson Medallion Filigree Drop Earrings $48.00
White Button-Down Revival
Though it never really left the business world, the white button-down blouse is returning to the mainstream.
White button downs tend to be associated with business attire. To avoid that risk, include more casual components like I did with the ripped denim shorts.
I added a big statement necklace to give the shirt more pizzazz, which I would wear around the collar, not under.
Since the necklace had some earthy tones, I chose to use a similar color in the suede sandals and tote.
With the earrings, I picked them to be less obvious because of the big statement the necklace is making. I did choose these specific earrings to match with the little bit of bling at the bottom of the necklace.
Old Navy Classic Oxford Shirt $24.94
Bullhead Denim Co. Aussie Blue Acid Wash Low Rise Cutoff Denim Shorts $39.95
Anthropology Abnoba Layer Necklace $68.00
Nine West Galiceno Double Ankle-Strap Sandals $99.00
Charming Charlies Bell Branch Ear Crawlers $8.00
Clare V. ‘Petit Simple’ Suede Tote $295.00
Victorian & Lightweight Denim
With this outfit, I wanted to give it somewhat of a Victorian look with the lace high-neck top,vintage looking shoes, choker, and florals. That look would be cute on its own, but I wanted to add a little layer with the lightweight denim shirt.
My intention was for it to be worn over the sleeveless top, with the arms cuffed and shirt unbuttoned. However, with it being summer, I would tie the denim top around the hips to add a bit more texture and layer without feeling too HOT!
Just a little disclaimer, the shoes are Dolce and Gabbana and out of most people’s price range. I still chose to use it because I loved the look of this outfit with the shoes and I couldn’t find ones exactly like it elsewhere.
To supplement, I would suggest any sort of shoe with lace, or even booties.
Heart & Soul® Sleeveless High-Neck Victorian Blouse $34.00
Billabong TROPIC SANDS SHORTS $34.95
ASOS Velvet and Charm Multirow Choker Necklace $13.00
Glitzy Rocks Sterling Silver Marcasite and Grey Faux Pearl Earrings $23.79
Dolce & Gabbana Keira Lace Button Front Bootie $777 – $1295
The trends I featured above, are not the only trends from the runway. I chose to style outfits based on trends that were mentioned most commonly.
To view more 2016 trends from the runway, visit some of my references below:
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Abnoba Layer Necklace – anthropologie.com. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/jewelry-necklaces-statement/38513990.jsp#/
American Rag Keira Braided Flat Sandals, Only at Macy’s – Sandals – Shoes – Macy’s. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/american-rag-keira-braided-flat-sandals-only-at-macys?ID=2585537&CategoryID=17570#fn=SANDAL_TYPE%3DFlatSandal%26sp%3D1%26spc%3D418%26ruleId%3D78|BS%26slotId%3D5%26rdppSegmentId%3DCONTROL
Ashton Y Necklace | Fashion Jewelry | Charming Charlie. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.charmingcharlie.com/jewelry/necklace-layering/ashton-y-necklace.html#color=light-seafoam
ASOS | ASOS Denim Mom Shorts In Kelly Wash at ASOS. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://us.asos.com/ASOS-Denim-Mom-Shorts-In-Kelly-Wash/19dllo/?iid=5669886&clr=Kellywash&SearchQuery=shorts+denim&pgesize=36&pge=0&totalstyles=551&gridsize=3&gridrow=7&gridcolumn=1&mporgp=L2Fzb3MvYXNvcy1kZW5pbS1tb20tc2hvcnRzLWluLWtlbGx5LXdhc2gvcHJvZC8
ASOS | ASOS Velvet and Charm Multirow Choker Necklace at ASOS. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://us.asos.com/ASOS-Velvet-and-Charm-Multirow-Choker-Necklace/19ofxk/?iid=5801536&CTARef=Basket+Page&r=2&mporgp=L1Byb2Qv
Barbell Bracelet – Urban Outfitters. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=38824108&category=W_ACC_JEWELRY
Belle Branch Ear Crawlers | Charming Charlie. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.charmingcharlie.com/jewelry/earrings/belle-branch-ear-crawlers.html#color=silver
Best Spring 2016 Fashion Week Trends – Top Spring Trends – ELLE. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.elle.com/fashion/trend-reports/g26822/spring-2016-fashion-trends/?slide=16
Bullhead Denim Co. Aussie Blue Acid Wash Low Rise Cutoff Denim Shorts at PacSun.com. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.pacsun.com/bullhead-denim-co./aussie-blue-acid-wash-low-rise-cutoff-denim-shorts-0829103680184.html?cgid=denim-shorts&start=75&dwvar_0829103680184_color=275
Chic Taupe Clutch – Tassel Clutch – Vegan Suede Clutch – $33.00. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.lulus.com/products/complimentary-commentary-taupe-clutch/345262.html
Clare V. ‘Petit Simple’ Suede Tote | Nordstrom. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/clare-v-petit-simple-suede-tote/4278687?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=DARK%20GREY%20SUEDE
Classic Oxford Shirt | Old Navy. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=920339002&vid=1&locale=en_US&kwid=1&sem=false&sdkw=classic-oxford-shirt-P920339&brandCvoSid=K45HFC5M574Y&sdReferer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.oldnavy.com%2Fproducts%2Fwomens-dress-shirts.jsp
Crochet-Yoke Open-Shoulder Top | Forever 21 – 2000204596. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=top_blouses-shirts&ProductID=2000204596&VariantID=
Dainty Bar Necklace . Skinny Bar Necklace . Gold by GOLDSIGNIA. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.etsy.com/listing/273243582/dainty-bar-necklace-skinny-bar-necklace?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=&ref=sc_gallery_5&plkey=6d458c064d2a42ca7a2255343c58d365ffb7afbe:273243582
EOWENNA Flat Sandals | Women’s Sandals | ALDOShoes.com. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.aldoshoes.com/us/en_US/women/sandals/flats/c/121/EOWENNA/p/45211442-32
Everyday Twill Shorts for Women (3 1/2″) | Old Navy. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=207923042&vid=1&locale=en_US&kwid=1&sem=false&sdkw=everyday-twill-shorts-for-women-3-1-2-P207923&brandCvoSid=CVGJ2C9B2PM2&sdReferer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.oldnavy.com%2Fproducts%2Fdiscount-womens-shorts.jsp
Eze Bangle Set | Shop | Amrita Singh Jewelry. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://amritasingh.com/shop/product/eze-bangle-set
FINE PLEATED METALLIC TOP – View All-T-SHIRTS-WOMAN | ZARA United States. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.zara.com/us/en/woman/t-shirts/view-all/fine-pleated-metallic-top-c719014p3534033.html
Glitzy Rocks Sterling Silver Marcasite and Grey Faux Pearl Earrings – 11302816 – Overstock.com Shopping – Top Rated Glitzy Rocks Gemstone Earrings. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.overstock.com/Jewelry-Watches/Glitzy-Rocks-Sterling-Silver-Marcasite-and-Grey-Faux-Pearl-Earrings/3184248/product.html?refccid=OWKNASD6ISQLEWCJBB6EZVT5P4&searchidx=69
Heart & Soul® Sleeveless High-Neck Victorian Blouse – JCPenney. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.jcpenney.com/heart-soul-sleeveless-high-neck-victorian-blouse/prod.jump?ppId=pp5007090058&catId=cat100240014&&_dyncharset=UTF-8&colorizedImg=DP0506201620380701C.tif
Icy Blue Aquamarine Earrings Super Sparklers Square by MASHUGANA. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.etsy.com/listing/155191623/icy-blue-aquamarine-earrings-super?ref=market
Keira Lace Button Front Bootie | Marissa Collections. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.marissacollections.com/shop/index.php/lace-button-front-bootie-ct0009-d-266414.html?utm_source=polyvore&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=ankle%20booties
Lightweight Denim Shirt – Jeans – All Jeans | bebe. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.bebe.com/EMBROIDERED-DENIM-SHIRT/103909.pro
Majorca Lariat | BaubleBar. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.baublebar.com/product/26755-majorca-lariat.html
Mudd® Women’s Wedge Sandals. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-2304021/mudd-womens-wedge-sandals.jsp?color=White
Nine West Galiceno Double Ankle-Strap Sandals – Nine West – Shoes – Macy’s. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/nine-west-galiceno-double-ankle-strap-sandals?ID=2666027&CategoryID=55761#fn=sp%3D1%26spc%3D115%26ruleId%3D78|BS%26slotId%3D9
Nine West Tie-Neck Polka-Dot-Printed Top – Tops – Women – Macy’s. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/nine-west-tie-neck-polka-dot-printed-top?ID=1947985&CategoryID=255#fn=sp%3D1%26spc%3D51%26ruleId%3D65%26slotId%3D4%26kws%3Dtie%20neck
Product Detail | H&M US. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.hm.com/us/product/47688?article=47688-A#article=47688-A
Salty Sea Fringe Tote at Free People Clothing Boutique. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.freepeople.com//shop/salty-seas-fringe-tote/
Seoul Little 24K Gold Plated Bar Earring – Urban Outfitters. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=37943933&category=W_ACC_JEWELRY
Spring 2016 Trends Report: The Best Women’s Fashion Trends For SS16 | Marie Claire. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/news/fashion/550957/ss16-fashion-trend-report-the-best-women-s-fashion-trends-for-spring-2016.html
Spring 2016 Trends | Runway | POPSUGAR Fashion. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.popsugar.com/fashion/Spring-2016-Trends-Runway-38723166#photo-interstitial-0
Spring/Summer Fashion Trends 2015 (Glamour.com UK). (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/fashion/new-trends/fashion-trends-2016-guide/viewgallery/1496972
Tropic Sands Shorts | Billabong US. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://us.billabong.com/shop/product/womens-shorts/tropic-sands-shorts
House of Harlow 1960 Temple Pendant Necklace, 16″ | Bloomingdale’s. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www1.bloomingdales.com/shop/product/house-of-harlow-1960-temple-pendant-necklace-16?ID=1622693&CategoryID=3629&LinkType=#
L. Erickson Medallion Filigree Drop Earrings | Nordstrom. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/l-erickson-medallion-filigree-drop-earrings/4024805?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=NATURAL%20HORN
New Look | New Look Buckle Backpack at ASOS. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.asos.com/New-Look/New-Look-Backpack/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=6469017&cid=12496&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=36&sort=-1&clr=Black&totalstyles=187&gridsize=3
Pucker for Fun Dress | Mod Retro Vintage Dresses | ModCloth.com. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.modcloth.com/shop/dresses/pucker-for-fun-dress
Vienna Heeled Sandal | Banana Republic. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1050641&vid=1&pid=183538022
Woven Leather Belt | Banana Republic. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1032772&vid=1&pid=251182002