With the weather warming up, spring and summer fashions are soon to take over, and there's plenty to love about the seasonal trends. From dresses to shoes, swimsuits to accessories, there are all kinds of fun looks that have been featured in spring catalogues and look books throughout 2015. Here are five in particular to own for the months to come.
This is a term I'm borrowing from Harper Bazaar's street style guide for the spring, which pointed to the prevalence of fringe designs on pretty much everything. The look actually started appearing on autumn 2015 runways looking ahead to this year's spring season, and it has proven to have some staying power. Dresses, skirts, and even lightweight, warm weather jackets are all looking ultra chic when flowing into loose, dangling fringes.
A floral dress isn't exactly unusual or particularly daring for the spring and summer seasons, but it's nonetheless something we're seeing a lot of in 2015. To be fair, this season's version of floral focus does tend to be a little bolder than usual, with full and large blooms on display and covering entire dresses. Lyst'slook at these pieces has a few beautiful examples, such as a Tigerlily maxi wrap with a high slit, or Needle & Thread's stunning mesh mini dress. Bottom line: pick up a dress or two heavily adorned in floral patterns.
Sticking with dresses, and to give you some options, gingham is simply everywhere this season. It earned a whole section in Vogue's style guide for the spring, not just for dresses but for basically everything (there were shoes, handbags, and garments all displaying the look). But nothing seems to show off gingham quite like a shirtdress, which in itself is a popular look for the spring. Often sleeveless, and always light and welcoming of sunlight and warmer weather, these garments are perfect combinations for the seasons to come. Gingham lends them a stylish but casual appearance.
This trend doesn't need a whole lot of attention because it's been around for some time now—but it's not going anywhere. The gladiator sandal is the dominant footwear trend for the spring and summer, serving up the ideal combination of style and comfort. These sandals leave your feet open and exposed to the summer warmth, giving you the benefits of a flip flop but the security you want in a shoe you're going to be walking around in all day. They also come in just about every colour combination imaginable, which means you can find some to go with pretty much anything.
If you're looking for a more sweeping image idea, there's a distinct army flavour to some of the spring and summer's looks. Elle cited some specific collections working with military influence, and beyond these collections there's been an emphasis on khaki in spring design colours. Any way you cut it, browns, khakis, greens, and patchwork patterns reminiscent of army uniforms are in.
Enjoy your spring wardrobe updates! There's a lot to be said for incoming warm weather fashions every year, and 2015/16 is no different. Between these and other styles making the rounds, it's an easy time to have some fun with.