Spring Fashion Forecast

It’s officially spring, people!

And since the fashion gods are always a season ahead, here’s a look at what we’ll be seeing on the streets this spring and summer, for both men and women.

Look for lots of bold prints and a body-conscious silhouette for both sexes.

Bustier from Forever 21

The midriff is back in a big way, but it’s a more sophisticated take than in previous incarnations, emphasizing the ribs and natural waist instead of the navel for a wide-eyed reimagining of a 60s silhouette.

A bustier or boxy crop top paired with a high-waisted skirt or shorts is a modern take on the trend. Look for lots of capris and short shorts in stores as well.

Guys, this look is influencing your options, too. You’ll see more short sleeve button-downs than ever. And I’m betting that this is the year that tanks for guys go mainstream again!

Shirt and tie from JCPenney

Lavender was big in menswear last year and it continues to be a fresh and wearable color for shirts and ties, along with pale blue and mint green.

For the ladies, various shades of pink, from palest carnation to dusky rose, are popping up everywhere.

Want some pastel styling inspiration? Check out five ways to wear mint green, how to style pastel denim and ideas on how to wear the color of the year, radiant orchid.

Outfit and photo from Proper & Prim

Long a staple of formal gowns, cutouts are an eye-catching way to show a little skin while retaining a sense of mystery.

Womenswear designers are having a little fun with emphasis this season, drawing the eye to cutouts at the collarbone, chest, shoulders and along the sides of the body.

Hats from Forever 21

Graphic Prints
Graphic prints are mainstays in many cultures across the world, but they take on new life when reimagined in a different color palette (like these hats) or in different forms, like the bustier at the top of this post.

I think men’s fashion (especially casual wear) gets to have the most fun with this trend. Bold graphic prints look incredible splashed across T-shirts and hoodies and provide a very cool update for hat and sneakers.

Bikini from Victoria’s Secret

I saw fringe bikinis everywhere in the Dominican Republic this winter and I predict we’ll see a lot of this look (probably paired with abbreviated, Brazilian cut bikini bottoms) on beaches stateside, too.

The explosion of the boho/west coast festival look means that fringe is here to stay in womenswear too…well, at least for the summer.  Fringed fabric on tops and swim suits can look cheap, so wear fringe as an accent piece — and be aware that it might only last the year.

If you love the look, invest in classic bohemian pieces like leather fringed bags, boots and moccasins that will stand the test of time.

Floral tunic and photo from >Kittson

Vivid Florals
From a riot of neon wildflowers to 90s-inspired sunflowers on black, there’s a floral print for everybody this season.

Ladies can get away with a big dose of florals, like breezy maxi dress or a billowy tunic or caftan. Layer them with other prints in the same color family for an eye-popping look or keep the rest of the look neutral and let the print be the star.

In menswear, floral details tend to show up in the details, so look for a great selection of colorful ties, pocket squares and socks.

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