SS16 Trend Reveal and My Dresses Wish Lyst

Maybe it's those early daffodils, or maybe it's the fast-filling diary, but my thoughts are turning to new season clothes already.  The SS16 trends seem to be a bit of a mishmash to be honest: frothy ruffles and bows; 1990s revival (not that long ago to some of us!  God bless Calvin Klein for still being there); mega brights and graphic prints; gingham and stripes; slipdresses and romantic florals; metallics and super-shine; slippers and OTT accessories.  It's a crazy fashion world.  Shoulders are big, well actually sylph-like and bare, or covered in oversized puff sleeves; and body con is still huge (or, well, tiny on the size 0 frames).  The '70s denim revival continues apace although cuts are more radical and angular, as well as hippyesque.  Handbags are a key accessory, with box bags, retro-styling, backpacks, and cool design all featuring on the catwalks.  Oh, and apparently we should all be wearing tiaras.  To the office.  I'll leave that one with you...

But how does all this translate for us mere mortals?  I've been browsing Lyst, a brilliant site which brings all the key designers and their fabulous threads together, and have come up with my dream wish lyst (see what I did there? ;-)) of oh-so-fabulous dresses.  Have a look at how those catwalk trends become real, and let me know which is your favourite.  (Warning: May cause serious shopping.)  Enjoy!


So, first up those revealing shoulder numbers, and in this stunning shade of red.  How gorgeous?!  Or you could go for a more neutral white if brights aren't your thing.


Puff Sleeves

I love this new puff sleeve trend, so completely over the top and modern but with unmistakable links to fashions of the past, after all Regency and Edwardian ladies would have recognised this look.  Combined with mega bright shades and the ruffle of that peplum, this dress is bang on trend.


The frothy ruffles on the catwalk were reminiscent of 1980s wedding dresses, so fabulously over the top!  I'm not sure if translating them into black makes them any more or less understated, but these gorgeous frilly pieces of liquorice are just divine.  The Valentino could even work in the office - just about, but maybe lose the tiara...


Some fool tried to convince me that the 1990s was over twenty years ago, and of course that couldn't possibly be true!  I vividly remember the luxe sportswear, the underwear as outerwear, and the tailored pin stripes with trainers.  This season, Calvin Klein reprised his famous Kate Moss slipdress collection, and many other designers followed suit.  Satin is back, and slipdresses are de rigueur once more.


Last summer the ubiquitous blue was all about 1970s style, with that much-coveted M&S skirt selling out many times over.  This year there's a return to more casual styling, with lots of fancy tie dye (oxymoron?) mincing it up with faded jeans, but there's also a new slant: denim tailoring, formal and informal.  This shirt dress is a wardrobe must-have and it's cost per wear will be miniscule, the staple of your season.  And the cutesie version from House of Holland will cheer up every weekend and city break - so lovely.  I just adore that yoke and the fringe detailing.


I am a complete sucker for stripes, so feel utterly spoilt for choice this season.  For me, House of Holland wins again - finger totally on the pulse there - with the stunning contrast print shift below, but their Stephanie dress is a close second, and the others showcased here are all highly covetable.  Perfect for dressing up or down, stripes look set to dominate this season, and contrary to popular belief, they suit all body types.  A real winner.

Which trend is your favourite, and which of our stunning dresses tops your wish lyst?

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