Must-Have Women’s Summer Fashion Trends for 2016

For a lot of fashion lovers, summer is the best time to experiment with new looks and trends. You can break out of your winter hibernation and have fun with hemlines, sandals, and bold colors. So what are the summer trends shaping up to be this year?

The Cold Shoulder

Giving someone the cold shoulder doesn’t always have to be a bad thing, and this year’s summer trends prove that. The cold shoulder refers to the neckline that includes cutouts highlighting the shoulders. You can find this style everywhere from dresses to blouses. It’s a great way to flash a little summer skin without taking it too far, and it gives clothes a light, breezy look and feel that’s perfect for the warm weather.

Coastal Bohemian

Last year it was all about the “festival style,” referring to those trends inspired by the summer music festivals, which often include peasant tops and flowing dresses. This year that trend is still hanging around, and it’s been taken even farther toward the quintessential “hippie” looks of the 60s and 70s. Florals, batik, and tie-dye, are all making their appearance on even high-fashion runways. In the tradition of Bohemian style, many of the silhouettes that are popular for 2016 are loose, flowy and seemingly effortless.

One-Piece Tank Suits

The classic one-piece tank suit is one of the biggest swimwear trends for any age group right now, from young girls all the way up to women. Many of the most stylish one-piece suits that are popular for 2016 have a simple design and are a throwback to the suits of the 1980s.

Printed Shorts

Shorts aren’t only practical and comfortable for summer. They also happen to be chic for the upcoming season, and within the realm of shorts, many designers are favoring printed designs. You can select a boldly patterned short in fun, summer-worthy colors and opt to either dress it up or down, depending on what you pair it with. For example, pair a printed short with a simple tank and flat sandals for a casual daytime look, or dress it up with a pair of pumps and a solid-colored blouse.


Fringe is a fabulous addition to any piece in your wardrobe, and it can take something basic and make it feel customized and designer. Luckily for lovers of fringe, it’s everywhere right now, from that perfect pair of gladiator sandals with fringe accessorizing to skirts that have lightweight movement in the form of funky fringe. A lot of designers are even doing the unexpected and adding subtle fringe to the bottom of cropped jeans.

Summing Up Summer 2016

There you have it—some of the most pivotal fashion trends that are being seen everywhere from designer runways to the cover of your favorite magazines. These trends are about experimenting and looking for interesting ways to revamp trends of decades gone by, ranging from the 60s to the 90s. What’s great about these trends is that they’re also wearable by a wide variety of people, so even if you’re not a runway model you can still have fun with your summer fashion.

Jessica Corry

Jessica is a marketing consultant specializing in social media trends, business, and entrepreneurship.

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