Photographer: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Tommy Hilfiger

Seven Style Trends That Will Be Walking Off the Runway and Into Your Closet

New York Fashion Week SS16 just wrapped up. Here’s where women’s style is headed next.

Twice a year, the streets of Manhattan light up with a swirl of style as the runways of New York Fashion Week reveal the trends to come in spring/summer 2016.

Wait, what? You missed it?

Even if you didn’t attend a single show (or even know that #NYFW was happening), you can still play it off over drinks with your more style-inclined friends. For starters: NYFW is no longer held at Lincoln Center. And it’s no longer sponsored by Mercedes-Benz. The new official name is New York Fashion Week: The Shows, as WME/IMG aim to make it into a media property all its own.

It was also a season of milestones. While both Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy and Alexander Wang marked their 10-year anniversaries, Betsey Johnson celebrated her 50th—no, not a typo. Tisci’s Givenchy show was a particular standout, with Kim Kardashian West, Julia Roberts, and an additional 1,000-plus guests in attendance. (Kim’s hubby Kanye also had another insane show, which looked suspiciously like last season’s, so let’s not even go there.) On the party circuit, aside from the above and Marc Jacobs’s book party-cum-ode to nightlife of yesteryear at the old Tunnel space, the only one that really mattered was Carine Roitfeld’s “Bazaar Icons,” held at the Plaza Hotel. Guests including Mariah Carey and Rita Ora toasted while Katy Perry performed some of her biggest hits.

And of course, there were clothes. Get familiar with the following seven trends, because you’re going to see them a whole lot come spring—and may want to debate their merits after that second cocktail now.


From left: coach; delpozo; 3.1 phillip lim

From left: Coach; Delpozo; 3.1 Phillip Lim.

Photographer: (from let) Randy Brooke/Getty Images for Coach; Fernando Leon/Getty Images; JP Yim/Getty Images

Don’t give away your florals just yet. Fashion may be fickle, but this trend, which we saw everywhere this summer—even on men’s shoes—seems to be sticking around for at least another season.


Black Dress Pants

From left: hervé leger by max azria; dion lee

From left: Hervé Leger by Max Azria; Dion Lee.

Photographer: (from left) Frazer Harrison/Getty Images; Brian Ach/Getty Images

Want to amp up the versatility of your favorite black dress? The runways (and model Taylor Hill) showed us a way, and it’s simple: Throw some pants under it. Or keep it casual up top with a business pant on the bottom.


Baja-Inspired Everything

From left: bcbg; tommy hilfiger

From left: BCBG; Tommy Hilfiger.

Photographer: (from left) Joshua LOTT/AFP/Getty Images; Trevor Collens/AFP/Getty Images

Baja what? Think Woodstock by way of Southern California, and you’re almost there. Forget about everything you thought about tie-dyed shirts, oversize racer tanks, and patchwork bucket hats, because they’re all a thing—for a person with a certain type of attitude at least.


Summer Whites

From left: proenza schouler; dkny; carolina herrera

From left: Proenza Schouler; DKNY; Carolina Herrera.

Photographer: JP Yim/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows (3)

White will always be a trend come summer, so this NYFW was just a reminder. From flowy mesh dresses to more-tailored tops, keep an eye out for a favorite cut—then find it in white.


Sneakers Dress Down

From left: dkny; rag & bone; jonathan simkhai

From left: DKNY; Rag & Bone; Jonathan Simkhai.

Photographer: (from left) JP Yim/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows; Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images; Mireya Acierto/Getty Images

You know how guys can get away with wearing really dapper suits with a pair of clean sneakers? This year we saw the female version. The same rules apply.


Wider Leg the Better

From left: banana republic; altuzarra; rosie assoulin

From left: Banana Republic; Altuzarra; Rosie Assoulin.

Photographer: (from left) Courtesy of Banana Republic; JP Yim/Getty Images; Courtesy of Rosie Assoulin

If the shows this season were any indication, the tombstone for skinny jeans will read 2004–2016 next spring. It’s a wide-leg world, so get ready to pump up the volume with something loose, slouchy, and at the same time stylish, as designers sew plenty of breathing room into ladies’ trousers.


Exposed Midriffs 

From left: 3.1 phillip lim; vera wang; rachel zoe

From left: 3.1 Phillip Lim; Vera Wang; Rachel Zoe.

Photographer: JP Yim/Getty Images (2); Courtesy of Rachel Zoe

The belly shirt is back. Prepare to get even cozier with your Pilates instructor.


Moti Ankari is the associate market editor for Bloomberg. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram, or contact him at

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