Summer 2016 Trend: Off the Shoulder

If you are looking for the neckline of the moment, the answer is, hands-down, off the shoulder.  That "hands-down" might be a bit literal when it comes to this style, but the boho-romantic vibes are worth it, even if you can't throw your hands in the air with abandon while rocking the look (unless you are Beyoncé, of course).

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Trend Report: Tassel Shoes

Aquazzura Wild Thing Sandals

If you are looking for the biggest shoe trend of 2016, all you need to find are some tassels.  No longer just for drapery, these little clusters are this year's update on fringe.  The best part about this trend is that it looks great on any style shoe, so whether you prefer skyscraper heels, city-friendly slides, festival-ready sandals, or even sporty sneakers, there are great options for you.  I've searched through thousands of tassels and rounded up my top picks below, with pairs at all price points (there is even an affordable dupe of the Aquazzura Wild Thing above).  Click through to find your favorite, and let me know which one you'd rock!

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Trend Report: Spring Pastels

Just like flowers blooming and florals being groundbreaking yet again, some trends are naturally perennial to Spring.  Pastels are evocative of the soft, hopeful nature of the season, so it is no surprise that they are back this year.  Just because something is expected doesn't mean it has to be boring, however.  The pastel options available in plus this year are GOOD, with styles for every aesthetic. Whether you want something sweet (like the mint confection from Fashion to Figure pictured above) or edgy (like the clear holographic rain coat pictured in the slideshow below), there are so many good pieces to shop now!  Click through to find your favorite - I've included options at many price points too.  

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Texture of the Season: Velvet

No longer relegated to holiday party wear, this plush fabric has been all over the 2016 runways.  This is one trend we don't have to wait to rock - there are so many gorgeous options in plus available right now.  Better yet, many of my favorites are on sale!

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Designer Collab: Sophie Theallet for Cacique, Valentine Collection

The latest lingerie collaboration from designer Sophie Theallet is here just in time for Valentine's Day.  The collection is equal parts  seductive (luxe lace in red and black, perfectly placed cutouts) and playful (like the nod to the French influence on the "Mon Amour" mesh camidoll).  I love the natural vibe of the campaign images too - it is refreshing to see models who aren't a classic hourglass, and who aren't photoshopped to inhuman smoothness.  I hope to see this trend continue.  

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OOTD: Fringe Dream

The moment I saw this perfect fringe jacket teased on Mynt 1792's Instagram months ago, I knew I had to have it.  Fringe is one of 2015's biggest trends, and what better application than a classic moto jacket in the hottest color of the season?  I love the drama of the long fringe, and the fact that they did not skimp on it: It goes from sleeve to sleeve, and covers the front and back.  Definitely twirl-worthy!

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OOTD: Laced Up

So many of this year's trends are tied to the overarching retro aesthetic that has ruled the runways, and the proliferation of lace up details is just another example.  With an effect that is a strange marriage of hippie and sexy, lace up dresses and tops have a distinctly throwback feel.  I've been keeping an eye out for the right piece, and this marled grey skater dress from Boohoo's plus line got me to take the plunge (literally and figuratively, in this case).

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