What To Wear This Spring: Neiman Marcus Spring 2016 Trend Forecast

Posted on February 22, 2016, 12:39 pm
8 mins


Product images courtesy of Neiman Marcus. Event photography by Tiffany Bri.

It is a good thing that Punxsutawney Phil foresaw an early spring this year, because it will be hard to wait too long for all the great springtime fashion. We got a sneak peek at this year’s Spring trends at Neiman Marcus Bellevue on February 10, when they hosted their Spring Trend Event showcasing their hit list for both women and men. I was happy to have been asked to style the trends for this show along with Jennifer McCullum of Seattle Magazine and Darcy Camden of Styled Seattle. Straight from the runway, the trends were handpicked by NM Fashion Director Ken Downing, then we styled looks from the “NM List” and interpreted them for PNW’s most fashionable. Take a look at what is in store for spring, because it is going to be good–really good. Enjoy!


Lace, Lace, Lace

This trend is more multifaceted than you would think. It can be dreamy and romantic, but also makes its way into beach looks, bohemian flair, and even sporty attire. The polished gray Brunello Cucinelli jacket I chose for the show had just a hint of lace peeking out of the sleeve at the wrist, making a strong case for femininity even when borrowing from the boys.

High Impact Earrings

Go big or go home when it comes to making an impression with your jewelry. Earrings with bold jewels, dynamic color and a head-turning size are the finishing touch this spring. Don’t shy away from this trend, just own it. Either by day or night, it is a great way to show maximum style with minimum effort.

Denim Everything

Before the NM Spring Show last week we were all talking about the time Brittany and Justin wore matching full denim outfits to the 2001 American Music Awards, an infamous low point in denim history. Spring 2016 denim is way cooler than that. Think Roger Vivier denim clutches, cropped Etro denim fringe jacket, an Akris punto dress, or groovy Stuart Weitzman wedges. Mixing light and dark washes make it easy to wear this trend right.

Rag & Bone Phoebe Dress

Rag & Bone Phoebe Dress

Confident Red

The color red exudes energy and passion and is a bold color that makes a striking spring statement. It is fabulous as an accent, like a pair of shoes or a leather jacket, and can really up your style game. A major piece, like this beautiful IRO Studded Leather Moto Jacket in Blood Orange, gives fresh energy to springtime dressing. And who doesn’t love a dress with pockets? This red number from rag & bone is perfect for summertime dressing.

Bare Shoulders

I went crazy for this style with the major heat wave of last summer, so seeing it appear in everything from dresses to sweaters to tops is major. Since “shoulders never age,” this is a universally flattering trend that is gorgeous on everyone. Whether you wear the cold-shoulder version that has shoulder cutouts or an off-the-shoulder style that drapes across the upper arm, this is one trend not to miss.

Aquazzura Wild Thing Suede Sandal

Aquazzura Wild Thing Suede Sandal

Wrap and Tie Shoes

Fun with footwear has arrived. Leather and ribbon wraps, tassels and fringe embellish shoes of all heights this Spring, and these shoes are the perfect way to tie one on. I am smitten with Manolo Blahnik’s Lace-up Snakeskin Open Toe Flats as much as I am the Aquazzura Wild One Wedge Sandals. No matter your height preference, it’s time to walk on the wild side for spring.

Vivid Matte Lips

Dial back the shine for spring and concentrate on vivid matte color for your lips from superstar collections by Laura Mercier, MAC, Le Metier de Beaute, Clinique, Tom Ford and more.

IRO Jacket and Sachin and Babi Skirt. Photo by Tiffany Bri

IRO Jacket and Sachin and Babi Skirt styled by Lisa Cole. Photo by Tiffany Bri

The Blazer

Adding a “third piece” makes a big impact and is the secret to giving your look an unexpected chic turn. I love the look of a tuxedo jacket with my denim–mixing laid back pieces with a dressier vibe always looks cool. This is where the blazer for spring comes in. You can go for a topper with a print or pop of color, or you don’t even have to do a blazer at all: A leather bomber or moto jacket can also give a new edge to a feminine skirt or dress. For the show, I paired this IRO moto jacket (right) with the Sachin and Babi NM exclusive skirt. Think in threes this spring.

Embellished Bags

Handbags with big personality rule the runway this season, showing us once again that Spring fashion is all about striking pieces that speak for themselves. From mini bags to large totes, this season’s handbags carry some serious punch with grommets, embroidery, studs, fringe and tassels. Stella McCartney’s Flower-Embroidered Bucket Bag gives spring flowers a darker edge, and the Givenchy Antigona Brogue Satchel Bag in striking black and white is another killer look.


Wide Leg Pants

For those of you who have been pining for wider leg pants, you are in luck. This sophisticated pant style is perfect as an airy summer pant worn with shoulder baring tops or cropped pieces. The wide leg appears in pantsuits, denim and jumpsuits, giving us a welcome change from skinnies. Wide legs show a hint of 70’s appeal and a whole lot of cool factor.

As for men, the list mirrors some of the same trends as for women. The Neiman Marcus Mens Hit List for Spring 2016 encourages men to get fun with their fashion, listing bold jackets, confident red, city skater shoes, fresh prints, distressed denim and military influences as major trends.

Here are some highlights from the NM Spring Trend Show to help inspire you to make your own shopping list. Happy Spring everyone!


The Runway


The Crowd

Lisa Cole is the fashion and style writer for Vanguard Seattle, and her work includes covering fashion news and events, runway shows and boutiques. She has her own fashion and lifestyle blog, www.westfultonstreet.com, and is a member of Independent Fashion Bloggers and Fashion Group International.