If You Hate Minimalism, You'll Love This S/S Trend

by Jodie Layne

After seasons of clean lines and relatively subdued palettes trending at couture shows around the world, the most visually exciting thing to come of Milan Fashion Week 2016 trends so far has definitely been maximalism (aka: Making things hella fun). Color, pattern, and embellishment are all majorly trending during the S/S 2016 shows.

Sure, the textures, textiles, and silhouettes have been appropriately and traditionally light and airy. Plenty of blush and beige hues have even been paired with pastels. However, the runway's biggest and most talked-about shows so far were full of the bright and the bold. From Prada's embellished coats to Moschino's construction-inspired runway to Gucci's brilliant patterns, it's the "more is more" looks that have been total showstoppers.

While I'm not planning on packing up my neutrals, it's going to be hard to resist all of the orange that's going to be popping up when the spring thaw comes. I'm fully planning on pairing it with the heaps of ruffles in the multitude of Spanish-influenced designs, not to mention Dolce & Gabbana's S/S 2016 presentation, which featured all embellished everything. While the minimalist half moon bag was on trend during the shows at MFW, shoes are definitely going to be a bit more during spring as well. Get ready for lots of tasseled, floral, and bright metallic sandals.

After a more subdued fall and a huge wave of minimalism, spring 2016 is all about embracing color, volume, and whimsy. Here are seven pieces to channel spring's more is more mentality right now.

1. Sheer Discount Universe Tee

Di$count Tra$h Mesh Tattoo Embellished Tee, $249,

Paired with a slim black ponte pant and Chelsea boots, this top has a look that tones down easy. Take it OTT by piling on bright accessories and more sequins.

2. Ruffle Back Forever 21 Romper

Ruffle Trim Romper, $29.90,

What looks basic from the front gets hit with a huge dose of drama from the voluminous ruffles in the back.

3. Takara Design Kali Bracelet

Takara Design Kali Bracelet, $110,

Looking to ease some embellishment into your life? This tassel bracelet would stand out against neutrals and sleeker designs, but look equally at home among faux fur, sequins, and neon.

4. Isolated Heroes Sequin Box Shirt

Work It Sequin Box Shirt, $167,

Take a classic silhouette and sequin it. Boom: You have a wild new look that's actually super wearable.

5. ASOS Rock City Boots

ASOS Rock City Chelsea Boots, $99,

These boots pack a ton of fun into a single ankle boot: Faux snakeskin, a bejeweled band, and shiny patent. Slip these on for a quick and easy statement.

6. Re/Dress Pleated Skirt

Fluttershadow Pleated Skirt, $48,

Pleats and volume were huge trends at MFW and this see-though piece is the perfect addition to your wardrobe. Pair this with neon underthings and a bright, cropped, faux fur coat to spice things up.

7. Eloquii Printed Blouse

Eloquii Teri Printed Blouse, $79.90,

This piped and printed blouse is bold, but easily incorporated into your wardrobe. The subdued fall colors make it easy to pair with your basics or you can add more prints for a louder look.

After what feels like season upon season of color-blocking, black-on-white, and athleisure silhouettes, I'm definitely ready for maximalism.

Images: Courtesy Brands