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27 Apr 2016

Summer 2016 Girly J-Fashion Early Trend Report

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Summer is almost here! 

In this post, I will be discussing this summer's early trends. ♡ My observations are based on the summer collections of popular girly-style brands, new arrivals, and spring trends that remain popular. We'll have a more complete sense of this season's trends once the upcoming July Larme issue (Volume 022) gets released!

I. Summer Collection Themes
II. Trends in Clothing, Shoes and Accessories
III. Trends in Textures, Patterns, and Colors
IV. Popular Motifs

I. Summer Collection Themes

Some brands have released summer collections that have distinctive themes. Not all items necessarily match up with their collection's theme, but it's still interesting to consider the different concepts. Let's see what some of them are!

(See our previous post about E hyphen BonBon's collaboration with Risa Nakamura!)

Summary of Themes:

Retro and sporty themes seem to be popular. And of course, picnics and pool parties are common summer concepts! In general, the collections' themes tend toward the casual side of girly fashion.

II. Trends in Clothing, Shoes, and Accessories


1) Retro, ringer, and fetish-inspired graphic tees

2) Frill-detail and shirred off-the-shoulder tops

3) Shoulder cut-out tops


1) Frill detail, lace-up detail, and balloon (elastic hem) shorts


2) Wide-legged pants and culottes

3) Sheer-overlay long skirts

Honey mi Honey


1) Collared, A-line dresses

2) Frill-detail rompers/all-in-ones

3) Satin shirt-style all-in-ones


1) Denim jackets

2) Sheer lace cardigans


Frill details, elastic details, gingham, high-waisted bottoms


Lace-up platform sandals


Straw hats

III. Trends in Textures, Patterns, and Colors

Denim fabrics

Denim jackets and skirts seem particularly popular. They lend a classic, casual look to any coordinate and are commonly sweetened with girly details like frills.

Ruched/shirred textures

Shirred textures are found in off-the-shoulder tops, dresses, and rompers. Compared to chiffon, lace, velvet, and leather—the standard textures in girly fashion—shirred fabrics are on the rougher and more casual side.

Flowy chiffon fabrics

Flowy chiffon fabrics are a classic texture in girly fashion. This summer, they have made yet another comeback in tops, bottoms, dresses, rompers, and outerwear.


Gingham is another Larme-style regular. It is especially popular in tops, shorts, dresses, skirts, and blousons.

The Color White

Many recent coordinates in photoshoots and staff shots incorporate more than one white main piece. White items provide a clean, refreshing feeling. It's not surprising that several white items are worn together for crisp, girly spring and summer looks!

Red Accents

Red accessories in coordinates, red details on items, and red details in prints are also common this summer. They are often a part of the retro trend.

IV. Popular Motifs

1) Sheer overlay aprons/peplum details (on shorts and skirts)

2) Peter Pan collars (on tops and OPs)


3) Sailor collars (on tops and OPs)

4) Bowling/Pajama-style shirts and all-in-ones

Thanks for reading my Summer 2016 girly J-fashion trend report! I will summarize the 2016 summer trends toward the end of summer as well. The post-summer trend report will be a part of my autumn trend report.

Please let me know if you would like me to add anything to this post. I would also love to hear your feedback! You can comment below or email us at theauthors@petitedollies.com. 

Until next time! ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ 


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