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Fashion Trends 2016: Romance

We all need a little bit of love in our lives. Love can be defined in so many ways, as can romance. When it comes to romantic fashion, we think of lace, feminine colours, sexy lines, and stunning embroidery. Romance has taken its place in fashion as being a prevalent trend, and this season’s runways are no exception. With so many decades and fabrics to extract from, fashion is constantly able to reinvent what type of romantic ensemble we can wear, and of course, lingerie always follows suit.


Lace is a common element in ensembles that are considered romantic; it’s a prominent material used in lingerie, and it’s something that’s transcended decades. This time on the runways, it wasn’t necessarily about all over lace garments; small spots of lace took a regular piece to the next level. Elie Saab opted for pretty panels of lace in a low cut white dress, perfect for a dramatic cover up in the summer, or with a strategic slip for a night out. Givenchy takes a cue from a chemise with a peekaboo lace bust and a lacy hem, while Oscar de la Renta attached a thin lace neckline to a gorgeous pink gown.


Ruffles can take us back to the romance era, in the past where elaborate gowns with corsets and ruffles were commonplace for women. The ruffles on the runway were dramatic and larger than life. Kate Spade did a girly-girl pink floral dress with large ruffles all throughout the skirt.  In a light and airy design from Alexander McQueen, angled ruffles flowed brilliantly down a blush gown styled with an edgy silver jacket on top to balance it out.Alice + Olivia created a stunning midnight blue high-low dress with large ruffles on the bust, cascading down throughout in an effortless fashion.

Vintage Nightgown

We wrote before about how lingerie was a benefactor in many designer’s creations, and that includes many garments reminiscent of vintage nightgowns. The queen of full-length anything, Rachel Zoe created a dazzling semi-sheer gown that makes us think of a modest night dress from another era. Alexander Wang added sweet patterned touches to what looks like a classically vintage silk nightgown. For the rock and roll girl with some edge, a glittering chemise-style shift adorned with a leather jacket overtop was expectedly Saint Laurent’s take on lingerie inspired dressing.

Black and Red

Black and red are colours that encompass an ode to a darker and seductive side of romance. Many designers created all black looks that screamed romance and sexiness, and hot red designs did the same. Elie Saab’s all black gown was a clash of various romantic elements, from lace, to almost sheer panels, to ruffles. Jason Wu had a softer approach with this red dress, semi sheer with soft and billowing ruffled details. Lastly, a black semi-sheer canvas is adorned with silver flowers and lots of volume from Erdem.

Of course, we couldn’t leave out a little bit of lingerie to round out the romance. At Now That’s Lingerie, we have lingerie to hit any idea of romance you might have; from the sweet and feminine, to the mysterious, to the vamping sexpot, and so on.

How are you going to add some romance into your wardrobe or lingerie drawer? We want to hear from you. Share your thoughts with us in the comments below, or on Facebook and Twitter. You can also pin the looks you love and follow us on Pinterest, or learn more about Now That’s Lingerie on YouTube.




  • Monika

    Wow, what a dress collection. On the other hand great combination of helpful information. Keep it up.

  • admin

    Hello Monika,

    Thank you for reading! We’re glad that you enjoyed this article. We hope this trend sticks around for a long time!

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