Bleach, Boats and Botanicals: The 13 Biggest Trends for Resort 2015

Get acquainted with the trends that are going to be around for QUITE a while.
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Get acquainted with the trends that are going to be around for QUITE a while.
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Does anyone remember a time when pre-seasons like resort would pass us by without much fanfare? How naive we used to be.

Resort shows have been steadily rolling out for the past six weeks, and the season continues to prove itself to be one that is simultaneously steady and in flux. Steady, because more designers take part every season as a result of the the season's long shelf life and increasing consumer demand, but also in flux, because there is much debate about what resort actually means.

One designer's idea of resort can be completely different from the next. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it can lead to plenty of variety. Some designers stick to tradition by designing for the literal "resort" (you'll notice a fair share of palm tree prints this season). Others prefer not to be bound to the traditions of seasonal dressing.

Despite all that, there were plenty of classic resort trends represented for 2015. Scroll through to see the which ones rose to the top.

The 'Me' Decade

Valentino, Veronique Branquinho, Chloé, Sass & Bide, Louis Vuitton

Valentino, Veronique Branquinho, Chloé, Sass & Bide, Louis Vuitton

High-waisted pants, warm colors and sturdy fabrics were just a few of the elements contributing to this season's decade of choice, the '70s.

Different Strokes 

Novis, Issa, Prabal Gurung, Missoni, Thakoon

Novis, Issa, Prabal Gurung, Missoni, Thakoon

If you couldn't already tell by the broad brushstrokes used by so many designers, plenty of pop and modern artists were name checked this season. Among them were Matisse (Thakoon, Calvin Klein, Issa), Andy Warhol (Reed Krakoff), and Roy Lichtenstein (Missoni).

Bleached Out

Michael Kors, Gucci, Alexander Wang, Giles, Fausto Puglisi

Michael Kors, Gucci, Alexander Wang, Giles, Fausto Puglisi

An odd but cohesive trend to emerge was the bleached-out look. Some designers went for tie dye, but we noticed a lot of weathered, acid-washed, bleached looks in blue from designers like Michael Kors, Alexander Wang and Gucci.

Bold Botanicals 

Francesco Scognamiglio, Alberta Ferretti, Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou, Giles

Francesco Scognamiglio, Alberta Ferretti, Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou, Giles

Florals were extra bold for resort, and they came in a variety of colors and textures. The brighter, the better.

Sheer Coverage 

Marios Schwab, Chanel, Donna Karan, Burberry Prorsum, Christian Dior

Marios Schwab, Chanel, Donna Karan, Burberry Prorsum, Christian Dior

Sheer, diaphanous fabrics were everywhere this resort season, with Christian Dior, Burberry, and more offering looks in the popular midi-length. Modest, these midis and maxis are not.

Fit and Flare 

Alexander McQueen, Sally LaPointe, Zac Posen, Band of Outsiders, Pamella Roland

Alexander McQueen, Sally LaPointe, Zac Posen, Band of Outsiders, Pamella Roland

The fit and flare is a classic silhouette which suits the seasonless season just fine. DKNY and Band of Outsiders offered something casual, while Zac Posen and Pamella Roland dressed things up a bit.

One Jump Ahead 

Markus Lupfer, Richard Nicoll, Tracy Reese, Halston Heritage, Ralph Rucci

Markus Lupfer, Richard Nicoll, Tracy Reese, Halston Heritage, Ralph Rucci

It won't be long before the jumpsuit is a staple of any wardrobe. At least, that's the way things seem to be going. And what better way to start off a staple than choosing a jumpsuit with clean lines and neutral colors? Evidently, there will be plenty to choose from once resort hits stores in November.

Out to Sea 

M.Patmos, Tibi, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Tadashi Shoji

M.Patmos, Tibi, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Tadashi Shoji

The resort season is no stranger to the nautical theme -- indeed, the two often go hand in hand. Not just limited to sailor-esque stripes, designers opted for fisherman sweaters (M.Patmos), rope detailing (Tibi), and seashells (Tadashi Shoji).

Paperbag Waist 

Jill Stuart, Paule Ka, Jenni Kayne, Organic by John Patrick, Adam Lippes

Jill Stuart, Paule Ka, Jenni Kayne, Organic by John Patrick, Adam Lippes

The paperbag waist transforms any look into something more relaxed -- which is precisely how we imagine our dream "resort" experience to be.

Dot Marks the Spot 

Kenzo, Saloni, Rebecca Minkoff, Ralph Lauren, Fendi

Kenzo, Saloni, Rebecca Minkoff, Ralph Lauren, Fendi

Polka dots need not be too feminine or delicate. There were plenty of designers with a tougher take on the traditionally sweet pattern, like Fendi, Kenzo, and Rebecca Minkoff.

Waist Away 

TSE, Alexis Mabille, Emilio de la Morena, Marni, No. 21

TSE, Alexis Mabille, Emilio de la Morena, Marni, No. 21

In what seems like the logical next step after the popular peplum trend from the past few years, designers continue to put the accent on the waist, this time with ruffles. Offered in varying sizes, there's plenty for everyone. If the micro ruffle from Marni isn't bold enough, try TSE's ultra-ruffled top.

A Touch of Seafoam 

Pringle of Scotland, Antonio Marras, Antonio Berardi, Sportmax, Honor

Pringle of Scotland, Antonio Marras, Antonio Berardi, Sportmax, Honor

Whether a coat, skirt, or shirt, this fresh color was used by plenty of designers to brighten up looks. Pringle of Scotland, Antonio Berardi and Honor all opted for a metallic sheen.

Sneak Peak

Nicole Miller, Just Cavalli, See by Chloé, DKNY, M.Patmos

Nicole Miller, Just Cavalli, See by Chloé, DKNY, M.Patmos

The fashion sneaker lives on thanks to DKNY, Nicole Miller, Just Cavalli, and a host of other designers who are listening to the call for comfort from customers. DKNY and M.Patmos chose metallic versions, while others went for a more traditional design.