Just from blog reading, runway browsing and Instagramming, I have started to compile a list of what are considered “trends” for 2016.
I will not be following all of them, particularly #7 Ruffles, #9 Slippers or #10 Slouchy Pants. They are trends that don’t work for me and are not my style.
The rest..? Why not!
1. Lace-Up Flats
I see these EVERYWHERE. They actually look pretty good and give something new to a pointed flat that is chic and stylish to me at least.
They also look a bit like ballerina slippers with the strings. I would be on board with this trend in a neutral lace up flat so that it elongates my leg.
2. Masculine blazers
Has this EVER been out of style? I love me a good masculine blazer, either double or single breasted, with a nice strong shoulder and in a tweed, pinstripe or wool fabrication.
It looks great with a pair of cropped pants, jeans..or layered over a sweater.
3. Faux Fur
I am not into real fur, so I put “faux fur”. I also like the idea of faux fur but only in a very small amount, and as a scarf / stole. I am not into the full coat look in faux fur, or even a vest.
I would feel too much like a gorilla…. 🙂
Metallics are back!! In all of its glorious forms. I prefer metallics only in accessories or in very VERY small quantities on a top or on a bottom. Nothing too mirror-like and only in very elegant doses.
I really love me a good metallic flat or bag. It always makes any outfit look shinier.
5. Bold Stripes
This has never been out of style for me. I love strong, bold stripes, I like thin stripes, but this year’s trend is not just blue and white stripes, it’s coloured stripes all crazily mixed in together like some rainbow mash up.
6. Lingerie as outerwear
Lingerie-style slips as dresses are coming back, along with lace-trimmed tank tops underneath blazers to add a little boudoir to your style.
I am not into ruffles but apparently they’re BIG this Spring. Ruffles upon ruffles, I remember this being hot about 10 years ago.
I guess trends really do come around in cycles.
8. Bold, long, dangly, statement earrings
Shoulder-skimming, eye-catching pieces that dangle and need to be the only piece of jewellery you wear in your outfit and nothing else save for perhaps a watch.
9. Slides as Shoes
Go even lazier if possible and slide on some shoes. They take even less time than ballet flats and can double as bedroom slippers (although I would not recommend bringing in the outside to your bedroom).
I will not be trying out this trend, it is a little too bedroom meets college student-y for me, but with the right outfit, it could look hot.
10. Slouchy Pants
Slouchy, baggy, anything that is the opposite of tight and skinny which has been the reigning trend for the past few years.
No harem pants though, please. A nice paperbag waist pant could be very pretty.