Trends in fashion often reflect the state of the world — think shorter hemlines in the Roaring Twenties and the grunge look in the rebellious ’90s. Trends in recent years have been all about going back to the basics. Streamlined silhouettes with a nod to classics of times past are coming into fashion again, and are applicable to every woman’s closet. From must-have apparel to on-trend colors, it’s easy to update your wardrobe with modern trends.
Traditionally a men’s pattern, Houndstooth was taken to the next level under the hands of Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz and Dries van Noten, who draped the traditionally stiff fabric in the same way one would with a looser fabric like silk, and embroidered feminine trim on their Houndstooth pieces. Houndstooth is a black and white checkered print that can be paired with any color. It would be perfect for a statement coat or skirt, or even as a pair of shoes.
Many women are afraid of wearing leopard, but this print is extremely on-trend. A leopard scarf or a pair of shoes would be the perfect accessory to an otherwise neutral outfit. Leopard can be paired with warm colors – greens, browns, and even dark reds would look lovely with it.
Velvet is extremely soft to the touch and is made from a unique texture that beautifully reflects color. Velvet dresses, stoles, and skirts have become increasingly ubiquitous on the runways, and would be especially lovely for the holiday season in a mossy green, dark red, or deep purple. For warmer seasons, velvet has been popping up in short circle skirts and blazers, reworking a fabric only typically worn during the wintertime into a seasonless fabric.
Turtlenecks have been making a come-back on the runways. The turtleneck is a sweater with an extended neckline, usually one that covers the length of a wearer’s neck and folds down back to the shoulder. Pear shaped ladies might want to try a chunky cable knit turtleneck over black pants, whereas apple shaped ladies might like to try a slim-cut turtleneck with an a-line skirt and some tall riding boots.For the warmer months, sleeveless turtlenecks with a cropped, tight fit have been coming into popularity. This style is best worn on younger ladies, and paired with high-waisted pants and skirts.
Best suited for taller ladies, the midi skirt is a longer, calf-length skirt that is best paired with heels for some height. Midi skirts come in a variety of silhouettes — from a-line, to pleated, to pencil. Younger ladies might want to try pairing the midi skirt with a cropped sweater, whereas more mature ladies might want to pair it with tucked in shirts and v-neck cashmere sweaters to balance out the longer skirt length.
An oversized fit describes clothes that are particularly slouchy or hang away from a woman’s body. Retailers have begun designing for women who want loose-fitting clothes without losing one’s womanly shape. Jeans, tops, and outerwear would be the best pieces to try this trend out with, such as the “boyfriend jeans,” “boyfriend cardigans” and “menswear coats” that have been very much in vogue in recent years. Keep in mind the overall look of the outfit as well. For example, while wearing items with an oversized fit, contrasting with feminine accessories and shoes would be a very chic way to go.
One-color outfits, so named because of their monochrome palette on top and bottom, as well as outerwear and accessory pieces, streamline the silhouette and take a lot of the guesswork out of having to match colors in an outfit. This trend has been seen all over the runways, and is typically presented in a neutral palette — grey on Alexander Wang, and winter white on Derek Lam and Proenza Schouler.
Seen on runways at Reed Krakoff and Alexander Wang, the new grey does more than fade into the background. It’s the perfect neutral that subtly distinguishes you from the all-black-wearing pack come wintertime. Grey goes perfectly with traditional fall colors like burgundy and mustard, and is also the perfect neutral for spring.
Dark, mossy green is universally flattering to all women, and is particularly beautiful made in velvet. For older women, a dark green turtleneck or cashmere sweater would be the perfect piece for a cold winter’s night, while for younger women, a skater dress in green velvet would be a lovely evening party piece. Clothes in this color can be paired with tartan plaid for some festive cheer.
Over-the-knee boots have made a resurgence in recent years. They are tall boots that come over the knee, and a version of them was popularized in the 1990 movie Pretty Woman, starring Julia Roberts. The updated version of the over-the-knee boot is less provocative than seen in the movie, and often looser on the calf. They are best worn with tights and shorter skirts, or over jeans during the winter season.
Another trend that is inspired by menswear, smoking slippers have made a huge resurgence in recent seasons. They are flat shoes that have a higher and more angular toe box than a regular ballet flat. Some popular styles include contrast trim, velvet, and crests embroidered on the toe box. They can be worn by women of all ages and would complement most outfits.
Chunky statement jewelry in a mix of jewel tones and vintage-inspired pieces are extremely on-trend. Jeweled earrings are perfect for dressing up a neutral work dress, whereas a statement necklace would dress up a plain white t-shirt with ease. Designers have begun incorporating large faceted gems and chains of sparkly diamantes for accessories that add a touch of flair to any outfit.
Add Trendy Pieces to Your Wardrobe
It’s easier than ever to incorporate some trendy pieces into your closet no matter what your age or tastes. Contemporary trends have been less about particular pieces and more about patterns, colors, and fabrics. With so many options, it is easy to be on-trend without breaking the bank