2015 and its fashion trends are already being referred to as “last year,” while the fashion books of 2016 are still open and waiting to be written. It’s inevitable that some of last year’s fashion trends will thankfully be written out of fashion history forever, while some of them will remain firmly rooted in the average woman’s closet. The trends that remain into 2016 are the items that have made their mark in fashion history, and these are the pieces that will hover in those same women’s closets for years to come. Ultimately, these items will become the fashion staples that will long represent the time period and culture that they came from.
For instance, the 1970s gave women headbands, wide-legged pants and outrageously large floral prints. The 1980s made way for leg warmers, thong underwear and shoulder pads. The 1990s gave American girls grunge, chunky heels and the green light to wear vintage. The new millennium brought square-tipped shoes, fedora hats and the permanent return of flip flops. Fast forward to 2015/2016 and living in the midst of a hoard of chokers, micro bikinis, tulle skirts and tribal-print everything. This ever mindful fashionista is already trimming the 2015 fat from her closet as she readies herself for what’s next in 2016. And you should be too!
Sharp fashion mavens with the ability to distinguish between a good fad and a blip on the fashion radar will have no problem figuring out what to toss and what to keep. However, if you’re not a professional fashion blogger and if you’re not the type to be thumbing through Glamour or Vogue every spare second you have, perhaps you need a little help distinguishing between what to keep from 2015 and what you should be saying so long to as you look ahead to 2016.
Below are ten trends still labeled as hot for 2016 and ten trends from 2015 you can say so long to right now. To start, here are 10 trends that need to hide in the back of your closet!
10. Matching Denim Twin Sets
First of all, were denim twin sets ever really in style? Also, did anyone ever really think they’d make a comeback? Fashionistas are trendy, but fashion designers have to give a girl something to work with! It wouldn’t be fair to say all designers got the look wrong because there were a couple of cute denim dresses that would get a pass when it comes to spring cleaning for 2016. For the most part, however, 99% of the denim on denim going on out there was incestuously bad. Needless to say, 2015’s matching denim twin sets will not be making the 2016 cut.
9. Long Flowing Cardigans
Sometimes fashion designers outright lie to consumers about what’s fashionable and what’s not. Long flowing cardigans are a huge lie, ladies and you should not be fooled. They’re wrong on every possible fashion level and anyone who draws one up for 2016 is being lazy and deserves to be demoted to design assistant. In the days of Glamour circa 1985 and the ever so glamorous black-barred “do’s and dont’s” columns, any woman caught dead in one of these beasts would be labeled a definitive fashion “don’t”. If you own one? Go to your closet right now, pull it from the hangar and burn it so that no one else can make the same fashion mistake you did. Yes, long flowing cardigans in 2016 are a resounding “NO”!
8. Negative Space Manicures
Let’s cut right to the chase. Pointed blades, dragon talons and negative space manicures are out for 2016. Manicurists across the nation can now rejoice because no longer will these ladies and gentlemen who wield the almighty nail file and cuticle clippers have to submit to the painstaking job of creating the perfect “V” on someone’s nail bed, nor will they have to spend endless energy securing animal claws to the tips of human digits. Those of you who like them get used to it and please, stop forcing the hands of manicurists across the nation into doing bad nails. These poor people have already done them for one year too long. Pointed blades, dragon talons and negative space manicures are gone just like 2015.
7. Neon Eyeliner
Sending neon eyeliner on its way and never to be seen again in 2016 was an easy decision to make. Why? Because when in the world is someone going to find an occasion to wear neon eyeliner outside of wearing it at an EDM festival? Did anyone spot any celebrities wearing a neon colored gown on the red carpet in 2015 much less neon eyeliner? Nope. Does anyone think it might be a good idea to wear neon eyeliner for her wedding? To prom? To a job interview? Probably not. Neon eyeliner sounded fun, but let’s face it, one day of wearing it, get a few odd stares in your general direction and then it’s time to move it to the Cosplay makeup pile. Outta here!
6. Hair Chalking
Hair chalking was fun for a minute until the reality sets in on how long it takes to color even the smallest bit of hair. Not to mention the mounds of toxic dust that launches into the air, into the nostrils and in some cases, the mouth. Ick! Trust a certain fashionista fadster, chalk mouth is far worse than cotton mouth. Getting the chalk out of your gorgeous locks is only slightly less difficult than getting the chalk in. Oh, and the joy of scrubbing the tub after you’re done with washing a heavy chalking job out makes hair chalking even easier to say so long to. Yes, hair chalking is a most certain out for 2016.
5. Micro Bikinis
No one can say that micro-bikinis were ever really in for 2015, but those tiny bits of bathing suit material scraps (literally) made their way to the Internet viral space more than once so someone must have thought they were a hit. Ummm – no, micro bikinis are not a hit and despite those little numbers striving to be as hot as possible on the lean backsides and busty front sides of young girls across the planet, they just aren’t. Micro bikinis are bad, bad, bad and they should be banned, banned, banned – unless of course you’re in the adult industry or unless you’re aspiring to get into the adult industry. Micro bikinis are out.
Tribal print and gimmicky tribal fashion were kind of the joke of the fashion world in 2015. True to form, the tribal concept came on strong, hitting the runways internationally in bold and statement-making style. However, tribal never really made its full debut in stores across America. Fashion buyers weren’t buying it because they knew most women with any fashion awareness at all wouldn’t be wearing it. At least if you want it, it should be cheap because tribal wear is being marked down until they’re essentially giving it away at outlets like Marshalls and TJ Max. To put it to point, tribal-inspired fashion was an insult to every true fashionista’s fashion sense and so, tribal was axed, arrowed and scalped as out, out, out!
3. Rainbow Trend
The staying power of the rainbow trend is baffling. Especially when you consider it might as well be described as someone straddling a rainbow. No one is sure if the rainbow is going to disappear or if fashion designers will ultimately find the pot of gold that’s supposedly on the other side of it. Rainbows are fun and the concept behind them is freeing, but where does one wear a rainbow outfit outside of rave or black light party? A girl can maybe get away with a rainbow stripe at the beach, on a summer day short or at if she’s pushing retail at the mall, but anything more than a touch of rainbow has (or will have) most women looking like clowns instead of the fashion forward human beings they are aspiring to be. The rainbows are probably best kept for your unicorns ladies.
Speaking of clowns, most women cannot get away with contouring and they need to stop. Not to mention contouring one’s face takes far too much time out of a typical nine-to-five work day – add commute, gym and errand time and most girls are looking at a twelve to thirteen hour day. Those thirteen hours don’t include the drudgery of eyebrow threading, manicures, pedicures, body waxing and on down the line. So, does anyone want the added pressure of painting six different contour colors on our faces just to establish a foundation every single day? Nope, probably not. Contouring is out.
1. Rat Fashion
2015 was the unofficial year of the rat. The viral world forced fashion designers to recognize that there was something fascinating about a rat hustling a piece of pizza down a New York City subway stairwell. Yes people, the pizza is that good in NYC and the secret is in the water the city gets from the Catskills. Because people were so fascinated, “rat-pizza” costumes were made and worn by trendy Halloween revelers everywhere. What came next was more than a second step into rat fashion, it was actual rat wearing – cue up taxidermied rat fashion and rat underwear. Say it out loud – OUT!
Now For The Good Stuff – The Top Ten Items That Are Here To Stay In 2016 Are:
10. Graphic Eyeliner
It appears as if bigger, bolder and brighter are here to stay in 2016 when it comes to eyes, eyeshadow and going full-on glamor. Sharp black lines around the eyes, fake eyelashes in cobalt colors and stick-on eye lace is making makeup application fun again. There’s no reason for anyone not to dare themselves to “go there” once in a while. With the help of savvy makeup artists who are making their own educational videos on YouTube, every single girl who wants to do something different to her eyes can easily get ‘er done via a six to ten-minute video watch. It doesn’t matter what face or eye shape you have, these gurus have found a way for every girl with a little bit of glitter living in them look good. Graphic eyeliner is a glam-girl must. It stays.
9. Crop Tops
The old saying “if you’ve got it, flaunt it” applies here. While a majority of most women can’t get away with wearing a crop top, those women who can should absolutely go for it. Crop tops are everywhere right now and happen to be one of the all-time sexiest tops made for women in the history of fashionable clothing. Crop tops shouldn’t be overdone by wearing one on a daily basis or every single Saturday at the club. They’re best saved for occasions where a girl needs to make a major statement and to rock every head in her direction. If you use them sparingly crop tops are keepers.
2015’s choker necklaces replaced the overly-chunky and visibly awkward jewelry that quickly made its way in and out in 2014. A dainty choker around a woman’s neck is, well, dainty and let’s face it, dainty wins over chunky most of the time. 2015’s slender choker necklaces were so wearable that they get a cautious green light on wearing one almost every day in 2016. If you’re sure to change your chokers up so that none of your other fashionista friends call you out for being too locked into a certain style, your chokers are allowed to live on in your jewelry drawer for another year.
Camel, natural and tan shoes and accessories will be hanging around for a while. While it may have seemed like the camel family was hiding out in the desert waiting for America to notice how truly wonderful it can be, it is now here to stay. Camel and tan work with everything and it is the versatility that helps make the color scheme stand out. Tan and camel patents are also neutral enough colors to always remain classy, and pair well with just about anything, including a little black dress if you are looking to mix it up. Tan sandals and purses are easy and if kept looking nice, a well made tan colored handbag can move a girl through up to looking good in three different fashion seasons. That’s staying power! Camel and tan remain for 2016.
6. Corset Tops
Like crop tops, corset tops are also keepers. While not all women can get away with wearing a crop top, the percentage of women who look amazing in a corset top increases dramatically. The strapping down of a woman’s upper body is quite possibly one of the oldest and longest remaining fashion tricks known to designers across the globe. Somehow, the criss-crossing of straps across a woman’s back or midsection are not only slimming, they’re sexy too and that’s a double win. Slimming and sexy work across the board so corset tops are sticking around in 2016.
5. Long Hair, Ponytails And Braids
For as long as shows like Vikings, Game of Thrones, The Borgia’s and Reign remain on the air, so shall fashionable hair braids and easy ponytails. You “au naturale” ladies who have spent the time growing your locks out aren’t likely to part with them anytime soon so fashion trend setters shouldn’t think of taking them away from you in 2016. Yet be warned, after December of this year, those long swishes of labor intensive fibers on thou’st heads might be on the chopping block. That’s many months down the road, so for now enjoy your long hair and be sure to do something fun with it. Long hair, ponytails and braids remain in 2016.
For the aforesaid reason why long hair, ponytails and braids shall remain relevant in 2016, so should apply to gladiator shoes. No matter if one’s preference is flat or platform, fashion mavens cling to gladiator style shoes every time they come ‘round the fashion bend. It’s true that one particular fashion forward artist of NYC is known to have worn her gladiator sandals every single day for at least a year (talk about comfort). Don’t mistake that as a recommendation to the masses! If fashion designers found out that women were wearing gladiator styles every single day, they’d try nixing them from the fashion arena much like they once did with the coveted flip-flop. Imagine the gall of trying to take a girl’s flip flops AND gladiators away from her? Ha! – Yes, the power of the gladiator shoe stays.
Sneaker-heading for girls started catching on in 2014, made some momentum in 2015 and is going to come alive in 2016. Ladies are standing up and saying no more to uncomfortable shoes when it comes to long walking days. Women want pretty sneakers. They want them in all shapes and colors and sizes and designs. Like as in want, they want-want them. The green movement means lots more walking, biking and being outside for everyone. It’s not a big secret that girls across America love to look smashingly cute while doing it. Mary-jane and T-strap, bold colors, wild prints, high tops, low tops, thick soles, thin soles are all a go. Find them, love them, collect them and cherish them like you would your finest pair of stilettos because Sneaker-heading for girls is still IN.
There’s something delightful about girls strolling casually in strappy sun dresses or frolicking about in shortie rompers. They’re fun, they’re feminine and guys love them. Rompers work for just about everything from casual weekday dinner plans to shopping marathons with the girls to sporting around during vacation sightseeing excursions (where are you going this spring?). They’re definitely a ready to wear item that deserves another year in your closet stash so straighten them out on the hangars, group them together and label them as “keep”.
1. Tulle Skirts
There’s something about the flow of a full tulle skirt around a girl’s knees that makes her want to never want to take it off. Once worn, women revert to their five-year-old inner selves and want to remain in their princess-ballerina mode forever. It appears as if all living creatures would be seduced into the soft cushiony layers of a fluffy tulle skirt. Don’t believe me? Just ask my cats (and dog) who love to demonstrate with a long stretched out paw, and sleepy eye each time I pull one down to inspect for the annual Winter-Spring parade season. Yes, everyone feels like a princess when wearing tulle. This one was easy ladies, the tulle skirts stay!
Alright ladies, you have the updated list. Now let’s get to those closets!