New Year, New Fashion Trends: Part 2
2015 is now long gone. So, continuing to look to the fashion future, here are more key trends of what's to become of the fashion industry in 2016.
If you missed Part 1 of my New Year, New Fashion Trends blog, you can read it here.
Wear Your Stripes
What I enjoy most about stripes is that they are so classically chic but at the same time, there are so many different variations to play around with: vertical, horizontal, bold, fine, regular, unconventional... the list goes on. Stripes are definitely a fail-proof way to make any outfit pop. They are also great at creating optical illusions, whether you want to make your legs look a little bit longer or your waist a little bit smaller. A trend that works from head to toe and for all ages, stripes are so right this season so be sure to channel your inner zebra.
2. Spot Stripe Flippy Dress, £34 Topshop
3. The Betty Jumper, £38 Oasis
2016 is the year to embrace your femininity! I have a huge soft spot for all things floral and flouncy so this trend doesn't need to win me over. The pieces that I've chosen from my high street edit have soft, flowing A-line designs, which are really flattering for all figures. Feminine designs are typically very relaxed and a great way to work that effortless boho chic look. The key with fashion trends is making it work for you, so if overly-feminine floral designs aren't for you, choose a geometric or abstract print instead.
1. Free People Jasmine Embroidered Dress in Storm, £128 ASOS
2. Kimchi Blue Poppy Black Floral Dress, £52 Urban Outfitters
3. Ebonie N Ivory High Neck Festival Top, £42 ASOS
Taking inspiration from Old England, billowing sleeves are set to make a mark in 2016. With lots of variation in structure and style, oversized sleeves play with proportions, creating a decorative and dramatic statement. Thick, belled cuffs and flared sleeves with clean lines are my favourite way to work this trend and they look great paired with skinny jeans or cigarette pants.
1. Gold Metallic Structured Off Shoulder Top, £30 ASOS
2. Staring At Stars Embroidered Bell Sleeve Dress £66 Urban Outfitters
3. Pleat Batwing Top £28 Topshop
If you're looking to create a statement in 2016, work those shimmering fabrics and shiny accessories. Bright metallics, sequins and galactic-inspired embellishments were very popular on the catwalks, so it would be rude not to add a bit of sparkle to your wardrobe. To ensure your look is more magnificent than mirror ball, opt for pieces with a simple, classic cuts and allow the material to do the talking. A bit of shimmer makes even the simplest of designs appear high-impact, so shine on!
1. Metallic Ballet Wrap Top, £38 Topshop
2. Foil Pleated Midi Skirt, £60 Topshop3. Girls On Film Metallic Top With Cutout Detail, £30 ASOS
What trends will you be rocking in 2016?