Fashion trends come and go, and trying to keep up with the constant style changes can be difficult. As we head towards the end of 2015, we’re looking at the trends that you should be keeping in your wardrobe and the ones that it’s time to ditch. It has been an exciting year for fashion, with sports luxe and 70’s boho taking centre stage for many of the major designers. We’ve seen trainers become a fashion staple for those looking for the ultimate casual statement, faux fur emerge as the only fabric to wear during the colder months and a 90’s revival that some of us may wish to forget. With so many different trends competing to make it through to 2016, here are our picks of what’s hot and what’s not.
As we head into the party season, there is one trend that keeps emerging year after year. Gothic glam is the must have style choice for winter 2015, not only will it keep you looking chic at the parties, you can also reuse these items year after year. When we say gothic glam we’re talking more than just, black. Forget Wednesday Addams (although a contrast colour black dress will always be in style!) and start experimenting with shades such as deep navy, burgundy and even emerald green alongside your trusty black numbers. In terms of fabrics, keep things classic with lace, velvet and leather. Texture is everything when it comes to gothic style so pairing a black leather mini with a lace camisole or high neck blouse is a great way to maximising the trend. Don’t forget your accessories! Silver layered jewellery, heavy set stone rings and full on glam make up is all you need to make heads turn at the office Christmas party.
You don’t have to drive a Bentley and own a house in the country to showcase your love for luxury style. Many of the high street retailers have jumped on the growing demand for luxury looking items at a fraction of a price. This winter you can put on your best Liz Taylor impression with faux fur, over the top cocktail gowns and plenty of bling. Jewel tones work best for this look to play around with ruby, sapphire and any other shades that mimic the look of your favourite costume jewellery. If you’re not willing to unleash your inner diva in full, why not try adding one signature piece to your look? A statement faux fur coat can be worn throughout the winter season and really makes an outfit pop.
That suede skirt that you invested in last year? Fear not, this is one fabric that is sticking around for a long time. Ever since Alexa Chung wore the infamous M&S tan suede midi skirt, the suede revolution has taken off. We’re expecting big things from this trend in 2016, whether you opt for a classic suede shift dress or incorporate it into your footwear or accessories. You really can’t go wrong.
Another big hitter in the fabric stakes is tweed. Once limited to the country folk, tweed has now made its way to the fashion elite. Avoid the farmyard chic look by choosing classic pieces in tweed that you can pair with other items in your wardrobe. A fitted blazer is a great choice and many high street retailers are now getting on board. If you’re willing to go all out and really embrace traditional British style, look for muted tone dresses in tweed that will take you from the office to the work party in style. If you were ever looking for an excuse to spend that Boden discount code that’s been burning up your inbox, now is the time!
Unleash your inner Donna Summers and embrace the disco spirit this winter. Yes that’s right, it’s time for sequins, glitter and plenty of bold colours as we approach the party season once again. Christmas has always been the time for sparkles but this year we’ve even seen the big fashion houses take note by incorporating classic 70’s styles into their A/W looks. If you’re stuck for a party outfit, look to icons such as Grace Jones and Diana Ross, these ladies know how to rock the glitter and bold cuts.
If you’re looking to create some room in your closet, here are some of the trends that you are able to ditch for winter 2015.
Many people will breathe a sigh of relief that this trend is on its way out, yet again. Summer saw an army of young fashionistas revitalising the trends of the 90’s with plastic chokers and tie dye clothing working its way back to the high street. Let’s hope this time the trend stays dormant!
We love festival fashion, however, there really is a time and a place for flower crowns and cut off shorts; the summer. Festival style worked its way into the mainstream this year with many high street retailers taking advantage of the trend and adding band t-shirts, fringed kimonos and crazy accessories to their collections. It’s fine when you’re dodging the mud at Glastonbury but not so much when you’re heading out for cocktails in December!
Let’s be clear here, when we talk about sweats we’re not talking about sportswear as a whole. Instead we are looking at the trend for wearing sweatpants out of the house as an acceptable casual look. Sports luxe has really transformed our wardrobes with stylish items that blur the lines between high fashion and practical sportswear (think Kanye West’s collection) however rocking a pair of old grey jogging pants for a night in the pub really won’t work this season. Keep your sweatpants for days relaxing on the sofa.
So there you have it, our top style predictions for what’s hot and what’s not this winter season. Will you be investing in some key pieces or is it time for a wardrobe overhaul?
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