A new year means so much more than resolutions to go to the gym and the end of the holidays: 2016 also brings with it amazing new fashion trends to explore as the months progress. No matter what your plans and goals are for the upcoming year, it is likely high time to add something new to your wardrobe and add some fresh new pieces to your tried and true wardrobe. In honor of the new year, we’ve rounded up some of the trends we’re looking forward to for 2016 so you can put your best foot forward.
Bold Colors and Patterns Will Be Back
In 2015, we saw a trend towards minimalism, with many retailers emphasizing simple shapes in subdued colors. This year, designers and ready-to-wear companies, like purveyor of elegant clothing ShopScarpe, will shift their gaze to big prints like florals and stripes, and technicolor garments will return with a vengeance. If you are shy about jumping into 2016 with bold patterns or colors, participate in this trend with a simply cut staple with a graphic pattern or vivid hue, like a brightly-colored t-shirt layered with a neutral blazer or cardigan.
Statement Jewelry Is All the Rage
Think big pieces and vintage-inspired design for this year’s jewelry trends. While much of last year’s jewelry was dainty and delicate, we’re seeing plenty of big baubles on the runways this year. Make a statement necklace or cuff work for your everyday look by pairing it with a solid t-shirt. We like the offerings from District Clothing, a company focused on cool, high quality basics. The right piece of jewelry will make any outfit into a day-to-night look.
Ruffles and Pleats Return
Taking a cue from vintage designs, designers everywhere are including ruffle details and pleated skirts in their collections. Romantic and feminine, these trends are incredibly fun to wear for all seasons. As with your statement jewelry, balance heavy, dramatic pieces with softer, more streamlined basics. An ankle-length pleated skirt pairs perfectly with a ¾ quarter sleeve t-shirt or a simple white blouse.
An Emphasis on Ethical Fashion
Consumers are thinking more and more about where their clothes are coming from and how they are produced, so it makes sense that in 2016 shoppers will be looking at companies that offer on-trend styles that are ethically made. Social responsibility will be more than just a trend this year, it will be a way of life for many consumers moving forward. Look for companies that use organic or natural processes or abide by the Fair Labor Act as one way to commit to socially and environmentally responsible fashion.
Fashion is about experimentation, but it is also about being true to yourself and your lifestyle. As 2016 progresses, keep an eye on ways to mix these trends with your existing wardrobe, and above all, be sure to have fun!
Author Bio: Carolyn Clarke is a freelance writer from Omaha, Nebraska. She has written for clients like Demand Media and the Omaha World-Herald. When she isn’t working on DIY projects with her two daughters, Lauryn and Lila, she’s volunteering at her local pet shelter.