In and among Brexit, Trump and celebrity deaths, on the whole, 2016 has certainly been a year better left forgotten. However, it wasn’t all bad! Fashion, as always, came to the rescue and offered us escapism from the doom and gloom with its bright rays of sass, sparkle and sophistication. From destressed hoodies to embroidered bombers, in 2016 fashion was all about bangers after bangers like a Michael Jackson Greatest Hits album. Below are the year’s best fashion trends that had us all Moonwalking like Smooth Criminals (Sorry, but not sorry…I just had to!).
When fashionistas across the globe, dropped to their knees and collectively prayed for comfort and style in equal measure, this is what the heavens bestowed upon us…
The epitome of sophisticated leisure and effortless cool, the backless loafer had the remarkable power to make any wearer feel like they were on a private plane flying to Monaco, when in reality they were actually walking down the high-street carrying Tesco bags. If Dubai were a shoe…it would be a backless loafer.
Everyone knows skinny jeans are bae and that it would take something pretty special to break up our love affair with the wardrobe staple. Whilst classic jeans will never displace skinnies as our daily go to, on the flipside they offer up a fun, effortless and old school alternative; after all, isn’t variety the spice of life? The classic jeans aesthetic stormed its way on to every Instababe’s account, Pinterest board and street style blog across the internet in 2016; retro and chic, it’s easy to see why!
Anyone looking to add a hint of sass, a punch of personality and a whole lot of quirk to their denims and backpacks, instantly opted for the funk factor of patches and pins to add real flair to their outfits. The best part of this trend was that you could essentially transform your clothes into a scrapbook of all your favourite things – love the Simpsons? Get a miniature Bart Simpson sown onto your bag. Are you a bohemian free spirit? Get a peace sign sown onto your jacket and get your hands on a Jimi Hendrix button! In 2016, patches and pins pretty much transformed any outfit into a 3D Tumblr page – after all who doesn’t love Tumblr?
Glitz and glamour is no longer the preserve of just red carpets and celebrities, in 2016 metallics offered us mere mortals the chance to bring a dash of Hollywood into our dreary lives. From Quicksilver skirts, high-shine blouses and gilded steppers gracing every worthwhile high-street retailer in the last 12 months, you could barely take a step without your eyes instantly being drawn to the glint of every railing drenched in sparkle.
Sassiness and sexiness wrapped up in the luxuriousness of satin… this throw-on-and-go style was undoubtedly the crème de la crème of 2016 fashion trends. With the ability to elevate any outfit to show stopping heights, anyone with a style bone in their body spent the year desperately clamouring to get their hands on one of these bad boys; adorned with edgy embroidery and eye catching embellishments, you can certainly see why.
Athleisure was the trend that just kept on giving in 2016… Once the preserve of teenage ASBOs, thanks to subversive brands like Vetements, the year saw hoodies reinvented into must haves for the fashionable inclined and the permanent fixture of catwalks. From suede and distressed to bold colours and patterns, the creative scope of hoodies in 2016 was limitless.
Slip Over Shirts
The definition of grunge glamour, the slip over shirt combo reinvented the layering game by moving away from the heavy and opting for a slicker and lighter aesthetic. The uniform for all cool-girls up and down the country, this playful look exuded both fun and Rock ‘n’ Roll in equal measure.