What Were the Top Fashion Trend of 2016?

We have almost reached the end of 2016 and what year it has been for fashion. We have seen a number of new style trends take the world by storm over the past 12 months, changing the way we dress. Looking back, Helen Beaumont asks: what were the top fashion trends of 2016?

Unusual layering

Layering is a staple of fashion, especially when you’re creating your winter wardrobe. Layering went to unusual and exciting places in 2016. It started with the popularisation of the t-shirt/90s slip dress combo. People are now increasingly deconstructing and reconstructing styles, so it has become acceptable to do things like team tailored and relaxed items, or blend retro with modern clothes.

Statement sleeves

Designers seem to be obsessed with statement sleeves at the moment. In 2016, everything from off-the-shoulders and bell styles to drop and tied sleeves dominated the high street. At London Fashion Week experimental sleeves were everywhere, like when Ashley Williams decided to bring puffy sleeves back. With split sleeves expected to become popular next year, this trend is going nowhere.

Pyjama clothing

We’ve all started wearing pyjamas and pyjama-esque clothing in public. Celebrities ranging from Jessica Alba to Nicole Richie have been pictured rocking this trend in 2016. It also littered the catwalks in Milan, with Prada’s chinoiserie printed/jewel encrusted sets making waves.In 2017, pyjamas will get grander, with fashionistas increasingly embracing luxurious materials like silks and luxe satins.

Pleated trend

Trend Setter named pleats one of its biggest 2016 trends. You couldn’t look around and not see a pleated skirt this year, with midi-lengths being really popular. So far we’ve seen pleats limited to plisse trousers, skirts and tops, but the trend’s focus is set to expand in 2017.  The metallic pleats that proved popular in 2016 should do so again next year, but people will start embracing gentler tones as well.

Band t-shirts

With 90s clothing so in right now, it shouldn’t surprise you that band t-shirts were all the rage this year. We saw celebrities teaming band t-shirts with everything from classic denim jeans to midi-length leather skirts, showing how versatile they are. Experts believe that the band part of this trend will go away in 2017, with fashionistas going for t-shirts with non-music-related visuals instead.

Wacky accessories

2016 has been the year of wacky accessories. We’ve seen everything from over-sized cross-shaped earrings to fur pom poms come into fashion over the past 12 months. Fashion insiders believe that some of these must-haves will go away in 2017, along with the more outlandish clothing trends which became popular in 2016, such as patent leather bottoms, suggesting that subtlety is coming back.

See you in 2017

And with that, we bid goodbye to 2016. I’ll see you in 2017, where you can check out my blog for more fashion news and tips. If you want to see what trends will become popular later part in the year, mark February 2017 in your calendar, so you can check out London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2017!

About Helen Beaumont

Helen Beaumont’s career started at Camberwell College of Art, where she studied the History of Art and Design, specialising in costume during her final year. After completing study, Helen became a costume buyer for theatre and opera. She has since become a professional costume designer, with a keen interest in period clothing. Throughout her career, Helen has created authentic costumes for prestigious companies such as the Universal Studios, Disney, BBC, Tiger Aspect and the Young Vic Theatre.

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