Pump up the Volume

by Suzanne Cunningham

Are you tired of all things being skintight? Well lucky for us both, so is the rest of the country.  We are taking a trip back to the 70’s with the newest trend in just about every aspect of apparel. From shirts to pants to knit wear, what you should be on the lookout for is the volume trend! So out with the skinny jeans and garments you can barely move in, and in with the free flowing, aesthetically pleasing volume that’s about to take control.


We are used to sleeves hugging our arms, and in some cases restricting movement, which if you’re like me can be quite uncomfortable. It is about time we change this silhouette and make it more wearable, while still maintaining a nice look. How is this going to work? Well, by adding volume of course. Spring 2016 runway collections showed sleeves with gathers, pleats, and even elastic around just about all areas of the arm. This allows for the sleeves to add fullness, thus giving us the volume we are all looking for. Not only does this allow more comfort, it brings a new overall look to the table that we’ve been missing for so long.

Bell-Bottom Jeans:

When I think of the 70’s, I think of cool people that know how to dress to show off their best features. The next thing that pops into my head is a bell-bottom jean. Skinny jeans have been ruling our society for far too long, and what’s the complete opposite of a skinny jean? A jean with a whole lot of volume. You may be asking yourself, ‘well can I wear bell-bottoms?’ Yes you can, however the only downside to this trend is that it tends to work better for people with longer legs or who are taller in stature. But don’t let that get you down; this silhouette is still very flattering for all shapes and sizes.

Chunky Knits:

Knits are making a comeback in style in all different categories. It used to be tight knits that allowed little room for air to seep through that we saw in clothing, blankets, scarves and so on. However, that’s not the case anymore ladies and gentlemen. And we should be very happy with this trend. Not only are big knits comfy and warm but also they are very aesthetically pleasing. People are always looking for ways to look different, which in the winter can be very hard, due to everyone wearing somewhat the same thing to keep warm. This is why the trend for volume and chunky knits will be very apparent this winter. You better start stalking up on these before they are all sold out.

So as you start to shop and bring your clothes out for the winter and then the spring, just think about volume. Volume in your jeans, volume in your sleeves, volume in your most comfortable knits, volume will be everywhere, so turn it up!

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