by Karah Kite
“I like my money where I can see it…hanging in my closet.” In the immortal words of Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw, a good closet is an investment. Looking at 2016 you might be wondering what important trendy items you should be investing in to have a well-diversified closet portfolio. Here are some thoughts according to the premier trend forecasting service WGSN as to what should be making its way onto your hangers in 2016.
As of late, minimalism has taken hold and is not going to be letting go too soon. This trend can be expected to continue on but with a greater emphasis on one color, or maybe I should say lack of color. Inspired by Brazilian New Year’s traditions , white is all over the runway for pre-summer 2016. This crisp color can be seen in head-to-toe fashions or just as a simple statement. Minimalism is also edging its way into boho fashion, as the minimalistic “Gypset” dress will become a summer staple. This long flowing trapeze dress is showing up in soft fabrics and simple monochromatic tones like our favorite all-over white.
As a major swing later in the seasons, trendsetters are going to be very detailed-oriented. We can expect to see a huge focus on fabrics with fine details such as beading in rich patterns. It’s all
about the textiles and textures in this trend. We are expecting layers of lace, jacquard, ombres, and metallics that create rich-looking patterns. These fabrics are reminiscent of the rich brocades found in interior design and inspired by the opulence of the renaissance and art deco eras.
Finally, for a little fun we are seeing increasing levels of
grunge and rebellion coming down the runway. The 90’s are popping by for a visit with grungy flannels and Doc Martins being a necessity for any fashion lover’s wardrobe. Ripped jeans are also a must. Also, adding to the sense of rebellion, sassy pullovers are showing up to the party with cute phrases like “ Don’t Care” or “Or Nah”. (think less irony and more snark) What would a rebellious look be without some military-inspired elements such as army-green jackets and structured black leather accessories. Possibly a response to the political unrest in the nations? We think yes.
Given all these options you might be wondering what are the best ways you can invest in your closet. Look for crisp white pieces and try pairing them with more white to achieve a modern minimalistic look. Later in the year, seek out pieces with rich fabrics and appliques or beading. This can be achieved in a simple skirt with bead-work or you could go all in with a dress that combines several of these fabric treatments. Either way, focus on the fabric more than the cut. Finally, to embrace the rebellious 90’s, reinvest in some flannels that you can layer with a sassy print. Also, add in a few military inspired green pieces and you will have invested in the right stock for 2016. Just watch your portfolio grow.
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