As Coco Chanel once said, “Fashion fades, only style remains the same.”
So while we can conjure up womenswear trends and colors and fabrics and hues that hot this season, it is ultimately the individual interpretation of style that can truly work the visual wonder. And remember, your only judge is you. As such, here are 10 trending styles to inspire an ensemble.
Modesty as the new Sexy
It’s ironic that modesty had to become a trend… almost like pulling it out of the dark ages when a peak at a leg, torso, breast or a biological discovery had gotten to a point that fashion designers would need to take biology classes for a show no-show trend. However, with the likes of Cyrus and Gaga showcasing over-the-top peekaboo, the hemlines have dropped, classic cuts are back with wrap dresses, longer gowns, scarves and headpieces, backless instead of frontless… and out East, just more coverings, overall, when fabrics become draperies.
Visible Abdominal Belly
Seem like people have seen too much cleavage in recent years, so this trend focuses on the abdominals. A rage amongst menswear at some point, its now up to women to button up top and leave some lower buttons undone to expose a sumptuous belly button or the glitz of a belt or denim button. Or simply, have low cropped shirts.
Almost as if rioting for legs that are imprisoned in skinny jeans comes the remix of boyfriend jeans for women. Slouchy trousers and jeans are back as comfort, some often high waisted, and even the crotch drops to resurrect rapper style mania.
Blanket as a Coat
Come Polar Vortex, wrapping up in blankets with a cup of hot chocolate became a trend that erupted out of sheer necessity. So why not drape blankets around onself too?
The belt will get wider, in more colors, with more studs, and with more functions. Atop denim, separating a skirt from a top, making a shirt into a dress or simply adding figure flattering definition when worn over a boxy dress, this accessory is mandatory for the year.
Logo mania is back, as are words and phrases on tees, hats, jackets and the likes. Much like the men of fashion this year. Perhaps bringing back blatant branding and logo repetition, beware of knockouts! And keep the tongue in cheek humor quotient alive.
Cowgirl: Modern Biker and Radiant Damsel
Celebrating almost a decade of Toy Story 2, the cowgirl look is back, either urban, showgirl, peekaboo or alarmingly Western. Cowboy boots, embroidered shirts and oversized studded belts are all in vogue this year. Almost like a continuation of last year’s raging biker look with puffer and moto jackets, expect a blend and a remix with a dash of the wild West, as everything gets enriched with buckles, sippers and the likes. Or on the other hand, expect the alluring enchantresses with ruffled hair and swaying fabrics to hypnotize all the way.
Taking a page from a trigonometry textbook are cutouts, often asymmetric. Exposing some skin or classifying as a designer cut, these add poise to any style and may often qualify as 2014’s statement pieces.
Not that embellishments were ever out of style, but designers will seek to seek inspiration from Indian artwork, incorporate shiny beads, luxurious crystals, mirror work and solid gold into their work, keeping it sophisticated and haute. Expect to see gemstone work with gold foil, or uncut diamond work (called polka and kundan in India) to give a regal, royal look, both on Eastern and Western outfits.
50s and 60s Inspired Fashion
Think elbow gloves. Think high necks. Think neutral colors. Think cinched high waists. The 50s and 60s are back, half a century after their departure, minimalism and classy clothing will ensure that making costume drama a mainstay in 2014. Seen on street style in NYFW too!
Inspire as you please, and disqualify at your ease, for your style is your own. Nonetheless, watch out for these trends on the streets this year, and eventually popping up at your favorite retailers!