Trends come and go in waves; some are modernized, revamped, and welcomed back with open arms, while others take some time to be accepted and embraced. Lately, I’ve seen some surprising statement trends slowly making their way back into stores and editorials—and they have me scratching my head a bit. Not one to judge, I am diving in and rounding up a few of the latest unexpected trends to share with our Crossroads readers.
You read that right—the hair tie of your childhood has snuck into your adult life, and you’ll more than likely be seeing it in stores again. If you’re tempted to grab a few out of nostalgia, you won’t be the first or the last. To easily incorporate it into your modern wardrobe, keep it in the same color family as your outfit’s, or wear a neutral color like white on your wrist as a fun accessory.
Denim Maxi Skirts:
The bane of my existence growing up in the ’80s and ’90s: the denim maxi skirt. We saw the return of denim mini and midi skirts this past year, so it was only inevitable that we would be seeing the maxi come back as well. I will admit that I was not a fan of its original run, but today’s cuts have been updated, and I can’t say that I’m mad about it. Details like frayed edges, layers, and high slits have really revamped the denim maxi.
Dresses Over Pants:
I rocked this look in high school and after seeing photos of myself years later, I was so happy that this was not a trend anymore… until now. This early 2000s look typically consists of a mini dress—usually with embellishments like ruffled layers—worn over low-rise flared denim. Today’s modern take on a dress-and-pants combo is a big improvement. Try a button-down maxi dress fastened a quarter of the way over high-waisted distressed denim, or a sheer dress with high slits over a slim pant.
I’ve been surprised to see shoes with fur accents taking over as much as they have. I didn’t think they were a practical shoe choice for the everyday women, but this is one surprising trend that I am definitely loving. Who says your shoe choice needs to be practical, anyway? Fur-accented mules, loafers, and heels add a bit of excitement and fun to your outfit.
With Daylight Saving, rising temperatures, and the sun shining just a bit brighter each day, it’s clear that spring has arrived. That means it’s time to shed those layers and break out your warm weather clothes! Some trends I’m looking forward to seeing are statement sleeves, short heels and flats, full midi skirts, and lots and lots of vibrant colors. To help inspire your style this new season, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite blogger looks I’ve seen this week that epitomize spring style.
Grasie’s top and skirt set just screams “Spring is here!” I am in love with how the coral in the floral print matches her mini bag and lip color.
Andy’s outfit may be from last spring, but it is just as trendy and current today. Her crisp off-the-shoulder blouse with tie detail is the perfect statement to add to your wardrobe and remix throughout the season.
Krystal takes on a ladylike spring look in her midi skirt and slingbacks, two of the season’s biggest trends.
Talisa is casual-chic in her midi skirt and sneakers—two easy-to-wear pieces that may just become your spring uniform!
I am completely envious of Lisa’s wide leg, ruffled ankle pants. They are perfect for spring and can be remixed endlessly into summer!
A spring closet essential: an easy and effortless dress like Natalie‘s that you can throw on for all those spring brunches with your girlfriends!
Blair‘s spring dress is another that can easily be worn multiple ways; belt it, wear it as a vest, with heels or flats, or over jeans.
’80s trends are coming back in a big way this year! The one we’re highlighting today is fishnet stockings, which are easier to incorporate into your everyday wardrobe than you may expect. The notion that fishnets are sexually aggressive or punk and goth in style is fading fast, and today, they’re an edgy style statement that can be paired with so much of your current wardrobe. Take a look at some of my favorite ways to wear fishnets this season!
1. Under Denim
For a fresh, modern way to incorporate fishnets into your wardrobe, layer them under your distressed denim or have then peek out from the top or bottom of your favorite pair of relaxed bottoms.
2. Fishnet Socks
Wear a pair of delicate fishnet socks with your favorite shoes to add a little bit of edge to your outfit.
3. Under a Dress or Skirt
Offset the femininity of a dress or skirt by pairing it with fishnet stockings.
4. Dress Them Down
To offset the generalized sexual stigma of fishnets, keep your outfit minimal and somewhat casual.
One trend that is making a dramatic comeback is the ruffle. Small or large, subtle or voluminous—there is a ruffled style to satisfy anyone’s fashion palate! Let it serve as the focal point to your outfit or leave it as an understated feminine touch. When it comes to ruffles, we’re happy to say that this trend isn’t bouncing anytime soon.
Make the best of two trends by opting for a sheer blouse with ruffles. If you want to achieve a more subdued look, try styling the ruffled number underneath a pair of structured blue overalls. The ruffles add dimension to your outfit without being distracting.
Go all in on the romantic look with a dress that incorporates both ruffles and lace. It’s easier than ever to find modern ways to wear both trends!
While some ruffled dresses can look a bit shapeless on the body, a cinched-in piece like this one is eye-catching and accentuates the waist.
Pants with a small ruffled flare at the end are a subtle way to incorporate the trend into your outfit. They can instantly elevate even the most casual outfits.
As far as we’re concerned, there’s nothing more trendy right now than statement sleeves. Consider taking a fashion tip from The Nomis Niche by tucking a bouncy blouse into a fitted mini skirt.
This one-shouldered wavy blouse proves that there is no such thing as too many ruffles! Wear this light and airy style with a simple pair of denim jeans any time of the week.
New York Fashion Week has begun, and although I won’t be there, following the runway, street style and festivities through Instagram is still an exciting biannual ritual for me. If you didn’t score a ticket either, don’t fret—Instagram is the next best place to be. Take a peek at who to follow on Instagram for the best inside look.
What better way to follow NYFW than with an intimate behind-the-scenes look through a runway model’s eyes? WhoWhatWear has created a list of the freshest faces walking the runway this year. See it here.
Many of our favorite bloggers attend NYFW shows and parties and share all the juicy details and photos with their readers. Some of my favorite bloggers to follow are Danielle Bernstein, Natalie Suarez, Aimee Song, Leandra Medine and Blaire Eadie.
Designers often share their favorite images from their collections before, during and after their runway shows. A few of my favorite designers to follow during NYFW are Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, and Jeremy Scott.
Influencers are the fashion “it” girls that fill our social media feeds with all the style inspiration a gal could ever want. A few influencers that are must-follows are Eva Chen, Alexa Chung, and Olivia Palermo.
Street Style Photographers
My favorite part of Fashion Week has always been seeing the attendees’ street style. The best way to keep up is to follow the photographers: Scott Schuman, Melodie Jeng and Hyunbum Nam are a few of my favorites.
Happy Fashion Week!
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