Source: Wall Street Journal January 2016 via Visual Optimism
You didn’t think we’d wait until next year to scoop up the splashiest trends of 2016, did you? To put you ahead of the curve for next season, we combed through our favorite Spring ’16 runway trends that happen to be on the market right now. Each piece offers the ultimate style refresh, like mixed-metal frames, geometric ’80s accessories and more. Sorry, 2015, but we’re kind of over you…
This sleek silhouette is always a smart move. Pick it up now and layer a thin turtleneck underneath to make it work for the chilly weather.
Slip this bad boy into your outerwear rotation for a fun alternative to your parka or peacoat.
This jean style has been creeping into our hearts over the past few months. If you can’t plunge headfirst into the dog-ate-my-pants look, try a subtle raw hem like this.
Chunky Chain Accents
Heavy-duty chain accents bring an edgy finish to any look. Expect to see ’em on handbags, chokers, and atop leather boots.
The new blouse silhouette is all about revealing just a little skin. Find a more voluminous top to contrast bare shoulders.
Metal & Acetate Combo Frames
It’s less about the shape of frames this season and more about the materials. A metal and acetate pair combines two frames we love to create a totally wearable trend piece.
A new texture for socks and tights is coming to you in the form of fishnets. Ease into the trend by having netted socks peek out of your ankle boots for a subtle game-changer.
For more easy to wear trends for 2016, please check out our source, Refinery 29.
Winter is a favorite fashion season for many. It’s time to break out the jackets, layer up and load up on chunky socks and boots. Keep your eyes peeled for oversized silhouettes, luxurious plaids and touches of fuzz. Below are some great Toronto trends from your TEST Members to inspire you to get cozy with your wardrobe this Winter:
Plaid is having a moment on the runway. Designers are partial to a tartan print because it adds an interesting dose of color to classic fabrics. Since us Torontonians are all are guilty of overdoing black in the winter, it’s nice to see some colors to brighten up the mood.
Vespertine’s plaid wrap embraces the chill. The quality will warm your heart and the color will warm up your wardrobes.
The waist is making a climb far up past the belly button for a look that is super slimming and very sexy.
Don’t just try out any old high waist this season. Look for exaggerated, supersonic high waist silhouettes that create the look of long, lean legs and a teeny tiny mid-section. Check out these stylish high waist plaid pants from cool cat, Wild Thing Vintage. (Winter Fashion just doesn’t get better than that folks.) Also, be sure to check out Wild Thing’s shop, as she has many more dramatically high waisted treasures!
TOUCH OF FUZZ
From fur stoles to pastel furry coats, designers are using fur accents, whether real or faux, to give everything an added ooph of luxury. This season, clothing with a “touch of fuzz” is guaranteed to get you noticed and keep you warm.
We’ve been seeing hints of fur on gloves, boots, collars, hats and even on hand bags. It’s clear that a fur accessory is the ultimate embellishment.
The fringe trend is still going strong, with virtually every designer including frayed fabrics in their collections. Those more daring can opt for a fringed jacket or top like this beauty from Copious Fashions. This fringe crop top can be easily dressed down with jeans or dressed up with a skirt. No matter how it is paired it will never be boring.
If you’re a newbie to the this playful trend, a fringed bag is perfect for you! We are absolutely loving the quality of this clutch from Heather Hird Designs.
Step aside statement necklaces! Oversized, exaggerated, embellished, bold earrings are officially the “it bling” for Fall 2015. Fall looks to have an obsession with the oversized style. We’ve seen oversized duster jackets, extra-high platform creeper boots and super-large buttons.
These large black feather earrings by Love At First Blush are perfect for the Fall season. We love the exaggerated bright gold on the black. We imagine they are so much fun to wear!
Last (but not least) on the home decor front, textile wall hangings are having quite a decor moment. The look is a little bit Bohemian, a little bit classed-up 70’s and span from macramé to weavings to simple yarn hangings.
Found in a huge array of colors and styles (sometimes macramé, sometimes tufted yarn), these fibrous fixtures have found their way onto the walls many a stylish home. Take a look at local shop, Roving Textiles to find some of our favorite works of tapestry textile art.
Show your fellow TEST Members some love by shopping local this Winter. By shifting just a portion of your spending, you can help create more jobs, a stronger economy and build a better community here in Toronto. Happy shopping and happy warm ‘n’ wooly wardrobes!