’16 Must Haves

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…

Slip Dress Trend

Reformation Alicia Dress, $118, available at Reformation

Slip Dresses
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.

Bomber

UNIF Satin Bomber Jacket, $149, available at Urban Outfitters

Bomber Jackets
Slip this bad boy into your outerwear rotation for a fun alternative to your parka or peacoat.

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High Rise Girlfriend Jeans, $39, available at Abercrombie & Fitch

Frayed-Hem Denim
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.

Chain Necklace Cleopatra Necklace Vintage

Vintage Cleopatra Necklace, $15, available at Filthy Rebena Vintage

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.

Trapeze Off Shoulder Top

Trapeze Off Shoulder Top, $285, available at If Chic

Off-The-Shoulder Tops
The new blouse silhouette is all about revealing just a little skin. Find a more voluminous top to contrast bare shoulders.

Glasses

Chloé Carlina Sunglasses, $346, available at Neiman Marcus

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.

Missguided Oversized Fishnet Ankle Socks, $5.10, available at Missguided

Oversized Fishnet Ankle Socks, $5.10, available at Missguided

Fishnets
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.  

Etsy Winter Trends

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
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.

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Plaid Wool Wrap – $184.22 USD – VespertineCA

Vespertine’s plaid wrap embraces the chill.  The quality will warm your heart and the color will warm up your wardrobes.

HIGH WAIST
The waist is making a climb far up past the belly button for a look that is super slimming and very sexy.

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High Waist Plaid Pants – $46.50 USD – Wild Thing Vintage

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.

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Fur Hat – $45.00 USD – Juliesinden

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.

FRINGE
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.

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Fringe Top – $73.54 USD – Copious Fashions

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.

STATEMENT EARRINGS
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!

TEXTILE HANGINGS
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!

Tommy Girls

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On Wednesday, Tommy Hilfiger debuted a capsule collection on MyTheresa.com that looks uncannily familiar — and not because it’s already been spotted on It Girls like Gigi Hadid and Suki Waterhouse. The new line is simply a reproduction of the Tommy you used to know — the logo-centric sporty gear everyone and their mothers wanted a piece of back then — at prices that aren’t as much a throwback. (The re-edition items range from $198 to $654.) If you’re a fan of cropped sweaters and football jerseys that will cost you, the line is available now. But if you consider yourself a pretty skilled thrifter, you’ve probably come across these same pieces before, in which case, like us, you’re wondering if the fashion industry isn’t just trolling us right now.
image (1)The hip-hop community is to thank for making ’90s-era Tommy cool beyond its WASPy roots, but the brand’s aesthetic has been more difficult to pin down in the decades since. And though there are signature elements that make it stand out among classic Americana — the red and blue, the wide stripes, the buffalo plaid — it’s a stretch to say that its non-logo’d pieces are recognizable. This capsule collection, however, revives the streetwear period of the brand that was so influential, it’s almost impossible to forget. But, is bringing back a sure-fire win (like, the exact win) the only way for a label that somehow lost its identity to be relevant again?

TommyRemaking and reselling once-popular logo pieces is not a new strategy by any means. Most recently, Calvin Klein’s collaboration with Opening Ceremony (and its offshoot with Urban Outfitters) brought back iconic looks from the same decade. The difference? The #MyCalvins line was offered at a fraction of the price of Tommy’s redo. This made it easy for younger millennial consumers to buy multiple pieces, giving the brand a new life with a whole generation of buyers who weren’t around to enjoy it the first time — a generation whose social-media tendencies meant major exposure for the brand. And the fact that it sold so well means that these collaborations are indeed profitable, so we can expect to keep seeing them crop up.
blog1“The point of this collaboration is to celebrate the credibility which [Hilfiger] generated in the ‘90s, which continues to resonate today amongst the next generation of Tommy fans,” a press release for the collection states. “The flag logo was the starting point, and Aaliyah was the muse in the design process as she was such an iconic figure for the brand.” In other words, the company’s going all-in on this ’90s thing, which begs the same question asked of all these nostalgia-driven business decisions: Is it worth paying inflated prices to make something old new again?

imageLet’s not forget these items have been living on eBay for the past two decades. And if you don’t believe us, you can get the originals all over the web – or even at your local thrift shop for under $100. When we asked Buffalo Exchange’s marketing director about millennial demand in regards to these types of collaborations, reality kicked in: “We’ve had a handful of customers ask specifically for ’90s Tommy Hilfiger, ’90s Polo and CK1 logo tees, however, the majority of our customers are asking for current pieces that emulate the styles from this era,” Stephanie Lew explained.
tumblr_nwm59nq9yN1qbhipzo1_1280The fact that today’s younger shoppers prefer modernity to heritage isn’t a shocker, per se, but it’s a peculiar observation that comes at a time when the numbers prove millennials are not “brand loyal,” and are actually shopping less. But in a world where trends come and go at a faster rate than they used to, maybe newness alone is enough to convince young shoppers to forego a month’s worth of lunches rather than seeking out the cheaper originals. Time — and the success of this Tommy line — will tell.

Source: Refinery29, Landon Peoples