’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.  

Far-Out Libra

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(vintage Libra Fever Jeans available at Nasty Gal)

Are you Libras loving this vintage pair of flared jeans as much as we are?  Each leg has been hand painted with Libra scales, floral motifs and very groovy designs.  If you’re a size 26 and lucky enough to be born between September 24th to October 23th, these one of kind stunners are for you!

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(vintage Libra Fever Jeans available at Nasty Gal)

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(vintage Libra Fever Jeans available at Nasty Gal)

 

Denim NYFW

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“I have often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity – all I hope for in my clothes.”  -Yves Saint-Laurent

 

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“You can make jeans and a t-shirt super stylish. It’s what you make of it, you know?” – Phillip Lim

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“Blue jeans are the most beautiful things since the gondola.” -Diana Vreeland

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“I want to die with my blue jeans on.” –Andy Warhol

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“I’m like every other woman: a closet full of clothes, but nothing to wear: So I wear jeans.” –Cameron Diaz

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“I had holes in my jeans well before it was fashionable.” -Kenny Rogers

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“Fifty years ago, it was the dream of every bohemian artist to be seen getting out of a limousine wearing blue jeans and sneakers. Today, it’s the dream of probably half the people in the country.” -Brad Holland  

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“On my best day, I am a seven-point-seven. I could be a hard eight if I felt great. If I went on a good run and had on my best pair of jeans, I could feel right on the money.” -Julia Roberts

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Denim. Classic, simple and the right amount of filthy.  -Filthy Rebena

Levi’s Slump?

Levi Strauss, maker of the world’s most famous blue jeans, has said that sales of belts and other accessories are now growing significantly faster than sales of its denim clothing for the first time, amid stiff competition from the sportswear market.

The rising popularity of fashionable sports clothing, such as yoga pants, prompted a 5% slump in US jean sales last year.  “Every one of our categories outside denim is growing faster than denim,” said James Curleigh, president of the Levi’s brand.  Around 80% of sales still come from jeans, but Mr Curleigh said that the company was now working towards a 50-50 split between jeans and accessories.

Levi’s has recently relaunched its womenswear range and added more stretch into its jeans to respond to changing fashions.

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Levi Strauss is moving beyond jeans into Yoga

“We’ve launched more casual and more contemporary styles than ever, we’re back in growth mode,” said Mr Curleigh, speaking on the sidelines of the World Retail Congress in Rome. “No one traded their entire wardrobe for yoga pants,” he added.

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Mr Curleigh said that Levi Strauss was fighting back by attempting to harness the vintage clothing trend, rather than trying to compete with cheaper fast-fashion brands.

“Fast fashion helps drive energy in the sector, but what we’ve realised is the best you ever look in a fast-fashion item is the first time you wear it and then in a year it’s either not relevant for style or it’s lost quality. But in a pair of Levi’s the best you’re going to look is one, two, three, five, 10 years in the future,” he said.

Levi’s recently opened a concession in London’s Selfridges department store with vintage clothing specialists ReDone.  “I don’t believe that there is another jeans brand that will have been sold for $30 20 years ago that is now being sold for £250,” said Mr Curleigh.

What do you think about Levi’s current slump?  Do you believe it’s because vintage Levi’s are better than new Levi’s?  Why not head over to our London location or Etsy shop to browse our vintage Levi’s collection.  (Cause yes, vintage Levi’s ARE better than new Levi’s.  Why?  They are the most classic American trend.)