In the age of personal style and the Internet, trends don’t hold the same weight they used to. (But who does after high school, am I right?) When anything goes — and it does — trend spotting is more about pattern recognition than anything else.
So why do it? Because you need something concrete to report back to your Aunt Agatha, who will, mark my word, ask you what’s trending for Fall/Winter 2016 the next time you see her.
Feel free to tell her about…
Pleats to Tick-Off Your Cantankerous Tailor
Raise the window blinds, gear up your accordion and step inside the box: pleats aren’t just for the plaid school skirt anymore.
Mini Skirts (by Way of Punks, Preps and Sailors)
Capital A’s rendered in lower-case will make blazers less stuffy, tights less strict and combat boots just a bit more peaceful.
Ruffles for the Frill of It (But It’s Not As Excessive as It Seems)
Excess fabric gets taken to the extreme, but it appears in smaller iterations, too — instead of piping on a jacket, for example, or on the tippy top of a collar.
Slit Pants à la Abba, Flared at the Seams
Get ready for a “back in my day” from your mom or an “I could have done that with the scissors in my toolbox” from your dad. Let them have this moment. You get to have these pants.
Neck Huggers (Which Sounds So Much Friendlier than “Chokers”)
It’s the Victorian/90’s trend that still feels new — just don’t let it get too literal. An anorak will shake it up. So will a Granny Smith cardigan or any pairing that adds some paradox.
As seen at Adam Selman, Alexander Wang, Creatures of the Wind, Dion Lee, Diane von Furstenberg, Jill Stuart, Jonathan Simkhai, Katie Ermilio, Marchesa, Monse, Oscar de la Renta, Prabal Gurung, Rag & Bone, Ralph Lauren, Reem Acra, Rodarte, Rodebjer, Rosie Assoulin, Tommy Hilfiger, Zimmermann
Cliché, Yes, But Let’s Dub this Trend “The Cold Shoulders“
Perfect for she who is eternally on the hunt to regulate her body temperature.
As seen at Adam Selman, Carolina Herrera, CG, Cushnie et Ochs, Delpozo, Dion Lee, Jonathan Simkhai, Marc Jacobs, Naeem Khan, Prabal Guring, Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, Rodebjer, Rosetta Getty, Rosie Assoulin, Sophie Theallet, Tibi, Tome, Yigal Azrouël, Zac Posen, Zimmermann
Almond Milk, Soy Milk, Half & Half or Whole
Even if you take your coffee black, creamers are the only way you’ll want to do monochrome.
Fur Collars, Shearling Shrugs and the Versatile Stole
It’s like a seat belt for your walking clothes.
As seen at Brock Collection, Diane von Furstenberg, Jason Wu, Jonathan Simkhai, Katie Ermilio, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Monse, Oscar de la Renta, Prabal Gurung, Sally LaPointe, Sies Marjan, Sophie Theallet, Suno, Tome, Veronica Beard
Midi Skirts, Should You Hate Shaving Above Your Calves
Or, if you prefer a leg of hair — Midi Skirts, Should You Hate Shaving Below Your Knees.
As seen at 3.1 Phillip Lim, Delpozo, Derek Lam, Diane von Furstenberg, Jason Wu, Karen Walker, Marc Jacobs, Monique Lhuillier, Opening Ceremony, Prabal Gurung, Proenza Schouler, Public School, Rag & Bone, Ralph Lauren, Rosie Assoulin, Suno, Tibi, Tommy Hilfiger, Trademark, Zero + Maria Cornejo
Off the Shoulders Are Still Going Strong (and Great for Wintry Sun Baths)
Just in case you didn’t get sick of it this summer. (I didn’t, either.)
Stretchy Sparkle Tops, Formerly of Limited Too
The ultimate layering FW16 layering tool; Plastic blow-up furniture not included.
Trash Bags and Latex for the OG Domin-matrix, Keanu
With this trend, baby-powder will be your best friend. (But don’t let the Saint Mark’s shiny stuff scare you. Like the neck hugger, pair it with what you’d normally wear and remember the mantra that millennials hate: don’t be too literal.)
Track & Field Star or Not, Zipper Necks Are a Must
Chas Tenenbaum liked it so he went and put a ring on it.
And in Honor of the Late David Bowie, a Sartorial Tribute to Ziggy Stardust
Metallic: the electric neutral that’s great for everything except blending in.
As seen at Adam Selman, Brock Collection, Creatures of Comfort, Giulietta, Jeremy Scott, Jill Stuart, Monse, Marc Jacobs, Opening Ceremony, Oscar de la Renta, Rosie Assoulin, Sophie Theallet, Suno, Tibi, Tory Burch, Zimmermann
…And if you don’t feel like explaining all of that to your Aunt Agatha, you can always just print this out and hand it over. See you in Milan.