Top Trends of 2016

With a new year on the horizon, the style team are looking back at the top trends of 2016.

2016 saw a huge rise in the off-the-shoulder trend. The trend was inspired by Brigitte Bardot, who originally wore the look in the 1960s. Fashion over the past year couldn’t escape from off-the-shoulder dresses and tees in the summer. We’ve even braved the cold with Bardot jumpers over the past few months. The trend expanded to looks with cut out shoulders, slit sleeves and many other variations. With the huge impact it made on 2016, 2017 is sure to contain more off-the-shoulder styles.

Another huge trend in 2016 was the 90s inspired choker. The 90s staple was regularly seen on the likes of Kendall Jenner and the rest of the Kardashian-Jenner clan. The choker is completely versatile; it’s been paired with rocker tees, dainty dresses and even sports attire. The necklace can easily be dressed up or down, making it one of the most money-efficient investments of the past year. The fashion world’s love affair with chokers even led to tees with matching material chokers attached to complete the look. Whether it’s thin and made of string or thick and velvet, chokers seem to be here to stay.

One of the key fall/winter trends of 2016 was the over-the-knee boot. These extended length boots have been seen everywhere, with black tights and short skirts to skinny jeans and jumpers. Whether it’s suede, skin-tight, leather or wide around the leg, over-the-knee boots are sure to be seen again this January.

The classic ripped jeans have been inescapable this past year. 2016 has seen a huge influx in the sale of the distressed look as ripped jeans filled every high-street store and cemented themselves in higher-end collections. Over the course of the year, the trend became more extreme with entire squares around the knee being removed and innumerable slits across the denim- 2016 taught us that ripped jeans can never be too ripped.

This year’s top trends include Bardot-inspired tops, the revived choker, over-the-knee boots and ripped jeans. Although these styles aren’t likely to disappear anytime soon, they may become overshadowed by designers’ new twist and variations of trends and we can’t wait to see what styles are ahead.

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