Sportswear-inspired threads, metallic liquid-like fabric, and basic black and white clothing are three trends that refuse to take a bow. And if those in the know are to be believed, these are trends that are here to stay for a couple of more seasons.
Let's get to the point! What are the trends making the biggest news on and off the runway this year? What's gripped the imagination of the fashion-obsessed population this year? Which popular trends from previous seasons have been shown the door, and which ones have been embraced with the affection reserved for a true love? Well, for a keen observer of the industry, the winds of change have been signaling drastic transformations for a while now. But if you missed those signs, then here is what you need to know about which way the stylish set are going this year.
*Click on the images to unveil the fashion trends for this year.
Click out the green and bring in purple. Pantone has announced its color of the year, and no, it's not dazzling blue. It's time to go royal with the color that is stealing all hearts.
Marc Jacobs, Dior, Versace, Christopher Kane et al.
It's our lucky year. We finally have a color that works on everyone. Make it stand out by wearing it with darker colors like browns and blacks or jewel tones like burgundy and Bordeaux. Give it that deep complexity it's crying out for.
The Brightness Quotient
Yes, we liked our brights, and we loved the neon pops of color. But embrace your softer side, because it's all about pastels in 2014.
Marissa Webb, Tory Burch, Jason Wu, Wes Gordon et al.
Not ready to throw out your neon clothes yet? Well, fear not. Tone them down with a healthy dose of pastel accessories so that you are on trend and don't increase your fashion budget either. Fashion slave and finance whiz, all at once.
The regime of the skinny is over. Get comfortable and cozy with wide-leg pants. Say hello to palazzos and culottes.
Derek Lam, Calvin Klein, BCBG Max Azria et al.
Pastel color and bright solids may be easier to wear, but place your bets on a pair of printed wide-leg pants. Not only are these incredibly on trend, they can singlehandedly give your outfit that much-required pizazz.
Don't give up that gym membership yet. 'Coz crop tops are going to make you want those enviable abs. Sweat it out in the gym so that you can strut it in style.
Diane von Fürstenberg, DKNY, BCBG Max Azria, Narciso Rodriguez et al.
Want to put forward your fashionable best? Wear your crop top with a high-waisted bottom. Keep the skin show to a minimum with a just a sliver showing, playing peekaboo with military efficiency. You need to keep them asking for more, don't you?
Flat fronts are falling flat this season. It's time to embrace your inner schoolgirl and work it with pleats. Daytime appropriate and nighttime gorgeous, it is just what your wardrobe needs.
Proenza Schouler, Gucci, Celine, Alexander Wang et al.
Invest in a pleated, black leather skirt. It is a wardrobe must-have that can be styled fun, flirty, sexy, or rock star chic depending on your mood. Just ensure you pick a length that is more midi than mini.
The fashion world finally catches up and realizes that we all don't have model-esque gams. The midis are here to stay. Praise the lord!
Dolce & Gabbana, Marni, Jil Sander, Roberto Cavalli et al.
Avoid looking like a Swiss maid clone. A below-the-knee hemline does not need to translate to boring. Wear your skirt with a funky graphic sweatshirt or even better, a crop top that shows off your enviable midriff. Ooh la la, we say!
Think big, bold, colorful, and bright. Think floral with these characteristics. It's time to jail the stripes, and go fully brazen with flower-based prints.
Oscar de la Renta, Rebecca Taylor Dennis Basso, Michael Kors et al.
Keep it extremely stylish by wearing your florals with menswear-inspired clothing. While traditionalists will think floral shirts with straight-leg pants, we suggest you inverse that. Wear plain shirts with printed pants.
Laser-cut details on clothes make their way out as sheer becomes the new calling card for everything fashionable. Stock up on the translucent.
Alexander Wang, Calvin Klein, Phillip Lim et al.
If sheer tops are a bit too trashy for you, then opt to wear a sheer skirt. Before you panic, let's clear one thing out. Wear a pretty, printed skirt under your sheer one for an ethereal, fairy-like feel. Channel your inner Tinkerbell. Or think Katy Perry at the Grammys this year.
The Decorative Element
Give your clothes that wild, free movement they need and require. Go bohemian with fringe. And while you're at it, give the shine some rest.
Hervé Léger by Max Azria, Proenza Schouler, Calvin Klein, Emilio Pucci et al.
To keep the look modern and not cowboyish, think and go minimal. Pick simple, straight cut clothes, and stick to fringe on tops, dresses, and skirts. If that's not your style, opt for accessories with fringes.
Yes, we are all sad about bidding goodbye to statement pieces. But chokers replace them. So really, it's a win-win.
Chanel, Carven, Balmain, Saint Laurent et al.
Chokers are not known to be the easiest accessories to wear, so we suggest going the simple route with it. Wear your elaborate (or not-so-detailed) choker with a simple neckline so that the look is not overwhelming.
If chokers are here, then these weren't too far behind. Instead of long drapes and infinity scarves, this year the ramp saw French-inspired handkerchief scarfs.
Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Ostwald Helgason, Creatures of the Wind et al.
Instead of wearing your scarf with a top and skirt/pant, wear it with an edgy, printed dress in a modern silhouette. Also opt to wear a printed scarf instead of a plain one for that added fashionista dash.
Trends come and go, we all know that. Still, we cannot help ourselves when we see that there's so much that fashion keeps demanding from us every year in every season. We become the eternal style slaves and fortunately, are better for it. So, no one's really complaining, right?