Trends used be a lot easier to identify; in the 70s flared jeans and a Boho aesthetic reigned, the 80s had punk and power dressing and the 90s was all about grunge mixed with feminine slip dresses.
Now, the stuff you wore in the 90s is considered vintage (sob) and with fashion designers revisiting trends at whiplash speeds, it’s hard to know what to risk buying, what to hang onto and what to erase entirely from our fashion consciousness.
It’s not about ditching everything you own in favour of a whole new wardrobe, most of us stick to our flattering tried-and-true pieces (hello, striped tees), but want to update our wardrobes with a few new pieces each season.
Read on for the trends you should Keep, Risk or Ditch in 2014 – it’s just like Snog, Marry, Avoid but for your wardrobe.
Pink coats, flat shoes and leather jackets.
If you’ve been paying close attention to style bloggers or Instagram recently you may know that pink coats are going to be in for our Autumn/Winter. If you wouldn’t be caught dead in a shade akin to the Pink Panther, when it’s mixed in with stripes, greys and a monochromatic palette the colour looks less like the sugary, sickly pinks you associate with girls toys.
There’s also some good news for your feet, flats are making a resurgence. You might not want to slip your toes into the shower shoes Christopher Kane is trying to make happen but the espadrilles newer cousin, the slip-on sneaker has been lauded as the shoe of 2014. Pop those ridiculously high, impractical heels into storage because even the King of Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, sent models down the catwalk in sneakers at his Haute Couture SS14 show last week.
Leather jackets, especially biker jackets will be huge and also consider adding the new skirt silhouette, a knee-length pleated style, to your wardrobe.
Tutu skirts, Flared jeans, Quirky prints.
Pinterest released their top fashion pins of 2013, and sitting in there was the above left image of a woman in a tutu skirt, and fashion bloggers are already getting on board the Carrie Bradshaw-esque trend. Granted, wearing a tutu as a style statement over the age of eight is probably not for everyone.
It’s been more than a decade since Kate Moss stepped out in skinny jeans, and they are finally starting to fade into obscurity – only to be replaced by flared jeans. So depending on which side of the tight jean fence you sit, this is either great or terrible thing.
DITCH/STORE/PRETEND YOU NEVER OWNED:
Sneaker wedges, Peplums, Mullet Dresses.
That is all.
What trends will you be wearing this year? And what can’t you believe you ever wore?
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