Down from the runways and entertainment icons come the best new women’s fashion trends. The street is where styles are given sartorial turns in which (hopefully) clothing expresses personality — and not the other way around. But in every era, it’s safe to say that for every trend you see, there’s another fashion statement running counter to it. Then again, it’s always best to follow the fashion on the runways in New York and beyond for ideas, if you want to spot what’s hot and stay cool during every season. The present is an interesting moment particularly due to social media (ahem…Instagram!), where what’s relevant can change in an instant: A seeming fashion unknown can become a trendsetter through the increasing influence of hashtags and exposure instantaneously. Below is a list of 10 must-see — and must-have — list of the best new women’s fashion trends to see you through in style right now.
Whether it’s a shock of hot pink or an ultra-feminine strawberry tinge, pink is in. The color’s wide range makes selections simple, but choosing classics within the trend (say, a pink trench) can help you up the ante.
Skinny is still current, but loose, high-waisted and wide-leg jeans are trending (palazzos liberated silhouettes a while ago). Denim’s also freed up for fun with floral inlay and deconstructed, torn-off-the-knees looks. The most versatile brands at present? Levi’s and Madewell.
The “Shoulder Movement” is back: Think boxy, curved, round or off the shoulder. Also consider exaggerated elements: Hoop earrings, à la the ’70s; glossy makeup and texture not matte (thank you, Marc Jacobs); and iconic, splashy styles from, most importantly the ’80s.
Break out your sundress and stay cool while remaining stylish. But you needn’t max out your budget looking for the perfect floral maxi. Numerous options are available for every taste and budget.
Prints, Textures, Patterns
Go beyond floral with pattern, prints and texture — a flouncy dress in textured fabric, say, blended with pattern, does the trick. Need inspiration? Pattern your mood here.
David Podgurski has written about travel, books, fashion + entertainment for digital and print media. He’s hunted down vintage finds in crumbling attics, published poetry, worked for the New York MTA, and likes to haunt museums, cafés and shops. When he isn’t traveling or writing, he’s thinking about his next trip — and what to enjoy when he gets there.