The runway and streets of 2016 were filled with chic must-haves and fashion faux-paus. We took inspiration from the best of the blogging world — think We Wore What's Danielle Bernstein and Ohh Couture's Leonie Hanne — and we took note from fashion journalists everywhere as they unveiled to the outside world what the runway's were proclaiming 'in' and 'out.' But like every year in fashion (and in life) there were good and bad moments. Below, I reminisce on the best trends of 2016. Stay tuned for next week as I uncover the worst of 2016 — which side of the spectrum did you fall under?
There were so many fashion statements of 2016 that I absolutely adored. But in fear of being overly biased based on my personal style, I rounded up the "experts" on Twitter and asked them what they thought the best of the best was this year.
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LINGERIE AS STREET WEAR came in ahead of the other three and for good reason. When designers like Celine, Chloe and Saint Laurent showed lingerie as a reigning trend in their 2016 Spring Ready to Wear collections in Paris, it was a dream come true — literally. While wearing pajamas pants as outwear in the early 2000's may have been all the rage (enter me as a 6th grader in junior high), the bedroom trend became street-approved by pairing slip dresses with classic leather ankle booties, of-the-moment slip-on's and fur boleros, respectively. The trend was not only in style, but wearable for all who longed for comfort in their everyday lives.
Coming in at a close second was the OFF THE SHOULDER trend. As a personal favorite of mine, I was all over this look (and still am) and was more than thrilled that others agreed with my personal opinion. Fashionistas everywhere embraced the trend in all types of ways: off the shoulder dresses, tops, sweaters and more. Blogger and Instagram style sensation Leonie Hanne was the queen of off the shoulder everything, frequently sporting the trend in Instagram photos and blog posts alike. Labels like Creatures of Comfort, Stella McCartney and Salvatore Ferragamo featured the staple piece in their Spring 2016 collections, styling the look in two-piece matching sets, with cropped trousers (a popular trend from Fall 2015) and in ruffled maxi dresses, respectively. This year, fashion was graced with an abundance of inspiration for the elegant trend that will hopefully continue into 2017.
ATHLEISURE WEAR took third place in the running for the best of 2016, and rightfully so. Like its sister-trend lingerie, athleisure is just as fashionable worn outside of the gym as slip dresses are worn outside of the bedroom. Instead of the famous Victoria's Secret yoga pants paired with Ugg boots, Nike's and New Balance's styled with intricately designed Lululemon's took over. Street style celebs wore the trend in a simple manner, and designers filled their online shops and brick-and-mortar stores with abstract adorned lycra, nylon and mesh. While it seems as though Kanye West's Yeezy collections introduced this beloved look, the trend became prominent when designers like Rebecca Minkoff, Tory Burch and Derek Lam released collections and collaborated with notable sportswear brands for a fashionable twist on running tights, half-zips and sports bras. Bloggers everywhere — like The Blonde Salad's Chiara Ferragni — swapped their sheer shirts and sky-high stilettos for plush pullovers and comfy kicks.
Coming in at fourth is the MIDI SKIRT, a trend that resonated on both the runways and on the streets for those who were daring enough to don the ankle-grazing piece. In a previous BWAB "Fit for a Fashionista" blog post, I wrote about the history of skirts and the constantly-changing hemline. This past year, the midi skirt came back in style and street style stars everywhere paired pleated skirts with oversized sweaters, tulle skirts with tucked-in blouses and pencil skirts with chunky leather jackets. Designers followed suit and featured the trend in their Ready to Wear collections. Miu Miu, Nina Ricci and Nanette Lepore were some of my favorites and took the look to the next level by designing the piece with abstract prints and sultry hues.