It’s a new year, a clean slate, and the perfect time to update your wardrobe with quality pieces and fresh silhouettes for 2016. Be bold and reach for those snakeskin mules or silk bomber. It’s a new season, and you’re reinventing yourself and your closet, remember? Here’s a list of upcoming styles you will be seeing all year.
These are not the same as your gaucho pants from 2004. This sophisticated pant is all over the runway and soon all over you. From coffee to cocktails, strap on some stilettos and hit the ground running.
Pair it with…the blouse hiding in the back of your closet is just waiting to be tucked into the perfect culotte. While you’re at it, throw on a vest and those pointy toe stilettos, and DO YOU GIRL!
2. Off-the-Shoulder Neckline
Bare those beautiful collarbones, ladies! From the runway to everyday street style, off-the-shoulder tops and dresses are here to stay. Try in a bright color or bold print to spice up your everyday look.
Pair it with…a prized oversized statement necklace if you’re feeling a bit shy about those cold shoulders. Or if you’re feeling sassy, adorn yourself with some oversized bangles, and an up-do and work that dinner date.
3. Matching Sets
Forget everything you know about not wearing all one color, and give this sophisticated trend a shot. From blazers to jumpsuits, to culottes and caplets, you’ll be the chicest girl at the office.
Pair it with…Bite Beauty’s $24 Matte Cream Lip Crayon in a bold sexy color and snakeskin flat sandals for brunch at your favorite bistro. Or rock your staple trench coat with sky high nude heels to lengthen your legs and give you the girl boss attitude you need to conquer the day.
4. Bomber Jacket
The bomber has recently taken over the fashion world, but this year it takes on a new twist in unusual colors and fresh silhouettes. Whether oversized or embroidered, it’s all about the details in 2016.
Pair it with…the only pair of black jeans you can count on in your wardrobe, lace up booties, and a bold clutch for the art show you’ve been dying to go to. Don’t be afraid to throw it over a sexy wrap dress with wedged sneakers for an unexpected sportswear look.
5. Trench Vest
The trench coat will always be a classic staple in in all of our closets, but this year it’s trending in a fresh sleeveless silhouette. Whether you’re running to brunch or heading to a meeting, this vest is a perfect layering option to step up your favorite outfit.
Pair it with…converse, a tunic dress, and oversized sunglasses after a few too many mimosas at brunch. Or brush off that classic white button up and baby doll black heels for a polished work look.
6. The Mule
This is not your grandma’s shoe. The mule is here to stay, whether you’re ready or not. Go for a heel or a flat, snakeskin or suede and give this trend a chance.
Pair It With…the ripped jeans we both know you paid too much money for, your quilted leather jacket, and aviators. Or a textured pencil skirt and printed blazer for a casual office look, giving your feet a break from all those stilettos while still looking sharp.
7. Oversized Stripes
Don’t be afraid of an oversized stripe. Whether an outrageous color or silhouette, this is a fresh new take on the traditional.
Pair it with…a matching piece, such as a pegged leg pant or pleated maxi skirt to make a bold fashion statement. Or a flirty tank top, your cherished ankle boots and standby denim jacket, while drinking a cosmo with your newly acquired man-bun-wearing friend.
8. The Slip Dress
The slip dress is everywhere and on everyone from Calvin Klein to Celine and Rihanna to Jennifer Lawrence. Now the slip dress can seem intimidating because of its clinging, slinky silhouette. But trying an A-line version of this trend is just as chic and a much easier wear.
Pair it with…an oversized sweater and the mules you’re already rocking. Or a crossbody bag with plenty of hardware, heels, and a leather jacket. I promise you’ll look like the coolest chick at the bar.
9. Statement Bag
Be bold and reach for that oversized bright fuchsia tote or furry clutch. It’s all about the handbags this year and the crazier the better. Too often we play it safe with black, white, or neutrals. Have some fun with your everyday accessory! My personal favorites are this and this.
Pair it with…the outfit you wear at least one time a week to work and really need to spice up so your coworkers don’t start calling you “Red Sweater Girl’ behind your back.
10. Pencil Midi Skirt
The midi has been trending for a while, but now it’s back with buttons, zippers, and leather. It’s all about the hardware and texture.
Pair it with…a mock neck sleeveless crop, slicked back pony, and bold clutch for cocktails and convo with your bestie. Or tuck in your go-to button-up, pull out those cute peep toe heels, and march with confidence (even during an awkward run in with your ex at Starbucks).