Monochromatic and printed clothing
The A-line dress made a comeback in 2014. Hemlines also became shorter than they were in the early 2010s.
In 2010, fashion trends turned over pretty quickly. Here are the 10 most memorable trends – let’s hope some of them don’t carry into 2011!
1. After Sex and the City 2 took place in Abu Dhabi, turbans become the “it” hair accessory.
2. One has to wonder if Jennifer Lopez’s infamous green Versace dress would have generated as much attention in 2010 as it did at the 2000 Grammy’s given the amount of sheer garments that swept the runways at Proenza Schouler, Chanel, Donna Karan (above) and on red carpets.
3. Leopard won everyone over, from Michelle Obama to Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci.
4. Bugs and skulls spawned countless ready-to-wear and accessory designs, courtesy of Bottega Veneta, Marni, Dominic Jones, and of course, Alexander McQueen. Who didn’t purchase one of those skull-print silk scarves?
5. Silly Bandz inexplicably swept the nation, adorning the wrists of fashionable folks like Agyness Deyn.
6. Blame Chloe Sevigny, Brad Goreski, and Kanye West, but nerd glasses, courtesy of Tom Ford, Oliver Peoples, and Chanel, among others, were all the rage.
7. With the rise of brands like Erdem, 2010 was the year for prints.
8. Women, including street style favorite Kate Lanphear and Jessica Alba, made menswear-inspired fashion a trend.
9. Denim everything – pants, shirts, dresses, accessories, jumpers, head-to-toe denim, you name it – made a comeback. Think back to Derek Lam, Stella McCartney (above), Dries Van Noten, and stars like Rachel Bilson, Kylie Minogue (above) and Claire Danes.
10. Pajama dressing swept the runways at Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Roberto Cavalli, and the streets.
By the mid 2010s neon colors were out of style in Europe, America and Australasia, and they were replaced by black, white, various shades of gray, and charcoal first on the catwalk, and later as street fashion. Black and white (sometimes red) Polka dot blouses and dresses underwent a revival in China and North Korea in addition to chunky 90s inspired platform heels. This trend had spread to Middle Eastern countries like Turkey, Iran and the United Arab Emirates by 2016, with Italian brand Dolce and Gabbana launching a range of black and white hijabs and abayas decorated with lace daisies, roses and lemons.
Monochromatic clothing trends of 2014 and early 2015 included black and white lace dresses, lace blouses, jackets and dresses with peter pan collars, blazers, black or nude slip dresses, T shirt dresses, white babydoll dresses, bodycon midi dresses, black and white striped “Beetlejuice” style slim-fit pants, long black velvet blazers decorated with silver braid, tuxedo jackets (often having contrasting black velvet or satin lapels), crop tops, oversized coats, striped culottes, loose Capri pants and palazzo pants, patent leather gladiator sandals, romper suits, puffer jackets and vests, knee-length skirts, pencil skirts, black and white geometric printed leggings, and cuffed boyfriend jeans. Denim declined in popularity in the US, with black or grey yoga pants, leggings, and slim-fit fashionable jogger pants replacing them.
Costume jewelry, Onesies and Snuggies
Loom bands, bracelets woven from brightly colored rubber bands, were seen as both a global fashion statement and a children’s fad. In France and America, 1990s inspired Choker necklaces featuring colored glass beads, silver chain link, artificial diamonds, Swarovski crystals, lace, velvet, and black or red leather had returned to popularity. By 2016, Chokers were also worn as an attachment to dresses and shirts, as a high-neck style and with shoulders exposed also known as “cold shoulder”.
Other brief fads of the mid 2010s included snuggie sleeved blankets and the unisex onesie suit. Originally envisioned as pajamas, onesies were often purchased as a gag gift, and worn as casual streetwear by some younger women in the UK, Australia, and the US, including Amy Childs, Kourtney Kardashian, and Holly Carpenter.
Beginning in summer 2016, there has been a revival of 70s fashion in the US, UK, and France, notably of bell bottom style pants, lace-up tops, crocheted crop tops, sweaters and halter necks, and Bardot off the shoulder tops. The lace up trend is also highly popular with footwear, largely because of Tunisian shoe designer Azzedine Alaia. In America, women favor white, black, camel, warm grey, or blush sweater dresses, thin turtlenecks popularised by The Kardashians, catsuits, jumpsuits, playsuits or rompers, high necked Victorian inspired lace dresses, and leather, tan or olive green duster coats. Solid wedge heels, Stuart Weitzman knee boots, platform shoes and perspex heels, also known as the “nothing shoe” became a popular trend in 2016.
By autumn 2016, the brightly colored beige, red, green, brown and orange 70s revival fashions began to replace the grey and monochromatic 90s inspired streetwear in Britain and France. Particularly popular were the sheepskin coats, peacoats, brown granny boots, slightly flared jeans, loosely woven plaid blouses, pleats, ruffles, stripes, mandarin collar tops, oversized paisley, suede or black vinyl handbags, embroidered long sleeve T shirts, throws, wraps, ponchos, fur lined parkas, floral mini dresses, leather safari blazers, cold shoulder tops, peasant blouses, fur vests, denim shirt dresses, hot pants, tunics, ghillies, Grecian sandals, and red, white, salmon, lavender or orange crocheted jumpers. Unlike the original 70s garments, however, shirts and tops continued to have relatively small collars. The pantywaist tops previously fashionable as sportswear in the late 70s and early 80s, started to commonly replace T shirts in the UK, US and South Africa, especially among pop stars and models like Candice Swanepoel, Emily Ratajkowski. Nicki Minaj, and Beyoncé, whose one-off bodysuits were modified from vintage Adidas and Chicago Bulls jerseys.