Over the years we have seen many experimental trends come and go and also many inspirational ones too. There have been loud neon hues, questionable cuts and unflattering patterns, but some styles have bren filtered through by time, influence and attention to be present today. In fashion, history tends to repeat itself as designers look to the past for influence and mix it with contemporary impact for today’s trends. Looking at the options available today we can see a collection of garments and accessories that were once new to the market. High fashion brands and high street brands are constantly reproducing similar styles from the past, the reason may be that the demand for these products has stayed and stood the test of time. Looking back over the past five years we can see trends that were once a novelty then, but have now become staple classics in our wardrobes.
2012 – Peplum Pieces
The style of peplum was re-introduced in 2012, a cut that is definitely flattering on all body types and can be found on tops, shirts and dresses.
Plunge lace peplum top, £25.00 Topshop topshop.com
Brenda high neck cut out peplum dress, £20.00 boohoo boohoo.com
Peplum fitted jacket, £39.00 Topshop topshop.com
2013 – Stylish Sportswear
In 2013 major brands saw the need to replace boring black gym leggings with excitingly colourful and stylish sportswear.
Sweatshirt – charcoal heather/dark grey/white, £34.99 NIKE at zalando.co.uk
Yoga tights, £24.99 H&M hm.com
V-back mesh insert bra, £22.00 IVY PARK at topshop.com
2014 – Bomber jackets
A now fundamental outerwear was once the hottest trend, a simple satin style with elasticity; the bomber jacket is now available in every colour and optional embellishments.
Rose embellished batwing bomber jacket, £119.00 BIBA at houseoffraser.co.uk
Light grey quilted faux suede bomber jacket, £17.00 River Island riverisland.com
Powder pink bomber jacket, £29.99 H&M hm.com
2015 – Off the shoulder tops
Do we remember what our go-to going out outfit was before off the shoulder tops? This extremely comfortable style has a sense of femininity and sophistication that we all want for maximum effect with minimum effort.
Stripe button front bardot neck top, £17.99 CAMEO ROSE at newlook.com
Evalyn grey bardot frill sleeve top, £12.00 Pretty Little Think prettylittlething.com
Off shoulder blouse, £25.00 VERO MODA at next.co.uk
2016 – Over the knee boots
2016 kick-started a renewed craze for a very mature style of suede footwear that can now be styled to every preference and character. We are thankful that there is an option for warmth and style combined.
Janine over the knee boots in light grey faux suede, £29.00 Public Desire publicdesire.com
Kung fu over the knee boots, £85.00 Office office.co.uk
Black ‘Elana’ over the knee block heeled boots, £65.00 DOLCIS at debenhams.com