Fashion experts everywhere are now predicting or commenting on the 2016 Fashion Trends. Most women want to be up-to-date with fashion. These articles will sell magazines and appeal to women’s curiosity.
This week I was sent by Ann Reinten of Image Innovators the article ’14 Trends Worth Trying in 2016’. Prêt à Styler is the website for one-stop shopping created by Ann that links to your ‘My Private Stylist’ body shape guide. As I am affiliated with all Ann’s styling products, here are my comments on how these fourteen 2016 Fashion Trends relate to you.
There are three types of fashions today – Fads, Trends & Modern Classics. Fads last at most 3 months. Trends stay for about three years. Modern Classics suit every woman’s shape and become modern shapes for the stylish baby boomer. You can read more detail on these in my 2013 article on the fashion differences.
No fashion writer or woman’s magazine or blog wants to call a new fashion a ‘Fad’. That is off-putting to their readers. Here, from me, you get the truth. Most of the so-called trends are merely fads. They are new ideas or recycled old one that those in the industry know will not be universally popular or embraced and will not last. Basically they are designed to make young women feel a bit rebellious and experimental. Yes, we fell for it too when younger.
I have chosen two to comment on in detail and the rest in a sentence or two. Here’s your guide to 2016 Fashion Trends for stylish baby boomer women.
I think this one is being forced on us.
I recently went to buy a new pair of trainers. A friend of mine, Maureen, was also in the sports shop for the same purpose. She bought a bright neon pair as she simply wanted new exercise shoes and was happy.
My goal was different. Yes I want to exercise in them. I also want them to take them on holidays where we do a lot of walking. I want them to co-ordinate with my preferred wardrobe colour choices. I wanted white with colour. 90% of trainers now are very bright. Purple trainers were okay. I could not accept the neon lime green edges and decoration. Too much of a wardrobe colour clash for me. In the end I found a pair of white sneakers with purple and red-orange decoration – the best I could do. Cost me a bit and I have very comfortable shoes.
Will you or I wear neon trainers for everyday wear? My sneakers/trainers have a specific purpose. If you like wearing them as your go-to casual option, then neon trainers are the 2016 Fashion Trend option. The Asics trainers/sneakers in the graphic above come from Amart Sports Store.
What are these, I thought. So, I googled them for the correct definition (Mac Millan Dictionary site). Here’s the guide.
Wedges are shoes with a high solid heel and a thin edge under the toe and ball of your foot. They can come in a court shoe, a boot or a sandal.
Platforms are shoes that have a solid heel and a thicker edge under the toe and the ball of your foot. Platforms can be boots or semi-flats as in the illustration or high-heel sandals with a thick part under the ball and heel but not under your arch.
The new 2016 Flatforms have the same height build-up from toe to heel. They are mostly summer sandals and the height can range from totally flat to 12 cms. They are claimed to be more stable and comfortable.
I’ll write more on these shoes next week. In the meantime you are up-to-date and can play shoe fashion one-upmanship in a gentle way, of course.
2016 Fads not Trends
The 2016 Colours of the Year – They are designed to be Annual and change each year.
Army Fatigues – This pattern comes back regularly. Great for the outdoors. The colours suit autumns only. That’s why they are fads presented as fashion accessories so that we will believe they can be worn by any woman.
Pyjama Dressing – A new fad and limited to the brave. It is winter pyjamas styles not summer pyjamas.
Sculptured Jewellery – These are presented as very chunky jewellery styles. Wear them if it suits you.
Reefer Jackets – Each year a new jacket style is presented to increase sales. This year it is the double breasted reefer jacket, whether worn long or short.
Vertical Stripes – These are less common that horizontal or diagonal stripes. When they are presented as a new trend, it is always in an in-your-face pattern. For the brave and true creative dressers.
Vintage Chic Loafers – Most women like to have a pair of flat shoes in their wardrobe. As a change from ballet flats, this year it is the grandpa-style, vintage loafers with square toes and an instep flap.
Slip Dresses – This is a sensual alternative to all the very low-cut dresses. Generally shown as worn bra-less. I do like the modern adaption of wearing it over a t-shirt with a belt.
Prairie Dresses & Embroidered Denim – It’s the country look. For some women this is their ‘signature style’ because it suits their lifestyle or personality. For the rest of us, it’s a bit of pretend.
Bags with an Attitude – They are around all the time and every few years they are the ‘trend’ again. It’s reminiscence of the little girl in us with bags in animal, food and household item shapes. Definitely for the young.
Palm Bracelets – These are different. For me they seem awkward and would limit using your hand.
There you have it – my views on Ann’s 2016 Fashion Trends.
I’ll remind you of Ann’s words – ‘choose what feels authentic to you and comfortable to wear.’ Ignore the rest and save money for more important things.