The Fashion Trends To Avoid & Adopt In 2016


Who doesn’t like a little reminiscing before waltzing into a new year? And as far as fashion is concerned, there’s nothing wrong in making new year resolutions as 2016 approaches. Don’t stick to monochrome but give that shade of red a try. Ditch the flats for a pair of heels. Once in a while replace the tote bag with a chic backpack. The list goes on.

While personal resolutions take a forefront, there are some general rules you can use to guide your sartorial choices in the new year. We’ve broken down a few trends you can continue to lean on in 2016, while some others could definitely do with a little break. Take a look at the ones that make the cut, and the ones that don’t.



1. Slip Dresses

Do a little happy dance as the understated loungewear is about to take centre-stage in the coming year. With the 90s slip dress making it to the top of 2016’s major trends list, what better way to relax even when you’re not in the comfort of your home? A dress that was once a staple for 90s fashionistas like Kate Moss and Gwyneth Paltrow, this linger-inspired dress was spotted on runways from Burberry and Givenchy to Alexander Wang and Céline. Style it according to the need of the hour — a tailored blazer over a slip dress is work appropriate, while a lacy, sequinned slip dress is perfect for a party.



Zara Velvet Studio Dress (Rs 3,490)


2. Rust and copper shades

While the perfectly pastel Pantone hues of baby blue and dusty pink are bound to rule all of next year, shades that are going to still be the talk of the town are rust and copper. Taking a cue from the 70s boho trend, they’ll continue to be a mainstay even in the year ahead.



Mango Pleated Panel Dress (Rs 3,290)


3. Mary Janes

These low ankle-strap shoes are fantastically retro chic. Be it in Prada’s Resort 2016 show or on runways at Emilio Pucci and Alexander Wang, Mary Janes were quite a rage so definitely make space for them in your shoe closet in 2016.



New Look Double Bar Mary Jane Shoes (Rs 1,450 approx)

To Avoid

1. Peplum

While the exaggerated waist silhouette refused to leave the fashion scene a year ago, it’s now almost lost its charm. According to Google’s 2015 trend report, the term peplum had already suffered a decline since Spring 2015. Now, we’re looking at this trend to be gone already. Still want some ladylike elegance in your ensemble? Try a ruffled skirt or dress instead.

2. Neoprene

A fabric that’s functional for the surfer crowd was the go-to fabric for design houses in 2015. Fashion, once again, proved to be futuristic with neoprene — an innovative fabric that was worked in varied silhouettes and styles. But scuba dresses have now witnessed their share of fame, and it’s high time we let these be bygones.

3. High-Low Dresses

High-low dresses seemed like a confused lot in terms of the hemline. And now, there’s a variety of other hemlines to remove the confusion — maxi, midi, mini and more. It’s high time we said goodbye to this trend of dresses.

Simi Kuriakose

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