5 Game-Changing Fashion Trends We Love
Trendy is not a word we use liberally around here. It's just such a fleeting notion compared to adjectives like timeless or modern. It doesn't feel right for women who think about style before fashion when getting dressed in the morning. But we're also not about to escape, or deny, the cyclical state of fashion that puts bell bottoms in our closets during high school and bell sleeves in our wardrobes 20 years later. So, we look for movements.
Recently, alongside the trends swinging back and forth, major ideas have emerged to spark a few collective shifts in proportion, fit, styling and perspective. These are the guiding principles making it super easy to make your wardrobe feel fresh again without stepping too far outside of your own sense of style. We've rounded up five of our favorite fashion trends that we believe have changed the game for the better.
THE GLOVE SHOE
Perhaps a knee-jerk reaction to wacky architectural heels and chunky boots, footwear has gotten a whole lot sleeker in recent years. The sock boot started gaining ground just around the time the Martiniano glove shoe took hold of our feet, and our hearts, creating a sleek line that emphasizes and celebrates the natural shape of your ankle and foot. Now you can find that silhouette in pretty much any type of shoe you need: flats, heels, boots. A soft line that flatters everyone and a comfy shape? We'll be holding on to these babies for a long time to come.
Okay, so the mutton leg sleeve could use a more appealing name, but the philosophy behind it is totally sound. Whether you love the all-over oversized look or prefer to accentuate your bust/waist/hips, the new approach to exaggerated proportions and high-powered volume leaves room (literally) for everyone. The freshest take? Putting volume where traditional fashion rules do not apply. Big arms! Wide shoulders! Pants that barely touch your legs! Screw "fit to flatter", we'd much prefer our clothes to fit the proportion of our personality.
Remember the moment when that SNL spoof commercial for mom jeans started to appeal to your senses? That's when we started to loosen our pants. Vintage 501s slowly but surely replaced the jeggings in our closets. Then Jesse Kamm introduced us to the most glorious pair of sailor pants we have ever stepped foot in. This year, our pants have relaxed en masse so there's a cut and fit for every single woman out there. Say goodbye to post-dryer lunges and join us as our thighs breathe again.
Our co-founder calls this her Golden Girls look. Athleisure enthusiasts applauded the return of the tracksuit. The Canadian tuxedo lost its irony. A matched set became less about suits and cardigans, and more about cool, monochrome dressing. However you slice it, or wear it, there is something so appealing about the instant put-togetherness of a matching top and bottom. Leave your hair undone and your face makeup free for the full effect.
THE LOW HEEL
A few years ago the runways heralded the return of the flat and reconsidered the kitten heel. But until recently, the mid to low heel was considered more functional than chic. As if sex appeal was only available in a stiletto. Thankfully, the new relaxed and modern sense of feminine dressing has found some middle ground. Sure we had the Rachel Comey Mars Boot to count on, but now we can finally fill all of our footwear needs with heels at a comfortable height that actually makes us stand a little taller.