As we’ve learned, all trends come and go. However, not all are created equal, and while some fad’s lifespans are quite short, others make their mark for much longer. This means that for every trend you probably shouldn’t have wasted money on, there’s another one out there that you get to wear for more time than expected, making your investment well worth it. So in an effort to keep things positive, today we’re rounding up the latter with our list of 2016 trends that are still going to be very much in style this year. This was done with some help, of course, from Melissa Moylan, Creative Director of Womenswear at trend forecasting agency Fashion Snoops, who broke down the trends that everyone will still be wearing and why—so if you didn’t invest in them before, you’re sure to now.
Scroll through to read about each and shop our picks!
“We're still huge fans of Demna Gvasalia at Vetements and Balenciaga. He's the major player that's leading the movement of hacked wardrobe basics, and everyone wants a piece of it. Reworked shirting is major this year, with so many cool new design details from elongated sleeves to pieced constructions and cutouts. The trench coat is also ripe for hacking with longer hemlines and unexpected elements that make it a new statement coat.” — Melissa Moylan
This new-to-Net-a-Porter brand is seriously killing it.
Forever 21's under-$50 trench is the perfect way to test-drive this trend if you haven't already.
We love the unexpected ring details on this top.
Slides + Mules
“You couldn't ask for a more novelty flat shoe. Both slides and backless mules are taking footwear by storm, with luxe materials like velvet, jacquard, and fur. ” — Melissa Moylan
How cool will these look with an all-black outfit?
There's something so chic about a white shoe.
How perfect is this color?
“Mom jeans are reviving the denim market as the new It jean. Set to a higher rise and relaxed slim fit, they've been a cool-girl staple that's quickly influencing mainstream denim brands. Lighter washes, raw hems, and misplaced pockets add character that's very much of the moment.” — Melissa Moylan
A subtle raw hem makes all the difference.
Leave it to Levi's to perfect this one.
We can see why these are the celebrity favorite.
“Mansur Gavriel put bucket bags on everyone's radar with sold-out and waiting-list status for a while. Now the bucket bag is a staple at most brands. It's so popular that it's also available in another hot shape—the mini.” — Melissa Moylan
Velvet just makes everything better.
If you're looking for a safe choice, Mansur Gavriel is it.
The perfect shade of pink.
“Sweatshirts obviously tap into the athleisure trend, but they're also a key fashion item. Hoodies and oversized shapes are great for the young contemporary market, while other updates include prints, embroideries, or ruffles.” — Melissa Moylan
Ruffles make everything better.
Style this under all your jackets and coats for a street style–inspired look.
Now all you need is a leather miniskirt.
Which of these trends are you most excited to keep wearing? Tell us in the comments!
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