8 Hot Fashion Trends for 2016

From the runways of Paris to the boardwalks of New York, the fashion world is having a very exciting year. Here are just eight of the trends you won’t want to miss in 2016.

1. Patchwork

Last year was the year of plaid, but this year the favored pattern seems to be patchwork. The most popular colors are definitely black and white, but reds, greens and golds have been spotted too.

2. Ruffles

Could this be the start of a ’90s resurgence? Fashion experts certainly seem to think so; they’ve been hailing the return of the ruffle as a nostalgic throwback to an era before smartphones. It remains to be seen if ruffles will actually last, however.

3. Metallics

Metallics have been trendy for several years now with no signs of slowing down. Whether it’s gold bling around the neck or shimmering silver on a futuristic tee, you can’t go wrong with bright, shiny colors.

4. Cultural Appreciation

If you’re from Japan, wear a kimono. If you’re from India, decorate your skin with mehandi design. 2016 is the year of “ethnic chic,” so wear your heritage proudly. You can find fun exotic pieces in stores around the globe, or you can make your own cultural tokens with help from places like Craftsvilla.

5. Slips

Slip dresses have been making appearances everywhere from Celine to Saint Laurent, so it’s safe to say they’re definitely back in style. As a bonus, this ultra-convenient cut is great for women on the go.

6. Tiaras

If you enjoy feeling like royalty, this trend is sure to make you smile. Tiaras have become a fashionable hair accessory seen on models around the world. It doesn’t matter what color, shape or size they are; tiaras as a whole as in.

7. Long Earrings

Put away your studded pearls; these days it’s all about the long, dangling earrings. Pair them with slinky dresses for an edgy look or flowing skirts for an elegant, after-dinner feel.

8. Natural Makeup

Natural makeup is all the rage on catwalks lately; it’s actually more shocking to see someone in the bright red lipstick that used to be ubiquitous with fashion shows. Why is natural makeup suddenly popular? Only time will tell.

The world of fashion is ever-changing, but with these eight trends, you can stay ahead of the curve. Just remember to have fun! Fashion is supposed to be a joyous thing!