6 Fashion Trends That Never Go Out of Style
Fashion is fickle…except when it’s not. For every flash-in-the-pan crop-top moment, there is a chic and timeless animal print. Take a glimpse back to see why these looks keep moving forward.
Why it keeps coming back: It complements curves and looks polished but never over-the-top, says Patricia Mears, the deputy director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, in New York City.
How to wear it now: Sophistication lies in the details. Bow-tie kitten heels or vintagey jewelry can effortlessly class up your jeans.
Why it keeps coming back: Animal prints are like neutrals—they’re made up of brown, beige, and black, after all. “They’re seasonless, and you can wear them with almost anything,” says Jaffe. Plus, they add a little edge to your wardrobe.
How to wear it now: Hit the spot in small doses if you fear the print will swallow you whole; animal print accessories, like those shown here, can be just as eye-catching.
Why it keeps coming back: “You might expect menswear to be desexualizing, but it’s often the opposite,” says Sharon Graubard, the senior vice-president of creative services at the trend-forecasting agency Stylesight, in New York City. Menswear is flattering on almost any shape or size, and it works in or out of the office.
How to wear it now: Dapper touches, like a fedora or a chunky watch, easily swing the other way and mingle with frilly dresses.
Why it keeps coming back: “Clean lines and functionality have always been hallmarks of American style,” says Mears. Audrey Hepburn’s Capris are a classic example of this intersection of élan and ease.
How to wear it now: Pick one powerful piece (a geometric scarf, a sculptural cuff) and let it pop against something basic.
Why it keeps coming back: In a word, pretty. “We always think of a flower as the symbol of a woman,” says Mears. And there are countless interpretations to appeal to any taste—from soft, watercolor petals to full-on flower power, as worn by ’60s model and “it girl” Jean Shrimpton.
How to wear it now: For a subtle approach, spruce up any old cardigan with a lively brooch or scarf.
Why it keeps coming back: It’s functional, for one thing. And, like menswear, it has a tough, androgynous appeal. Who knew something called “olive drab” could be so versatile and rich?
How to wear it now: Adding an accessory or two is all you need to get a casual outfit into high gear.