Fashion has an undeniable tendency to reflect the social climate in which it was produced, but not always in the way you might think. Sometimes, instead of acting as a mirror, it’s more like a fantasy, or a wish fulfillment. In the past year, while the world was being rocked by hurricanes, deadly earthquakes, political turmoil, and social upheaval, fashion decided to lift the mood. It abandoned the bleak minimalism of past trends and instead embraced all things glitzy, glamorous, and whimsical. Now, as new looks come into vogue, we see it take another sharp turn toward a brighter, more optimistic future.
While it’s not possible to predict the industry perfectly, it’s clear some trends are here to stay. Sequins started cropping up on runways all over the world, and they’ve only been getting more popular as kirakira fashion takes over. Glitter is certain to be a hot look in the coming months. Time to embrace the glamor.
In the same vein, 80s fashion has been sweeping the world, influenced no doubt by the popularity of shows like Stranger Things. This heralds the return of punk, check patterns, and ironic chunky scrunchies.
Denim may be on its way out. In a way, it makes sense. Everything that can be done to a pair of jeans has been done, several times over. While we’re certain this fashion staple isn’t going to disappear entirely, a new contender has emerged: cargo pants. After hearing frequent complaints that women’s jeans don’t have usable pockets, it makes sense that cargo pants would become popular. They were seen strutting down runways in army green, khaki, and camouflage.
The floaty pink color—dubbed Millennial pink—that was the symbol of optimism in the past year has been replaced. Now, bold colors are in. Gone are the days when keeping your prints from clashing was of the utmost importance. Plaids are mashing with florals these days, in a range of bright, vibrant colors.
As we cast an eye toward the future of fashion, one thing is clear: customers aren’t just shopping for clothes these days. They’re shopping for hope and optimism. The brighter the clothing, the better. That is the most surefire way to stay up to date in the coming seasons.