2016 Fashion Recap: Head-to-toe Athleisure, Loafers, Chokers
Head-to-toe Athleisure, Loafers, Chokers.
Far be it from us to look back with fondness on the trash fire that was 2016, what with its stomach-churning election, global upheaval, and devastating celebrity deaths—but if there’s one part of the year that can be safely regarded without total contempt it’s what we wore. A little ridicule, perhaps (are we really letting Forever 21 get away with selling neck braces as chokers now?!), but for the most part, the year’s fashion trends have been pretty benign.
Our ’90s and early-2000s nostalgia went into overdrive, with chokers hitting their saturation point somewhere around April (when Taylor Swift declared them “the new flower crowns” of Coachella), and Instagram cool kids adopting a uniform of slip dresses, tinted sunglasses, and mom jeans. For another, we followed celebrities’ leads with gusto, shelling out hundreds of dollars for once-uncool concert merch and snapping up whatever bomber jacket or pair of boots Kylie Jenner or Gigi Hadid posted on their feed.
2016 will go down in fashion history as the year of the Gucci fur loafer or maybe just the year of Gucci, as everything Alessandro Michele touched seemed to turn to retail gold. He shared the year with the Vetements way of anti-luxury—Demna Gvsalia singlehandedly brought the puffy coat back, hoodies became wardrobe essentials, and head-to-toe athleisure became acceptable whether you’re headed to the gym or not.
With Instagram, it’s never been easier to pick up on the rising tide of fashion trends—or see, when they hit meme status, when they’ve finally hit their peak. Before we welcome whatever new looks 2017 might have in store, we reflect on all of the trends that dominated last year—for better or for worse. Below, my roundup of the trends I saw everywhere in 2016.