At Second City Style, we love to write about trends: those to avoid (see Fashion Focus: Taking Out the Trash) and those that can be controversial (Retail Therapy: Ruffled Feathers), and most frequently, those that we’re loving at the moment.
And sometimes, if a trend is really lucky, it can evolve into something bigger and better, emerging as a full-fledged stylish mainstay. Fashion is always objective, but here’s the top list of trends that have earned a permanent spot in my closet.
The Skinny Pantâ€¨
Skinny pants, especially jeans, were a very scary introduction a couple years ago. It can be a difficult look to pull off depending upon body type, but I’ve become convinced that a black pair in the right fabric is now a wardrobe staple. We know they look great with a tall pair of heels, and can be very hip with funky flats. If you’re still a bit uncomfortable with the narrow silhouette, try easing into it by pairing them with a longer tunic-style shirt or even a tank and long cardigan. And remember, this doesn’t mean a standard pair of bootcut or flared pants is out of style, but that the skinny is an additional option in your fashion arsenal. Congratulations skinny pants!
Charles Nolan Lazer Cut Poly Ruffle-Front Blouse and Ponte Pant $237 and $144 at blommingdales.com.
True Religion â€œStellaâ€ Skinny Jeans $175 at net-a-porter.com.
Stacked bracelets can look, well, trendy, for lack of a better word, but I believe they have crossed the threshold and are here to stay. The key is assembling the right mixture of styles and achieving your own personal combination, like you’ve been collecting them (as opposed to buying a pre-styled bunch). To keep this fresh, try mixing different widths (from thin bangles to wide cuffs) and playing with material (fabric + wooden + beaded).
Victorian Hippie Gold Peace & Buddha Leather Bracelet $72
+ Bop Bijoux Tassel Bracelet $75
+ Kerri Wilder Dot Peace Bracelet $50, all at shopbop.com.
I have a secret (or not so secret) love affair with scarves: silk square ones, soft pashminas, winter warm ones – I don’t care, I want them all. With just this one accessory addition, you can dial up your outfit from a 0 to 10. I think the French would laugh at this one – scarves were never a trend on the streets of Paris, but a staple, and I’m just glad American fashion is seeing them as a basic now, too. Try the new skinny scarf, which you can wrap and wrap, or a lightweight version with a fun pattern.
Patchwork Linen Oblong Scarf $34 at urbanoutfitters.com.
Juicy Couture Striped Cotton Scarf $75 at shopbop.com.
I remember how difficult it was to make the transition from being a heels-only girl to being comfortable in flats. When you’re short like me, heels are your one and only way to fake a longer leg. So to own several flats is quite an accomplishment and a clear indicator that flats are no longer only a footwear trend. Because they tend to be a casual option, I recommend choosing a pair with personality – go for metallic or pick a bright color or something embellished: think bold buckles or studded grommets. I love them with jeans, a short jacket, and of course a scarf, but the outfit possibilities are endless.
Prada Bow Ballet Flat $750 at barneys.com.
Belle by Sigerson Morrison $265 at shopbop.com.
Having just made it through its third winter season, black opaque tights are sure to be back for a fourth. If my fashion chronology is correct, I believe it was actually the legging that introduced this look, but it’s the full-length tights that will last on the timeline. Black tights add a sweet yet edgy look to any skirt or dress and solve any lasting corporate attire dictation problems of ladies must wear nylons. Perfect with tall boots, but adorable with pumps, black tights are the ultimate cold-weather option.
Nordstrom Opaque Control Top Tights $10 at nordstrom.com.
Chanel Dress with black tights spring 2007, at style.com.
1. Charles Nolan Lazer Cut Poly Ruffle-Front Blouse and Ponte Pant $237 and $144
2. True Religion â€œStellaâ€ Skinny Jeans $175
3. Victorian Hippie Gold Peace & Buddha Leather Bracelet $72
4. Kerri Wilder Dot Peace Bracelet $50
5. Bop Bijoux Tassel Bracelet $75
6. Patchwork Linen Oblong Scarf $34
7. Juicy Couture Striped Cotton Scarf $75
8. Prada Bow Ballet Flat $750
9. Belle by Sigerson Morrison $265
10. Nordstrom Opaque Control Top Tights $10
11. Chanel Dress with Black Tights, Spring 2007
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