We’d like to preface this post by saying that we find the word “trend” problematic — mainly because it leaves itself open to misinterpretation. We take umbrage at its supposed implication — that because a certain item or way of dressing has been spotted in the wild or on the runways three or more times, you’d be foolish not to try it for yourself. Or the reverse — that because a look isn’t buzzy — or even worse, was popular and now isn’t — you must cast it aside.
Thankfully, we live in the age of personal style, the internet and, for better or worse, fast fashion. The word trend doesn’t hold the same weight as it used to. These days, it’s pretty much understood that a trend is simply a pattern, no more no less. Do with said craze what you will. If you love it, great. If not, Zara and other speed manufacturers will have something new for you to deem worthy or unworthy in less than two weeks.
Trends, by definition, aren’t made to last forever. Each one comes with an expiration (and, in many cases, a renewal) date built into the package. Every year, certain fashions (off-the-shoulder tops, chokers) rise to stardom, infiltrating our closets and Instagram feeds. And then, so as to make way for the new, these supernovas gradually dim and collapse. It’s the circle of sartorial life.
Scroll through the slideshow above for 10 fashion trends that served us well in 2016, but are nonetheless due for retirement. Of course, keep in mind that trends are subjective and feeling good about yourself in a certain item is a good enough reason to wear it year in and year out.