Top Trends of 2016


Photo by: Mrs. Brown

Seniors Sorina Grech, Nikki Schipperijn, Meghan Brown and Jordan Revenaugh ring in the new year with some of 2016’s most popular trends, including statement necklaces, turtlenecks, and cutouts.

Jordan Revenaugh, Editor-in-Chief

The 1990s certainly made a comeback in 2016. For boys and girls alike, the major looks of the past year reflected popular fashion trends from two decades ago. In just a year, a multitude of distinctive changes have taken the fashion world by storm.

Ranking high on the list of this year’s definitive trends is the choker. Tight bands of lace, velvet, leather and more have decorated the necks of models on high end fashion magazines such as Vogue, Marie Claire, and Glamour for the past 366 days. From the Kardashian sisters to Taylor Swift, some of the nation’s biggest influences in pop culture have advertised the necklaces, thus enabling their swift return to everyday fashion.

Another prevalent steal from the 90s includes the return of the bomber jacket. The jacket was especially popular when paired with a crop top and high waisted pants, a classic duo which made its mark in 2015 and does not plan on leaving the world of fashion any time soon.

Slip dresses, over-the-knee boots, off the shoulder shirts and dresses, and velvet everything were also prominent styles throughout the year.

One common factor, however, strung the many different trends together: the notion of color. Countless storefronts were stained with the presence of maroon, olive, and black clothing. It is evident earth tones were especially popular throughout the past year.

Earth tones did not only pertain to clothing; darker makeup was also on the rise. Darker, bolder lips were inspired by Kylie Jenner’s critically acclaimed new makeup line, Kylie Cosmetics. Consistent with last year’s makeup trends, Jenner’s lips accompanied bigger, fuller brows to mark two of the most universally desired facial features among women. Perfect contour and highlight were also in high demand this year.

Women weren’t the only group of people to embrace 2016 makeup trends. It seems that more than ever,  men adopted makeup into their daily routines. For years, CoverGirl has been known as one of the most influential names of drugstore makeup. With sponsors ranging from Ellen to Zendaya to Katy Perry, the brand has endorsed countless women. This year, however, proved that CoverGirl was willing to accept more than just women as spokesmodels. With 650,000 Instagram followers and 90,000 YouTube subscribers, 17 year old James Charles recently became CoverGirl’s first ever male model.

A year full of revivals and changes, 2016 certainly made its mark in the fashion world. Trendsetters now look forward to another year filled with innovation and creativity in style.