As a new year dawns, many of our resolutions begin in the gym or the kitchen. Take a look in your closet however, as Kate Marshall has the top 10 style edits you need for 2016.
1 – Colour
First up has to be colours and for this year, we’re talking GREY – charcoal grey, dove grey, brown grey, silver grey – the more grey, the better. The other colour set to turn fashion heads is green. With a firm focus on nature and the outdoors, the safari/khaki hues are ones worth considering, as are different hues of emerald and aqua greens. Either aim to wear just one colour in an entire outfit or mix up the shades. Any others? Yellow. From daffodil to saffron, and everything in between.
As seen on: Chris Pratt, Tom Hardy
2 – Jeans
Look the business in 2016 with a pair of skinny jeans. Men’s fashion this year will centre around the denim look in its entirety, so opting for dark, light, distressed or ripped will work a treat – anything goes when it comes to denim at the moment. Team with a polo shirt and trainers for a casual party/day time event or alternatively, match up with a crisp white shirt, pair of brogues and classic dinner jacket for evening attire.
As seen on: Zac Efron
3 – Trousers
Maybe you’re a fan of trousers? If so, here’s your chance to blow everyone else out of the water when
it comes to fashion with, wait for it: the baggy look. In sharp contrast to skinny jeans, this will be the IN thing for 2016. Mix with an equally baggy long coat for the ultra laid-back look. Perfect for off-season! Alternatively, strike out and opt for a brave ensemble with an animal print baseball cap and equally attention-seeking ankle trainers that will have others assuming your celebrity status
As seen on: Johnny Depp
4 – Shirts
No man’s wardrobe can ever have too many shirts, and this year they should be sheer. Yes, sheer. Now, while this may sound incredibly 80s, it’s the way forward. We’re talking as sheer as possible, in colours such as black and white and with bold patterns too. Now we all know sheer shows everything, so ensure your pecs are looking their best.
As seen on: Harry Styles
5 – Jackets
Now, if you like a snazzy jacket… the super duper cool look for 2016 is chinoiserie, often executed in a bomber jacket fashion, always bright in colour and pattern (inspired by Eastern culture, namely fish, flowers and dragons) and always silk. Set the trend and stand out in the crowd with one of these beauties.
As seen on: Pharrell Williams
6 – Jumpers
As far as the jumper goes, 2016 will be rocking two very 70s inspired items – the zip-up and the suede jacket. The former, while not a daring item of clothing, offers ease and is neat and smart. For a statement piece, patterns are the only way to go. The suede number tells a different story as it reflects the aviator look and the army inspired collection. Simply add a camel or olive suede jacket to a cable knitted jumper (preferably olive or khaki in colour) and a traditional pair of waxed black leather lace-up boots.
As seen on: Brad Pitt, Miles Teller
7 – Shoes
Smart is the name of the game for creating next year’s shoe collection. 2016 will see shoe brands offer leather slip-on-and-go styles, cap-toes (suitable for evening wear), Chelsea boots in different guises as well as the double monk. Wherever you’re going, it’s the dress shoe that needs to transport you there. However, a trip to the beach requires a totally different mode of footwear and next year will be revolutionising slip-ons and sandals (Roman style and stitch up) in velvet no less, leather and big, bright colours.
As seen on: Dougie Poynter, Kanye West
8 – Oversized Sunglasses
When it comes to accessories, 2016 is predominately all about oversized frames, preferably in white. Set your goals high for the fashionista title of 2016 by donning a pair of statement glasses to finish off any look. We’re talking thick frames, dark lenses, animal prints, those that take up half the face (no one does it better than Gucci) and bringing in the 70s theme once again, ombre lenses with vintage-style circular frames.
As seen on: Justin Bieber, John Mayer
9 – Scarves
It doesn’t matter how you like to wear yours or what material you prefer: knitted or frayed, silk, big or small. With bigger patterns favoured over plain, an outfit should be designed around the scarf whether you adopt the long and flowing style, short and cropped, to the side or twisted like a tie. Long scarves work fantastically well with light jackets in green, the colour of the fashion year.
As seen on: Colin Farrell, Joe Manganiello
10 – Backpacks
Forget the basic and boring style of old; the backpack is back with vengeance and styling it on the fashion scene as the latest and most practical accessory. As the backpack frees your hands, allowing you to get on with tasks while it looks suitably comfortable and stylish on your back, it means this little number is already in. But, next year it’s going to be a real hit as leather, canvas and many other versatile options (with Louis Vuitton set to impress the most) will be available. Carry your phone, notebooks, laptop, and business cards in a safe and organised way.
As seen on: Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling