11 Top Fashion Trends Of 2016

They are ranked in no particular order


Looking back at 2016 fashion trends I’d have to say I am very impressed. In 2016 we saw a shift to more modest fashion, more DIY’s and lots and lots of drama and exaggeration. Unlike in 2014, where most trends had to be left behind, I’m actually hoping to see more of the below trends in 2017.

This post is a round up of my favourite and perhaps most popular fashion trends of 2016. They are ranked in no particular order, enjoy!

1. Frayed hem denim jeans
With this trend we saw a lot of cool tutorials on how to achieve this look. It’s a great way to revamp your jeans and still look presentable rather than distressing or as my mom likes to say, “tearing your jeans for no reason”.

2. Intimates/ silk dress
It seems fashion lovers took laziness to a whole other level and decided to make sleep wear appropriate for day time and it surprisingly worked. This is why I love fashion!

3. Pajama trend
Of course we can’t forget how fashion enthusiasts brought life to Pajama’s and bathrobes too. Here’s to more years of comfort while still slaying.

4. Off shoulder/ cold shoulder trend
I rate this trend as the most abused and overexposed fashion trend of 2016. I mean we saw it every where! I honestly don’t see the off shoulder trend going away any time soon.

5. Choker trend
This trend involved a lot if DIYs, why spend a ton of money on something so simple when you can make it yourself. Remember my DIY choker from an old bra strap here and here.

6. Bows
This year we saw a lot more drama and exaggeration in tops especially. We saw bows in tube tops, skirts, blouses and the rest. Bows serve in place of accessories and add spice to basic pieces.

Photo Credit: Style by Alexandriah

7. Flared trousers
We can call this trend the return of the 90s huh. Its quite ironic though, male clothing gets tighter and tighter while female clothes gets looser.

Photo Credit: Jadore Fashion
Photo Credit: Jadore Fashion

8. Ruffles
More drama and more drama!

Photo Credit: Style by Alexandriah
Photo Credit: Style by Alexandriah

9. Flared sleeves/ Bell sleeves

I’m hoping this trend stays through next year, I recently got a flared sleeve top which I’ve been wearing everywhere. Nigerian fashion designers also incorporated this trend in Ankara and African inspired wears too.

Photo Credit: Jadore Fashion
Photo Credit: Jadore Fashion

10. The metallic skirt
I believe this trend is still upcoming. A metallic skirt combines the right amount of girliness and edge to an outfit.

11. Velvet
The 90s definitely came back this year in off shoulder tops, chokers, velvet, slip dresses over T-shirts and bell buttons.

Electric Sunrise
Electric Sunrise

This year I’d say the most over-exposed trends had to be the choker and off shoulder trend. In 2017 I’d like too see more of the flared sleeves trend.

What trends do you think were over-exposed in 2016? What were you favourite trends? What trends would you like to see in 2017?

Written by Sarah Audu

Hi, I'm Sarah Audu a fashion and lifestyle blogger at www.princessaudu.blogspot.com. I love traveling, exploring, photography and most of all God.

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