By Diane Small
Just as we were all getting comfortable with our winter wardrobes and mastering the art of layering, the catwalks have got us thinking about our wardrobe for this year.
But first, let’s make something clear: we here at Eluxe DO NOT advocate following trends. They’re wasteful of both resources and money, and for people that follow them slavishly, well, it’s clearly indicative of a total lack of personal style.
We also strongly dislike despite a growing number of designers producing ‘see-now-buy-now’ collections for those whose only satisfaction in life is to own things IMMEDIATELY). But there is no denying that there are meta-trends that define eras – and those can be fun to play with, especially if you, your local thrift store or someone in your family has the fundamental pieces lying around somewhere in the back of their closet.
In fact, literally all of these sustainable fashion trends below have been seen in decades past – which goes to show you, it’s well worth buying less and buying better, so you can pass these things on down the line.
1. Exaggerated Knits
Pinterest has recently been chock-a-block with huge knits, embellished knits, and even popcorn knits (a.k.a. pom-pom covered sweaters created using circular crochet bobbles known as popcorn stitches). And what’s Pinned is In, as they say (or, as they should say, at least!) This is definitely one of the new year’s major trends, and the coziest (and coolest) way to stay warm over the colder weather.
2. Huge Hats
Sun protection gets super chic! And the best part, is that it’s not just super eco-friendly straw hats that are oversized this year – if it’s still chilly where you are, you can rock a floppy felt hat instead. This is a great look for covering a bad hair day, making a huge statement when you’re outfit’s simple, or just hiding away from the world for a little bit.
Image: Instagram @ Jacquemus
3. Animal Print Anything
We first saw this look on our adorable writer Noa in her article on vegan trends, and we love that animal print is in, and wearing dead animals is out. Leopard print, zebra print, snakeskin print – we adore it all! It’s an homage to the beauty of the animal world, and these prints have rocked our world on the runways this Spring/Summer season, including Gucci’s snakeskin cami dress (wish list must-have!) to Reformation’s leopard print palazzo pants.
Try: This Lula shirt from the Posse. It’s ethically made in Australia from silk chiffon.
4. Tie Dye
Beloved by hippies and psychedelic-rock fans in the 60’s and beyond, DIY tie dyed styles are back with a vengeance! It was spotted all over what’s pretty much the exact opposite of hippie-dom (New York Fashion Week) and was worn by influential GenZ icons like Kaia Gerber (below) and Gigi Hadid, so you can pretty much expect to see it everywhere from now on.
5. Patchwork Denim
Yet another hippy staple is making a huge comeback – but this time, it’s not about the homely, frumpy vibe – instead, we’re talking about fitted jeans (with heels), cropped jackets and vegan-friendly, denim covered platforms. Just make sure the denim you buy is ethical and ecological – conventional indigo dyes and cotton are responsible for a lot of water use (and pollution). But patchwork is a great style to seek out in vintage stores, right?
Try: Sonas Denim. They make ethical jeans, many of which feature chic patchwork styling.
This is another 60’s throwback (what is UP with this hippy-revival?) that’s best sourced from your local thrift store. Of course we don’t advocate killing animals for fashion, the look on the runways this season were mainly created from suede and feathers. Surely, animal-free, sustainable alternatives in the same vein as these outfits from Coach, Tom Ford and Cushnie are available somewhere?
Try: Vegan fringed boots by ethical brand Vizzano
7. Ripped and Torn
Punk is back with a vengeance! Tees and sweaters this season should be old, torn and full of holes. And the best part of this trend? All those ripped jeans you’ve been rocking for years are still in, now more than ever.
Try: Going DIY on a thrift store find. I mean, there’s really no excuse for buying a new ‘ripped’ top, right?
8. Ankle Cowboy Boots
They’re easy to wear, look great with everything and extend your leg without the pain of stiletto heels. Yep, we’re talking cowboy boots, and they’re a big thing this season. Just make sure they’re ankle height to the get the right effect.
Try: Lulu’s makes a stunning range of vegan ankle cowboy boots.
Main image: R13 tie dye
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