If you own a retail clothing and accessories store, you know the importance of staying up-to-date on current fashion trends. Most shop owners’ goal is to deliver modern, stylish items for their customers – to keep the existing ones coming back, and to bring in new ones. We’ve rounded up a list of some of the top fashion trends, seen on the runway. Here are the ones that will most likely pop up in stores everywhere in 2016:
- Lace, Lace, and More Lace
Lace was all over the runway 2015, but designers have been upping the ante for this coming year, with sheer dresses being all the rage. Lace is also gaining variety, with floral appliques becoming quite popular. It’s an easy fabric to incorporate into all different kinds of clothing items – from blouses to skirts and even embellishments on shoes.
- Pretty in Pink
This color was all over the runway in a variety of chic styles. Designers rediscovering their feminine sides introduced all kinds of ruffly pink skirts, salmon dresses, and fuchsia tops. Expect to see all different shades of pink in 2016.
The last couple years have seen the rise of the high-rise: high-waisted skirts, high-waisted jeans, high-waisted shorts. This year, designers have gone from one extreme to the other. Low-rise dominated the runways, with wide-leg pants, slouchy trousers, and loose shorts.
- Suede Everything
This fabric has been extremely popular this entire decade so far, but the surge of suede seems to have doubled or tripled this season. Rebecca Minkoff, Alberta Ferretti, and other designers have sent pieces entirely made of suede down the runway. And it’s not just boots anymore. Dresses, jackets, even tops made entirely from suede will be all the rage this year.
- Classic White Shirt 2.0
Think you’ve got the white button-down collared shirt down pat? Think again, because Phillip Tim and Zac Posen have given the classic piece a serious makeover. White shirtdresses. Off-the-shoulder blouses. It’s the reinvention of the white button-down.
- Comfort is Key
Comfortable flat shoes are still all the rage, thanks to designers who continue sending stylish yet easy-to-walk-in pieces down the runway. Expect to see flats overtake heels this year.
- Praise for Pleats
Huge carwash pleats were big in 2015, but this year, designers have turned to tinier plats, embellishing everything from dresses to jackets. You’ll likely see more pleats as spring rolls around.
Runway trends predict what’s going to be popular in fashion that year. As a retail business owner, you’ll need to stay current on what people want to wear. The more you introduce modern, on-trend items, the more customers will seek out your store for what’s in fashion that season. Be the fashion expert, and your customers will trust you to outfit them. Remember to keep magazines like Vogue, Elle, and Harpers Bazaar in mind – they’ll often be the first to report what’s popular. For more guidance on opening your retail store and staying current, visit www.biz2credit.com.