WHAT’S TRENDY: Toowoomba designer and stylist Carolyn Taylor-Smith shares the latest trends for 2016.
WHAT’S TRENDY: Toowoomba designer and stylist Carolyn Taylor-Smith shares the latest trends for 2016. Contributed

Modern twist on classic styles for women's fashion in 2016

THIS year the world's fashionistas have taken inspiration from the best trends of the past 100 years and reinvented them for the modern woman.

That's what Toowoomba fashion designer and Grand Central Shopping Centre's resident stylist Carolyn Taylor-Smith believes.

She said this year's trends would be inspired by 70s "rock chick" styles, 80s "boxy" fashion, 90s "slip" and even Victorian-era designs.

Ms Taylor-Smith said she loved that fashion had left its "narrow" roots behind to become more embracing and "all-encompassing", meaning there was something for everyone this season.

The slip dress is back in fashion.
The slip dress is back in fashion.

The slip

"Underwear has come back as outerwear," Ms Taylor-Smith said.

She said today's designers gave the slip a modern twist, creating dresses in neutral shades with a fabric that was more flattering than the last.

"There's depth and texture whereas the old ones showed absolutely everything."

She said it wasn't just being worn on its own either and could be paired with blouses and dresses that were both long and short.

The slip dress receives a modern twist.
The slip dress receives a modern twist. Francois Mori

Victorian era

"Lace is hugely popular," Ms Taylor-Smith said.

"We're seeing a nod to the Victorian era with lovely lace sleeves, ruffles (lots of ruffles) and high collars."

70s and 80s

There's a return of the high waists, the "paper bag" waists and lots of pleats, she said.

She said she felt fashion nowadays had more of an understanding of femineity and could take the trends from the 70s and 80s and pair them with other wardrobe pieces for a much more feminine look.

Take the boxy jackets from the 80s for example, she said.

"They used to wear boxy jackets and boxy pants but if you take the boxy jacket and pair it with more fitted pants, or take the boxy pants and pair with a fitted top it's great," she said.

The Victorian era serves as great inspiration.
The Victorian era serves as great inspiration.

Stripes, colours and shoes

Ms Taylor-Smith said stripes were definitely in for 2016.

"Both horizontal and vertical," she said.

She said she was happy colours were becoming trendy again, opposed to just the monochromes.

"Mustard will be in come winter as well as the jewel colours," she said.

And as for the shoes this season, Ms Taylor-Smith said flat soled shoes were becoming popular on the catwalks again.

Ms Taylor-Smith said her go-to stores for on-trend fashion at Grand Central Shopping Centre included Cue, Veronika Maine, Portmans, Myer, YD and Novo.

Cut outs and bare shoulders are trendy this season too.
Cut outs and bare shoulders are trendy this season too. Francois Mori

WHAT'S TRENDY

  •  90s slip
  •  Lace
  •  Victorian-era designs
  •  Stripes - both horizontal and vertical
  •  "Boxy" 80s fashion
  •  70s "rock chick" styles
  •  The bomber jacket
  •  Flat shoes
  •  Cut outs


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