In this blog I talk to you about the last few years’ trends in fashion and what I think will unfold in the future of the fashion and clothing industries.
As my Your Colour & Style business turns six on 1st September 2019, I thought it would be interesting to look back over the last few years in fashion, and what I think will happen in the next few years.
I have been privileged to serve lots of clients in my six years of Your Colour & Style, and have seen my bespoke and personal approach a much improved offering to the standard process that I used to offer before creating Your Colour & Style.
My clients particularly love my shopping support options, saving them time, money and hassle, whilst getting a better result than they would shopping without such impartial support.
Thank you to all my clients. I hope to serve you – and new clients – for a few years to come.
In 2014 we saw trouser suits (image from primadonna-style.com), lace and see-through panel-clothing lookastic.co.uk or “peek-a-boo” cut-outs (picture from InStyle.com) becoming popular
In 2015 we saw Athleisurewear come in (wearing your gym attire for everyday situations). This was when, I believe, work attire became far more casual. The more relaxed and comfortable clothing was accompanied by off the shoulder tops or dresses, raw hems and folk-embroidered clothing.
In 2016 we saw chokers, bomber jackets, over-the-knee boots, “slip” dresses, jumpsuits, lace-up-fronts, ripped jeans, suede and bell sleeves on sale.
Side-striped trousers, corduroy, checks and plaid together, bold accessories, white footwear and 60’s florals were in or back.
Biker shorts, logo mania, and PVC were amongst the trends in 2018.
Shirt dresses, long, floaty dresses with floral prints, woollens, spots, stripes, wide-leg cropped trousers, animal prints and uneven hemlines were around.
SO WHAT WILL 2020 FASHION BE?
2020 seems to be focussed on shoulders: shoulder pads are back, other sleeve detailing will be prevalent and checks are everywhere. We’ll see skirt-culottes back, faux fur and feathers. Footwear will be square-toed. Blazers and trench coats will feature (but to be honest I recall them last autumn/winter and the autumn/winter before that). It looks like chokers and platform shoes will be trending again too.
So, looking at the fashions of the last few years it seems as if all those trends are still around – bell sleeves, asymmetric hems, long skirts and dresses, athleisurewear etc. In other words, I don’t actually think much has changed, except maybe more “bling” on clothing, especially evening wear.
MY PREDICTION OF FUTURE FASHION
But what I see happening in the next few years is the way in which we shop will drastically change. We have already seen more on-line shopping and that high street shops are diversifying and shutting stores. I predict that on-line shopping will become 90% of sales by 2025. I think, instead of ordering and your items being delivered by post to try, we will see more on-line brands enabling us to upload our measurements and pictures to see what the clothes will look like on us before we decide to order, as we all think about saving costs (such as postage), time (to send things back) and become more aware of what suits us both in terms of colour, style and materials. Maybe my services will be more in demand, to help people know what suits them and save time learning this by trial and error (as there won’t be the shops to just try things on), and my shopping service will be used more, where I choose and collect the clothes together to take to my client’s home for the one-to-one consultation.
I also predict that there will be a resurgence of people learning how to make their own clothes, knitting and crocheting. We will also become more resourceful about our clothes and pre-loved, second-hand, jumble, swapping or swishing, and charity-shopping will become much more the norm. I also think new materials made from recycled plastic will feature in our clothing, and we will be aware of making clothes closer to home and not keen to ship from other countries (to save air miles and our carbon footprint). For those who can’t make their own clothes, UK shoppers will also consider having things made, so they will be unique, fit, and they can bespoke the colour and style. I think clothing will be more vegan-friendly too. Perhaps we’ll even be 3D printing our clothes in the future – who knows!