The Pom-Pom Trend

Pom-poms in fur, faux fur, wool, silk, felt, feathers and polyester, across all sorts of sizes and colours, are having their fashion moment. It’s odd to refer to it as a trend, because the pom-pom is a timeless design detail that’s always in style. It’s a modern classic having its trendy moment and becoming more popular than usual, suddenly gaining traction and visible everywhere.

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The Bell Sleeve Trend

Ruffles and flounces on sleeves are extremely fashionable, part of the Modern Retro trend, and completely mainstream. The bell sleeve silhouette — true to its name — flares out at the hem resembling the shape of a bell. You’ll find bell-shaped sleeves all over solid and patterned shirts, blouses, knitted tops and dresses. They’re as lovely on jackets, cardigans and coats, although not as popular as bell-sleeved tops.

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Taking Velvet from Fringe to Mainstream

Velvet was supposed to be one of the biggest trends for Fall & Winter 2016, but that was not the way it turned out. I saw a few velvet jackets, skirts, dresses, shoes, scarves, belts, coats and bags to wear for the holidays at the end of last year.

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Fashion Trend - Taking Velvet from Fringe to Mainstream

New Trends in Outfit Proportions

There are watershed changes happening in fashion, so we’ll see lots of newness over the next five to ten years. I’m welcoming the change because it’s been years since silhouettes looked fresh. Skinnies and body-con bottoms have reigned supreme for about a decade, and are finally a classic.

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The Short Strap Crossbody Bag

I saw this trend on the catwalks last year, both in dressy and casual renditions. The straps of the bag are half the length of a regular crossbody bag so that the bag hangs just on the bust or under the bust. Wear the bag across your back instead of across your front, and the vibe is similar to the unisex body bag of the ‘90s.

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