The French theorist Roland Barthes once said, “Is not the most erotic portion of a body where the garment covers it?” And we’d have to agree—something about a hint of skin makes us go wild. So this season, designers are playing peek-a-boo with strategic cutouts. These sultry details are sure to turn heads, whether a sliver of midriff, a glimpse of décolletage, or a cutout back.
Of course, we’ve previously experienced underwear as outerwear (Superman, anyone?), stripper heels, and plunging necklines, but designers are pushing the envelope this season. Sheer fabrics and barely-there dresses and tops are all the rage. And that’s not all! There is color chemistry, a new take on the classic LBD, personalized denim, and more.
So, ready to walk on the wild side? Here are the top ten fashion trends of the season:
1. Motorcycle Jackets:
How long since you saw a killer motorcycle jacket on the runway? This season, they’re back with a vengeance! Designers like Givenchy, Balmain, and Saint Laurent are all sending their takes on the classic leather jacket down the runway. And we are LIVING for it.
There are crazy variants like sequined jackets at Marc Jacobs, over-the-top fur jackets at Fendi, and even dazzling denim jackets at Dolce & Gabbana. But our favorite has to be the quilted leather jacket at Givenchy. It’s the perfect mix of edgy and glamorous.
If we are talking more street style, customized leather patches are definitely in. You can add them to the back of your jacket, on the sleeves, or even on the lapels. We’ve seen celebrities like Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, and Cara Delevingne rocking this trend.
2. Put Aside Nudes:
FINALLY! It’s showtime with color! We’re seeing a lot of fun, vibrant colors on the runway this season. Designers play with a wide range of hues from canary yellow at Dior to Valentino’s cerulean blue. And there hasn’t been a better time to experiment with color than now.
So, say goodbye to your nudes and pastels, and hello to electric blues, fire engine reds, and neon greens. If you’re feeling bold, try pairing two different colors together. We see a lot of color-blocking on the runway, which looks terrific.
Whether it’s a kaftan, silk skirt, platform pumps, or poplin dress, there’s not even the slightest excuse not to add a little color to your wardrobe this season!
3. Drama at the Back:
It might sound hackneyed, but are we swapping “making an entrance” for “making an exit?” It seems like it. The back is having a moment! And the eyes are peeled!
We see a lot of dresses and tops with interesting details at the back. From cutouts to bows, long satin tails, and even feathers, designers will ensure the back is just as good as the front, if not better. But, we tell you, many champagne flutes and canapés will be left untouched this season! The only thing between you and a star moment is a revolving door.
So, if you want to make a statement, don’t be afraid to show some skin. But then, make sure your back is well-moisturized, and you’re good to go!
This trend is not just restricted to clothes. There are a lot of shoes and bags with exciting details at the back too. Like the clear PVC mules at Miu Miu, the fur slides at Fendi, and the studded slippers at Gucci.
4. Sexy is Back:
It is not a drill. Your favorite ’90s trends are back and sexier than ever. We’re talking about the return of the slip dress, the spaghetti strap tank top, and the halter neck, all with a lot of skin on show. It’s safe to say that fashion has a taste for flesh this season!
The new designers have let it loose with nipples, underboobs, and even the occasional crotch on show. And we’re not mad about it. Instead, we’re seeing a lot of sheer fabrics like chiffon, tulle, and organza being used to create these looks.
While it may not be an easy-to-carry trend, it definitely is a head-turner. If you’re into “conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them see,” then this is not the trend for you. Or you could strategically use a scarf, a jacket, or even a brooch to cover up.
But if you’re feeling a little naughty, then go ahead and give it a shot! Who knows how the night at the club unfolds?
5. Go Mini or Even Micro Mini:
Did you think the hemlines couldn’t get any shorter? Well, think again! This season is all about showing some skin. And the best way to do that is by rocking a mini skirt or even a micro mini.
We’re observing many pleated, denim, and even leather skirts being worn really short (we mean “barely there”). Designers ranging from Emporio Armani to Givenchy have sent their models down the runway in some seriously short skirts.
So, if you’re feeling brave, and have the right event to wear it to, go ahead and give this trend a shot. Just make sure you have the perfect pair of legs to carry it off!
The good thing about the current fashion trends is that the industry is FINALLY wising up to the fact that not all women are size 0. We see many more plus-size models on the runway, in magazines, and in ads. And the clothing is actually starting to reflect that! We’re seeing more and more designers creating beautiful clothes in a broader range of sizes.
So, whatever your size, shape, or style, there’s something out there for you. So, embrace your body and have fun with fashion! After all, that’s what it’s all about.