Top Trends Turned Classics: The Theory of Evolution

Top Trends Turned Classics

I remember in the ’90s, I wouldn’t wear a skinny jean if you paid me (well, actually, that would have depended on your price). It was all about a hip-slung bell-bottom or a nice, stiff boot cut – thanks, Earl Jeans. Now, the great thing about the 21st century, and the fast-paced digital information age that’s come along with it, is trends never really die or fade into obscurity because they keep coming back so quickly. So much so that even some of the trendiest of trends have evolved into bona fide classics. If you need proof, just look to the five below. They’re not going anywhere any time soon. Trust.

Top Trends Turned Classics

1. Studs

If the likes of Valentino and Louboutin have it their way (which they often do!), studs are not disappearing. By subverting heavy metal to daintier, more palatable effects, what once was considered hardcore is mainstream for Snobs of all ages. The good news: Your Rockstud investment is actually timeless.

Ileana Makri Diamond & Gold Double Pyramid Studs: At Barneys New York for $2,645.

Christian Louboutin Spiked Anjalina Flats: At Barneys New York for $695.

Fendi Multicolor Studded Leather & Calf Hair 3Baguette:icon At Saks Fifth Avenue for $2,450.


2. Chains

Chains of varying degrees of heft and chunkiness had a big moment back in the early ’90s (think Moschino and Versace), then saw a resurgence about a decade later. Now the linked accent makes for statement necklaces, striking bag straps, and tough-girl shoe details alike – and nothing about it feels trendy anymore.

Balenciaga Chain Track Necklace: On My Theresa for $995.

Givenchy Chain-Embellished Sandals: On NET-A-PORTER for $548, from $1,095.

Charlotte Olympia Dean Shoulder Bag With Transparent Chain: On Forzieri for $1,247, from $2,495.


3. Animal Print

Animal prints: Once reserved for cougars, of both the actual cat and middle-aged vixen variety, as well as Fran Drescher on The Nanny. Now sassy spots and saucy stripes are a wardrobe mainstay, from calf-hair bags to ready-to-wear basics, to point where they feel more like a neutral than a print.

Saint Laurent Leopard-Print Silk Georgette Shirt: On for $1,043, from $1,490.

Nicholas Kirkwood Animal-Print Snakeskin Platform Sandals: On for $387, from $776.

Mark Cross ‘Laura’ Leopard Print Tote: On Farfetch for $1,857, from $3,095.


4. High-Gleam Patent Leather

Supremely glossy patent leather used to go from “in” to “out,” and sometimes back again, faster than you could say, “I can Windex my jacket!” No more. It’s now a textural option that’s classic, not kitschy, so hold on to your high-shine pieces and don’t let go.

Christopher Kane Shawl Collar Biker Jacket: On Farfetch for $2,987.50, from $5,975.

Balenciaga Cable Shopper Medium Patent-Leather Bag: On My Theresa for $2,055.

Antonio Berardi Nabis Patent-Leather Sandals: On THE OUTNET for $785.25, from $1,745.


5. Metallic

Metallics were once reserved for disco queens, Vegas acts, and New Year’s Eve party dresses. Now, thanks to high-tech treatments, a vast variety of textures, and a new attitude on shimmer – as in, it’s perfectly acceptable for day – your metallic pieces are more essential than extra.

Marc Jacobs Pleated Metallic Leather Skirt: On NET-A-PORTER for $1,046, from $2,600.

Christian Louboutin Iriza 100 Metallic Pumps: On NET-A-PORTER for $695.

Snob Essentials Audrey Jewel Box: On Snob Essentials Shop for $78.


6. Denim

Remember that infamous photo of one-time couple Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake from the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards? Yeah, everybody does. Not that we’re suggesting heading in that direction, but the denim-everything trend of the early 2000s is back and better than ever. Just flaunt your non-jean denim pieces in abbreviated doses.

Étoile Isabel Marant Dani Denim Jacket: On THE OUTNET for $227.25, from $505.

Gianvito Rossi 100MM Cotton Denim Sandals: On Luisa via Roma for $835.

Tom Ford Natalia Small Denim Shoulder Bag: On My Theresa for $2,490.

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