Today, 27% of the global population use social media and it has become an extremely vital tool for any industry, particularly fashion. What used to be runways being the ultimate source for trend updates is now secondary in an age where accessibility is paramount. Admit it, we all get our information on Instagram—we find the coolest pieces and hottest new brands on the visual platform and we get a lot of our outfit ideas via our style inspirations’ #OOTDs.
Whether you’re tech-savvy or in tune with sharing on those networks or not, fashion and social media are entwined. For those us whose work is essentially focued on looking for the next hot trend, Instagram makes it way easier. As experts on trendspotting, we’ve compiled some of our favorite style items from everyone’s go-to social media app. Read on to see the best pieces to cop and how to style them.
No, not the waist trainers you’re thinking that’s plastered in almost every Instagram model’s feed but chunky belts that are truly convincing us that this is the accessory to make any outfit fashion week-worthy. Whether you’re into corsets, layered, or chain belts, adding them can immediately take your look from ordinary to an effortless ensemble a la street style star. Go for a blazer dress or pantsuit combo and secure your blazer with a waist belt or wear one with an oversized button-down and your favorite pair of frayed denim jeans.
Over the past several seasons, the dad trend has made its way from the runway to the streets in what feels like a blink of the eye. The micro-trend comes as no shock as normcore has spiraled back into what’s being translated as ‘cool’ in fashion nowadays and unsurprisingly, it’s everyone go-to shoe now for both comfort and style particularly to those who loves their share of athleisure. Style it with a graphic tee and a vinyl skirt for an easy look with an edge or in true classic sportswear fashion, wear it with a tracksuit combo.
Another one off the athleisure range, this one is bringing us back to the retro days of trendy trackies and K-swiss trainers. Channel your street version of off duty cool girl by wearing it with loose trousers and colored socks. Even a belt bag would be a great fit for this look.
The pattern is obvious—we’re still on a nostalgic route with a hint of a futuristic nod. You have the 90s as the purveyor of this tiny sunglasses trend and with everything from square-shaped and cat-eye frames to sunglasses The Matrix-inspired version, there’s a style out there for everyone. Make this accessory a finisher to your OOTDs and you’re good to go.