This story was originally published on December 30, 2015.
The year 2016 was
all about trend resurgence: There were '70s flared trousers and necktie blouses, '90s chokers and tricked-out denim jackets, and a mix of other pieces that were seemingly brought back to life from our wardrobe's past. And while we're all about delivering a hefty dose of nostalgia into our everyday look, there are some #TBT pieces we're still waiting to make a comeback.
From the colorful polos of the early aughts to Audrey Hepburn-style capris, we've compiled a wish list of items we think deserve a second chance at seeing the light of day — along with a modern-day upgrade. Since what's old is definitely new again, it's only a matter of time until these 12 pieces are
dominating fashion runways and street style slide shows alike: Consider this your chance to be a trendsetting trailblazer before everyone else catches on.
Hardcore Running Shoes Before you freak out at the sight of these sneakers, hear us out. Ugly shoes have been doing their thing for a while now, and the runways this season have made it clear that they're not going anywhere anytime soon. And while it's understandable that this is definitely a controversial choice to be a comeback kid. But, we must ask ourselves, why is there any opposition? The more hardcore the running shoe, the more comfortable. Plus, some our of favorite influencers are already jumping on the bandwagon, so perhaps the movement has already arrived. Asics Gel-190 TR, $49, available at Asics. More
Working Girl Power Blazers Like most of today's trends, we have designer Demna Gvasalia to thank for the resurgence of Melanie Griffith-style blazers, shoulder pads very much included. This time around, labels like Balenciaga and Isabel Marant are producing their most popular jackets in neutral checks and tweeds and with longline silhouettes — and we're all about pairing them with jeans and a T-shirt, rather than a matching pencil skirt or trousers. Gucci Faille-trimmed wool and silk-blend crepe blazer, $2,800, available at Net-A-Porter. More
Jellies No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. The kicks you loved as a kid are starting to get a modern-day makeover — and we're calling 2017 as the year they finally catch on as a full-fledged trend once again. Remember how comfortable (and not to mention cool) jelly shoes were? Exactly. The only thing we can't believe is that it's taken this long for their resurgence. Zara Mules,$49.90, available at Zara. More
Capri Pants When it comes to our bottoms, 2016 was truly the year of embracing the unconventional: We saw culottes, boyfriend jeans, and ultra-wide-legged pants dominate everything from Fashion Week runways to fast-fashion shelves. But one pair of cropped items that didn't make its way back into the style-sphere was capris — the warm-weather favorite of the ultra-preppy set. Well, not to hate on plaid lovers everywhere, but we're anxiously awaiting the resurgence of trousers that are more Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina than J.Crew catalog. Here's hoping that time hits this spring. FRS Beige Tapered Capri Pants, $55 $38.50, available at Front Row Shop. More
Hoop Earrings Gretchen Weiners may not be allowed to wear hoop earrings, but that doesn't mean we can't rock them like it's 1995. Though oversized danglers seem to have fallen out of fashion over the past few years in favor of smaller minimalist jewels, we're declaring 2017 the year that bigger baubles really are better — for earrings, at least. Arme de L'Amour Bamboo Hoop Earrings, $199, available at Arme de L'Amour. More
Polo Shirts Raise your hand if your middle school wardrobe consisted of a rainbow of short-sleeved polos. Whether you rocked them solo or layered one on top of the other, popping the collar to let the two colors shine, it's hard to deny that this preppy staple went completely mainstream almost a decade ago. If you're having flashbacks, it's time to stop shying away from them: Instead, embrace your old-school instincts and consider the grown-up versions — think colorblocked or oversized — tucked into a pleated skirt or paired with ripped jeans. That way, the style looks cool, not caddy. Lanvin Waffle-Knit Polo Shirt, $1,550, available at Net-A-Porter. More
Scrunchies In our mind, scrunchies really haven't gone anywhere. But for others, these huge elastic ties are so heavily associated with '80s-style high-ponies that it's difficult to really make them feel up-to-date. Well, aside from the fact that they're actually way more comfortable than your average ponytail holder, scrunchies should now be seen as less of a way to style your hair and more of an actual outfit-making accessory. With versions of scrunchies available in quirky colors, textures, and prints, we dare you to let these babies help tie your entire 2016 look together. Topshop Silky Scrunchies, $8, available at Topshop. More
Halter Tops It's no secret that — after what we've seen this past year — showing skin is definitely in. From crop and bra tops to off-the-shoulder blouses, there was no shortage of flaunting one's upper half. But where we the halters of yesteryear, the early-aughts staple that everyone from Mandy Moore to Nicole Richie rocked from the red carpet to the beach? Since we're already proponents of exposed shoulders, it's only time until this barely there shirt makes a comeback, right? H&M Halterneck Crop Top $9.99 $4.99, available at H&M. More
Slingbacks Finally! The year 2016 was when shoes we could actually walk in were trending. Not to be confused with kitten heels, grandma shoes — the modest low-block-heel pumps — were pretty much everywhere — and our feet have never been so happy. Taking the old-school fad one step further, we're looking at slingbacks (yes, the work-y, typically reserved for the older set pair of kicks) to finally hold their own in our wardrobes. To infiltrate them seamlessly into your closet, opt for a low-heeled pair in a bold color or fun texture, and pair with culottes or boyfriend jeans. Paul Andrew "Rhea" Suede Slingback Pumps, $605, available at Lane Crawford. More
Khakis If there's one thing we can all agree on when it comes to khaki pants, it's that most people truly despise them. Maybe it's because so many options tend to come in unflattering silhouettes and an icky shade of tan — but that doesn't mean you should rule them out of your wardrobe entirely. When you consider khakis at their core, they're actually a timeless fashion staple that consistently pops up on the runway thanks to their utilitarian edge. So, you can let them back into your wardrobe — as long as you find a pair that are sleek rather than "soccer mom." And with a more laid-back approach to styling on the rise, we're betting on seeing tons more options hit the catwalk, street, and stores this year. Yoins Loose Wide Leg Trousers in Khaki, $41.95 $29.95, available at Yoins. More
Lace Camisoles Let's be real: Who doesn't love pajama dressing? Silky shirts, trousers, and slip dresses make putting an outfit together a breeze. But one piece of our undergarments drawer we didn't see make its way into our everyday wardrobes was the lace camisole: a flirty number that had its heyday back in the early 2000s. Well, we finally saw these tanks get a high-fashion makeover at Alexander Wang's final collection for Balenciaga in September, and we're thinking that was just the beginning. Only Hearts Venice Low Back Cami, $62 $43.40, available at Journelle. More
Bermuda Shorts Shorts are a kind of fashion anomaly: They make total sense to wear at the beach, but when it comes to hitting the office or an evening event, well, they're not the easiest pieces to make situationally appropriate. That's where Bermudas come in. The lengthy silhouette proves that they can work for all occasions — as shown by Kendall Jenner at Coachella and on the Dior runway — and, depending on how they're styled, for all seasons, too. So let your surfer inhibitions fly and take this look for a whirl. Rick Owens Drawstring Shorts, $434, available at Farfetch. More Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here? Your Feet Are About To Get Really Freakin' Fancy People Across This State Put On Tutus In A Show Of Love, Tolerance, & Acceptance Khloé Kardashian Will Reportedly No Longer Be #STYLEDbyMonicaRose