Ask An Expert: 2014’s Trends With Staying Power

Ask An Expert: 2014’s Trends With Staying Power

Fashion is fun but expensive, especially when you realize that those five pairs of skinny jeans you bought will look so off trend as boot cuts and flares return to the fashion fold. What can you hang onto into 2015?

Suzanne Kopulos
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Celebrity Stylist Suzanne Kopulos champions a fearless and fun approach to the world of fashion and style as the host of Garmental.com’s video series on YouTube, GarmentalTV. The Chicagoan has styled celebs from “Mad Men” star Christina Hendricks to Beyonce on Oprah’s last show, so it’s not a leap that she was named one of four important fashion bloggers by CBS. Kopulos lives to reveal “how it’s made,” plus makes the task of shopping and style simple. Here are her top trends with staying power for 2015.

Menswear

“2014 was the year of the #GIRLBOSS, so it’s no surprise to find menswear as a major trend turned fashion staple. Ladies are taking over the boardroom, but there’s nothing boring about channeling your inner CEO with a sexy and feminine silhouette. Well-tailored blazers and jackets aren’t going away anytime soon and the trend is so easy to take to casual Friday by pairing with distressed denim or leather pants.”

The Floppy Hat

“We’ve all seen our fair share of ‘Vanessa Hudgens does Coachella’ in full-on boho-chic pics, but the ‘High School Musical’ starlet’s style isn’t off key. Forgo the entire fringe and floral madness, if you must, because a fabulous felt floppy or fedora is a MUST-HAVE accessory staple. Trust me, the pressure for a great hair day no longer exits. A felt hat will save your life and give you major style points. You don’t have to be hanging in Wicker Park to work this trend, just add it to a long solid maxi or your favorite denim/cardigan layered look. Gone country-chic is so 2015.”

Flare Denim 

“Kate Moss’ ‘Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels’ is so last year. Skinny is out and curvatude is in! Just ask Meghan Trainor. She’s all about that bass and bringing booty back is simple. Balance out your beautiful bottom with a great pair of flare leg jeans. Go with sky-high heels and a dark wash for the perfect look!”

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Prints

“Wearable artwork has been going strong since the popularity of Mary Katrantzou and Clover Canyon hit the fashion floor. If you’re into the trend, you won’t have to archive your couture canvas anytime soon. This trend speaks perfectly to the lady who loves to make a statement without saying a word, or a woman who can do without major accessories.”

Statement Earrings

“Give your neck a rest, because the resurgence of the major statement earring is all about giving glamour from the chin up. Into the cute new coifs of Lauren Conrad or Hilary Duff? Then you’re in luck. Draw attention to a messy Malibu-inspired cropped haircut with some major bling. But buyers beware – you don’t want tear your lobes, so this trend does come with a weight max!”

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Jacky Runice has been a columnist with the Daily Herald Chicago since grunge music and flannel was the new black. Her fingers and gray matter have been busy as travel editor of Reunions Magazine; penning a column that was syndicated around the nation via Tribune Media Services. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.