Cate Bosworth, Rihanna and Lily Aldridge sporting this year's big trends, Getty Images.

What we wore this year

When history looks back on this calendar year, they’ll no doubt cite these ten as the defining pieces in people’s wardrobes. What made the cut, and more importantly, what will be number one?
December 17, 2015
Chiara Ferragni and Gigi Hadid, Getty Images.

Customised jackets have been growing in popularity (think badges or patches), but nothing screams more “you” than having your name painted on the back of it, of course! Or, how about matching “Best Friends” with your BFF?

Anna Dello Russo and Anastasia Masiutkina, getty Images.

This traditional Slavic shirt went high fashion this year when Ukrainian designer Vita Kin interpreted the flowing, embroidered shirt into modern bohemian dresses. Anna Dello Russo, Miroslava Duma and Leandra Medine were early adopters, but by summer, the vyshyvanka was spotted all over the festival circuit.

Lily Aldridge and Kim Kardashian, Getty Images.

From the blogosphere to the red carpet, the plunging V that laces up graced all manner of bodysuits, dresses and tops to reveal as much as the wearer wanted. Undeniably daring and sexy, the key to keeping it chic lies in the longer sleeves, plus some well-placed tape. 

Rihanna in hoop earrings, Getty Images.

The humble hoop earring had a bit of a renaissance this year, thanks to the likes of Rihanna and FKA Twigs. Whether worn in multiples or simply oversized, it’s statement jewellery without the obvious bling. And it works with virtually any outfit. 

The off-the-shoulder blouse seen at New York Fashion Week, Getty Images.

We banished all thoughts of so-called peasant blouses this year when it came to the off-the-shoulder creations worn by Olivia Palermo, Elle Fanning and a bevvy of street style beauties, to name only a scant few. Instead, shoulder-baring appeared in unfussy – and very sophisticated, couture-like – shapes.

Bucket hats at Burberry Prorsum and Carven, Getty Images.

When it comes to menswear, you couldn’t shift three paces in any major city without spotting a stylish guy in a bucket hat. A throwback to the 1990s, perhaps, this current trend also has its roots in streetwear. Either way, the look is pure casual cool.

Derek and Hansel at the Valentino fashion show, Getty Images.

Given the label’s penchant for demure frocks, one of the biggest surprise hits amongst the street style set especially was the prevalence of Valentino anything. And the maison’s visibility is only going to grow bigger once Zoolander 2 hits the big screens – Derek and Hansel took Paris Fashion week by storm earlier this year to film a few key scenes.

Sara Reverberi and Cate Bosworth in dungarees, Getty Images.

Dungarees really came into their own this year. They came in a variety of fabrics (denim, leather, silk, velvet, etc.) and, most importantly, various guises – off-duty casual, evening-appropriate, 70s-inspired, you name it – making them one of the most adaptable pieces in anyone’s wardrobe this year.

Editor Kat Collings and her bucket bag, Getty Images.

Roomy without sacrificing an ounce of style and so nonchalant that you can simply throw it over your shoulder, the bucket bag was only choice for fashionistas in 2015. While Mansur Gavriel had the most coveted version, there were plenty of other fabulous options, too.

Chloe Sachdev and Esthelle Pigault in Gucci loafers, Getty Images.

It’s amazing what one person can do to resurrect the cool factor of a fashion house – and an oft-maligned shoe. Once Alessandro Michele took over at Gucci, he single-handedly turned the loafer into a must-have piece for the fashion set and showed that geeky chic is a force to reckon with.