When it comes to dissecting the fashion trends that bubble up on the street, sometimes it's obvious what's going to be a big hitter. For example, if enough editors rave over a particular collection—cue the whole wide world lusting after Gucci loafers—then it's highly likely that the look will quickly translate onto the pavements. At other times, you have to wait the process out. Slowly but surely, a sartorial mood can grasp key influencers at the same time and, purely by mutual interest and coincidence, a new idea, styling trick or must-have comes together.
So rather than the omnipresent street style trends that are already out there in the ether, we've drilled down into the micro movements happening in the most advanced circles. From the girls who have adopted the latest looks early— think straight-leg jeans that have to be unrolled to feel truly of-the-moment, through to the idea of layering bras and halter tops over anything and everything—here are the sidewalk fashion moments we couldn't have predicted but will soon grab a hold of your wardrobe.
Go through the gallery to see what's on point for 2016, plus shop a key piece for each new look…
Style Notes: Whether a halter neck or lacy brassiere, the key here is to wear this newly anointed layering piece over something seriously unexpected. Do the underwear-as-outerwear trend over a coat or piece of knitwear, for example. Extra points for a colour-block combination like this.
Style Notes: Forget the thigh-split skirt, now it's all about split trousers! They elongate your legs, look directional without being tricky, and show off your new shoes or kicks just as nicely as a pair of ankle-swingers will do.
Style Notes: Yes! Girls really are choosing these low–kitten heel stilettos instead of sky-scraping court shoes. They are the perfect softener to a short hemline—and, of course, far nicer to walk in.
Style Notes: The latest—albeit highly retro—addition to the sports-luxe arena is the zip-up track top. Make sure yours has genuinely old-school feeling, like something out of a Wes Anderson movie. Primary colours and geometric graphics are key.
Style Notes: iPhones and our other favourite tech accoutrements may be increasing in size but, honey, designers have shrunk your bags. These ring-handled styles from Simon Miller are particularly popular and favoured by fashion editors the globe over.
Style Notes: Shoulder-robing has given way to a new street style trend for wearing jackets and coats shrugged off shoulders. Ideal for air-con unpredictability or the generally unfair British weather.
Style Notes: Adidas Originals Stan Smiths are still going strong, but we've noticed a resurgence in Vans low- and hi-tops in classic black-and-white colourways. Don't be afraid to wear them with something girlish, like Gilda Ambrosio here.
Style Notes: For bad hair days and for girls who like to always err on the side of casual, welcome the hoodie back into your wardrobe. Glam sunglasses add a certain desired aloofness.
Style Notes: Has it been an age since you wore a denim miniskirt? Us too! But welcome one back with open arms and wear it in an elevated way with a posh sweater and high heels. This laid-back piece shouldn't be worn too casually.
Style Notes: From Mickey Mouse to Coca-Cola, worn-out, vintage-looking motif-emblazoned tees are just the ticket for making your existing tailoring pieces look oh so chilled out.
Style Notes: We admit, silver foil trousers are not for the faint of heart. Approach this jazzy trend with a nonchalant spin—see Patricia Manfield's sweatshirt and trainers combination for starters.
Style Notes: You know the kind of cute straw bag you'd pick up on your holidays? Well, now it's totally been given the okay to be toted around town. The smaller, the better—see the aforementioned mini-bag trend for further guidance.
Style Notes: The corsage comeback has potentially put you in one of two camps: Carrie Bradshaw or Ascot. Preferably go for neither, and keep everything else in your ensemble totally tomboyish—then it's an unexpected punctuation.
Feeling inspired to inject some newness into your closet? Shout out about what you'll try in the comments box below…