5 Designer fashion trends that come back every season

Aug 31, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. ET
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Flatforms, overalls and boyfriend jeans all lack what we call staying power. But some fashion trends just seem to show up again and again, season after season. From floral prints to primary colors, here are five favorite designer fads we pretty much consider classics by now.

Primary colors

Fashion Week model wearing a blue primary color dress

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One old-school fashion trend that never seems to die out? Primary colors. That's right, kids. Think bold blues, fire-engine reds and bright yellows, says wardrobe stylist Kimberlee Tokarz. "With every season comes new color stories, but for spring/summer there is a consistent color palette of primary hues," she notes. This trend has even showed up on the fall runways before — a welcome change from the earthy and jewel tones that often reign supreme. If wearing pops of primary colors is a stretch for you, Tokarz recommends starting with neutral prints and solids and adding smaller pieces that can just accentuate your look: "A red blouse with a suit for work or a royal blue dress, belted. You can also channel the trend with your accessories (shoes, jewelry, bags) and nails."

Floral prints

Model at Fashion Week wearing a floral print jump suit

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Honestly, what would spring be without flirty floral-print shirts, tulip skirts and garden-party dresses galore? This is one fashion trend that we can predict with absolute certainty will return year after year. And, obviously, there's a good reason for that: designers and fashionistas alike dig flowers. They're versatile, they make us smile and there are so many different types of floral prints and patterns to choose from that everyone can truly find something they like.

Eyelets and lace

Young woman wearing an eyelet and lace dress

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Eyelets and lace are two timeless trends that continue to get reinterpreted on the runways each and every year. Romantic, ladylike, vintage and modern all at once, designers seriously can't seem to stop dreaming up new ways to incorporate these fads into their collections. "It's fun because you can create textures in so many ways; it doesn't have to be all lace or eyelet,” Tokarz points out. In fact, accent pieces are key. For Spring 2015, expect the color palette to be softer and more feminine in comparison to most of the season's trends, Tokarz says. "The look is also more sophisticated with structured shapes. Personally, this is one of the easier trends to translate and it's extremely versatile." You can wear eyelets or lace to work, on your day off or for a night on the town with the girls.

Color blocking

Fashion Week model wearing a color blocked outfit

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Believe it or not, this trend has managed to stick around ever since Yves Saint Laurent made color blocking famous way back in 1965 (we just die for that iconic Mondrian day dress, don’t you?). According to Tokarz, many designers are now taking blacks and whites and making them pop with in-your-face colors, which we absolutely love. Not feeling quite so bold? Try your luck with a muted color blocked top paired with dark skinny jeans, or opt for a cool color block handbag or perhaps even an iPhone case.


Model wearing metallic pants

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A popular pick for parties, proms, red carpets and adventurous nights out, metallics have always been a go-to trend for designers, whether it's an eye-catching head-to-toe look they're showcasing or simple shiny accents to jazz up a neutral outfit. This fad might be a hard one to wear for daytime looks, but a muted metallic pencil skirt or a blouse would definitely work, says Tokarz.

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