The Trends That Ruled 2016

(Photos from Left: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images, Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Michael Kors)

The Trends That Ruled 2016

The ones that we loved and the ones that we will love to see go.

Published December 12, 2016

These are the fashion and beauty looks that killed it in 2016.

  1. Fashion Nova

    Literally all of our favorite stars don Fashion Nova. Their Instagram presence is serious. 

    My shoes Balenciaga but my fit @fashionnova THOOO Duuuuhhhhhh

    A photo posted by Cardi B Official IG (@iamcardib) on

  2. Metallic Nails

    Holographic, ombré and bejeweled, shiny nails stood out.

    @luvprii__ :) #chromenails #queennailslapuente #400

    A photo posted by QueenNAILS La Puente (@queennailslapuente) on

  3. Velvet

    Even North West got in on this action.

    Major side eye 👀

    A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on

  4. Athleisure

    Fly casual wear was everything in 2016.

    A video posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on

  5. Thick Brows

    Lush, brushed brows took over for the ’16.

    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17:  Chrissy Teigen attends the God's Love We Deliver Golden Heart Awards on October 17, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
    (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
  6. Chokers

    Zendaya is just one of the stars who rocked this accessory this year.

  7. Off-the-Shoulder Everything

    From tops to dresses, cold shoulders add instant smolder to any look.

  8. Cornrolls

    Whether in two large braids or alternating sizes, braids were a big deal.

    💋💋💋

    A photo posted by Yara (يارا‎) Shahidi (@yarashahidi) on

  9. Sequins

    They work day and night, in every shade of the rainbow.

    LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24:  Recording artist Kelly Rowland attends the 23rd Annual ELLE Women In Hollywood Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images )
    (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
  10. Bright Eyeshadow

    Majorly pigmented hues popped this year.

    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09:  Lupita Nyong'o attends the Gala Screening of 'Queen Of Katwe' during the 60th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square on October 9, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images for Disney)
    (Photo: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images for Disney)
  11. Trench Coats

    Short, long, tan, patterned — they got a strong silhouette.

    Balenciaga. No make up today.

    A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on

  12. Glitter Lipstick

    There’s no hiding this sparkly trend.

    It's levels to this ish📌

    A photo posted by Keyshia Ka'oir (@keyshiakaoir) on

  13. Pleats

    In multiple fabrics and colors, pleats ruled runways and red carpets.

    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02:  Solange Knowles attends the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
  14. Dark Lips

    Black, purple and deep burgundy lips were major.

    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28:  Honoree Rihanna accepts the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
    (Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
  15. Hoodies

    From inexpensive and cropped to luxe and screen-printed, these sweatshirts were everywhere.

    (Photo: Vetements)
    (Photo: Vetements)
  16. Gray Ombré

    This look was braided, sewed and dyed in everywhere you looked in 2016.

    Tertiary colors

    A photo posted by Yara (يارا‎) Shahidi (@yarashahidi) on

  17. Gray Plaid

    Unexpected cuts and silhouettes punch up this classic print.

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 12:  Actress Gabrielle Union attends the BODY At The ESPYs pre-party at Avalon Hollywood on July 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo: Dave Mangels/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Dave Mangels/Getty Images)
  18. Ponytail

    Whether tousled or sleek, high or low, this simple look won in 2016.

    Pony and Bangs #Bardot Inspired Wing Tip Smokey Eye. Pinky Nudey Lip #Hair #Makeup

    A photo posted by Ciara (@ciara) on

  19. Furs

    Unusual shapes and nontraditional color choices make fur feel modern.

    A photo posted by Solange (@saintrecords) on

Written by Kenrya Rankin

(Photos from Left: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images, Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Michael Kors)

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