10 Defining Fashion Trends of the 2010s

2010s can be defined as the era of change in the fashion world. It not only introduced new styles to the people but the vintage look also made a comeback. We saw the coolest supermodels walking the ramp in trendy clothes and the celebrities and style icons filled the columns of fashion magazines.

But the most influential trends came from the social media. Instagram and Pinterest became the catalyst of change in fashion arena and celebrities like Rihanna and Gigi Hadid became inspiration of the fashionistas and style nerds around the world.

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Since it is the last year of this decade, we take a look back at some of the best fashion trend that dominated the era of 2010s:

  1. Athleisure

If there was one trend that will mark the transition of style in the 2010s then it has to be the athleisure. The athletic wear that was once an attire for the workout became the hottest commodity of fashion enthusiasts. The last time athletic outfits were a rage was in the 1990s when they were a chic suit you could wear inside and outside a gym.

2010 saw athleisure make a comeback when celebrities like Beyoncé and Rihanna started turned to Instagram wearing the sweatsuits and they did look cool and sporty in those outfits. It kick-started a wave of athleisure which people saw as cool, sporty and casual.

  1. Wedge Sneakers

Wedge sneakers came into limelight after Isabel Marant launched the footwear in 2011. It made it big soon after it was launched. The ladies were in love with these shoes and they were all over by the end of the year. And then celebrities had a crush on them. It was when Nicki Minaj, Ciara and Gisele Bündchen began flaunting these shoes in public that the people took notice of them. And then it became the defining fashion item of the early 2010.

  1. Vintage Clothing

Vintage clothing made a strong comeback in the early 2010s. It was the decade that resurged the tie-dyed prints of the hippie subculture of the 1970s, oval sunglasses of the 1980s and the denim jacket with custom made patches of the 1990s. And more recently, the cargo pants of the 2000s.

  1. Animal Prints

Animal prints were once a real fad. They were a favorite of celebrities and style divas during the 1990s. But then they were out of the scene for almost a decade. They were in vogue again during the early 2010s. But this people have more variety in this print than in the past. It was no longer just the ‘leopard print’ affair. 

Today, you will see more animal prints than there were in the 1990s or before. There is snakeskin print, zebra print and giraffe print.

  1. Skinny Jeans

Before 2010, we knew skinny jeans to be the staple clothing of the rock bands. Skinny jeans have remained in and out of the fashion in every decade and they took their time to become a permanent item in the closet of the people.

But the garment is still in fad after it was reintroduced in 2011. Taking into consideration the growing popularity of skinny jeans, we can predict that it will continue to be a part of the people’s wardrobe in the coming decade as well.

  1. Pleated Skirts

Pleated skirts have long been a part of the women’s wardrobe but they only got their due recognition only in this decade. The arrival of pleated skirt was a crucial moment in the history of skirt. It all started in 1920 when Coco Chanel introduced her new line of skirts. 

By the mid of the decade, they were out of the scene. Fashion critics dubbed them ‘hot’ and ‘not’ throughout the twentieth century. And then came 2010 and they were everywhere. Pleated skirts are among the hottest clothing pieces of this decade that will make a transition to the next decade.

  1. Sustainable Clothing

Sustainable clothing remained a hot topic during this decade. It raised issues of animal rights and highlighted the environmental impact of clothing. Companies like Levi’s, FEIT and Marimekko are reinventing their manufacturing practices to make them more sustainable for the environment. The good thing is that people are embracing this new idea of clothing. Today, it is cool to wear a Levi’s jeans from recycled cotton or an artificial leather jacket.

  1. The Grunge Look

The beginning of the decade witnessed a rise in the ripped jeans and ripped denim jackets that were popular during the heydays of Grunge music. The printed t-shirts and leather biker jackets with custom back patches also got huge popularity at the start of the decade.

Big brands like YSL and Dries Van Noten played a role in bringing back the grunge look and they featured their grunge-inspired clothing line in their runways and ramp shows. The people were quick to adopt these clothing pieces and grunge was back in fashion.

  1. Puffed Sleeves

It was the spring of 2018 when puffed-sleeve dressed made an entry into the ramp shows and everyone was in awe with this dress. And since then, it has been going stronger. They are voluminous and add more style to your look. Today, it is one of the hottest dresses among the fashionistas and celebrities and they are rocking the red carpets wearing this chic dress.

  1. Neon Colors

Neon colors marked the highpoint of the 1990s era and then they were out of the scene for more than a decade. And now when they are back, they seem to be the best thing that happened to the fashion world in 2010. The recent popularity in the neon colors can be attributed to the Gigi Hadid and Cardi B who filled their Instagram with the dresses in neons. We expect to see more of them in the coming years as well.

2010s was a game-changer for the fashion industry. It fused the fashion of past decades and introduced new, modern and more sustainable clothing trends to people. History will remember 2010s as a defining decade for the fashion world.

Nowadays, fashion designers and sports uniforms manufacturers widely use custom patches (embroidered patches) to brand their fashion clothing products. Embroidery is a classic way to modify clothes, jackets, shirts, and caps. A custom patch as a logo looks much better than an ugly tag. In sports, custom iron on patches are commonly used by fans. You can see fans wearing baseball caps with their favourite team’s logo.


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Murtaza Ali

Murtaza Ali is a tech enthusiast and freelance writer with a passion for all things digital. With 5 years of experience in the tech industry, He has a deep understanding of the latest trends, innovations, and best practices. He loves sharing his knowledge and insights with others, and has written extensively on topics such as [Ai, cybersecurity, cloud computing, programming languages, etc. When he's not writing or tinkering with gadgets, he can be found exploring the great outdoors, practicing cricket, or experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen. He believes in the power of technology to improve people's lives and is excited to be part of an industry that is constantly pushing boundaries and breaking new ground.
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